HR for Startups: The Ultimate Guide

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HR software built for small businesses

At Charlie we’re building the tools to make work better for everyone working at a small company.

Our focus is on helping teams run the people side of their business more successfully.

This mission is now more important than ever. The world of work is changing. In 2020, the days of working solely for a paycheque are long gone. Now, people expect more from their work.

They expect their managers to help them grow personally and develop professionally. They expect their company to listen to them and act on what they say. They expect a workplace that runs seamlessly and is run in a way that is fair, productive and supportive.

With Charlie you can...

  • Keep employee information safe, secure and all in one place
  • Manage the time off process seamlessly and fairly
  • Reward your team with fantastic Perks & Benefits
  • Grow and develop your people through meaningful conversations
  • Keep your finger on the pulse with company engagement surveys
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Why does a small business need an HR software?

Any company that is using spreadsheets and emails to manage the people side of their business is wasting time on admin and making life more difficult for themselves. A well designed HR system automates menial tasks allowing business owners to focus on the strategic work of growing the business.

What does an HR system actually do?

HR systems fulfill two main functions. They help you manage and automate the admin side of the business - like managing time off, storing your team's personal data securely & onboarding new members to the team. HR software should also help make work better for your team - this could be through providing perks, giving them the chance to give you feedback or by allowing you to run a structured performance review process.

What sized companies does Charlie work best for?

Charlie's HR system is built for small businesses in the UK. It is the perfect platform for companies sized between 1-150 team members to manage and scale their teams.

Who signs up for an HR system?

Founders, business owners, operations teams, office managers, HR professionals are the job roles that tend to sign up and be responsible for the system before rolling it out to their teams.

How do you choose the best HR software for your business?

The most important factors affecting your decision are things like the size of your company, the working patterns of your team (for example full-time vs part-time working patterns), and user experience. It's important that your team actually use the system otherwise, as a company leader, you won't get any of the benefits the software is supposed to deliver - the best way of ensuring this happens is to pick a system that is well designed.

How secure is Charlie?

Charlie is Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001 certified. These are some of the highest standards of information security management. We take the security of your data incredibly seriously.
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