Why Use an HR Consultant?
- On 17 March 2022
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
Many companies are too small to have a full time, even part time human resources professional on staff. Often times, these companies, when in trouble, will retain an employment attorney to assist them, and this can be quite costly, especially if you retain an experience labor attorney, specializing in employment law. This is where an HR Consultant can come in.
There are many benefits in retaining an HR Consultant.
For Smaller Companies:
- An HR Consultant is much less expensive than an employment attorney, and “Speaks your Language”;
- An HR Consultant is familiar with on-hands HR, and typically knows all of the “HR Best Practices”;
- Since an HR Consultant is not an employee, you do not pay for any roll-up costs, such as benefits, payroll taxes, etc. The hourly rate can be negotiated;
- You can utilize your HR Consultant as little or as much as you need;
- Typically, the Consultant bills by the hour, so you can easily manage your budget;
- If you are unhappy with your consultant, then all you have to do is just end your agreement with him/her and find one that best suits you and your company culture.
For Larger Companies:
For those larger employers who may have a full team of HR folks on staff, what would be the benefit of retaining an HR Consultant? Here too, there are many benefits, in addition to all those listed above:
- New eyes see new things. An outside HR professional will see things that your team may not know or have just overlooked;
- The findings of an “External HR Audit” can be eye opening. Typically, the Consultant will provide you after the audit, with a documented report, indicating their findings and recommendations. Some of these recommendations are dictated by employment law, others can be just recommendations due to an HR Best Practice;
- HR Consultants can provide larger companies with an independent third-party investigation, for matters of harassment or discrimination. There, the claimant cannot say that there is any favoritism, because the Consultant knows no one at the Company;
- Training workshops are much better received from staff, when they are presented and delivered by someone they don’t know. If your staff HR person delivers the training, it would not be as well received as if it were presented by a professional HR Consultant.
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