HR consultants to kickstart change & help companies make confident HR decisions
Speaking to a HR consultant is not a sign of trouble in your workplace. From our experience (and we’ve got plenty of it), it’s actually a sign of a company that’s committed to their growth and recognise that people power a business, and without investment and development in HR, your business is not going anywhere fast.
HumanX HR consultants are problem solvers, creative thinkers, strategists, collaborators, coaches and business partners. We are experts in all disciplines of HR, just like you are an expert in your industry. Our HR consultants will work closely with leaders and in-house HR managers to build a space and a working environment that allows you - and everyone in your organisation - to do what they do best, to flourish and to propel your business forward.
So many aspects of HR are hard to put your finger on, which can make them feel out of your control. Workplace culture, for example, can be hard to dissect and consciously move in a certain direction. Employee relations, engagement and even understanding your retention or staff turnover rates can feel hard to get to grips with and address when you’re in the thick of it all. That’s where a HR consultant can help. Our consulting style is holistic, we’ll integrate and assimilate with your company and then develop a strategy that will bring about real change - whether you’ve got a specific issue you need to address in the workplace, or just know that your HR could be more impactful.
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For organisations of all sizes, an effective HR strategy will create value. It will provide confidence and a united mission. HR strategy planning facilitates effective decision making and supports the human-first future of the organisation. We work with companies to blueprint a specific HR project, like the employee lifecycle; talent retention; or a restructure.
From diagnosing symptoms of poor engagement, to designing and deploying an engagement strategy; HumanX’s HR consultants can help. With so many moving parts, developing a sound employee engagement strategy can be tricky. With more than a few tricks up our sleeve, we have a knack for authentically boosting employee commitment and understanding.
Employees have never felt so free to demand something else, somewhere else. This has created an environment of uncertainty for employers looking to retain motivated staff. We encourage businesses to take strategic and bold actions to ensure employees remain motivated, focused and appreciated. We change the game when it comes to retaining staff.
Employee Value Proposition
Building a strategic, attractive Employee Value Proposition can be the first step towards talent, retention and growth. An EPV is about internal branding, morale and culture as well as benefits, market positioning and leadership. A great EVP should take your commitment to your employees and amplify it.
Here at HumanX HR, we understand the many moving parts of good organisation design. We’ll help you to align seamlessly at the leadership level before helping you spot the gaps in your current approach. Working with you to design an organisation framework that fits your needs, HumanX HR can assist you in bringing every element to life.
Workplace culture is the unique personality of your organisation. It encompasses the values, behaviours, and interactions that define your work environment. It’s often referred to as ‘the way things are done around here’. Just as every workplace is distinct, so is its culture. Some workplaces focus on collaboration and team spirit, while others may emphasise individual contributions. As workplace culture experts, we understand that the essence of workplace culture isn't just about what it is, but also about how to shape and optimise it to align with your organisations' vision, mission and goals. Our role is to assist you in measuring, monitoring, and transforming your workplace culture.
People are the pillars of a workplace – and it’s imperative they are treated as such. We never recommend a one-size-fits-all approach, because every organisational structure is unique. A supportive performance management framework should continuously support the individual and organisation. It helps to foster positive relationships, trust and build positive working environments.
Redundancy can be a maze; of legalities and requirements, but also of stress and emotion and change. The team at HumanX HR are experienced specialists. Not only does this mean that we’ve supported many companies and their people through the restructure and redundancy process many times before, we also bring our own values to every sensitive situation.
Exiting an employee can be a vital part of change and progression. But it is also a burden and takes a toll if shouldered alone. HumanX’s workplace termination consultants help to promote stability and sound decision making. Our experts develop confidence in leaders, decision makers and all the way through your teams, protecting workplace morale and advocating communication.
Making workplace dispute resolution simple - and positive.
HumanX HR’s team of mediators bring our human-first values into every situation. We are dedicated to promoting fairness and respect and confidentiality. Workplace mediation is never about finding fault – mediation is about communication. The mediation process is designed to help parties find common ground, share perspectives and agree a way forward.
A HumanX HR audit is designed to explore existing HR effectiveness and current state, and reduce the risk for your business by shining a light on what you don’t know. Working to your strengths and weaknesses, we’ll assess and address the gaps in your business, and give you the tools to make change and move forward.
Contemporary HR policies should reflect the tone of your organisation and culture. Beautifully designed and easy to navigate, our philosophy to HR policies is that they should be more than enforceable documents. They should be living and breathing documents guiding humans in the workplace.
Performance appraisals are not a silver bullet to managing talent in your organisation. They are one tool in the talent toolkit that is required to take a holistic approach to talent management. Performance appraisal focuses on a clear and meaningful evaluation of an employee’s performance. HumanX will support you in rallying an innovative approach that gets results.
Inspiring, effective business leaders are the spearhead of any modern workplace. They will shape and motivate the working environment around them, impacting every individual in the organisation. Executive coaching builds the skills and characteristics needed for new and emerging leaders. Start your executive coaching journey with HumanX
To take your business to the next level, or to iron out some problems, team coaching or team building training allows you to get the most out of the people that power your workplace. Show your investment and commitment and reap the incredible rewards in return, starting with tailor-made team coaching from HumanX.
Show your commitment to your people & the future of your company by consulting HR experts
Partnering with HumanX, we bring the advantage of big-picture thinking when assessing a challenge. We are not stuck in the day to day of an organisation and are able to effectively problem solve situations. Of course, we also bring decades of HR experience but with fresh ideas, an understanding of new thinking, trends and models that can inspire workplaces. We are able to find new efficiencies for our partners, develop new procedures and introduce tools and frameworks that really last and really work for you.
Our HR consultants work with data as well as people. We deal in facts as well as perspectives. Our role is to facilitate what needs to be done to achieve goals, without an agenda. However, it is also to help a company understand the role & power of their HR function. Wherever possible during HR consulting, we will develop benchmarks and tools for measuring change. The way to do this is through hard facts, honest feedback loops and real numbers.
HumanX consultants are natural born collaborators - often working closely with in-house HR teams to provide development opportunities and support, as well as to action new initiatives. If further support is required to meet deadlines, growth targets or to address an issue at work quickly, we can also bring in our outsourced HR teams to help do the doing.
Humans are our business. We put them first, with every experience, initiative and strategy we deploy. Speak to one of our HR consultants today to get more information about how we can help your business.
HumanX as your HR consulting partner
All relationships begin with a great conversation! Speak to one of our HR consultants to get the ball rolling, we will ask questions about the current working experience, goals and growth targets you may have and generally how we can help. Don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure on the answer - many of our long term partners actually first engage us just because they know they need help, but are unsure of what that looks like.
Let's make HR exciting
After we’ve discussed how HR consulting can help your organisation, we’re still likely going to dig a little deeper. Depending on the areas we’re working, we can deploy surveys and request feedback to start understanding the working experience - from the horses mouth, if you like. If we’re satisfied we have enough data and information to work from, we’ll build a HR strategy that takes your business from where it is now to where it needs to be. This is where we get to have great ideas and bring in our creative solutions. This is also an educational experience for the company; just working with HR consultants helps the HR function to mature and develop. Remember, HR is a journey and it should always be evolving.
Let’s work together
Whilst we are creating a blueprint for your business, we will also be auditing your HR. This means that if we identify any immediate, priority actions, this is when we’ll tell you. For example, if we uncover that your business is open to compliance risks or has gaps in their workplace policies and procedures - we’ll tell you so you can act immediately. Don’t have the capacity in-house? No worries - we can help to get these imperative items sorted.
Once we have developed, presented and agreed the blueprint of work, we’ll confirm how to move forward. HumanX HR consultants can take a hands-on role in the business. Alternatively, we can simply provide oversight and support whilst your own in-house teams action recommendations.
When do you need an HR consultant?
When you’re thinking about growth
You’re in business for a reason, right? You’re likely always thinking about growth. HR consulting works side by side with existing leaders and HR professionals to turn innovative ideas into action. If you’re thinking about real growth - organisational development, introducing new departments, expansion and making a real splash - HumanX HR consultants can provide strategic oversight and develop successful working environments for the humans that are going to do the real heavy lifting.
When you’re dealing with a specific problem
This is a common way that HR consultants are engaged. Recently, challenges facing businesses have turned to retention, employee engagement and benefits packages - all deeply rooted in human resources and company culture. We work to investigate and diagnose problems at their core - not just the symptoms that may be showing on the surface. We can then work with you as an outsourced HR department to roll out strategic, advantageous answers to those problems.
When your projects aren’t getting across the line
If you’re looking to test a new initiative for your team or manage a cross-department project but the needle isn’t moving, HR consultants act as an extension of your existing team. In-house HR teams might be stretched too thin to deliver effectively or are simply looking for additional expert strategists to supplement and provide support, HumanX HR consulting services will bring confidence to your HR decision making, as well as many years of experience to accelerate progress to get projects completed.
Got questions about HR consulting? Let us answer them for you
What is the role of a HR consultant?
HumanX HR consultants take on so many different roles - actually one of the best bits about working with us is our flexibility, as well as the breadth and depth of knowledge you can access.
In a nutshell, the role of a HR consultant is to provide strategic oversight, advice and solutions to support leaders and achieve business goals. Consultants are unbiased partners, invested in the company’s success and the working experience, but without being bogged down with the day to day operations.
The scope of our HR consultants is huge - we may be engaged to create a HR strategy to manage the merger between two national companies with hundreds of employees, but we also work with partners when they become aware of specific issues in the workplace, but lack the senior experience to confidently manage this on their own - for example, conflicts in the workplace leading to high staff turnover and low employee engagement.
What is the difference between in house HR and HR consultant?
Typically, the primary difference between a consultant and an in-house HR professional or manager will be the scope of work. It is common for the in-house team to manage the day-to-day HR operation, whilst a HR consultant is normally brought in for a specialised purpose or to provide guidance on projects, initiatives and strategic matters. HR consultants will not operate independently or completely separately from the in house HR team. We will collaborate, educate and work alongside any existing team members.
How will HumanX HR consultants integrate with a team?
We make it our business to get to know your business. We work within your environment and internal systems. Your team will see us as members of your organisation, with an internal mail inbox and structured communication style and cadence.
Irrespective of whether we deliver our services virtually or onsite, we have established processes to deliver HR services to the highest quality. If we are invited, we love joining your leadership group meetings to ensure that HR has its own unbiased voice and that we are implementing the right strategies to help you achieve your strategic and operational goals.
What are the benefits of working with a HR consultant?
Businesses considering working with a HR consultant are likely going through change, experiencing an issue, planning for the future or simply seeking to mature their HR function.
As such, the benefits of working with a HR consultant completely depend on what you’re looking to achieve, but some general advantages that HumanX are able to deliver in every partnership are:
- Access a huge level of expertise and experience, with specialists in all disciplines of HR
- Flexible partnerships
- Cost benefit of avoiding hiring senior team members
- Strategic or ‘big picture’ thinking
- Experienced solutions
- In house HR exposed to more knowledge & training
- Employ the right tools and technologies that perform efficiently
- Creative ideas
- Risk management
You can get more information here, or speak to one of HumanX’s consultants to understand how we can help your business.
Is HR Consulting only for when there is a problem in the business?
Absolutely not! Most often, our HR consultants are engaged when a company is planning for growth or change - and change is positive, especially when you are taking a considered and strategic approach. You may not have internal HR presence and engaging HumanX consultants could be a great way to get exposure to what an Outourced HR model may look like.
Our HR consultants can provide workplace coaching, leadership and development courses and develop these initiatives within your organisation. We can help you do what you do, better, and in a thriving, healthy working environment.
Do you recognise your company in any of these scenarios?
Our HR is too Toby-from-the-office
Everyone has strengths, both as professionals and as people. There are many situations in which using an external HR consultant is a more effective option.
Ultimately, HR can be a tricky position to hold in an organisation; striking the balance between employee-support and communicating the company’s message; empathy versus becoming an agony aunt; being the champion of culture whilst also being the person managing risk.
Bringing in HumanX to support your team means that everyone can play to their strengths. Our experts can create space for critical conversations, feedback honestly, without agenda, and help leaders make decisions based on real information. We can support Toby with performance management plans and work to achieve company goals together.
Our HR department needs support
Modern HR leaders require skills in project management, business strategy, commercial awareness, coaching, talent management, compliance and workplace relations, remuneration, learning and development, and of course recruitment.
Outsourced HR experts can support the internal team without the distractions of politics, everyday requests and growing to do lists. Able to operate as an independent squad with a single focus or integrate into the team and fly alongside the existing HR managers to lead and deliver on projects, new initiatives or help cope with capacity.
Need to get more out of the experts you already have
For business leaders who are craving space – both time and brain-space - a great HR team will understand that it is their job to enable people to do their best work. Choosing the right talent (or inviting the right talent to choose your business), designing a best-in-class learning and development program, and ensuring that your remuneration strategy is on point will help.
The gamechanger: coaching your leaders. This is the space where humans will grow, engage, and find their superpowers. Coaching is a skill in itself, it’s not every leader’s natural state. Great HR professionals have been equipped with coaching skills and understand that coaching is an ego-less journey that is critical to developing exceptional leaders. Structured coaching programs are a brilliant extra, but coaching in the workflow, and in day-to-day interactions between HR and leaders is a valuable must-have.
My team tells me that communication needs improvement
If your team is feeding back to you that communication in the organisation needs improvement, they’re trying to tell you (without risking their jobs) that your communication needs improvement. Whether this is your communication directly, or as a leadership team, or simply internal systems and processes are not effective at allowing the flow of information, we can help.
Bringing external HR experts into a situation like this is efficient; we are able to zoom out and diagnose issues and challenges - from communication that may be causing frustration and high employee turnover to the root cause of disengagement. Better than that, we will also work with your organisation to develop the HR function to resolve any concerns, improve processes and mature the company’s approach to your people.
Make your company stronger. Starting with your people.
In the competitive job markets, there’s no time to waste when it comes to building a better working environment. We can always look at how to do things better. Our consultants find efficiencies, to free up & reinvest resources, we help leaders make better, more confident business decisions. Our strategies prioritise people so we always see employee engagement and productivity grow. We bring your workplace up to date, helping to find its own unique personality and thrive off that.
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Award winning Outsourced HR agency that delivers results. We design Outsourced HR solutions based on trusted frameworks and class leading industry experience. A perfect blend of strategic and tactical HR solutions that will elevate the human experience in your workplace.
Learning & Development
Create a culture of progression, drive employee buy-in and enjoy all the benefits that go with it when you build an employee learning and development program that suits your business. Investing in L&D contributes to better organisational performance. Engaged employees are more productive, innovative, and adaptable, leading to improved business outcomes, increased revenue, and a competitive advantage in the market.
HumanX is a leading provider of independent, impartial and fair workplace investigation services to organisations dealing with allegations of inappropriate behaviour at work. Most internal teams do not have the experience, capacity or resources to properly investigate workplace complaints without any perceived bias. Outsourcing workplace investigations to an independent firm is a cost effective and practical method that will help you ensure compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks.
Your people are your power and your relationships are what connect you. Creating a strong framework for your employee relations can protect your business when you need it most – and when you least expect it. Our employee relations consultants are qualified and bring a human-centric approach to workplace investigations, mediations, disciplinary matters, terminations and other disputes.
How can you expect to build a solid team without solid foundations? Here at HumanX, we know your eyes are set to the future with plans for growth and projects on the horizon, but you can’t get there if your people aren’t with you and you aren’t protected. Work with HumanX to develop functional processes, reliable boundaries and compliances that set your company up for future success and solid HR foundations.