HR Outsourcing

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Is HR outsourcing right for my business?

Small businesses and large enterprises alike may choose to outsource some HR, talent, payroll and/or benefits administration functions — for a number of reasons. Learn the ins and outs of HR outsourcing and find out if it's right for your business.

What does it mean to outsource HR?

When you outsource HR, you're partnering with a service provider who specializes in Human Resources functions such as payroll, benefits administration and compliance. You rely on their expertise to perform HR tasks and handle employee situations.

How can outsourcing HR processes benefit my business?

Outsourcing HR allows you to:

  • Focus on more strategic projects
  • Reduce administrative workload
  • Gain confidence knowing you are in compliance
  • Get the most out of your HR technology
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Top FAQs about outsourcing HR processes

What do you mean by outsourcing HR processes?

Outsourcing HR processes means you choose to outsource any or all of your HR needs — most often including payroll, benefits administration, compliance and talent management — to a third-party service provider.

How can I benefit from outsourcing HR processes?

There are a number of positives to choosing to outsource your HR. First and foremost, outsourcing offers you an alternative if you lack the expertise or resources to manage the complexities of HR and/or prefer not to hire in-house staff for that purpose. Overall, outsourcing your HR processes can help you:

  • Alleviate administrative burdens and save time
  • Focus on strategic or growth-related activities
  • Reduce operating expenses
  • Minimize liability and compliance risks

What HR processes can be outsourced?

Among the most commonly outsourced HR tasks are:

  • Payroll and tax administration
  • Human resources
  • Compliance support
  • Benefits administration
  • Talent management

Can outsourcing HR help reduce costs?

Outsourcing your HR to ADP will help you consolidate vendors, streamline processes and mitigate some of your risk as an employer — but it doesn’t end there. At ADP, we go above and beyond, ensuring you get the very most out of your investment by supporting you in other HR needs, such as designing the right benefits strategy for your business, proactively mitigating your risk(s), and addressing employee productivity and turnover.

Is HR outsourcing the same as a PEO?

A PEO is one form of HR outsourcing. As an all-in-one solution, our PEO takes on all your HR tasks for you. If you only want to outsource some of your HR tasks, however, we have a la carte options so you can tailor our services to your exact needs.

Is HR outsourcing the same as managed services?

Yes. HR outsourcing is sometimes referred to as managed services or managed payroll.

Does HR outsourcing replace my HR person?

In an HR outsourcing arrangement, you’ll be supported by professionals who become an extension — not a replacement — of your internal HR person or team. HR outsourcing handles the time-consuming tasks to free your HR person to do more. For some, that's focusing on the employee experience. For others, it's how to scale the business.

For companies without an HR person, HR outsourcing alleviates the time and unease of handling HR issues and tasks the owner or leadership must handle.