Our "Ah-Ha" Moments from Lucky Leaf Expo
For those of you that have been following us for a while now, you may remember seeing that we attended Lucky Leaf Expo in Irving, Texas this past weekend. It was a great experience and we are 100% looking forward to attending again next year.
During our time down there, a few things really stood out to us. First, there’s the overwhelming sense of community and comradery within the cannabis and hemp industries. That really blew us away. We talked to hundreds of people and not a single person there was in “corporate” mode. They all want to succeed and see others succeed, but recognize there’s enough business to go around. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the reception we have been given from those communities, and we are honored to have been welcomed with such open arms… Okay, enough with the mushy stuff (but seriously, these guys and gals are great!)…
The second trend we saw was there appears to be a disconnect in how people view human resources. When Edana and I would go into our spiel about compliance, we got the distinct impression that most folks didn’t make that correlation. So, yes, human resources is equal to compliance. While we are not a legal team with real law degrees and stuff, we are a legal department. Human resources is far more than just hiring and firing your employees. We exist to keep you in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and out of court. Yes, we can be the administrative arm of your HR department and execute the day-to-day operations as your outsourced HR department, but let’s be real for a second here… just about anyone (within reason) can do data entry. What you’re getting when you outsource your HR department with us is our expertise AND our data entry skills (and we’ve got mad skills). When you hire Edana and I, you’re getting over 25 years of HR experience across a variety of industries (energy, transportation, retail and non-profit). You’re getting the advantage of having two folks who have gotten pretty darn good at seeing which train wrecks are heading your way and how to avoid those collisions, so to speak. We aren’t infallible, but we’re pretty good at what we do.
Lastly what we noticed was how small business owners also don’t make the connection between having your HR department in place as it being part of the overall structure of your business. Yes, you can google things and try to limp along while doing it yourself (this is not the recommended method) when it comes to hiring and firing and compliance issues, but not having the structure in place behind the scenes really makes your whole business a house of cards. It can look great, it can function enough to give the impression of success, but one misstep can cause the whole thing to crumble beneath you. If you don’t have that foundation, that structure built in (including HR), you are leaving yourself at enormous risk. You know some data suggests that the average cost of an employee lawsuit is approximately $250 thousand dollars, with an average settlement of $40 thousand. For most small business owners, that will cost them their business, and potentially other assets they may have as well. The risk just isn’t worth it when it comes down to your livelihood and supporting your family.
We are small business owners and we’re here for small business owners. We understand the headaches and the troubles you’re having because we’ve had them too. Please give us a call to see how we can help you. The initial consultation is always free.