A human resource manager is the one who links employees and higher management in order to build a strong relationship between both entities to improve an organisational working culture. But being an intermediary can be challenging because different people have different aspects. To improve the working experience and culture of the organisation, HR services within the company needs to be more efficient. To provide better services for the workforce of the organisation HR managers need to have specific skill sets and attitudes. If you are willing to go that extra mile to provide a better service for your employees, here are some tips to become a great HR manager.
Candidate experience is a popular buzzword in the HR sector because that is the most important factor for a company to attract new talents. We can simply define candidate experience as, “how candidates feel about your company after they experience your company’s hiring process.” According to their review, other candidates’ decisions also can be changed because they influence others' decision-making process. Candidates tend to review the candidate experience they had with the employer and keen to share it on social media and certain reviewing websites where they can review companies. Having a better candidate experience will help you to build your brand name and reputation, or else if candidates had a bad experience they will ruin your brand and at the end, you will lose respect as an employer and as a brand. Most of the common problem that candidates are facing according to social media for business websites are, a lack of information regarding the interview process. After the interview process, most of the companies are failing to get back to candidates and update what was happened. This is where most of the companies go wrong. Here are some valuable tips to create a better candidate experience for your company.
In the modern world, 264 million people suffer from depression and most of them are also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. The recent study done by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy 1 trillion annually because of the loss of productivity. Poor mental and physical health can negatively affect employees. This will affect job performance and productivity, communication with other co-workers, physical and daily functioning. Therefore workplaces that promote mental and physical health are more likely to reduce the problems regarding mental and physical health. This helps them to improve productivity and gain rapid growth in the industry. Organisations can promote awareness about mental health and risk management among their employees. Furthermore, companies can implement below listed simple initiatives for the workplace to improve mental and physical health.
Employees are major assets for any company. High performing employees create a competitive advantage for the company among its competitors. To increase employee retention companies need to adopt a better human resource information system, which directly helps the HR department to handle employees. Furthermore, companies need to come up with sustainable HR solutions to retain their best employees and face problems like retention and talent management. Recent studies indicate that companies spend 33% of a worker’s annual salary to replace an employee. Therefore, it is better to improve employee retention within your organisation. Here are some valuable tips to increase employee retention.
In the modern era, most of the organisations have 3-5 generations present in their workplace. That includes Traditionalists who are born before 1945 and up to Generation Z. This kind of diversity can create a range of challenges for the company because each generation has different expectations about work-life and how they want to be managed. But having a multi-generational workforce is an added advantage because a wide range of ideas and years of experience can serve the company much better while it helps other young employees to excel in their work. Due to demographic trends and pension legislation changes, it’s a common behaviour for organisations to have at least three generations working alongside each other. Having a multi-generational workforce will be very effective because of three reasons.
There are so many findings related to employee happiness and all of them are proved that when employees are happy they are more productive. Current employees maybe take fewer sick leaves but still, they are more productive and stay longer at their jobs. This helps to reduce hiring costs in any organisation. But when it comes to finding out if your employees are happy, organisations have a hard time. This might get bigger when the organisation continues to grow.
When it comes to evaluating employees ‘Yes’, most of the companies practice that, but the struggle comes when collecting feedback from employees. Collecting feedback needs to be done systematically and that process helps employees to feel that they have a voice inside the organisation. Here are a few tips to collect feedback without any trouble or taking up too much time.
Every employee who works in any organisation like to feel valued and appreciated at work, to do their best, whether we admit or not. In a Harvard Business Review article, Tony Schwartz mentioned that “the struggle to feel valued is one of the most insidious and least acknowledged issues in organisations.” In another study conducted by Harvard Medical School identified that helping employees feel valued was shown to have a huge impact on their performance.
Now adays most of the working population in any company are millennials and they are totally different from Generation X and baby boomers. Leaders must always keep in mind to address the major problems of their employees otherwise they will leave the company.
“It’s not personal, it’s business” is a memorable quote from the classic Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail”. A film that captures the very real problem of how, and when, to separate your personal feelings from your business decisions.
Personal and professional are two different spheres and the separation of personal and professional is as important for a healthy lifestyle just as the separation of church and state is to a happy democracy. But this has been a really common problem that a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners have, is that, their work lives and their personal lives tend to mix together. People need to look at separation from two perspectives: inner and outer. A separation needs to be made in our minds as to where the boundaries between work and home are, and to recognise where it is acceptable for those boundaries to mix (and where it is not too).
If you want to succeed in your chosen field, you cannot always allow emotions to get in your way because it is a business with goals, and everything else falls into two categories- Things that help you achieve those goals and things that would not. Separating your career and your personal life can be extremely sticky, and unfortunately there will be times when you have to preference one over the other. What you choose in each instance is entirely up to you, but you cannot, and should not, feel guilty in those times.
Here is a list of common situations where personal life and work could intersect, and how to handle them.
- Friends that fall short
It is not always that you bond over work, it could be by discussing your love life, favorite TV show, etc. Which is great until you realise that your friend is not quite as good at their job as you are at yours and if they work with you, that could be an issue. They may not be serious about work or maybe it is just that they do not have the talent to. Either way, you need to treat them as you would to any other co-worker. Whether you are assigning work or evaluating their performance to the boss. You need to constantly remind yourself that you are not personally responsible for their actions/attitude. Your friends will understand that if they are really your friend.
- Learn to say no.
Friends may take advantage of you by asking you to cover for them. That may be okay with you but you need to take a minute to consider how that behavior might alienate your other co-workers. You need to think if they are willing to the same for you. If this is affecting your work, you need to consider putting a stop to it. Explain to your mate how important your work is to you and how doing favors could affect them. Make them understand that you will be there for them off the clock.
- Do not worry about leaving others out
Ambitious people move up to reach their goals. Sometimes while you move up, it means maybe having to leave your friends. If you have a bond over shared ambition, then moving up is a little hard. They may resent the fact that you have been selected for a promotion instead of them when they have worked just as hard as you have or they might be put into an uncomfortable position of suddenly you becoming their superior. That may seem a little too awkward because everything has changed. You need to accept it and remind yourself that whenever you are at a loss of how to proceed, remember that work comes first; not you, not them but work! If you can remain professional, respectful and appreciative, the rest will fall into place. Take a good look at your own priorities before talking to your friend.
- Know your distractions and avoid them
Everyone has certain things that could distract them from work- Social media, gossiping, playing games, etc. There could be chances that certain people may distract you with interesting news/ gossip which could waste your time. Chit chats may go out of control without your notice so there needs to be some control over it. You know if you are a person who goes out of control while chitchatting with your mates so make sure you do those when you have completed all your work. You need to keep away everything that distracts you during work hours. Delegate your maximum attention to what you have to do and make sure you keep a checklist of your daily priorities.
- Avoid talking work matters at any private functions
You might be at wedding or a birthday party- which is a time that you enjoy with your colleagues keeping work aside. It would not be acceptable to ruin your colleague’s mood talking about unnecessary work matters, making them feel uncomfortable. You may be extremely unhappy about your colleague’s work or there could be other work related reasons but you must always remember that there needs to be a fine line between work and personal life. Work matters or issues need to be directly raised during work hours and not during times where everyone has sat down to enjoy a little.
- Be honest about how you feel.
Your friends may ask you favors more like asking you to recommend your customers their restaurant and you have been nothing but extremely supportive in this case, if you really do not like to do that. So if you really dislike mixing business with personal matters, which is your choice, you have every right to those feelings just as much as your friends do to theirs. At such instances, communication and courage is the key. Be tactful, be honest, but you must tell your friend how you feel. Offer them help in other possible ways. Be a friend, but if your career matters to you, then also be a professional.
Our lives are made up of different parts- Home, Family, work, and friends. Making them all work together is a lifelong struggle. Being honest with yourself and those around you is the first step.
While many of us believe that the HR department has a role to play in protecting the welfare and safety of employees, it also crucial in supporting organisational sustainability during an economic crisis. Why? The simple reason is that there is always a human side to every challenge that the organisation faces.
It’s no rocket science to understand the fact that the Easter Bombing not only has emerged a national crisis, but also lead to a massive blow towards the economic stability leading many business sectors to hit rock bottom.