Hiring an HR Consultant – 4 good reasons

16 Dec
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP

I’m a Start-up….

Why would I use an HR Consultant?

There’s a point when the new business owner is enjoying a steady stream of customer orders, the working week is full and you’re thinking to yourself this is great, but how do I take it a stage further? Any more sales just now, and you’ll be overworked, unless…. you get some hired help in!

Leeds is a vibrant city full of employable folk, but should you choose an IT specialist, a data entry bod, or a professional tea and coffee maker. The answer to this is none of the above, by the way. You should first be thinking of hiring a local Leeds based HR Consultant, and we’ve got four very good reasons why:

1. To avoid the lengthy recruiting and outsourcing processes

Recruiting staff is an arduous task, which often takes a very long time. There are in-depth job descriptions to write, dozens of job applications to be weeded out, interviewing the chosen candidates and making sure that the ones you choose live and breathe the same values that you do as you grow your business.

Of course, if you’re busy doing the work of recruiting new candidates you’re not working on your business and bringing in the profits. So getting someone in to do it for you will be a huge benefit. It’s the same story for finding good freelancers to outsource your work to if you need it. Do you have the knowledge of how the freelancing world works? Having a HR Consultant by your side means you can concentrate on running your business and still find talented people to have on your team.

2. Hiring and firing – stay on the right side of the law!

The Leeds law courts are full of employment tribunals which could (and should) have been avoided if businesses had just employed a good HR Consultant before they hired staff. There are lots of laws around hiring and firing, paying and training staff. We’re assuming that you’re probably too busy working on your business to take the year out you’ll need to read through all the relevant laws, and decide how to apply them to your business. So you’re going to need some help to avoid possible lawsuits against your new start up.

An HR consultant can sort out all the contracts, make sure you’re following employment laws and generally keep you on the straight and narrow. As an HR consultant myself, I can tell you that it’s my life and I love it!

Hiring an HR Consultant can help keep you away from the Leeds employment tribunal courts, and it’s a lot more effective to get it right first time than hiring a legal professional when things go wrong!

3. Make use of an outsider’s perspective

An HR consultant is a fresh mind in your business and can be someone to bounce ideas off. When you’re thinking about what sort of staff to hire and what should be your hiring and employment policies. You might strike it lucky on your own and hire someone really good, but how are you going to retain them and engage them so that they’re really an asset to your company? A good HR professional will be able to give you great ideas for who to hire, how to train and how to retain your staff, along with company policies and so much more.

4. Time is money!

The main thing that hiring an HR Consultant can give you is time. Time that you could be using to draw in new customers, increase sales, schmooze or whatever else is at the top of your priority list. The longer you spend doing HR tasks (probably quite ineffectively), the less time you’re putting into growing your business and making money. Of course, you could eschew HR altogether and run your start up on your own forever, but how will you get to the place you need to be? There’s only so much one woman or man can do on their own, and a big limit on how much money they can make singly.

If you really want to make it big in the world of business, then expansion is a must. And so is an HR Consultant. They go hand in hand! Your competitors will know this already!

These are just four of the smartest reasons for hiring an HR Consultant for your start-up, although there are plenty more. Before you hire in that person who makes a cracking cup of tea and is really nice, think about how you really want your business to grow and develop.

If any of this rings true for you and you just want a chat about what an HR Consultant can do for your business, please feel free to get in touch.

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