Well, working with contractors and OD Consultants comes with its own set of challenges. For one, you'll find some OD Consultants who are not incorporated and others who are. You'll find some who have liability insurance and some who don't. You'll find some who want to be paid bi-weekly on a W2, others to demand 1099 or corp-to-corp. You'll have to make sure that you are reporting the worker correctly to avoid costly misallocation with the IRS. You'll also be in charge of tracking the hours and ensuring payroll. By the way, don't forget about the year-end reporting and ensuring that all taxes are paid in a timely manner. For a Training and Development team, this is like running a separate business on top of their Training and Development responsibilities.
So, the agency world has answered the call of this challenge with open arms, and to be forthright, 327 Solutions is not an exception. However, what should you be looking forward when you partner with an OD Consultant agency to help with talent, consulting and facilitation? We are not the only business in this industry, but there are only a few who perform at an acceptable level.
Some great questions to start off with are as follows as a partial list.
- Tell us about yourself.
- How many years have you personally been active in Organizational Development?
- Tell us about your Training Consulting firm.
- What kind of Training Design Consulting Services to you offer?
- How do you qualify your Training and Development Consultants?
- What qualifies you as a Training and Development Company?
- How are you different from other Training Consulting Firms?
- How can you help us access amazing talent while managing all of the HR side?
At the end of the day, you need to know that the vendor-partner you are working with knows Corporate Training, Training Design, Development and Facilitation. General staffing companies won't fit the bill because let's face it, recruiting a Java or Ruby developer is different from an Instructional Designer, Medical Writer, eLearning Developer, Workshop Writer, Technical Writer and so on and so forth.
What you want to avoid are firms that don't have enough insurance (liability, umbrella, UC, etc), don't utilize a formalized onboarding and off-boarding system (ADP HR) and do payroll manually (ADP Run). A training and placement partner should not only deliver you amazing talent and solutions, but also shield you from all legalities that are surfaced through employment law and the employee exchange. Providers like 327 Solutions are helping our clients access the absolute best solutions to their Organizational Development needs.