29 June 2016
The Advantages of Hiring an Outside HR Business Consultant by Ruth Mayhew, Demand Media An HR business consultant can improve your company’s profitability. Related Articles What Is an HR Communications Consultant? Who Handles Generalized HR Tasks? HR Hiring Policies An Outline of an HR Audit Advantages & Disadvantages of the HR Department Examples of Company Policies & Procedures For small businesses, there are numerous advantages to hiring an outside consultant, the most important of which include having a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. Human resources consulting services can be engaged on an hourly basis or hired on a contract basis to fill interim HR management positions. Either arrangement benefits your company based simply on the level of expertise the consultant brings to your organization. The benefits of an HR consultant are both tangible and intangible; however, the bottom line reflects the tangible advantages to engaging the services of an HR consultant. Recruiting An HR business consultant may not post job advertisements or sit in on candidate interviews, but she can advise you on what it takes to attract qualified applicants. Consultants whose specialty areas include recruitment and selection give small-business owners tips on the best recruitment strategies as well as how to make wise hiring decisions. Small businesses often cannot afford to waste resources on ineffective recruitment strategies; therefore, an HR consultant who can help you create a productive workforce can ultimately save your company thousands by minimizing your cost-per-hire. Litigation An HR consultant can assist you in handling employee relations matters, such as investigating informal and formal complaints file by employees alleging that your company has engaged in unfair employment practices. The advantage of having an external consultant is that it preserves the integrity of workplace investigations. In addition, an HR consultant who is specially trained to mediate workplace disputes can save exorbitant costs to litigate employment cases. HR consultants may also advise you on proactive measures to ensure employee satisfaction so that you mitigate future risks of liability concerning employee issues. Related Reading: How Does a Massive Hiring Affect an HR Department? Expertise HR consultants have to maintain their expertise to be valuable to their clients. Small-business owners who don’t have a dedicated HR department within their companies benefit from an HR consultant who can provide guidance on the day-to-day operations. Even if there’s an HR staff member in place, the HR consultant can advise him on HR functions that will sustain employee engagement and productivity. Most HR consultants work hard to continually upgrade their knowledge and expertise in HR best practices so they can market high-quality services to clients and ensure that their clients trust their advice and counsel. Outsourcing Many HR consultants are well-versed in the pros and cons of outsourcing HR functions. HR consultants may not perform the duties of an outsource provider, such as processing payroll or handling benefits administration. However, an HR consultant can help you decide whether to hire an outsource provider or help you weigh the benefits of one outsource provider over another. In the event your HR consultant does perform some of the HR functions your company needs, you save the expense of paying the salary and benefits of a full-time employee to handle personnel functions that are well within your consultant’s purview. Strategy Strategic human capital development is an HR consultant’s strength. There are two ways an HR consultant benefits your organization concerning the strategic direction of your HR functionality. Your HR staff benefits from the expertise that your HR consultant lends in coordinating the HR tactical functions. This frees the time your HR staff has to devote to designing and implementing your company’s workforce planning. In addition, it gives small-business owners the ability to leave HR functions in capable hands while they dedicate their time and focus to overall business development.
28 June 2016
It’s obvious businesses have been booming over the past year or so. More than 50% of businesses are confident in their ability to grow this year and next. Growing though, means more money and sometimes small businesses can have a tough time obtaining financing to keep up with the exponential growth. 80% of small business loan applications are rejected. The good news is that there are companies such as OnDeck and LendingClub that helps startups. The SBA is a great resource for small businesses. Partner with Business BEactive to strategically and organically grow your business at a pace that is good for you and your consumers! Let’s chat, today!
25 June 2016
Many not-for-profits are always looking for ways to publicize their organization and bring in monetary donations. Work with Marie at Business BEactive to plan your event, today! Don’t think that you cannot afford to hire a consultant. Business BEactive is a huge supporter of not-for-profit organization and will often provide services at little or no cost to your organization. Here are some ideas to get the brain-juices, flowing: Involve the children- Do not ignore children, because they have power to influence parents and donors. Children have a way of hyping up peer influence which is good for business. Let children participate in a show or other event, and parents will turn out in waves to help the cause and support their children.. Host a street carnival- Get a bouncing castle onto the street complete rented with music or band. Allow people to play games for small amounts of money and charge an entry fee. This is a great joint event idea where many charities in your community can come together to all have different booths and raise money. Text in dollars- Have people text to donate a small amount, which will simply be added onto their phone bill. Fashion show- Coordinate a fashion show to feature local merchants, ask for donations at the door. This is a great, fun, and fashionable way to raise funds for your organization. Organize a competition- Have a competition say eating, dressing or fashion. Members of public will pay to participate in voting or tasting foods or sampling fashion as they donate to the cause. Just be aware of local laws regarding competitions before you start, so you can make sure that your competition is legal! Wrap events around the holidays- Get people to donate a certain amount of money on their special events. Target occasions such as birthdays and public holidays where it is easy to net many people simultaneously. Valentine and Christmas would be a great choice. For example, you could partner with a local winery for Valentine’s Day to have people purchase a certain type of premium wine where a percentage of the proceeds go to your charity. Date auction- Line up volunteers in turns for auction and the highest bidder get a chance to go for a date with a volunteer. This is always a fun (and usually funny) event, especially if you include dates with local celebrities!