HR Business Partner VS HR Manager: Which You Should Hire?


HR Business Partner VS HR Manager: Which is right for your company?

Are you thinking of hiring a HR Personnel for your company but do not know where to start? If you are hiring a HR Personnel for the first time, it is best to hire someone that has at least a few years of experience under their belt. As your business expands, the HR Personnel should be able to lead their growing HR team. 

As a small business, do I need to hire someone to be in charge of HR?

If you are a small business with less than 15 employees and do not want to spend too much money on another head count, all you need is a good Payroll and HRMS Software (such as Krowme).

It is only when your business is continuously growing with an increasing amount of business challenges (on top of the HR challenges) to handle that you need to hire a HR person, which in this case we recommend to hire someone who is of a senior level that can take on a HR Manager or HR Business Partner role.

You may have heard of the terms ‘HR Business Partner’ and ‘HR Manager’. If you are wondering what the difference between each role is and which you should hire for your company, this article is for you.

What is a HR Manager?

A HR Manager is usually someone who oversees all the HR Processes and manages the HR department. Their main duty is to ensure that all the HR Processes run smoothly.

 For example, claims are always reimbursed, payroll is always done on time, every employee has their allocated amount of leave dates and more. The HR Manager may be responsible for setting policy direction and is in general responsible for the overall HR function (Budgeting, recruitment, change management etc.)

What is a HR Business Partner?

The HR Business Partner role has gained prominence in the past decade, with many large MNCs in industries such as technology, design and more opening up HR Business Partner Roles. 

The HR Business Partner role is strategic, data-driven, and is focused on strategic function. They usually work with various department managers to develop a plan to hire the right people with the right skills needed specifically for a job opening in that area. 

A HR Business partner may or may not be in charge of the daily HR operations (such as claim, leave, time and attendance etc) of a company.

Difference between HR Manager and HR Business Partner

In essence, a HR Manager is usually in charge of the company’s operations whereas a HR Business partner is usually in charge of the company’s strategic direction when it comes to employee relations and developing a HR plan that aligns with the organisation’s goals.

Is a HR business partner above a HR manager?

The simple answer is that if a company has both a HR business partner and a HR manager,they are both senior roles that require some experience and have different focuses. 

It is likely that both roles are combined into one or both roles have a HR director above them, that directs the entire HR strategic vision.

Closing Words

I hope that this article has been useful in helping you decide on whether you should hire a HR Manager, a HR Business Partner, or none for the time being.

If you are a small business that does not have a budget to spare for an employee who only focuses on HR matters, you can consider getting a good Payroll and HRMS Software (Such as Krowme).

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