Whether your business already has a professional and well-trained HR staff or you’re just starting out, HR consulting offers myriad benefits for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Here’s just a few of the ways your business can benefit.
WHAT IS HR CONSULTING?
Many organizations will look at their operations and decide that there’s room for significant improvement in their HR departments. Many will opt to employ HR consulting to help them integrate programs, practices, and processes into their human resources operations. Similar to management consulting, HR consulting can help your business determine its needs, realize efficiencies, and save money.
DETERMINE YOUR NEEDS
Every business is different and, because of that, every business will have different HR needs. An HR consulting service can help you determine which programs your firm needs to have in place. They can also help you determine which programs need improvement and which ones you might be better off without altogether. This can help you make your HR department more streamlined and integrated, which can help you realize efficiencies and cut costs. Many consulting firms can also help you outsource non-core HR functions to specialists in accordance with your needs.
Are you doing things in the best way possible? Chances are you’re not. Many organizations have encounters with the attitude that the way “we’ve always done things” is fine and doesn’t need to change. Smaller companies may have ad hoc processes or programs that shift with priorities and needs. Some may be in the process of creating their first formal HR department and may not have the expertise to know what’s considered best practice. HR consulting can help your business realize efficiencies in processes by reviewing your current ones and recommending how you can improve. Maybe you’ve been doing a step twice over simply because that’s the way it’s always been done in HR. But that could be wasting valuable time—and costing you money.
HR consultants also bring to the table up-to-the-minute knowledge of best practices and processes, which can help you determine not only what programs you need, but how to implement and deploy those programs. That creates a streamlined delivery system for your HR functions.
CUT COSTS AND SAVE TIME
Better processes are more efficient, which can help your HR staff save time. They can devote more time to their core functions, and also spend less time on any one task. That’s efficient, but it also saves money—as the saying goes, time is money. You pay your HR personnel to complete tasks, but if you’re not executing those tasks in an efficient way, you’re paying for inefficiency. Inefficiency can also cost you money in other ways: if you need to add staff quickly due to high demand but can’t fill positions, you might miss the market. That can seriously damage your bottom line. An HR consulting firm can tell you where your processes are inefficient and how you can improve them—and, in turn, how that might improve your bottom line. You may even be able to rationalize jobs in the HR department.
Whether your firm is a big business undergoing a massive benefits plan revision, a small firm just getting your feet wet in a benefits plan, or a new payroll system, a consulting firm can help you get started. The firm can help you outsource additional programs or non-core functions; train your staff to use new technology or understand the new payroll system, and even help you get new HR technology up and running. The firm can also help you maintain excellent communication with your employees about the changes in the HR department.
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.