PEOs: Fueling Business Growth
PEOs (Professional Employer Organizations) have served small businesses for more than 30 years. They were founded to fill the gap for first-class HR support and benefits for small to mid-sized businesses, who typically don’t have the resources to have an in-house HR department, but most definitely have the need for HR services. Currently, PEOs serve more than 150,000 businesses and 3 million employees in the U.S. But what is a PEO?
PEOs by the Numbers
- Faster Growth. Over the past 15 years, employment at small businesses using PEOs has grown between 7 and 9 % faster than small businesses overall.
- Lower Turnover. Small businesses that have used a PEO for at least four quarters have experienced employee turnover at rates 10 to 14 % lower than the average rate for U.S. businesses.
- Greater Longevity. Privately held businesses that use PEOs are approximately 50 % less likely to fail (permanently cease operations) when compared to similar U.S. companies.
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Professional employer organizations (PEOs) provide human resources services for their small business clients—paying wages and taxes and often assisting with compliance with myriad state and federal rules and regulations.
In addition, many PEOs also provide workers with access to 401(k) plans, health, dental and life insurance, dependent care, and other benefits not typically provided by small businesses. In doing so, they enable clients to cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll, and workers' compensation. PEO clients can thus focus on their core competencies to maintain and grow their bottom lines.
Business owners want to focus their time and energy on the "business of their business" and not on the "business of employment." As businesses grow, most owners do not have the necessary human resources training, payroll and accounting skills, knowledge of regulatory compliance, or backgrounds in risk management, insurance and employee benefit programs to meet the demands of being an employer. PEOs give small-group markets access to many benefits and employment amenities they would not have otherwise.
A PEO's economy of scale enables each client company to lower employment costs and increase the business's bottom line. The client can maintain a simple in-house HR infrastructure or none at all by relying on the PEO. The client also can reduce hiring overhead. The professionals at the PEO can provide critical assistance with employer compliance, which helps protect the client against liability. The PEO client can access significant technology and service infrastructure provided by the PEO. In addition, the PEO provides time savings by handling routine and redundant tasks for its clients. This enables the business owner to focus on the company's core competency and grow its bottom line.
PEOs are generally the best fit for small- to mid-sized businesses that have fewer than 250 employees.
Axcet works with clients who have a presence in 46 states within the United States. So multi-state and long-distance support are never a problem.
That said, we find that we work best with businesses that are headquartered within 250 miles of Kansas City because we're better positioned to provide that hands-on access that our clients come to really appreciate.
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