Developing an HR Department for Startups

Where / how can we get CVs from candidates if we want to hire some employees?

Apart from salary, what sort of benefits (statutory / normal practices) should my company offer?

What elements should be included in an employment contract in compliance with the laws?

How to start the MPF contribution and how to register an MPF account for my employees?    

Startups have a lot of work ahead of them, they may easily under-estimate the need for an HR department. We are sure many employers of startups would ask the above questions when they want to hire employees. Right? This explains that establishing an HR department (even 1 one-person team) is a necessary and valuable asset to have.

HR can help handle areas of hiring, payroll, benefits, onboarding, training and employees relations. A new setup should start with defining the following areas:

  • Onboarding and Recruiting Procedures: This includes where to post your job ads, how to determine who your target candidates are, and how to structure the onboarding process.
  • Employee compensation and benefits: HR team should be able to determine what the pay structure looks like, as well as policies for any type of leave, MPF scheme, medical plan and other fringe benefits. This can ensure internal equity and privacy.
  • Connecting the dots of all employees: HR is there to help employees to connect with different departments and know what’s going on in the company. HR should also take employee engagement in high priority. Employees need to know their purpose in your organization, find meaning in their work, and gain skills to do their jobs well.

No matter the size of the HR department and how the startups would like to carry out the HR work, a realistic HR plan specific to the company is important. When designing the HR plan, make sure HR and company goals align with each other and can be implemented within the first 3 to 6 months. Remember to focus on small accomplishments in the beginning and allow the HR department to follow through and gain the trust of employees, managers, and leaders.