Category Archives: Human Resources Consulting

How to Evaluate and Optimize Your HR Function

This post was co-authored by Senior HR Consultants Teresa Foltz and Kelly Wells. At the point of launch, most companies and the leaders that run them can understandably focus only on the barest of essentials while they gain footing. This is an inherently healthy focus, but it can also lead to risky rationalizations that what …

When to Implement a Human Resources Information System (HRIS)

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When businesses are in their early stages, owners and leaders have to make many decisions on what they can and cannot invest in to move their business forward. For their HR functions, their focus is often on covering only what has to be covered, such as payroll processing or basic onboarding and compliance. Depending on …

Why Organizations Need and Benefit from HR Mentoring

The Benefits of HR Mentoring

Finding and hiring great talent is a near-constant priority for leaders of growing companies. And while attracting the right people to one’s business is crucial, it’s equally important to have a strategy in place to retain and grow employees in a way that maximizes their contributions as well as their satisfaction and professional development. Leaders, …

5 Characteristics of Great Finance, HR, and Recruiting Consultants

The characteristics embodied and exemplified by great finance, HR, and recruiting consultants are, in large part, the same characteristics demonstrated by great consultants of any type. For CEOs and other business leaders who determine it may be necessary or valuable to bring in external consulting expertise to their organization, it’s important to consider these characteristics …

Adopting a Strategic HR Focus at Year-end

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Like most organizational functions, Human Resources entails a variety of deadlines and milestones for initiatives and actions throughout the year. Naturally, the year-end period is no different. But for some leaders, a focus on checking tactical HR items off the list during this time can mean insufficient attention paid to charting the broader strategic direction …

Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition

Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition

Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition In a previous post, we examined the important topic of The Roles HR Can Play During Merger and Acquisition. When effectively leveraged, HR instills confidence and calm in leaders and employees that all bases are covered in this time of transition. But HR’s role doesn’t …

The Rise and Impact of Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

The Rise and Impact of Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

By Teresa Foltz and Kelly Wells Originally published August 5, 2019. Paid-sick-leave mandates for private employers continue to gain momentum across the United States. While there is presently no such mandate at the federal level, eleven states and even more individual cities (as of the date this post was published) have enacted some form of …

Compensation and Salary Benchmarking Practices

Compensation Salary Benchmarking

Retention 101: Benchmarking Employee Compensation People power businesses and labor costs typically represent a company’s highest expenditure. It’s imperative that employers understand how their respective job roles are valued in the market and how that compares to their own compensation practices. Employers reach this understanding through the practice of compensation benchmarking. Also referred to as …

The Role HR Can Play During a Merger & Acquisition

A natural anxiety evolves when an organization goes through personnel and cultural changes as a result of a merger or acquisition. These changes have a direct impact on employees and their families, and if not managed appropriately, can be disruptive to the organization. Senior level HR advisors can play a critical role in the management …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 2

4 key steps to creating a value-added HR organization As a long-time HR consulting firm, when the vcfo team goes in to help HR departments with a project or issue, what we often find is a team that is stuck in the proverbial HR “weeds.”Team members are often focused on HR for the sake of …