Small Biz Series: How Can Bringing in an HR Consultant Benefit Your Company?

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Your company needs a range of professionals with the skills required to survive and grow. Since those needs vary depending on your organization’s goals and objectives, bringing aboard an HR consultant can help fill them. Because accountants are at the core of the business function, they can advise your financial team and your entire operations team in ways that can bring your company to the next level.

Why Are HR Consultants Valuable to Any Size Business?

1. Work with Multiple Departments

Bringing aboard an HR consultant with knowledge of finance and accounting procedures can work with and report to different departments. For instance, the consultant may work with the finance department on managing payroll or calculating flexible benefits costs. They might assist with daily operations such as maintaining employee records, tracking work hours, scheduling benefit enrollment sessions and inputting payroll data. The HR consultant could work with leadership on planning strategies for increasing productivity, hiring the talent needed to make the business profitable, and raising staff retention. Other issues may include lowering employment costs, enhancing the staff recognition program, and measuring the effectiveness of work-life benefits.

2. Assist with Strategic Planning

Working with an HR consultant can help with strategic planning. To start, they can help identify the implicit tendencies of current employment policies and practices in terms of the skills, attitudes, and behavior they develop. Each corporate unit and division may have different implicit objectives, such as developing a workforce that achieves low costs, increasing flexibility or acquiring skills for a special project. Also, the lack of uniformities in policy and practices across divisions, departments, and functions may show up as well, signifying a lack of meeting strategic needs in those groups. As a second step, the consultant can help identify by function, department, and division the desired behavioral characteristics of each employee group that needs to align with the company’s or division’s objectives and plans for gaining a competitive edge. The plan may require a specific product, marketing, manufacturing, and financial strategies. From this process, the HR consultant and leadership can develop an HR strategy that details by division, department, or function the HR and specific policies and practices needed in HR management to make long-term plans.

3. Help Create Professional Performance Measurements

Contracting with an HR consultant can help with creating professional performance measurements. These measurements can identify skill gaps and lead to additional training and future improvement. They also may provide a system for you to monitor employee performance through sufficient feedback from managers to understand your company’s overall position. Performance assessments can be divided into two parts: measurement and evaluation. Performance measurement focuses on key performance indicators (KPIs), objective factors that can be clearly identified and measured, such as sales figures, production output, and financial performance. Monitoring the targets created should be part of a regular reporting system, such as written monthly reports, and be given along with informal employee feedback, such as at weekly progress meetings.

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