SHOP LOCAL: The HR Dept supporting small business

Amanda Fox and Pia Engstrom Picture: Will Russell   d490680
Amanda Fox and Pia Engstrom Picture: Will Russell d490680

FORMER corporate HR bosses Amanda Fox, of Nedlands, and Pia Engstrom, of West Leederville, have swapped the corporate world for small business for a better work-life balance. The professional mums own The HR Dept franchises, providing SMEs with services designed for their business.

1.How does The HR Dept support small business?

We’re here to support local businesses with the everyday people-problems that they face. Our local and comprehensive HR service comes at a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house HR professional that larger companies often employ. Our approach is simple: we’ll get to really know and understand your business, that way we’ll be able to find the best and most cost-effective solution for your business. We help SMEs navigate a rapidly changing human resources landscape, ensuring that business owners can grow their companies and reach their goals through their biggest asset: their people.

2.What are the challenges for small business when it comes to HR topics?

In a time where regulations exist for even the simplest exchanges between employer and employee, it is paramount that small business owners have a plan in place to deal with workplace issues. The Fair Work Act, enterprise bargaining agreements, pay and conditions, and workers compensation are just a few legislations currently enforced. Not to mention 100-plus industry and occupation awards in place to cover Australian workers.

3.What inspired you to work with small business owners?

Small business owners deserve peace of mind with the knowledge they are engaging an extremely qualified HR professional that can offer them the advice and services they need to stay up to date, protect their business and its employees. We love the fact we can provide this quality service to them and really make a difference to their business.

4.What range of small businesses do you work with?

We work with your local coffee shop, doctor’s surgeries, psychologists, engineering companies to large global companies who may only have a small office representation in Perth. We are equipped to provide HR services across all industry sectors.

5.What is your local coffee shop?

Pia’s is Piccolo’s Corner in West Leederville and Amanda’s favourite haunt is Atomic Espresso in South Perth.