Outsourced HR - what's the benefit?

By KMC Human Resources

29 Aug 2017

Employees are the lifeblood of many a business. They may bring their stresses and they certainly have their cost, but the majority of organisations simply couldn’t function without them.

Depending on size of an organisation, the number of people they employ and the industry in which they operate, there can often be a need to obtain help in managing employee issues. There are a number of different routes via which to do this and the most appropriate source of advice will vary from business to business.

Whilst some companies prefer to keep their HR in-house, many are now coming to realise the value an outsourced HR function can bring. Here are some reasons to consider outsourcing some or all of your HR function.

Save time

Any business owner that employs staff will tell you how time consuming – and stressful – dealing with staff issues can be.

Human beings are complex and as such, staff members all have their own needs, requirements and expectations.

Managing staff on a daily basis can not only distract business owners from other issues they have at hand, it can also be draining; leaving you with less energy when you do get chance to turn your attention to other business matters.

Utilising external HR support can take some of this strain away; leaving you with more time and energy to focus on other business matters.

Up to date advice

The world of employment law is complex and legislation can often change on an annual basis.

As they deal with employee matters on a daily basis, HR consultants will be up to date on all aspects of employment law – whereas naturally, you won’t be.

As well as being on top of the latest legislation, outsourced HR companies have the benefit of having dealt with all manner of staff issues previously and are therefore well-placed to advise on how to go about working through any problems you have at hand – particularly if they are of a sensitive nature.

Impartiality

As a business owner, you are often far too close to problems to be able to see the bigger picture and therefore work out the best way forward.

As an external pair of eyes, an outsourced HR consultant can take a wider view without prejudice, therefore being in the perfect position to assist you in making a plan of action.

In addition to the positive aspects of outsourcing HR, there are of course some potential negatives. For example, it isn’t always easy to get the right ‘fit’ for your organisation and some providers that offer remote support are missing that ‘hands on’ approach.

Generally, outsourced HR works best when the outsourcing firm takes the time to understand your company and its unique culture.

Additionally, some HR service providers (generally the large, national companies that offer this service) also have long contracts, tying clients in for 2, 3 or even 5 years.

These contracts are usually watertight and some businesses find themselves having to see out the length of their contract whilst perhaps also paying another outsourced HR firm for a better, more tailored service. For advice on the tailored, flexible HR services offered by KMC Human Resources, please get in touch.

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