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A high level breakdown of HR Functions to implement as your company grows


HR Phases for Companies

Phase One

1-5 Employees

Bootstrapped and/or light seed

  • Implement payroll system such as Gusto, Justworks, Rippling
  • Implement sick leave
  • Implement company email system 
  • Determine common pool of equity and draft equity paperwork and plans
  • Determine full onboarding and offboarding process and owners
  • Research and identify best program for sexual harassment training (required for companies with 5+ employees) – Gusto, Justworks and Rippling offer for an additional cost. 

Phase Two

6-15 Employees

  • Implement first phase of benefits (medical, dental, vision) – while not required until 20 employees, due to recruiting competition it is likely that this will be needed earlier 
  • Clearly define interview process
  • Outline headcount plan with job descriptions
  • Implement applicant tracking system (ATS)
  • Draft Employee Handbook
  • Draft company mission, vision, core values
  • Implement 30/60/90 day plans
  • Create social media profiles and posting sites (LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook, Twitter etc)

Phase Three

16-30 Employees

Typically around Series A 

  • Bump up benefits by adding 401K, LTD, STD, Life
  • Hire recruiter (if high growth plans) or engage with external agency
  • Engagement surveys
  • Implement full onboarding program for new hires (history of co, product info, policies, etc)
  • Set up employee referral bonus program

Phase Four

31-49 Employees

  • Full compensation survey review
  • Set compensation committee with board

Phase Five

50-100 Employees

  • Hire full time HR role