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Let Vega Mala Consulting help you improve your transformational, culture-shifting work work through human resources support that is inclusive, equitable, and innovative.

Our HR consulting services generally fall within the following categories:

 

HR Support on Retainer

The majority of nonprofit organizations have annual budgets that are too small to prioritize HR staff. You may be struggling to stretch your limited capacity to meet your mission-related needs, all the while knowing that staff are a highly valuable resource. If you’d find it useful to be able to turn to a trained professional for expertise and strategic guidance, Vega Mala Consulting can provide you with custom HR and operations consultation.

We provide on-call HR consultation for organizations who need ongoing HR support for needs that arise or to tide them over until staffed support is feasible. We provide strategic guidance and training support customized to organizational lifecycle challenges: from strengthening value-based, mission-driven people practices; to legal compliance; to nourishing a productive and efficient workplace and culture that fosters teaming and acts of leadership.

 

Policies and Compliance

Audits and Compliance Assessment: While you work on making the world a better place, you may have overlooked some best practices or compliance areas. We’ll conduct a compliance assessment (aka internal audit) to help you identify red-flags and take care of issues before they cause your organization problems. Do you routinely hire consultants? Are most of your employees exempt? Do you know when you have to pay overtime? Are your interns performing programmatic work? Are your office staff complaining about sore shoulders, tingling fingers, or headaches? Are you wanting to fire someone? If you answered yes to any of these, you could probably benefit from a review.

Personnel Policies and Employee Handbooks: Has it been a while since you’ve looked at your personnel policies? Do you look at your policies and feel like they don’t reflect your organizational values? Staying up-to-date with changes to local, state, and federal labor laws can be time consuming, especially if you are operating in multiple states. We’ll work with your management staff to confirm required and recommended policies are reflected in your handbook, complete a multi-state compliance check depending on where your staff is based, and identify which policies may be out of alignment with a values-driven, informative, and people-centered approach.

 

Compensation and Staff Support

Equitable Pay Scale Calculator: Compensation is tricky, especially for under-resourced nonprofits. Torn between a flat salary scale and out-of-reach market rates? Worried that inequitable compensation practices may be showing up in your team? Centering social change and team values, we will work with you to design a salary scale that fits your budget, embodies your organizational culture, and allows for you to have competitive rates that will attract impressive, qualified applicants. For organizations of up to 50 staff, we can create a custom pay scale calculator that will allow you to run what-if scenarios and grow your team while phasing in equitable compensation practices over time.

Staff Support: Do you need support hiring and supporting new staff? Perhaps you’d like strategic advice on growing and training your staff in a sustainable way, or your managers need support with supervising their employees or handling performance issues? Getting the right people on board and keeping them on board takes time and intention, and assessing performance and fostering a learning culture can be an opportunity to thinking holistically and creatively about setting up your team for their best work. From job descriptions to salary ranges to setting up a performance assessment and learning system, growing organizations can benefit from an additional HR strategist to support their growth. (P.S. If you feel like your team could benefit from a deeper dive into leadership development in particular, ask us about bringing the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process to your group.)

 

Organizational Assessments

We use organizational assessments like RoadMap Consulting’s My Healthy Organization and Our Healthy Alliance to help you assess strengths, build trust and alignment, and identify challenges you can address to improve your work. We also conduct environmental scans through research and qualitative interviews to help inform your organization’s next steps as you seek to become more effective and strategic.

 

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