Krystal Yates, Owner
With today’s emphasis on company culture and loyalty, it is crucial to understand how effectively HR departments can influence the strategic planning and growth objectives of any organization. This is a wisdom that many businesses, especially the small- and mid-sized players, tend to overlook.
Small businesses often don’t have the resources, knowledge, or time to set up and maintain dedicated HR operations. On the other hand, recruiting the right candidates has become more competitive and resource-intensive than ever. It is crucial to offer competitive salaries and facilitate promising candidates through seamless hiring, onboarding, training, and engagement to maintain enthusiasm and, ultimately, retain them longterm.
There is also evolving employee-related compliance and regulatory adherence; however, for many businesses, compliance is often easier said than done. This is where it is advantageous to engage the expert partnership of an HR consultant to create a positive and holistic culture. To this end, Texas-based EBR Consulting assists small businesses in making sense of employment and compliance regulations while also creating a solid human resources foundation on which they can scale and become more successful. The company also mentors job seekers in securing their next career opportunity.
“With over 15 years of small business HR consulting experience, we specialize in organizations with fewer than 50 employees, and our average client has between 10-12 employees,” says Krystal Yates, owner of EBR consulting.
A certified HR professional, Krystal Yates, has honed her skills from personal experience working in small businesses managing HR, operations, finance, and management.
She noticed that many small businesses regard their employees as expenses rather than treating them as an asset and that the market was short of HR consultants dedicated to addressing the HR needs of businesses of this size. It is mainly because these organizations don’t need the consulting services regularly, which can inevitably make it difficult for consultants to sustain their businesses.
EBR Consulting creatively bridges this gap by providing impactful guidance that establishes an ongoing healthy balance between employee and employer at a cost that’s affordable for the small business segment.
Additionally, EBR has developed a comprehensive client onboarding process, using a straight-forward approach that begins by thoroughly assessing the clients’ requirements and culture. After identifying key areas for improvement, they offer expert advice and guidance on services that include recruiting/ talent acquisition, talent assessment, management training, and establishing alignment with policies and regulations to the company culture, to name a few.
To further illustrate EBR’s efficacy, Krystal highlights a case study where a client hired an HR Director to manage their employment processes. This Director struggled to maintain the onboarding and recruitment process for the company, constantly asking for a lower level counter part to oversee the day to day work. EBR initially worked through the interactive process with the employee, who ultimately decided to leave. “Instead of hiring another director, we hired a generalist with 3-4 years of experience and more realistic expectations,” asserts Krystal. This helped their client to save around $40,000 per year in salary for that position even after her fees while gaining productivity in the position.
With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc in the business landscape, it’s more important than ever to have HR expertise to navigate the new challenges it presents. EBR Consulting provides the expertise for clients to better care for, engage, and retain their workforce following mandates like FMLA.
With multiple success stories under their belt in the small business space, EBR Consulting is continuing to acquire more clientele. “We are continuing to grow our organization by exploring additional opportunities for clients and recruiting great staff to make that happen,” concludes Krystal.