Organisational Design

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.

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Optimise your workforce

Not sure how to execute your reorganisation plans? With dedicated HR specialist to guide you through the process, you can scrutinise the current make-up of your organisation, consider whether this supports your goals and, if not, map out how it might look moving forward.

  • Support for your senior management team, working with key decision makers
  • Work out what you currently have in terms of structure and skillset with help interviewing employees against their job descriptions and testing capability
  • Develop a new reporting structure and associated job descriptions to support your aims
  • Make informed decisions on recruitment, restructure and redundancy with a comprehensive report, outlining recommendations to reduce costs and improve efficiencies
  • Have a dedicated HR expert conduct or sit in on operational consultations with employees affected by the re-structure

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Let us do the hard work for you

Workforce restructuring and reorganisation is a significant exercise, involving changes to contractual terms and conditions, redeployment and possible redundancies. It therefore requires a level of expertise that you may not have in-house.

Our HR Consultants can support you from the point of conception. We’ll sit down with you to discuss your vision for your organisation, the reason for the shake-up and how are you’re currently structured, then establish where you are in this journey and what you need.

Depending on how much involvement you require, we can either project manage the process or fill in gaps in expertise. We can build the business case, develop job descriptions, conduct job evaluations, and carry out consultations with staff – then pull the whole process together to ensure it’s compliant.

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Consultation Support

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.

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HR Audits

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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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.

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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.

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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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