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Why Do New Start-Ups Need Administrative Support?

10 Sep 2019

Why Do New Start-Ups Need Administrative Support?

Setting up a start-up business is a huge venture, and with that comes a lot of administrative requirements that are often divided between a team of engineers. Does this sound like your team? Then it might be time to hire an office manager!

Your office manager can support your company in various areas, such as:

  1. Facilities management

Your office manager can support across facilities management, being the budget holder for operational requirements such as utilities, landlords, cleaning contracts, waste management, and contents insurance.

Generally, your office manager will be the first point of contact for repairs and any other Health & Safety enquiries throughout the building.

As well as this, as you grow, you may be considering moving to larger more accommodating offices – your office manager can take the lead on this, all the way from scoping out potential locations to coordinating the ‘on the day’ logistics.

  1. Office maintenance

Can’t seem to find any scissors? Is paper continuously running out of stock? That’s where your office manager can step in!

Office managers will look after office consumables such as stationery orders, kitchen supplies and ensure all meeting rooms are serviced and set up for your crucial client meetings.

As well as this, your office manager can support on managing incoming and outgoing post, being the first point of contact for visitors and ensuring the company has that all-important front-facing point of contact.

  1. PA duties

If you’re finding it difficult to manage your own diary during your busy period of growth, your office manager can undertake PA duties such as making your team travel bookings, managing your appointments, looking after your team expenses and much more.

  1. Event coordination

During your period of growth, it’s likely that the company will have many events to host and attend, and the majority of office managers will be coming with strong event management experience. They can be responsible for organising and booking venues, booking catering, managing the attendee's lists and ensuring everything runs smoothly on the day.

Your office manager can also organise all internal staff events, such as end of quarter parties, Christmas & Summer parties. All offices need the odd social event!

  1. HR Administration

It’s likely that during your period of growth, there will be many new starts to the building. Your office manager can take ownership of this, ensure all onboarding processes are completed and manage the recruitment process end-to-end.

As well as this, your office manager can look after recording absences and sicknesses and lead on staff appraisals.

Does this sound good to you?

Well, luckily I am working with many exceptional office managers coming from the technology industry who are looking for their next challenge.

Office managers thrive on organisation, so if it’s all getting a bit too much, it’s definitely time for us to have a conversation!