There are many calls for HR to concentrate on getting the basics right. So what are the “basics” when it comes to HR? Paying people on time is a basic requirement — yet this service can be provided through the finance function. Providing clear contracts of employment is a basic requirement — yet this service can be provided through the legal department or the company secretary. Recruitment is a basic requirement — yet is often done best by the line manager. Clearly, getting the basics right could be achieved by eradicating the cost of providing an HR department!