For HR teams across the country, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has brought about a raft of challenges that have impacted businesses from every sector and every size. Ranging from issues regarding employee leave following holiday cancellations all the way through to hugely challenging decisions regarding furlough and redundancies, the combination of factors brought about by the virus have meant that HR teams have never been busier, or more important. For many businesses such as SMEs who may not possess dedicated in-house HR functions, these issues have been twice as challenging, often falling at the feet of those whose skills typically lie elsewhere.
With government regulations changing at pace in response to the ongoing pandemic, as well as the end of the furlough scheme fast approaching, many businesses will require a more streamlined HR function than ever. In recent times many businesses have looked towards external HR Consultancy to provide this additional level of support and we shine a spotlight on some of the leading players who should continue to play a pivotal role over the coming months.
Supporting over 30,000 SMEs across the globe, Peninsula’s support covers employment law, HR and Health & Safety – arguably the three foremost issues impacting businesses in the current climate. Rated 4.7/5 on Feefo and boasting nearly 40 years of experience, Peninsula is one of the most trusted and renowned players in the sector. As well as access to a dedicated team of experts, businesses are also given access to Peninsula’s app and suite of business management software tools.
Describing themselves as the ‘people and change experts’, Connor specialise in helping businesses manage organisational change on every level. The Consultancy’s 25-year track record has equipped them to work alongside businesses to embed internal structures and processes that help them not only cope with change but also get the most out of their people. One area the business is particularly strong on is outplacement support, offering a range of tailored solutions for business leavers to help them succeed in their next career move. This support can be offered in-person, virtually and to staff from board level all the way through to those navigating their first steps on the career ladder.
Boasting a 75-year track record of success, Croner’s practical and pragmatic approach is a real calling card within the sector. In recent months the HR consultancy has diversified its offering from its core services of HR, employment law and health & safety support, leveraging its decades of experience in order to offer specific support for businesses facing issues as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Croner are working with business owners from across the country in order to establish and formulate back to work guidelines, ensuring a safe return for all members of staff.
Offering a broad suite of services, as well as traditional HR Consultancy Hunter Adams are extremely well placed to support businesses through the current climate, also providing interim HR Support and HR Recruitment. The business’ flexible approach means they can supply companies of every scale with expert HR Consultants for one day, one month or even on a permanent basis. Working with some of the industry’s leading Consultants, Hunter Adams’ experience in HR gives them the perfect standing to identify and source the top talent in HR, helping businesses fulfil any and every HR requirement.
Headquartered in Manchester but providing their support nationwide, Avensure specialise primarily in the SME market. Avensure provide businesses with a fully integrated and all-encompassing approach that provides business owners with peace of mind that their processes are fully compliant with the latest UK legislation. Avensure’s solutions include everything from contractual implementation through to ongoing advice and guidance and enable businesses to not only ensure compliance but also save time and money. For small businesses who may not have an in-house HR team, Avensure’s one-on-one approach could offer the perfect solution.
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