Monday, December 31, 2012

HR Staff Ratios

I hope you all had a productive weekend. Have you ever wondered about how many HR professionals it takes to support an organization?  That is what I will be discussing today.  I encourage discussion.  Please feel free to add any of your own comments to the bottom of this post.

HR Staff Ratios

Now, let’s take a few moments to talk about Human Resources Staff ratios.  Typically, there is a time when a small business grows to a level where the existing management no longer has the time or expertise to be able to handle all of the support tasks that they are presented with on a daily basis.  It is at this time that a person is brought in to help with those administrative HR functions.  Sometimes it is a part-time function for an Admin, but eventually as the company grows further, a dedicated Human Resources position is born.  Then there is one HR person for X number of employees.  This is the HR Staff Ratio.

Establishing a Ratio
Staffing ratios for organizations with 1,000 to 4,999 employees

At any organization of size, there are a number of HR professionals per employee.  This is the HR Staff Ratio; a base level of administrative and organization support.  As the responsibilities of the HR Staff will vary depending on the size and industry of a company, so too will the number of HR reps per employee vary.  Companies will tend to adjust the size of their HR department proportionally to the size of their employment pool.  Historically, the average ratio across companies is about 1 HR Staff Members per 100 workers.  According to the Bloomberg Benchmark and Analysis (BNR) report, “Twenty-one percent of surveyed human resource offices gained staff positions between 2011 and 2012, while 11 percent experienced cuts.”  There will also be noticeable differences between industries, as some manufacturing, banking, and utilities companies tend to require more HR support.

The information above is just some of the knowledge I have gleaned from my classes as well as some interesting articles I found online.  If you have anything that you would like to add, please feel free to comment below.

And remember all of you Human Resources professionals:  Be Human... Be a Resource...  Be a Resource for Humans.

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