You'd think that because I run an HR consultancy, I have a list a mile long of all the reasons why you should definitely work with an HR professional to help you to hit your business goals. And it’s true that there are many ways in which I can help you to hit those targets and create a positive, productive workplace. 
But it’s also true that we know that we can’t help everyone. There are some people who just aren’t in the right position to use our services, and if you’re on the fence right now about what your next moves should be, then we want to make sure that you’ve got all the information you need. 
 
Let’s explore three of the biggest reasons why now might not be the right time to look at outsourcing your HR practices… 
 
1. You’re at the stage where it’s necessary to employ a permanent HR member of staff 
 
HR consultancy can be a great option for small and emerging businesses that could benefit from knowledge and expertise on matters relating to personnel management, but are not yet ready or able to bring on a permanent employee. There often comes a point though when it just makes better sense all round to build your own HR team. 
 
There are obvious benefits of having a dedicated HR member of staff who knows your business inside out, and is out there operating on the front line each and every day. Most of our clients aren’t quite yet at that stage, though many do plan to get there in the not too distant future. Your HR function should grow with your business, and it’s important to carefully assess your needs. 
 
2. You’ve got a wealth of knowledge on the nuances of employment law and its application 
 
Employment law can be complex, to say the least. Keeping on top of changes and ensuring that your business is fully compliant can almost be a full-time job in its own right. Depending on your background though, you might feel like your knowledge is up to date, up to scratch, and will keep you in the right side of compliance for a long time to come. 
 
It’s true that many of our clients are business owners whose skills and talents are very much in a different area, and so they choose to outsource the tasks where there are gaps in their knowledge. We’re their eyes and their eyes when it comes to sniffing out new developments, and seamlessly bringing their practices up to date. If you have a deep understanding of employment law? You might be able to do this for yourself. 
 
3. You’re not willing to have open and frank conversations with your consultant 
 
So many businesses have problems of varying sizes bubbling away beneath the surface. Leading human beings can be complicated and messy business, and it’s inevitable that mistakes will sometimes be made. When you’re outsourcing, you’re only going to take value away from your relationship with your consultant if you’re willing to have honest conversations, and give them access to everything they need… The good, the bad, and the ugly. 
 
It can be overwhelming and daunting, but a good HR consultant is not there to judge, or to point the finger of blame. Of course, your confidentiality will always be a key priority. 
 
Get in touch today if you would like to discuss whether working with an HR consultant if right for you. We offer an initial no-obligation consultation. We can discuss your current challenges, and the options that are available to you. 
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