Coordinating Human Resources wasn't in your job description when you were interviewed and hired at this little company of 47 employees. But you're a fast study and have a friendly personality, and so after six months at work you were asked to show a new hire around. Afterwards you thought, "There should probably be an orientation and initial paperwork process for when new people are hired," and so you took the initiative and created one. The benefits enrollment process interested you, and so you became the main contact with the broker. One day, somebody asked if the minimum wage poster in the break room was current. It wasn't, so you retrieved the latest version from the Department of Labor website and started checking and replacing the other notices from time to time. HR tasks didn't take up too much of your time, and it was kind of fun keeping on top of things.
Then a pandemic hit.
Suddenly, you were supposed to be the "expert" on the differences between furloughing and terminating and laying off. This thing called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was created to provide options for your employees (yup, they're your employees now) should they or their family members become sick, and everyone started asking you how it works and what they would need to do to apply for it. Eventually, after some time passed, employees who were temporarily working from home started coming back to the office, and there was no precedent or procedure for how that was supposed to work. HR was now taking up all of your time, and it wasn't terribly fun because you didn't know where to look to stay on top of things.
A little lost and frustrated at all the new and unanticipated responsibilities, you were on the phone one day sharing your anxieties with a friend. She said, "I can help you. I'm sending you a few resources that you can use to make all of those things much easier to manage." Checking your inbox, you found several customizable templates and a couple of checklists, including these three documents:
- Work from Home Agreement template
- Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Request Form template
- Return to Work checklist
She also forwarded to you some eAlerts with important details on how the FFCRA works and what to expect regarding unemployment laws in the coming weeks. Immediately encouraged and grateful, you called back to thank her, saying, "This is amazing. Thank you so much. Where did you get all of these great materials and information anyway?"
She replied that she had recently signed up for People Savvy HCM Essentials, an online HR support center with all sorts of tools and resources and useful information. She said it has an on-demand component, too, which she uses to get reliable advice from certified HR advisors whenever she can't find an answer in the support center. "Basically, it's my personal HR department, and it's been a life-saver during this pandemic."
If your job "includes" part-time HR and you're looking for some help - or even if you're a full-time HR professional who could use some additional resources - check out how People Savvy HCM Essentials can help you worry less and confidently help your employees navigate this pandemic, as well as everything else HR-related.