What are the benefits if you outsource your HR?
Did you know that when you employ someone they get 91 employment rights? 78 on day 1, 14 before you hire them and 3 after they’ve left? Have you got the time, the inclination or the interest to spend time learning about all these rights and how you as an employer need to operate in order to avoid challenges from your employees?
If you are thinking about whether to outsource your HR, you might find this survey interesting. The Guardian newspaper found that the top three reasons for small to medium sized companies to outsourcing HR were
- Access to skills and knowledge
- Gaining better quality support than the business is able to offer in-house
- Costs saved
When does it make sense to outsource your HR?
In our experience, companies with fewer than 50 employees rarely have an HR specialist in the company. Instead they have a manager or Director who oversees HR, possibly because they have an interest in HR or they’ve dealt with HR in the past. This can serve a company well until they hit a problem which is complicated or technically demanding, such as a TUPE transfer. With the average award for unfair dismissal running at nearly £10 000 many of our clients have taken the view that it is a sensible investment to outsource their HR to Metis HR. Accessing professional outsourced HR rather than tying up valuable company resources in the none revenue generating activity of dealing with people problems is a real benefit for companies.
What HR functions can you outsource if you outsource your HR?
Anything you want! It depends on what your business needs are and what talent you have in your current workforce for undertaking HR functions. If you don’t have an HR Department you may not meet the necessary legal requirements in terms of policies and contracts. You can outsource this routine HR support function. Or you may need professional support to deal with, or support the relevant people in the business to deal with, redundancies, disciplinaries, dismissals, grievances etc. You can outsource this more bespoke HR support.
If you outsource your HR, what type of HR support do you want?
Do you simply want an HR professional on the end of a phone, responding to your e-mails to give you advice on the steps that you need to take? This is the Metis HR Manager Business Support Service. We’ll get to know your needs and your personal style in managing your employees. This helps us tailor our advice to your commercial needs.
Is a more personal approach, a “face” that gets to know more about your business, what you would like? The HR Director Business Support Service gives you that. We will attend your premises regularly or on an ad hoc basis to help you manage more complex problems. It’s like having your own HR Department available to you when you need it.
Or do you want something in between? Professional HR advice at a time that suits you (we are available extended hours, seven days a week)? Do you want someone to ensure that your contracts of employment and HR policies and procedures are legally compliant? Would it help you to have someone you can speak to in confidence? Someone to thrash out the problems with that are taking you away from your core business, distracting your attention.
We are big enough to cope with whatever level of service you want and yet small enough to make sure that support is personal to you.
If you outsource your HR how much it cost?
It depends what level of service you want. We charge a small amount per working day per employee. Call us now with your employee numbers on 01706 565332 or email them to us and we can tell you straight away.
One of the biggest benefits when you outsource your HR is the time you win back. Your people management is well managed, freeing company staff up to concentrate on core business.
Interested in discussing how Metis HR can help you outsource your HR? Give us a call now on 01706 565 332 or e-mail us using the contact form.