As an independent outsider, the HR consultant may be able to get a more comprehensive and objective overview of the corporate forest, in virtue of not being tangled up in its trees branches and twigs.
There are some benefits of employing HR consultants. Firstly, they are able to free up the organization's existing human resources that can be re-allocated to more productive and strategic matters. Secondly, as outsiders, they can provide a more objective perspective in HR matters, such as analyzing the workflow or existing work processes. Thirdly, they can also serve as a source of new ideas, or an objective third party whose recommendations for change might be more palatable to affected employees. Lastly, they are also more flexible for being deployed in specific projects, such that existing work arrangements are not disrupted at all.
Some functions that HR consultants perform are as follows.
* Organizational climate surveys to obtain objective feedback from employees, from which recommendations for improvement could be made to the management
* Personality profiling to help the organization in its recruitment and selection process, as well as in developing the potential of its existing employees
* Improving the performance management system so that the organization can better utilize its existing human resources
* Career coaching to help employees, on the individual basis, to achieve their potential
* Recommendations on achieving a better work-life balance so as to improve the overall productivity of the organization.
In evaluating an HR consultant prior to selecting one, it is important to consider his or her existing and previous clients, general reputation, fee structure, the consulting "paradigms" (conceptual and operational frameworks favored) adopted, allied business experience in capacities other than consulting that may inform the consulting process and information gathering methods/issue and task prioritizing.
It will also be important to have some idea of the "aftercare" service provided as follow-up client service, where this is desired. Any cross-cultural experience may prove invaluable in organizations in which cultural considerations are central to the successful functioning of the business or service.
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