A simple, human, smart approach to hiring.

About Us

Lola Kakes
Owner and Founder - EffortlessHR

I am Lola Kakes, a HR Generalist for 30+ years. I have worked in Corporate America as an HR Generalist and have owned my own business for the past 10 years. I work mainly with small businesses (under 100 employees) to assist them in finding, developing, maintaining, and retaining their employee base. My favorite 30 second elevator speech is, “If you don’t own a circus you shouldn’t be hiring clowns.” The problem is many companies hire in haste and fire at leisure and when they hire find out later they have hired clowns – not star performers.

I am a strong advocate for the small business entrepreneur and for solid HR practices. I believe that good HR systems will help the small business grow and prosper. I have done presentations for the Arizona Small Business Association, NAWBO - the National Association of Women Business Owners (Tucson Chapter), the Small Business Development Center, and other local businesses. These presentations include, “The Art of Hiring Smart”, “You and Employment Law”, “HR 101”, and many others.

I was a member of the Tucson City Small Business Commission and the Immediate Past President of NAWBO Tucson, the NAWBO National Member of the Year for 2007, the Chair of the Presidents Assembly for NAWBO, a past National Board Member and an active member of Public Policy for NAWBO. I support the continuing growth and development of small businesses.

I am the author of the book, "If You Don't Own a Circus, You Shouldn't be Hiring Clowns!"

I built and own EffortlessHR, an on-line, easy to use, affordable HR Management System (HRIS) where the PXT Select can be used to help better manage and hire good people.

Testimonials For EffortlessHR, Inc.

  • We think effortlesshr is the future of HR for small and even medium-sized companies. We've been delighted with the service and rapid evolution of its services. Plus, our employees really like getting at all their info online. Actually, given how young our crew of 85 is, they expect it.

    Seattle Gymnastics Academy
  • Effortless HR is an indispensable tool for my business. I'm a traveling bookkeeper with clients with many different needs. Because most of these clients are small companies, they do not have a HR department. They depend on me to know the current laws on employees. Before Effortless HR I had to tell them I did not know the laws. Now I can help my cl

    DreamBooks Renee Burnett


  • All-in-One Web-Based Employee Management

    A complete HR management system in the cloud. Employee portal, PTO, time clock, applicant tracking, benefits, file storage, and more. An online HR database at your fingertips, with important information and files accessible 24/7 using web-based HRIS / HRMS software.

  • Employee Handbook Builder

    Every business needs an employee handbook to protect against liability and lawsuits.

    With EffortlessHR, you can affordably create a manual that would typically cost thousands of dollars and use up weeks of your time.

  • PXT Select Authorized Partner

    Providing comprehensive and outstanding assessment solutions for Hiring and Development of employee staff. Fantastic reports to help make those difficult hiring decisions easier and more effective.