Want to ensure your organisation is compliant with HR best practice and latest employment law developments? Keen to understand your strengths and weaknesses, protect your organisation, and improve the efficiency of your HR system? Then you need a HR audit.
Policies, procedures, practices. Get a systematic health check of how you’re performing from a people management perspective and take your HR function to the next level with support from Ellis Whittam.
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How we help
Save time, become HR confident
A HR audit is an intensive exercise. If you don’t have the time or resources to undertake this task in house, we can assign seasoned HR Consultants to conduct a thorough, unbiased examination and evaluation that will provide confidence, clarity and reassurance.
- Get a full MOT of where you are currently versus where you want and need to be from a highly-qualified HR specialist
- Examine specific issues that are important to your organisation, such as recruitment and retention, performance management, and record-keeping and documentation
- Diagnose issues and identify opportunities with a clear and comprehensive RAG report
- Take positive action with pragmatic, best-practice recommendations and a programme of compliance
- A great place to start if you’re considering ongoing Employment Law and HR support
Transform your approach to people management
A meaningful HR audit can transform human resources management from a reactive, transactional business process to a strategic, proactive service that delivers value to your organisation. Have any contractual terms and conditions been recently updated? How many disciplinary or grievance issues have you had in the last year? Are managers trained in your policies and procedures? Our HR experts will ask all the right questions to identify any emerging problems or areas of exposure, then work with you to put things right.
Some of these issues may already be on your to-do list but need bringing to the forefront as a priority. Others may only be uncovered by experienced, independent professionals. Either way, support from Ellis Whittam can give you the information and momentum you need to focus your efforts and become a successful, sustainable organisation.
"The advice we receive from the advisers at Ellis Whittham is comprehensive and easy to understand. We have a designated contact and the response time for all our HR issues and queries is excellent."
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Common queries about our HR audits, answered by the HR specialists that conduct them.
What areas will the HR audit look at?
Two main focuses of an audit are legal compliance and best practice. We can also tailor the audit to the HR areas that are important to your organisation, such as recruitment and retention, training and development, compensation and employee benefits, engagement and communication, performance management, discipline and grievance, equality and diversity, attendance management, and recordkeeping and documentation.
What sorts of issues might the HR audit uncover?
An HR audit can uncover any number of things, from process issues, such as a lack of performance management, to documentation failures, such as the organisation not carrying out right to work checks (or not evidencing that it has). Whatever gaps are identified, we will provide practical recommendations that can be implemented either by your internal team or with our support.
Why might I need an HR audit?
There are a number of reasons why you might need an HR audit. You might not know exactly what’s wrong but have a sense that something isn’t working as it should. It could be that your organisation or HR function has changed in some way, perhaps with new leadership, and you want reassurance that everything is present and correct. You might be concerned that you’re not keeping pace with case law changes and need an expert review to minimise exposure. Or you might be preparing for expansion and growth and looking to take your HR systems to the next level.
In all of these cases, an HR audit can give you a picture of how you’re performing and provide practical direction and peace of mind.
How long will the audit take?
A comprehensive audit will typically take three days – one day spent with you on site to examine your policies, procedures and practices and two days to produce the report.
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We do more than just HR Audits...
Looking to make changes within your organisation? If it will have a fundamental impact on the employment relationship, you have a duty to inform and consult with your employees first.
Whether you’re embarking on large-scale redundancies, considering making changes to employees’ terms and conditions or going through a transfer of ownership, our skilled HR specialists can conduct productive consultations with those affected to help you make informed, commercial decisions.
Investigations, Hearings and Appeals
There are many components to a fair disciplinary or grievance process. If you’re not comfortable conducting investigations, hearings and appeals yourself, or are simply strapped for time, our seasoned HR specialists can offer on-site support to take the pressure off.
We can conduct the meetings for you or, if you prefer, attend them with you to provide expert guidance and reassurance. This is invaluable when experienced, independent HR support is needed.
Mediation and Facilitation
Resolving a workplace dispute or repairing a working relationship that has gone sour isn’t always easy. At Ellis Whittam, we can provide mediation or facilitation services to help two or more individuals or groups reach a solution that is acceptable to everyone.
We can help those involved understand each other’s perspectives, clarify potential options, and develop an appropriate action plan for the parties to follow – allowing you to move forward positively.
Got big plans for your organisation over the next 12 months to three years? Then you might need to rethink and right-size your organisation to make sure your structure and skillset aligns with your aims.
If you’re not sure where to start with a task of this scale, our skilled HR Consultants can support you through the reorganisation process and ensure your workforce is set up for future success.
Welfare and Medical Capability Meetings
When dealing long-term absence or persistent short-term absences, care must be taken to avoid being found liable for unlawful discrimination.
If you have concerns about an employee’s ability to undertake their role effectively, our seasoned HR Consultants can take care of all formal meetings for you and help you to do the right thing by your people and your business.
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Why choose us?
At Ellis Whittam, we’re known for our bespoke service and the quality of our support. Not only is our expertise unmatched, but we take the time to know you so that we can function as a true extension of your team.
- Your own small team of dedicated experts
- Commercial, pragmatic advice tailored to you
- Bespoke contracts, policies and handbooks
- Trusted by over 35,000 organisations
- Recognised as a leading firm by the Legal 500
Who you'll be working with
Principal Employment Law Adviser
HR Consultancy Manager
“I’ve taken Ellis Whittam into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
Debbie Jamieson, People Director
“We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Richard Berry, Group HR Director
Bluestone National Park Resort
“What we recognised in Ellis Whittam is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Debbie Rainbow, Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety
“As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. Ellis Whittam is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Joanne Beaver, Operations Director
“We have found Ellis Whittam to be responsive and aligned with our business in terms of our processes and expectations. Their pragmatic approach has proven to be a great fit – nobody wants to be fighting their adviser on basic employment decisions.”
Jonathan Green, COO
“Ellis Whittam supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Lisa Best, Head of Service Delivery
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