When I tell people I’m an HR consultant, most people smile and nod… and they have no idea what it means. What do HR consultants do? Why might you need an HR consultant?
The question takes me back to May of 2010, when I called my first prospect to tell him I was starting a consulting firm. I was still deciding whether I wanted to specialize and which services I should offer, so I asked my prospect, the CEO of a 5,000-employee organization with over $100 million in revenue, “If you wanted to hire an HR consultant, what would you want them to do?” His answer was, “When can you start? My HR director just resigned.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but he had no idea what kind of help he needed. He just knew they had an open role, it would take some time to fill it, and he needed someone to figure out what needed to be done.
When I started Purple Ink, I assumed that HR teams and business leaders would have a need and call me to assist. It didn’t take me long to figure out that many of our clients and prospects knew there was a problem, that something was not working, or that they needed help, but they didn’t necessarily know what the solution might be. For example:
In addition to our services in recruiting, outplacement, leadership training, and employee development – most of which most people have some understanding of – we also have this bucket called “consulting,” which can be tricky to define. Our clients or prospects might ask questions like:
This is why when someone nods and smiles after I tell them I’m an HR consultant, it’s a lot to explain. It encompasses every issue, challenge, or success involving your employees. What are your people issues, and how can we help? Learn more about our consulting services here, or reach out to us to discuss what we can do for your team.