Tuesday February 6th 2018
The primary goal of human resource management is to cultivate a company culture that is organized, consistent and supportive of both employee and company goals. As an HR manager, you must set the company up for success by establishing a great working relationship with your team, giving them every opportunity to thrive in their work environment, and creating a bridge between them and company leadership.
As the field of human resource management has evolved to stay relevant and aligned with the ever-changing world of business, many practices have fallen to the wayside that are no longer serving employee and company needs. But there are some practices that will never lose relevance in the workplace. Here are four of the best practices that should always be top priorities of your human resources department.
One human resource practice that will always be valuable to any team is feedback, both positive and negative. Your employees will thrive in an environment where they are recognized and rewarded for their hard work, but also where they are guided through their mistakes.
In order to ensure that each employee is receiving the same level of care and attention, schedule regular evaluations where you’ll have the opportunity to monitor your employees within the workplace, review the quality of their work and discuss their position within the company. By regularly offering feedback, you’ll ensure that each member of your team is working toward the same goal and following the protocols that have been set in place.
Feedback shouldn’t just be given to your employees; it should also be received by them. Make sure your employees know that their input is valued and give them the opportunity to evaluate the performance of their management staff.
One key component to the success of any human resource management team is to maintain a high level of employee retention. Happy employees are loyal employees, and the loyalty of your employees will strengthen the company.
A great way to ensure that your employees are happy in their work is to provide them with a clear path to progress within their field. Many workers who choose to leave their jobs in search of a better opportunity leave simply because they feel stagnant in their career and are looking for a chance for upward mobility. Help your employees on their path to success by providing training opportunities that will hone their skills and make them better candidates for higher positions in the future. This will also strengthen your company, as hiring from within eliminates lengthier onboarding practices for new hires and guarantees that your leaders are already well versed in the company’s policies.
As you propel your employees to higher positions within the company through continual training and development, the need for new hires in your entry-level positions will be imminent. In order to maintain your company culture and continue to grow as a team, you need to ensure that every new hire is the perfect fit. You cannot do this without a detailed recruitment and onboarding strategy.
Your recruitment strategy should focus on finding candidates who already possess many of the skills needed to be successful in the company, but who also exhibit a desire to grow with the company and take advantage of your career progression opportunities. In order to attract those candidates, you’ll need to make sure your recruitment strategy includes a competitive benefits package.
Once your new hires are ready to get started in the office, your onboarding strategy is vital to ensuring their swift acclimation to the company culture. Each new hire should feel welcomed and well-informed so that they are set up for success from day one.
The workplace is always changing, and with the development of technology, it will only continue to evolve. Because of this, it is important to make sure that your human resource practices are evolving along with it. Find room for flexibility within your company that will allow your employees to do their best work in an environment that is conducive to ensuring their success. That may mean making new opportunities available for employees to work from home or to modify their work hours to fit their family life. This goes a long way to keeping employees happy, which increases productivity. And, while it may feel a little unorthodox now, it will become a much more commonplace thing in the workplace of the future. Now is the time to adjust to changes that are forthcoming.
Ultimately, your role as an HR manager is to keep your employees happy in a way that grows the company and promotes the brand you represent. When evaluating human resource management practices, it’s always important to access who those practices are helping, and who might they be hurting. Don’t build the company at the expense of your employees, and vice versa. You can build a successful company while also keeping your employees satisfied in their work.
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