Hiring an HR Consultant.

By Vivianna Saldanha
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Human Resources is just what it says: resources for humans – within the workplace! Depending on the size of the company, some companies have more than one HR Department – Corporate and Administration.  In such cases, an organizational chart with boxes representing hierarchical position starting at the top with the first and single-most important being the highest-ranking role. Following the lines, more boxes are branched off to define each department head and their direct reports. As the company expands, so will this chart. In short, HR is the hub of the organization serving as a liaison between all employees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Generally, the HR department is responsible for the following in an organization:                                                                                                                                                            1. Managing job recruitment, orientation programs for new hires, performance evaluation and employee separation process.                                                              2. Developing and overseeing employee benefits and wellness programs                                                                                                                                                                                3. Developing and enforcing personnel policies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Promoting employee career development and job training                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Providing Employee Engagement activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6.Guiding disciplinary actions and grievance handling                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7. Serving as primary contact for work-site injuries or accidents

HR provides consultation to a company’s management team to identify what the company’s core business and culture are about and proceeds to plan and map the company’s organizational infrastructure to support those needs. HR’s main objective is to meet the organizational needs of the company it represents and the needs of the people hired by the company. HR can be considered as the backbone of any organization for the smooth functioning of the organization and they have the responsibility in clearly defining who is responsible for what.

Like any specialization in industry, here steps in HR consultants who can ease the burden when no HR expertise exists to handle continually needed HR functions. HR consultants assist multiple clients across different business sectors and thus their expertise can be rich with experience. Businesses will benefit from the expertise and experience of a Human Resource Consultant without the cost of paying a full-time salary. Outsourcing activity saves the HR personnel’s time and can concentrate on the job in hand effectively.

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Some of the advantages of hiring HR Consultants could be:                                                                                                                                                                                                    1.Can offer solutions they gained through experience, laws, and best practices.                                                                                                                                            2.Can offer flexible, customized services, as there is no one-size-fits all model.                                                                                                                                                          3.Will indirectly increase productivity, profitability, and reduce risk.                    4.Will concentrate on having-your-back and giving you peace of mind.              5.Will help you find top talent, to grow the team and increase the number of customers who can be served.                                                                                          6.Will reduce the time it talks to screen candidates and find a good cultural fit.                                                                                                                                                          7.An HR Consultant can increase compliance, reduce cost and defray risk. This alone is worth calling in an expert!                                                                          8.Will provide consistency in process, loss of time and loss of organization.    9.An HR Consultant can improve performance reviews, process tracking, goal setting and benefits management.

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Not all HR Consultants have expertise in every HR function. Take the time to speak with them and to understand what services were provided, that brought about positive results. Find an HR Consultant who is connected to the marketplace and understand the latest trends and best practices. Enquire about their core competencies and ask for references and testimonials. The experienced HR Consultants will be ready to share names and numbers. You can reach out to some of the references and can enquire confidentially.  As you deal with the selected consultant, look for the qualities as a team player, professionalism, time management, communication skill, judgment and expertise. A careful study will help to continue with the selected consultant or will guide you to look for another one!

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