HR Recruitment

When Is The Right Time To Make Our First HR Hire?

Engaging with a specialist HR Recruitment Agency for the first time is a big decision for CEOs and directors of small businesses.  CEOs and directors of small businesses go through a lot of ‘firsts’. The first hire, the first office expansion, the first IT investment, the first colleague promotion, the first employee dismissal, the first client knock-back, or the first office scandal.

Some positive, exciting and celebratory ‘firsts’. And some ‘firsts’ that we can affectionately refer to as ‘learning experiences’… 

So when is it the right time to make YOUR first HR hire?

With a question like this, there is never an exact science with answering it. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was as easy as saying: “When your turnover is £XXX” or “When you have reached a headcount of XXX”?

Unfortunately, with HR, it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) work like that. The answer will vary from company to company.

We understand that for many small businesses and start-ups, HR could be considered ‘lower priority’ or viewed as an unwelcome guest at a dinner party (cover your eyes HR folk – we know your worth!)

As a business leader, your emphasis has needed to be on revenue generation and growing a profitable company, with a keen eye on cost. We get that. And you’re not wrong.

But perhaps you’re now feeling bogged down by people-related challenges and you no longer have the time or brain space to focus on growing your business? That’s a really frustrating place to be, but thankfully it’s a place where you can do something to change it.

Dedicated HR expertise can help take away a lot of the operational and strategic pain from running your business. Most importantly it  will also significantly improve your chances of reaching your commercial goals by ensuring you have happy people, in the right jobs, at the right time, doing the right thing. 

An investment in your people will pay dividends many times over, create a meaningful and lasting legacy, and drive real commercial differentiation over your competitors.

When we talk about making a great HR hire – those are the criteria we believe you should consider first.

So is NOW the right time to hire an HR professional?

To help make your decision easier, we suggest you answer the questions below. If you answer ‘Yes’ to three or more questions, then it’s probably time to recruit your first HR hire.

  1. Are you spending more time on people-related admin than leading and scaling your business? 
  2. Is your headcount growing at a rate that is providing a challenge for onboarding and training your new recruits?
  3. Is it hard to communicate with all your employees on important matters (for example you feel like you are only hearing your people through an old fashioned ear trumpet vs dolby surround)?
  4. Are your employees leaving to join your competitors? 
  5. Do you sense that your staff might be disengaged with their work and the wider business?
  6. Are you concerned about the performance of your employees?
  7. Do you feel disconnected from your workforce and ‘out of touch’?
  8. Would you struggle to obtain employee feedback and do something meaningful with the results?
  9. Do you sense that your pay and benefits structure is preventing you from hiring the best talent?
  10. Are you preparing to sell your business and want to ensure you create value and a lasting legacy?

If you answered yes to three or more of the questions above then it’s likely that it might be time for you to consider hiring an HR Recruitment Agency. 

If this is the case, you’re going to have some decisions to make. For instance; 

These questions require careful consideration. And you’ll need to continue your research to find an approach that’s right for you and your business. 

Why Choose PEEQ?

The average fill rate amongst HR Recruitment Agencies is 46%, but at PEEQ our average fill rate sits above 90%, So you are twice as likely to make a hire if you choose PEEQ.

This is due to two reasons:

Firstly, we only partner with our clients on an exclusive basis, so we ‘own the responsibility’

Secondly, we don’t employ recruiters. Instead, we work with trusted and proven freelance HR recruiters, to hire for our clients.

We give them the tools and infrastructure to be successful, and the rest is down to their magic and experience. Our Associates are not employed by us and only get paid for making a successful hire.

This makes them incredibly tenacious and committed to finding the best talent, which is why our fill rate sits above 90%, compared to the industry average of 46%.

More reasons to work with PEEQ

Psychometric insight reports

Obtain a unique insight into your candidates’ Cultural Fit, Strengths, Decision Making and Resilience through our accredited assessments.

Post-hire executive coaching

Set your hire up for success with a tailored coaching programme that helps them achieve their full potential personally and professionally.

Up to 6 Month Placement Guarantees

Confidently make your hire under our 2, 3 or 6 Month Placement Guarantee; safe in the knowledge that we’ll offer you a free replacement if they leave within our pre-agreed time period.

BeTalent Accredited Approach

We are proud to offer the BeTalent Accredited approach that enables us to deliver scientific candidate assessment, in accordance with the British Psychological Society standards.

This solution is for you if you want:

  • An objective way to determine who is the best fit for your role
  • A comprehensive understanding into your new hire before they start
  • Peace of mind that you’ve made the right hiring decision.

Get in Touch with PEEQ HR Recruitment

We are here to help you. If you have any questions, queries or would like to discuss a potential hire, a job application, or require clarification on anything detailed on our website, then we would love to hear from you.

Please feel free to call, email or complete the form provided and we will assist you.

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