Outsourced HR is something that can be attractive to small or large businesses. We discuss the merits of using an outsourced HR company.
Many of our clients just don't want a full time HR professional. But when they do need HR support, it is often for expert help to deal with a complex issue. An experienced, skilled HR director will manage situations correctly and quickly for you. Many clients tell us it is better and cheaper for them to have an outsourced HR director for one or two days a week than a less experienced permanent employee who, in practice, can't do everything they need them to do.
HR outsourcing gives you a flexible resource who can be used in the long term, for a day here or there, or engaged at short notice to deal with an emergency. People challenges often arrive without warning, giving you an unpleasant surprise. "We can give you a talented HR professional, who is highly likely to have carried out what you need them to do in other organisations before." explains Connor managing director Paul Connor.
In many cases our clients have a challenge they haven't faced before. They might want to write their first maternity policy or open their first office outside the UK. Connor's outsourced HR consultants come with a range of skills and experience. If you are a digital agency we would aim to provide you with an HR consultant who has already worked for one. If industry experience is important to you, we'll do what we can to provide it for you.
Some of our clients do have an HR department and they use an outsourced HR provider to ease the burden on themselves. If you are dealing with many employee relations cases at any one time, this can be a difficult workload, even for a seasoned, resilient HR professional. Outsourcing employee relations issues is something we are increasingly being asked to do. This gives HR leaders and their teams more time to focus on other tasks such as people strategy, recruitment and developing emerging talent.
It can be difficult when it comes to sensitive issues such as grievances or unfair dismissal claims. Outsourced HR professionals will not be involved in the politics of any situation so they can provide impartial advice, making them very effective mediators.
"Many clients tell us it is better and cheaper for them to have an outsourced HR director for one or two days a week than a less experienced permanent employee who, in practice, can't do everything they need them to do."
Our clients also tell us that our external consultants are more effective than their own people, because they are viewed by employees as impartial experts and respected as such.
Whether you are a senior executive or an HR leader your time is precious, not to mention expensive. An outsourced HR approach can reduce the opportunity cost of you dealing with a variety of people issues. You will have more time to focus your energy on key business objectives.
Connor works with CEOs and managing directors to provide HR services to businesses that don't have an HR professional in their ranks. We are also appointed by HR leaders when they need particular expertise and support to manage HR projects. Talk to us today to learn more.