How many full time HR employees does your organization need?

on May 25, 2010

Steve Wexler at i4cp is frequently asked a difficult question: "How many full time HR employees should my organization have." In an attempt to answer it, Steve enlisted Tableau Public and a recent HR survey to create the following visualization. The viz evaluates the 850 companies in the survey based on the number of full time HR employees they have and how successful the organization is as a whole (based on revenue growth, profitability and customer satisfaction). Take advantage of the interactivity to find out how many HR employees your organization should have.

Broadly, the bottom chart tells us that the highest performing organizations have slightly more full time HR employees than the lower performers. If you select a smaller organization size, say 1 to 99, this difference is magnified, perhaps because smaller organizations are growing faster and need more attention per employee. Although every situation is unique, this viz seems to show that it is better to err on the side of excess with HR employees, than be caught with too few hands!

What we like about this viz

Labels: The data labels on the "Ratio" view make it much easier to quickly understand the content of the viz. Instead of having to mouse over for a tooltip, users can just read.


I think the number of human resource employees depends on the size of the company. If the size of company is big then it surely needs a lot of skilled and experienced HR employees but if the company is small then only few HR employee are enough to control the management. As it is a new term in the developing countries, only few company are implementing this. Before, it was completely neglected and was totally controlled by the management system. But now as the size of company got bigger and bigger, they have already started to hire the best HR employees globally to control the manpower of their company.
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That's interesting! Human resources management is not an easy task, in fact it gets more and more complex by the year. I've seen some similar results before displayed on a peo company website. Besides quantity we should also pay attention to the quality of the employees and this is a far more debated issue in all the organizations.