When you need an HR expert or HR solution choose HaitchR

When you need an HR expert or HR solution choose HaitchR

The job market right now is highly competitive in all industries and positions, and even those that do the recruiting and hiring are having trouble filling open roles. Human resources professionals are a critical part of your organisation, and they help you create a “best place to work” environment. But what do you do when you can’t find the right person for the job, or you need someone quickly and can’t afford to spend the time searching while the work piles up? Adding employees can slow you down and end up costing you more. Here’s when we recommend bringing in a freelance HR expert.

Why consider hiring a freelancer?

1. You need someone in HR now. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, hiring a full-time employee takes an average of 42 days, and for early-stage startups, recruiting for its first HR position can take even longer — think three to six months. And that’s not including onboarding. A freelancer can quickly fill the role and bridge the gap while you find a permanent solution.

2. You don’t know what the immediate future will hold. With freelancers, employers don’t need to state a contracted endpoint or make a long-term commitment. A freelance engagement can be as long or as short as you need: six days or six weeks or six months.

3. You need someone with premium (and relevant) HR experience. The job market is competitive right now. Unemployment is the lowest it has been in 24 months globally; employers are experiencing high turnover, and employees have many job opportunities to choose from. As such, finding top talent could take longer than usual. This is why some might consider bringing freelance expertise into their organizations, even if only for a few months, to help accelerate progress, instill new skills among employees or complete a complex project in the meantime.

4. You’re budget-conscious and prefer a cost-efficient option. Freelance HR experts are a flexible expense. You can define their billable hours, use them sporadically when you need them or settle on a mutually agreeable monthly retainer fee. When you don’t have essential work for them, you can cut their hours (or let them go entirely). On the other hand, full-time employees are a fixed cost. You’ll need to consider the costs of onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, taxes, and severance.

How can you get started?

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You can opt to work with an HR consulting company with a large team, or a freelance individual. With the HaitchR platform you can very quickly find a person who has the have relevant experience, can work within your budget and are available during your time of need anywhere in the world in a moment. You can reach out to the companies or individual freelancers to ask questions and get to know them before engaging them on your project. Many times, you’ll find that you connect with one service provider more so than the others.

After you have identified the right partner, clearly define your needs and ensure your new partner has properly documented them within the scope section of a Statement of Work (SOW) or proposal that they have sent you via the platform. Agreeing upon the work that needs to be done and the billable rate is important to do before any work begins.

After the scope is agreed upon, you can set the HR freelancer up for success in two ways:

1. Onboard them correctly so they can connect quickly with your organisation.

2. Speak with them regularly, meet with them to discuss, and ensure an open route for communications.

In most cases, it’s preferred that the freelancer can physically do what you want them to do on the company’s network, but this isn’t a requirement. Also, creating the connections and introductions needed within the company as well as ensuring internal team members that the freelancer is here to help (not replace anyone’s role) will help the freelancer hit the ground running.

There are of course some cases where a freelance HR expert may not make the most sense for your business. Examples include when there are employees within your organization who are able to take on more work or who are interested in special projects for professional development opportunities. If you can use your own employees to do the work, even for a short interim period, you should take advantage of it. It shows that you’re confident in your team, open to employees getting new opportunities to try new things and that you believe in professional and organizational development through cross-training. 

Freelancers can step in quickly to handle short-term needs when you’re filling an open position, a team member is on a leave of absence, or when you just simply don’t have the expertise in-house. In a highly competitive job market, turnover is high, and finding quality talent is time-consuming. With these conditions, freelance HR may be an option for you to look into.

An HR expert from the platform can specialise in many fields, You can use the platform to gain a number of proposals. If your organisation has a procurement rule of a “minimum of 3 quotes” you can quickly launch a request and receive multiple proposals within a matter of hours.

Having access to the HR marketplace not only gives you access to HR consulting companies and HR freelancers but the latest HR tech, SaaS, Service providers, find you next LMS or book outplacement services with the worlds top providers at the best rates.


Author Since: August 9, 2015

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