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Let’s face it, some HR professionals work best when the proverbial is hitting the fan! They relish dealing with disciplinary issues and positively pant with excitement at getting involved in a tricky tribunal.
The only problem with most in-house HR roles is that these situations don’t come up that often and, if they do, it’s possibly because HR haven’t caught something quickly enough, or there is a gap in policy or procedure. So, what do you do if you’re the sort of HR professional who actually wants to get more involved in tribunals?
HR consultancy work often gives you more opportunity and exposure to such situations. Companies (often SMEs) with no in-house HR expertise will often find themselves in a legal battle because of sloppy process and procedure. Working as a Consultant enables many HR professionals to assist when things have got to this point. You get to have the thrill of defending, saving, or just limiting the damage, for businesses that may have unwittingly transgressed, or simply failed to follow required procedures. You also then get the satisfaction of working with your client to ensure that improvements are made to avoid the situation recurring and can see the progress they make.
One way to undertake more varied caseloads as a Consultant is to become self-employed and grow your own portfolio of clients. However, this doesn’t suit those individuals who are not interested in learning sales skills and don’t wish to juggle running their own business with the practical and operational aspects of their role. In these situations, we often advise candidates to look at joining an established consultancy or HR outsourcing specialist.
We deal with a range of such providers, from one of the largest international HR and payroll solutions providers, to smaller independent consultancies. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We have found that joining an independent often best suits those HR professionals who wish to use their corporate and legal expertise to benefit SMEs that have little, or no, in-house HR. While a good, solid generalist human resources background is ideal for those going into consultancy work, individuals who specialise in employment law and/or have extensive court and tribunal experience are often at an advantage.
If you are an HR professional that feels the urge to seek new challenges every few years, a consultancy role may suit you better than an in-house one. We’re happy to have a no-obligation chat to explore whether this could be the right decision for your next move. Please call Sarah on 01902 763006.
If you have already decided this is the right move for you, or are already working in a consultancy role, and have strong tribunal and employment law experience, please take a look at our latest role with an independent consultancy based in Birmingham. Follow this link to read about the opportunity: HR Consultant vacancy.
If you are an employer who requires some expert HR assistance we may be able to help. We have close partnerships with a number of excellent HR providers if you do not need a full-time in-house presence. If you are looking to employ, then we can find the right person for your business.
Call 01902 763006 and we can point you in the right direction. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.