What is an HR consultant?
Human resource consulting is a profession that offers businesses the opportunity to assess, audit, plan, design, and implement solutions to address many factors that affect workforce and HR management.
Many human resource consultants provide useful services for businesses, often including:
Why companies hire HR consultants?
Small to mid-size organizations simply don’t have the internal resources or expertise needed to take on projects or a budget to set-up a full-scale HR department. Some businesses need an outside perspective on a particular HR challenge or the flexibility of outsourcing human resources without paying a full-time employee salary.
If you run a business, you can probably do much of the work yourself. Here are some good resources:
Choosing an HR Consultant
A great time to hire is when you don’t have the internal resources or need an outside perspective. The first step is to identify and specify the exact issue or need to be addressed, this will form your scope of work.
Choosing an HR consultant might involve the following stages:
While HR consultants can provide valuable services, it’s not uncommon for some consultants to underestimate the work required, and then struggle to deliver within the timeline and scope parameters.
Be wary of HR consulting firms that are secretive or won't clearly explain what they intend to do. Ask for explanations if something is unclear.
While you consider whether to go with an HR consultant, you may want to do some research on the industry. Consulting firms calling themselves “top or best” must be backed up with a strong client reference base and credentials. Be careful.