The human resource consulting industry has emerged from management consulting and addresses human resource management tasks and decisions. HR Consultants are responsible for assisting clients with strategically integrating effective HR processes, programs and practices into their daily operations. Their role is also to maximize the client’s performance related to human resources by introducing or marketing “best practice” products or services as well as to provide periodic feedback to clients regarding their performance related to annual management objectives.
To accomplish this, the HR Consultant may need to perform needs assessments or audits and make recommendations or proposals, coordinate the creation and implementation of an action or corrective plan, and when required, organize and coordinate cross-functional Human Resource teams to assist the client with developing and implementing performance improvement corrective plans, programs or processes. The following are core fields around which most HR consultancies are based:
1) Human capital, including remuneration (also called total rewards), employee rewards and incentive programs, and talent acquisition and management
2) Health and benefits, orchestrating optimal employee health plans with the carriers themselves
3) Mergers and acquisitions, examining fit across culture, job-type, transaction costs, etc.
4) Communication, including surveying employee attitudes, satisfaction, engagement, and other employee behaviours
5) Retirement
6) Recruitment process outsourcing