Avantage helps small companies (less than 500 employees) that are in need of a Human Resources Professional on a part time basis relieving the overwhelmed owner or office manager of the daily tasks surrounding recruitment, HR, benefits or payroll.
In order to grow any business, you need more people. People management takes time, and if not managed well, you lose people which takes even more time and money. If that’s not enough, the rules of people management is contantly changing. It is almost a full time job keeping up with the latest requirements with attending training and professional groups, and professional reading.
Our experienced HR consultants can respond to the human resource needs that you simply don’t have the time, expertise or resources to address effectively.
Hiring an experienced HR professional on staff is more expensive than hiring a consultant.
According to Businessweek Magazine, employers can save up to 30 percent by hiring an independent contractor because they avoid paying payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, workers‘ compensation and disability, as well as benefits that include pensions, sick days, health insurance and vacation time.
No matter how small your company is, there are some federal and state regulations that apply to your company. More than 15 federal regulations apply to businesses with less than 15 employees, and the amount of regulation only increases from there as you add employees. Regulations and legal interpretation change constantly.
Having a seasoned HR professional on your side is a great way to reduce legal risks of regulation violations and lawsuits, especially in society that filing a lawsuit is commonplace.
Frivolous lawsuits are an all-too-common problem for small businesses. There is almost no risk to trial attorneys or their clients for bringing even absurd cases to court. While large companies routinely retain attorneys and have the financial means to protect themselves from frivolous lawsuits, small businesses aren’t quite as prepared. Regardless of whether there is any truth to the claim, the small business owners will have to hire attorneys and will typically incur legal fees even if they win the case.
Finding the right employee to fill a position is vital to the future of your company and is a time consuming process. According to a small business survey, 30% of small business failures are blamed on poor hiring decisions. We get to know your company’s culture, the challenges, and the benefits, so we can be the face of your company and market your job openings as a personal extension of you at a reasonable price.
Recruiters typically charge anywhere from 20 to 35 percent of the starting salary while we charge an hourly rate. Recruiters have competing interests they are trying to please (trying to meet your deadlines, their agency deadlines, working with multiple companies and multiple positions) and the temptation is very real to push through a candidate that may not be right for the role. They don’t have a long term relationship with your company. We are only trying to please you, and get you the best candidate.
Your full service human resources partner
We are your HR department for all things HR and your virtual on call resource for employees and management.
Your HR outsource resource for a particular HR function
Is there an area of HR that is taking too much of your time and holding you back from other important initiatives? Outsourcing a particular area (i.e. recruiting, on-boarding, benefits, administration) to us is a perfect way to get you back on track.
As with any of the services we provide, there are options. We can simply post your job openings and forward the resumes to you. If you need more assistance, we can help with as little or as much as you would like. Alternative HR can screen candidates, conduct interviews, check references, complete criminal background checks and/ or arrange for pre-employment testing, all on an hourly or per test basis.
Unlimited consulting by phone or email for you and your employees. Mandated federal and state poster updates, Free job postings on our site & job aggregators, Discounted rates for major job boards, HR forms & Discounted hourly rate.
A lot of small to mid-sized organizations typically have someone who is grandfathered into an HR role. Generally this person has several other duties and wears multiple hats, in some cases HR duties can fall on owners and executives of these size firms. HR Consulting can be a cost effective resource to make sure you are staying in compliance, keeping constant communication with employees, management and executives and give you the ability to carry out common and practice HR processes and solutions. Most importantly it offers your organization consistency in these policies and procedures which reduces your legal liability, improves culture/moral and overall communication within your organization. We allow you the opportunity to free yourself and other employees from the administrative burden that HR can pose to those that are better suited what they were hired to do and focusing on their main tasks to help the organization the way they were intended to.
Hire the right people, give them the tools they need to do their job and make them feel appreciated and valued. Communication is critical. Employees do NOT leave for money —- they leave because they do not feel engaged or respected.