Use an HR Interim or outsource HR? Our Expert’s Guide

In today’s fast-paced business world, organisations are continually seeking innovative ways to effectively manage their human resources.  As the labour market has tightened since the Covid pandemic, effective HR professionals have become a scarce resource and with their skills in high demand, retention has become an even bigger challenge than recruitment.  Interims are easier to source than permanent employees, but provide even less stability, which is key to the success of the HR function whose effectiveness is closely related to the extent to which its team members are immersed in organisational  culture, understanding the ways things are done and knowing the staff – factors which only come with time.  

Outsourcing HR has gained considerable popularity over the past decade, with providers being able to offer a stable, professional and knowledgeable resource without the disadvantages of interims coming to the end of their contracts and moving on.   At Bradfield we have had consultants working for the same client for years, our longest serving client being resourced by us for over a decade.   

Seamless Integration with the client

Our model is different from that of most Outsourced companies in that we can provide on-site HR services and consultancy to the client so seamlessly that most employees in the client company will not even know that the HR team is employed by Bradfield.  Our consultants are all CIPD qualified, going about their work with complete integrity according to their professional code of conduct – confidentiality is never an issue – often another concern if an organisation is allowing an outside organisation access to its data, confidential information and records. 

Maximising Efficiency

One of the key advantages of outsourcing HR is increased efficiency. By outsourcing HR, businesses can tap into the expertise of our HQ professionals who can provide back up to those on site, or specialist expertise in L&D or employment law.  An employed stand-alone interim or permanent HR professional will not have this back up.  Our approach ensures improved compliance with employment laws and regulations, and we can also, through our partners ensure the efficient handling of HR-related tasks such as payroll, benefits administration, and employee onboarding, freeing up internal resources and enabling organisations to focus on strategic initiatives, driving overall efficiency and productivity.

Access to Expertise

As an outsourced HR provider, we have a deep understanding of industry best practices, allowing our clients to benefit from our specialized knowledge and experience. Our HR professionals stay up to date with the latest HR trends, policies, and regulations, ensuring compliance and minimizing legal risks. By aligning HR strategies with business goals, we can  help organizations develop effective talent acquisition and retention strategies, leading to enhanced employee satisfaction and improved overall performance.

Cost Savings and Flexibility

Controlling costs is a top priority for businesses, and outsourced HR presents a valuable opportunity to reduce overhead expenses. By outsourcing HR functions, businesses can reduce the cost of office space and overheads as well as being able to scale up the resources needed in HR, paying for what they need for a limited period of time and then scaling down again.  This flexibility is particularly advantageous for small and medium-sized enterprises looking to optimize their cost structure without compromising on HR services and support.

Risk Mitigation

Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape can be challenging, especially for organizations without dedicated HR departments. As an outsourced HR provider we have the expertise to handle complex labour laws, employment contracts, and compliance requirements. By partnering with specialists such as Bradfield, businesses can mitigate legal risks associated with HR practices and ensure that employee-related matters are addressed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.  An interim working alone is unlikely to have this capability.

Reduced Efficiency in Implementing Strategic Initiatives:

HR Interim solutions are primarily focused on handling day-to-day operations and addressing immediate HR needs. However, a lack of familiarity with the long-term strategic goals of the organisation can hinder their ability to contribute effectively to more significant HR initiatives. Interim HR professionals might struggle to align their efforts with the company’s broader goals, delaying or compromising strategic endeavours.  An HR department which is resourced through an Outsourced HR Consultancy, through the stability offered, will be able to provide the continuity required to become familiar with and to carry out long term initiatives. 

Competency and Skill Set Limitations:

While HR Interim professionals often possess a wide range of skills and experience, there might be limitations in terms of specialised knowledge. They may be less equipped to handle complex HR challenges that require in-depth expertise or an updated understanding of evolving industry trends. Specialized areas like industrial relations, compensation and benefits, or organisational development may require back up expertise all of which can be provided by an Outsourced consultancy such as Bradfield.

Outsourcing HR has emerged as a transformative solution for businesses seeking to optimize operations, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. By partnering with trusted external HR experts, organisations can tap into specialised knowledge, mitigate legal risks, and refocus their resources on core competencies. As the business landscape continues to evolve, embracing outsourced HR offers a valuable opportunity to unlock new possibilities and drive sustainable growth.

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