HRtechies, Inc., Brings on Three New Clients in Medical Device Industry

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The Minneapolis-based human resources placement and consulting firm is assisting the medical device start-ups by providing training as well as HR contractors through Top Echelon® Contracting.

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These companies are so small, they can’t always support a full-time person. They don’t really want to go out on a limb hiring because they don’t know how big they are going to get.

HRtechies, Inc., a human resources (HR) placement and consulting firm, is benefiting from Minnesota’s booming medical device industry.

The state of Minnesota employs the most people in medical device jobs per capita in the United States, according to the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. This includes large companies such Boston Scientific and Medtronic as well as a number of start-ups. Three medical device start-ups have recently hired HRtechies to help them with their HR challenges, said HRtechies Partner and Social Media Recruitment Consultant Cindy Ridley.

HRtechies, which is based in Minneapolis, provides a number of HR solutions, ranging from HR consulting and training to actually providing HR professionals on a direct or contract basis. Their services are particularly suited to these start-ups because, in the beginning, companies often don’t have the budget for a full-time HR department or they often don’t know where to start when it comes to HR, Ridley said.

The firm’s contract staffing services have been particularly popular with these companies, she added. One company added its first HR professional as a contractor. The other utilized a contractor when their regular HR person went out on maternity leave because they did not have anyone in-house who could serve as a back-up.

“These companies are so small, they can’t always support a full-time person,” Ridley said. “They don’t really want to go out on a limb hiring because they don’t know how big they are going to get. Or some are about to be sold, so they are just using contractors until that happens. Others don’t know when to hire an HR person as a direct hire, so a contractor can fill the gap until the need is defined.”

HRtechies places its contactors through the contract staffing back-office services of Top Echelon Contracting (TEC), which serves as the legal Employer of Record for the contractors.

“We love that (through TEC) we can offer the candidate a full menu of employee benefits, including a weekly paycheck and option for direct deposit. Plus we can offer our clients a comprehensive Certificate of Insurance and we can have alternatives to bringing on direct employees until they are ready,” Ridley said of using TEC.

HRtechies has been working with TEC since 2010 and has already made 21 placements through the back-office.

“Cindy really helps out in the contract placement process. She communicates directly with candidates and clients each step of the way.” TEC Contract Staffing Administrator Jen Grimes said. “She is very friendly and it is obvious that she wants to work with her clients to make sure all the details are covered and each contract placement goes very smoothly… and quickly.”

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