Without HR expertise, growing a small business can be very challenging and if you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue without professional help, you’ll know just how stressful it can be.

Between trying to manage legal obligations, and meeting operational requirements, if you not careful solving HR problems could become part of your everyday routine.

There is always the option to call upon help on a project-by-project basis, but if you’re ready to raise the bar (and give yourself the valuable gift of peace of mind along the way), then it might be time for you to start a retained solution with your HR consultant.

This could be the HR secret weapon that you desperately need and here’s why:

You know and trust your dedicated consultant, so you can get straight to the heart of any issue

If you’ve ever outsourced work to a consultant, you will know that there’s often a steep learning curve called ‘getting to know one another’ and before you can really start to get down to business, the right foundations have to be laid. You have to gain an understanding of how they operate, and they need to find out what your business is really all about.

So if you have a pressing HR issue and you’re working with someone who you’ve never worked with before, it’s inevitable that you aren’t going to immediately hit the ground running. However, when you’re using retained services this isn’t a problem, you will know your consultant, you know how they do things, and you trust their decisions and advice, so it’s not difficult to see the massive difference they will make.

You don’t have to face the prospect of hunting down an expert when something goes wrong

Business owners often don’t expect to go into work on any given morning and find themselves faced with handling the fall-out of an HR issue. These things happen though, and it’s vital that you’re ready to respond as soon as possible as many issues can spiral out of control if you don’t formulate a solution within a quick timescale.

By the time you’ve contacted your business peers, asked for recommendations, and managed to get hold of someone who has a solution, serious damage might have already been done. When you have an HR consultant who you can get in touch with at any time, there’s no panicking and no fuss. You’ve already got your plan in place, and you know that they have already got you covered.

You will save yourself money

Contrary to popular belief (although very outdated!!), HR isn’t all about soft tactics that can’t be measured in terms of true business success. The best HR professionals understand their role in contributing to the bottom line of your business and play a role in helping you to exceed your strategic objectives by utilising positive people practices.

Every business will have a keen eye on costs, so yet another benefit of working on a retained basis is that you’ll know what you’re paying each month, so you’ll never have to face any nasty surprises.

Are you ready to make the change? Give HR Revolution a call today for an initial chat about how we might be able to work with you.