If you have ever questioned your decision to work in HR, it could be that you have lost your vision for helping others in the midst of the hustle and bustle that you call your job. The median salary for human resource managers is just over $100,000, so the paycheck could also be a good incentive for the career choice. However, it sometimes doesn’t seem like enough for the headaches you have to deal with. If you enjoy helping people and want them to flourish in the perfect job, this might be enough to keep you going for a little while, but burnout can happen. If you really want to make a difference through your HR position, there are ten things you should consider.
Take Inventory of the Big Picture
It is very easy for good HR workers to focus on the aspects of hiring great new people that they forget about the employees who are already with the company. Engaging your old employees with just as much passion and focus as incoming hires is important to long-term company stability and employee more. Create incentives and rewards for employee loyalty to help show your appreciation for their commitment to the company.
As an HR representative, you are a walking resource for the rules and needs of the company. If you don’t carry that duty out with passion and enthusiasm, everything about the organization can seem cold, distant, and dull. If you don’t bring fire and drive into your interviews or training sessions, you will fail to inspire the potential in your employees.
Use Technology as an Assistant
If you are overwhelmed by the daily tasks and reporting that need to be done, it might be the reason your passion has burnt out or you are lacking enthusiasm. Technology can be an asset when it comes to HR functions, and an HR document management system can be just the tool to simplify a lot of the time-consuming but mundane paperwork needs for new hire and employee records.
Positively and Proactively Communicate
With each change a company undergoes, employees are affected both positively and negatively. The relationships and connections with each and to their security in the company can sometimes feel threatened, which makes it important to always proactively and positively communicate with your employees at all times. It's not just about communicating things to them but communicating with them. One of the ways you can make sure this happens is through your accessibility.
Get Out of the Office
When employees get summoned to the HR office, it immediate sends shivers of fear and anxiety through their spine. There is something about a call to show up at HR that reminds one of being summoned to the principal’s office during grade school. You usually only have to go when something bad is about to happen or something bad did happen. Rather than being available to them through the standard “I have an open-door policy”, go visit your employees in their departments and their comfort zones. They may be more apt to disclose more information or engage in a more honest conversation when you go to them and as for feedback or input.
If you want the people you work with to trust your efforts and be compliant with the rules of the organization, you need to show a genuine interest in each employee. Personalization is crucial to effective human resource efforts. When you are talking to someone, listen intently for clues that tell about who they are, their family, their goals, and their concerns. If they think you are authentic, they are more apt to trust you and work with you rather than against you.
Rely on Mentorship
Onboarding and training new employees is a great way to get to know your new employees but you can’t hold their hand forever. By establishing a mentorship program, you can pair new workers with aged professionals in your company and create a more effective onboarding program. This can reduce stress and free up some of your time to ensure all areas that fall under your supervision are in good working order.
With some thought and intention, you can make your time in the HR office highly effective without sacrificing relationships. Your job is to rally the employees and help them work smarter rather than harder.