For years, cannabis-related businesses represented a small, fragmented, and unregulated industry, and there was therefore little need for attention to compliance or employment regulations. However, with the wave of cannabis legalization came both a flood of new talent into and an increased spotlight on the industry.
Along with growth comes growing pains, and many cannabis businesses need outside guidance to keep up with these new demands. Higher Growth Search, formerly known as People Need People, is a staffing and HR services firm for the cannabis industry.
Who is Higher Growth Search?
People Need People was founded in 2017 in Oakland, California by Stacy Bryant, an industry veteran who began her expansive career in the industry at the age of 16. People Need People was built as a boutique staffing company geared towards the cannabis industry, and it expanded across Northern California, maintaining relationships with some of today’s most well-known brands.
“I am excited to be joining Higher Growth Search at such a critical time for the cannabis industry,” remarked Bryant, managing director of Higher Growth Search. “Legalization has created new challenges for business owners, who now cannot rely solely on their expertise with cannabis, but must also quickly come to understand employment law and implement new policies to remain in compliance. It’s clear that not only does the cannabis industry ‘Need People,’ but it also needs to properly hire, manage, and retain them so that their businesses can grow.”
Higher Growth Search’s vision is to help legitimize the cannabis industry by giving businesses resources to manage and care for their employees, institute and maintain safe workplaces, and find and retain the right talent for each role and company.
H.R. Expertise for the Cannabis Industry
“By staffing our company with not only experts from the cannabis space, but also from the staffing and human resources management side,” said CEO Joe Madigan, “we’ve positioned Higher Growth Search to become a strong business partner who understands both where cannabis companies are coming from and how to get them where they want to go.”
Drawing from experience in helping businesses of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises and across nearly every industry represented in California for the last 50 years, Higher Growth Search brings a wealth of knowledge and support to the cannabis industry. Higher Growth Search also has deep knowledge of the local job markets and a wide network of highly talented workers, along with experience staffing for the wine, beer and spirit fields, and other highly regulated industries, making this new company a strong presence as it enters the cannabis industry.
Outsourcing H.R. Can Come at a Cost
As the cannabis industry continues its rapid growth, the staffing needs of the industry participants grow with it. Oftentimes, the costs of attracting quality applicants are not thoroughly considered by entrepreneurs. The longer a role goes un-filled, the longer a company’s productivity is strained.
Outsourcing roles like payroll administration, compliance, staffing, accounting, and human resources services can relieve business owners of major burdens but can come at an added cost. Those looking to fill cannabis-related roles on the cheap should consider platforms like Vangst or the LeafBuyer jobs board.
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