For growing startups, the flexibility of having a HR consultant come into the business at short notice to assess what you do or perhaps do not have in your people function is critical. The urgency to recruit, retain and develop employees is paramount to the long term success of the company. With this knowledge and hands on experience a HR Consultant can provide the flexibility to work with a startup to support them in achieving their key goals in a time-efficient and cost effective manner. Here are the main areas where a HR Consultant to can add value to your startup;
Expertise - Whether you are a startup with no people function or you have one HR employee, a HR consultant can provide expert knowledge and guidance on what would benefit the company and its people. This could be in the form of establishing a day to day operational HR function that assists in upgrading the business on its HR best practices providing all employees with the best service. As well as working with key stakeholders a HR consultant can advise on processes and initiatives that will lower attrition and promote productivity giving startups access to a dedicated trusted advisor.
Recruitment - A HR consultant can easily advise on recruitment processes and strategies to attract top talent to your startup. The time it takes to recruit and manage the process can be lengthy, not forgetting the cost incurred if recruitment knowledge is low within the business. Many small businesses often cannot afford to waste time and money on expanding their workforce therefore, a HR consultant can assist in creating a customised recruitment strategy that can ultimately save you thousands in your cost per hire.
Diplomacy - Like in any growing business the need for conflict management and dealing with employee relations issues can occur. A HR consultant can assist you in handling difficult employee situations, compliant casework as well as performance management issues. A HR consultant can cut the cost of legal fees by providing the mediation framework for managing these issues and putting strategies in place to minimise future risk to the business.
Motivation and Engagement - A HR consultant can look at your startup holistically to assess what trends and patterns are emerging in your employee turnover, engagement levels, and absenteeism. This will give small businesses the metrics they need to see where engagement is low and how much this is costing them every year. In adding value, a HR consultant can provide the analysis of causes behind each area and suggest a employee survey format, 360 feedback, OD interventions and L&D training plans that can ensure engagement stays high.
Strategy - For startups with no people function a HR Consultant can devote their time to designing and implementing your workforce planning strategy. It also gives small companies the option to leave the HR function to be managed and owned by a skilled professional freeing up your time to focus on achieving key business growth goals.
A HR Consultant can add value to any startup and this is seen consistently as more and more small businesses turn to this specialist expertise every year in order to promote growth.