How To Build A Strong HR Team
The Human Resources Department in any company is indispensible to its success. It is imperative that your company has a strong unit to help with everything that is related to your workforce, including recruiting them. If you have a strong HR team, it means you can be assured of success and business growth. Apart from assigning tasks to employees to hiring them, it is the HR department that facilitates the smooth functioning of your company. An HR department works as a well-oiled, well-run machine that turns the wheels of success. Human Resources is thus an important segment related to people function and holds the same position in a company as finance, IT and marketing.
The article deals with some important steps you can take to make your HR department an important cog in your company and whose success would enable to you to keep a stronghold among your rivals. In order to make the HR team work faithfully, you must always keep them informed of the image that you are trying to project about your company. Once there is strong communication among your team members, the HR department will automatically evolve into an excellent performer and guide your company as a single unit.
So if you are tasked with the responsibility of guiding the HR department and making them strong, here are some simple steps to follow:
1. Trust in your team members
Nothing would go forward without trust. So learn to trust your team members and be positive about what they can deliver. Your positivity would rub on to them and they will be honest in their dealings, irrespective of work experience.
2. Generate self-confidence
After you win their trust, invoke activities that would improve their self-confidence. Apart from that, you must praise them when they attain milestones and give them positive feedback along with any other pointers that you’ve got to improve their skills.
3. Involving the team in decision making
Managers are notorious for making decisions without consulting the rest of the team. They might neglect to ask their opinion and pass judgments that not everyone might agree. Everyone in the team has their own opinions about how a particular project should move, it might be their experience and knowledge talking, so make sure you consult them in their area of expertise when you make decisions. Avoid conflicts and embrace new ideas; you might be a good example to the rest of the HR managers.
4. Brainstorm with the team for an influx of ideas
Just because you are an HR Manager, there is no guarantee that ideas might come knocking on your brain when you want them. Sources for ideas might come from anywhere, brainstorm with all the members of the team and you might come up with a whale of an idea that would be immensely successful.
5. Boss as job role, friend inside
As an HR manager, you might be the boss leading your team to success. Your team members will not look up to you if you get all high and mighty and really act as a “boss”. Everybody in the team knows that you are the boss, you don’t have to rub it in every time. If you want to win the confidence and love of your team you must be a friend to them. You should know it better because you have made it to the managerial position after slogging it as a junior; so make sure you give your team members sufficient time to voice their opinion.
6. Everyone in the team gets to the don the hat
In school, the teacher gives chances to all her pupils to become the leader. Similarly, there might be people with equal qualifications and experience in your team. Rotate responsibilities so everyone gets the chance to become the leader. This would help them understand their own strengths and weaknesses and that of the others too. This would help them perform better at tasks.
7. Employee recognition programs
Employee satisfaction can make a project successful. Similarly, dissatisfaction can ruin it. If a team performs well, then make sure the employees get rewarded for their efforts. Employee recognition is the building block of every successful HR department. When employees know that they are appreciated for their work, it would be ingrained into their very fabric to work hard and perform more. The main advantages of employee recognition program:
- Strong bond between employee and manager
- Employees feel that they are the key to the organization
- They also feel that they have achieved something that proved to be a milestone for the company
- Long-term relationship with each member of the team
- Employees would inform you of any impending problem because they feel closer to you
8. Familiarizing the team with emerging technologies
HR professionals must be aware of the latest softwares and technologies that would help them in recruitment and other work requirements. HR employees market their company to the impending recruiters, so they must be good at marketing as well. Apart from having a good head for figures, the team must be able to embrace new thoughts and ideas to help attract more business.
The aim of the HR department would be to save money for the company in the most cost-effective manner. As they hold the frontline position in a business, they would be the first people to speak to a potential recruit, so they must be able to project the company well.
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The author: Reema Oamkumar is engaged as a thought leader at www.Software-Developer-India.com which is a part of the YUHIRO Group. YUHIRO is a German-Indian enterprise which provides programmers to IT companies, agencies and IT departments.