Hotel and Casino mogul Steve Wynn once said that “Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.” This clearly states how crucial proper HR Management is to our businesses and enterprises. It’s not just something that we have to have to comply with regulatory standards or to keep appearances.
HR Management is to a company as the cerebrum is to the brain: it controls the core function. HR Management controls or facilitates the workforce, the most important asset of any company, while the cerebrum controls the thinking and learning functions of the brain.
With that, we list down the three main reasons on how HR Management can further your company’s accomplishments and move towards success.
The Power of Communication Pacifies, Edifies and Solidifies
Almost every aspect of success traces its roots from a healthy and open line of communication. There is a great value in conveying oneself properly and understanding others willingly. In a company, a billion words can be traded from various parties, yet leaders can fail miserably in arriving at a proper conclusion or solution. So a failed communication process ultimately leads to organizational failure.
Well thought of communication either pacifies, edifies or solidifies. Any type of dispute, conflict or misunderstanding can be straightened out by effective communication. Also, kind, inspiring, corrective and instructive words can edify a person and allow him to realize his strengths and skills. And finally, words have the power to help a person firmly plant his feet on the ground and not be swayed by the three Cs: circumstances, criticism or challenges.
A company is like a lake. A successful one has streams and rivers flowing from it, through it, and to it, while a dysfunctional one has streams and rivers being blocked by bushes, weeds, stones, land masses, and most saddening of which are the garbage or pollution that blocks the healthy flow of water back to the clear lake.
The same goes with communication and company success. A successful organization requires all of its communication channels to flow steadily and with ease, from the top down, from the main to the secondary.
Every company, I repeat, every company needs an efficient communication system.
Organization is Key
In HR management, it is of utmost importance that everything has its place and is in place, because you must be able to extract important items and files easily. But to be clear, this is not the only organization that we are talking about.
Keep things neat and tidy so they can be found when needed, both document-wise and more importantly the your workforce. Your personnel are your strongest asset, so an unruly HR system will spell disaster.
Organization genius Christina Scalise has famously said that “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” Now apply this not only to physical clutter but mental and emotional clutter. An organization that’s unorganized is most likely a reflection of a disorganized leader or a distracted and unfocused HR team.
Being organised also helps when there are lots of things to manage at once. This is where multitasking comes in. And HR managers should be masters of multitasking. There are a lot of issues, concerns and challenges that your workforce can and might have, and most often they all need to be addressed at the same time.
Successful companies are products of an organized system. Yes, nowadays companies seem to be more fluid and flexible in their HR protocols. Work from home. Flexitime. Results-based rather than attendance-based. But make no mistake about it: even in this seemingly “structureless” setup, being and staying organized is still a highly important HR element.
Never Underestimate the Power of Employee Engagement
Twenty first century people management has recently centered on a crucial concept: employee engagement.
Gone are the days of the industrial era where workers are merely labors and have no real say or stake in the company. Now, employees are the footstool of a corporation’s success. Without them being happily engaged not just in their work but in the company in general, you can expect a higher turnover rate and failed succession planning.
Employee engagement turns employees into advocates. Employee attrition can be greatly avoided through active employee engagement because employee experience, engagement and productivity is increased. Also, employee engagement enables HR to identify who are performing better than others, thereby setting up the succession planning of a company.
Employee engagement can turn problems into opportunities. Yousician, a music startup company, turned a logistical problem to an unforgettable experience by flying their entire workforce to Europe while their office was being renovated. Richard Branson is famously known for championing employees. The Virgin Group mogul once said “Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”
And the most prolific example of employee engagement that is commonly referenced is Google. Not only are they world-renowned for building massive employee-centric offices, but their method of engaging employees to contribute to team meets and brainstormings has gained them even more business success and accolades from the business community. No wonder they are always ten steps ahead of everybody: they encourage their employees to dream and think outside the box, thereby engaging them mentally and purposefully.
Robert Half once said that “Time spent on hiring is time well spent”. And with everybody looking for the next best thing in HR Management, it always comes down to the basics. Communicate. Organize. Engage. Apply these and see your company reap success.
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