Most people think of HR as a full-time department overseeing a business’s people management operations. While that’s true in many cases, there may be a lot of reasons why an organization decides to move away from that model. Here are a few reasons investing in part-time HR could be a good move for your business—no matter its size, shape, or industry.


A big challenge for full-time HR departments is the issue of scalability. In-house departments may not be able to ramp up operations quickly and easily in the face of a new project or increased hiring demands. Similarly, it may be difficult to scale back HR functions when business slows down a bit. That can lead to departmental inefficiency and high overhead. If you know you’re only going to need help for a predetermined period of time—say, until a new project is completed—or if you’re not sure you need to add another full-time position, part-time HR gives you more flexibility and scalability to ensure you’re getting the help you need—when you need it.


Businesses keep a close eye on their bottom lines, which is another place where full-time HR may show up as a negative. You might think that hiring an outside party to take care of HR functions could cost you more in the long run—or that you might pay for ineffectual service that racks up more hours on a task than are really needed. Of course, full-time, in-house HR can suffer from inefficiency too.

That’s why part-time HR can actually be a more cost-effective solution for businesses. You may need extra help during a big project to keep things on-time and running smoothly, or you may know that there’s simply too much to be done for the number of staff you do have, but not enough to keep an extra full-time position occupied. Paying for only the help you need is one of the big advantages of part-time HR.


Your HR staff is already busy when a new project comes up or someone unexpectedly leaves the company. Maybe you’re a small business that doesn’t yet have a full-time HR staffer, but you do need a trained professional with expert knowledge to begin looking after your human resources functions—like payroll—now that your business is expanding. Part-time HR is a great solution for both of these situations and many more like them.

Part-time HR is often delivered by consultants with expert knowledge and access to the best tools. Whether you’re looking to outsource your payroll function or to conduct a candidate search for your next CFO, HR consulting agencies often have not just the specialists, but the specialized tools to help you get the job done right and on time. That means higher efficiency; your existing staff aren’t overwhelmed and things are still done in a timely manner.


Whether you have an in-house HR team or you need to create an HR team for the first time, the fact is that you need expert knowledge for HR to function efficiently and effectively. Contracting part-time HR offers an easy way to tap into the knowledge of experts. Whether the organization is a small business that needs help setting up their first benefits plan or a larger business rolling out a new payroll system, you can engage with experts on a part-time basis for as long as you need them. Since they’re already experts, you don’t need to spend time training them, and they’re already bringing knowledge, tools, and skills to the table—along with some fresh perspective.

Felicia Smith

Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.

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