HR Foundations


HR Foundations

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.

Never a ‘one size fits all’ approach

The foundations of HR - the very core of the function - can so often become overlooked and taken for granted. The fixed-mindset approach of many leaders and developing organisations is that ‘we have already ticked that box’. This thought process means that huge organisations are not revising or meeting their basic HR needs to reflect their current standing. 

That’s where we can help. We can show you the value of dependable HR foundations and the impact of internal evolution - because how can you expect to grow, when you are not committing time and effort to establishing a quality workplace experience?

HR foundations cover everything from assessing your compliance and managing risk, to creating bespoke HR policies that really reflect what your organisation believes in. HR foundations create a transparent, impactful process to manage your employee lifecycle and an employee experience that speaks to your unique employee value proposition. HumanX will also audit your current HR function, conduct employee engagement surveys and start to rethink the frameworks you have in place for performance management, recruitment, retention and so much more. 

There are guidelines to building HR foundations, particularly when it comes to compliance and policies, as things need to be easy to understand and clearly communicated. This doesn’t mean that our approach to HR foundations is ever ‘off the shelf’. When creating a HR strategy, we take every opportunity to align with your business goals, your personality and most importantly, your people.

The HR foundations that are required in your business will depend on your own operational context and culture. HR foundations are too-often siloed into separate functions and boxes to tick, without consideration for how they come together to be a sum that is stronger than the parts. This is why it is critical that HR foundations are built within the context of a broader-view HR strategy and roadmap. You might be a business that has implemented a number of policies as problems have arisen, or you’ve introduced some benefits without too much thought into how it forms a value-adding employee value proposition. We can work with all of these things to ensure that we’re not covering old ground - the magic is in the strategic eye of the HR experts that can see how to best build your foundations for lasting impact as your business and people grow.

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HR Strategy

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.

Employee Engagement

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.

Employee Retention

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.

Organisation Design

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

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.

Performance Management

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.

Workplace Disputes

Making workplace dispute resolution simple - and positive.

Workplace Mediators

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.

HR Audit

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.

HR Policies

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

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.

Executive Coaching

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

Team Coaching

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.

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Whatever your HR situation or set-up, HumanX can help.

Build solid HR foundations for a solid business. Let us begin the journey by performing a HR diagnostic to assess the maturity of your HR function and to develop a roadmap of HR frameworks to set you up for growth. As your HR foundations mature so will your capability to deliver on your strategic outcomes. Our HR Consultants' sole focus is on fuelling the business growth of our clients through strong HR foundations and an appropriate HR strategy that will set the course for success. Any recommendations that we make for our clients have been tested and refined until we are confident that they will deliver the HR results required. Partner with HR experts like HumanX who have the capability and experience to build your best in class HR foundations.

Rebuilding & Rethinking HR Foundations


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Once you speak to one of our team, we can start to establish and scope out what you are looking to achieve by working with a HR agency. We will work to understand your current HR setup as well as the processes you have in place. Our job is to dig into and challenge the way things have always been done, whilst maintaining an understanding of the business’ personality and culture.


Get down to business

The heart of our work is to review your processes, frameworks and systems and show you how they could be better. As a starting point, we’ll review your policies, documentation and systems - this can be everything from work from home procedures, safety policies, employment agreements, and the way that you’re using your HR information system. HumanX’s specialists will identify where you are open to risk and help to minimise it, but we will also show you where you can create stronger processes and communicate more effectively with all stakeholders in your business - from onboarding processes to performance management frameworks. Following our evaluation, we will make clear and prioritised recommendations and talk you through them. Our aim is to always align the HR foundations with the vision you have for the future of your organisation.


Implementing changes to create impact

HumanX is able to work with your team to rebuild HR foundations as a standalone project, helping to take the workload off your in-house executives and HR managers. However, we can also operate on a long-term basis, working side by side to execute our recommendations, analyse impact and continuously improve. Our consultants will also be able to provide workplace coaching to help evolve the mindsets - as well as the paperwork - within your organisation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Get it right from the ground up. Rethink and rebuild your HR fundamentals to set your business up for success.

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