HR Outsourcing Advice

HR Outsourcing (HRO) is a complex process that requires careful consideration.  Many organisations have made damaging, costly mistakes by having unrealistic expectations or simply accepting outsourcing as a simple ‘quick fix’ cost cutting activity.  They adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach, without addressing their specific business requirements and the opportunities available.

How do you know if outsourcing some or all of your HR function will deliver better services that are cost effective?

The answer depends on your HR strategy, your current HR landscape and of course, what HR outsourcing offerings are available to you.  What does the HR outsourcing vendor offer you, in terms of price and service?  Will their service work for you?  Is there a cultural fit?  What can you do if things start to go wrong? HR Outsourcing must be managed in the wider context of HR transformation.  Experience tells us that you cannot outsource problem areas. 

You also need to have a detailed understanding of ‘where you are now’ before producing a Request for Proposal and communicating with HRO vendors. In the current competitive marketplace it is increasingly important to develop a robust Request for Proposal (RfP) and sourcing strategy.

Glass Bead Consulting can help you identify the Benefits of HR Outsourcing for your organisation and also help to manage some of the Challenges of HR Outsourcing.  We are experienced in creating and managing large-scale outsourcing contracts across different sectors.

Before considering HR Outsourcing ask yourself the following:

  • What can be outsourced in HR?
  • What are the potential benefits?
  • How do I decide what should be outsourced?
  • What are the key steps?
  • Who are the key players in the Market?
  • What are the pitfalls to avoid?
  • How to get started

Glass Bead Consulting can support your HR Outsourcing programme in the following ways :-

HRO Readiness Assessment – we assess which HR processes are candidates for outsourcing

Sourcing Strategy – with our extensive knowledge of the market we propose which HR vendors to include

HRO RfP Production – we develop a robust RfP which demonstrates your commitment to all stakeholders

HRO Vendor Evaluation – we work with you to develop evaluation criteria to rate each vendor

HRO Due Diligence and Contracting – we support you in developing a contract with the selected vendor

HRO Transition – we help you manage the transition of service to the new vendor

HRO Vendor Optimisation – following 'go-live' we help you to optimise the new relationship.


See our most recent articles on HR Outsourcing in the HR Transformer Blog including :

Most Important HR Outsourcing Contracts of the last Two Years

Will HR Outsourcing Ride the Third Wave? originally published in HRO Today.

HR Outsourcing – the Challenge of Picking Winners

The Top 5 Benefits of HR Outsourcing


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