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As your small business grows, the need for a distinct HR Department to handle hiring, firing, employee training, payroll and deductions, employee benefits, and compliance becomes obvious.
But business is anything but static - and there are often unexpected events that come up, new decisions that need to be made, or unforeseen dilemmas that need to be solved in the course of managing and growing your company. Oftentimes, these situations call for HR expertise that may go beyond what you can handle on-staff.
Here are 4 common situations when you might want to reach out to a professional HR consultant for some timely advice:
1. Employee Acquisition & Retention
Maybe you're business is just getting started, or maybe you are entering a new, exciting phase of growth and expansion. You need to develop a streamlined program for locating, evaluating, hiring, and orienting the right set of candidates.
If you don't have the funds to hire your own in-house HR workers, or very many of them, HR consulting can help you get through this process in an efficient way. You can get in-depth advice on how to find and retain top talent in your industry.
2. Managing Special Risks
Let's say you are in a situation where you have to take action against an employee. Maybe you feel you need to reduce salaries, cut benefits, make a demotion, or terminate an unproductive or unreliable worker. If your business is downsizing currently or moving to a new location, you may have to lay off or fire multiple employees all at once.
This is an example of a particularly risky situation legally. You need to know the law, what exactly you can and cannot do and what is the proper procedure to follow. Risk management, both for specific situations and in general on an ongoing basis, is a key reason why business owners use HR consulting.
3. Facing A Lawsuit
In today's world, it is not at all uncommon for a business to get sued by a current or former employee for alleged violations of federal law. Discrimination and sexual harassment suits are very easy to file, and even when you did nothing wrong, it's not easy (or cheap) to navigate the legal system on your own.
HR consulting not only helps to keep you compliant so as to reduce the risk of lawsuits, but it also comes to the rescue should a lawsuit nonetheless occur. An experienced HR consultant can explain to you the details of the law relative to your situation and help guide you on what to do next.
4. It's Open Enrollment Soon!
When open enrollment is coming up soon, you need to update your benefits package for the year ahead to stay competitive. And you need to get all the paperwork ready and your HR workers prepared to process it.
HR consultants can handle the whole open enrollment program for you, or they can lend their advice just where it's needed most to help you do it yourself. HR specialists are also adept at helping you increase employee awareness of and participation in your offered employee benefits.
The full range of scenarios where you might need to call up an experienced, professional HR consultant are too many to list. These 4 reasons for using HR consulting are representative, not exhaustive. For assistance in any and all areas of HR management, contact Summerlin Benefits Consulting today!