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Understand the Reality of Outsourcing: Debunk the Myths About Hiring an HR Consultant

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Guest Blogger: Christopher Haymon - Adulting Digest

To run a business of any size, you need to have an HR department. Your HR department should be active and a part of the growth of your business. It handles various tasks for your business, including ensuring that you abide by federal law regarding workplace discrimination. If you need an HR consultant or if you have considered outsourcing your department, here are some myths you should debunk first, courtesy of AJM Associates.

Outside Companies Cannot Understand Your Values

According to Element Three, your company's core values guide your company in its behavior. While defining your core values is important, it is also important to share those values with employees, associates, and any outside consultant, such as an HR consultant. Some business owners feel as though they lack control over personnel issues when they hire an outside company. They feel as though the company will not understand their values.

It is critical to remember that when you outsource your HR department or utilize an HR consultant, then you are essentially hiring help. If you are unsatisfied with the service you receive, you can discuss the issues with the consultant in question.

Outside Companies Are Too Expensive

Every business has a budget. The size of your budget tends to depend on the size of your company. Before you count out outsourcing HR, you may want to take a look at the budget that you have. Make sure that your budget resembles industry standards. You should review your business periodically to ensure that you are within budget. If you have to cut costs to afford more critical business ventures, you should put it on the table.

In general, when you hire a consultant, you only pay for what you need. If you are a small business with modest HR needs, you will pay less than a larger organization. It may be more cost-effective to work with outside companies.

HR Consultants Can't Work With Internal HR Employees

First and foremost, you should avoid a glitchy, messy payroll system at all costs. If you haven’t done so already, find reliable employee time tracking software that can help you generate reports, build schedules, and manage teams to ensure everyone is on the same page — even when you’re away from the office. This alone can help you build a solid foundation for your payroll system and allow you to find your footing.

However, there are times when you’ll need the assistance of an experienced HR consultant. An outsourced consulting team should work with your internal group. If you have an HR department, you can split the tasks between the groups. An outside company provides the HR department with some slack. After all, HR carries out a lot of different tasks. Discuss your corporate vision with the outsourced team. You can bridge the gap between the independent consultants and your hired team. The outsourced team should complement your internal team.

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Your main goal should be to ensure that your company runs efficiently and that none of your staff is overworked or burned out. Outsourcing your HR team or hiring a freelance consultant can alleviate some of the burdens. Not only can you trust a consultant to handle HR-related issues, but if you already have an internal HR department, you don't have to worry about the department being spread too thin. Knowing the myths about HR consultants can help make the hiring process easier.

AJM Associates provides HR consulting services that can help your staff — and in turn, your business — become more efficient. Learn more by calling (248) 778-6070.

Guest Blogger: Christopher Haymon - Adulting Digest

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