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How to Find the Best HR Leader for Your Business

Posted on May 15, 2017
Natalie O'LaughlinWritten by Natalie O'Laughlin | Email author

It’s Friday afternoon and your Director of HR just gave their resignation. As hard as it probably is to hear the news, I’m writing this to tell you, please don’t worry. You don’t need to stress about taking on HR on your own or loading more onto your existing team whose plates are already full, to get you through the transition. After more than 15 years in the business of HR and Recruiting, we have helped hundreds (if not thousands) of organizations go through this very same scenario.

As a human capital consulting firm, Helios HR specializes in solving this challenge distinctly as a team approach. First, we will have a conversation with you and/or your current HR leader to understand the scope of their role, your business objectives and growth plans, and what the HR department looks like today. We will ask you a few initial questions like:

  • Describe a typical day in the HR leader’s shoes. What are the main priorities they are working on?
  • Talk to us about your business in general. What do you do, who do you hire? How many employees do you have?
  • What are the business goals? Are you going through a growth phase or a transition?
  • What is the corporate culture like?
  • Talk to us about your HR department? How many people are on your HR and Recruiting team?

Once we have an idea of the scope of the HR need, we will likely make a recommendation to partner on one of the following options or both, like many of our clients do.

HR

HR Recruiting Search and Placement

“Helios found the perfect individual who has since led our human capital function (and much more) as we have weathered the worst recession of a lifetime and grown nearly fivefold. As I look back, this was the single most valuable service that any professional has ever provided to our company.  I recommend Helios HR without reservation.”  – Gary P. Bowman, President of Bowman Consulting

Where else can you rely on the expertise of seasoned HR leaders to vet an HR leader suited for your unique business?

To get started on the search, our Recruiting consultants will ask you more detailed questions to get a better sense of the position requirements and characteristics of a good fit and discuss our timelines and approach. Our Compensation team will also benchmark the salary and total rewards package against industry norms to allow us to make informed decisions about the search strategy and success.

At Helios, we have highly-skilled, seasoned recruiters who are constantly growing our (already) large pool of HR candidates and actively engage with them to keep our HR pipeline connected and warm. In addition to this massive HR community we have built through our brand, relationships in Greater Washington, the latest technology, and involvement in professional associations as an industry leader, we strategize creative sourcing plans specific for your business. We focus on timeliness, communication, quality and precision of the right HR leader for your organization.

As soon as our recruiters have identified the best contenders that match your position requirements, they invite our HR consultants into the process to fully screen each HR candidate to ensure they’re thoroughly qualified and well-suited for the position. After in-person interviews with our HR consultants, reference and background checking, we then present our top candidates to you.  Once you’ve found the one, we will extend the offer letter and set up a smooth transition for their onboarding to your organization.

Interim HR Management Consulting

If you want HR coverage while your search is underway or are thinking of making some changes to your HR department structure and aren’t quite ready to start recruiting for HR, Helios can immediately step in and provide interim HR consulting on a short-term, temporary basis. This relieves you and/or your colleagues from taking on additional responsibilities and gives you time back to focus on your priorities.

Unlike a temporary staffing firm, Helios HR consultants are W2 employees who remain on the Helios payroll and are experienced HR leaders, who on average have 15 years of experience. Depending upon what role you need us to fill, we can either lead your HR team or become a member of it on a short-term basis. Our HR consulting team consists of Associate to Senior levels of experience and we have expertise in functional areas of HR such as compensation, benefits, government contracting, employee engagement, organizational development, and talent acquisition. We will match our consultants with your business based on your industry, the scope of the engagement and past experience. Our HR consultants will step into your office and identify what to focus on with little to no direction, and serve as a strategic partner to you ensuring HR aligns with the business strategy, and that you no longer have to worry about HR.

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