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If you’ve only ever worked for small, independent companies, or are self-employed, you may not have heard of the term “HR”. If you have, you may well be unsure what it means. HR, whittled down, stands for “human resources” and as soon as you enter any major establishment or work for a slightly larger brand, you will come to realise that almost every larger company has a whole department specifically dedicated to human relations. So, there must be something in it! If the successful companies use a same method, it must be effective and you might want to try it out yourself. Here’s everything you need to know about this.
What Exactly is HR?
HR is essential to a larger company’s success. This is exemplified into the widespread influence and reach of the department. Anyone working in HR should be aiming to enable the organisation that they are working for to maximise the contribution of people to the delivery of the organisation’s goals (efficient staff distribution). This entails a lot more than you’d imagine, though. Professionals in HR have to provide a framework for the policies and procedures that come hand in hand with the employment of new staff. They also have to provide guidance, support, and advice to any employee who may require it. So, not only is it an administrative role, but it also involves developing interpersonal connections and relationships with workers on a professional level.
What Does a Good HR Department Require?
When it comes to HR, there are a few main things that you need to be sure to invest in. First, a dedicated office space for HR employees to work from. They will need a computer, phone and comfortable seating. If possible, a separate room should be accessible too, for more private discussions with staff members, interviews, or meetings. You should also invest in HR Management Software that will allow your staff to do their job to the best of their abilities, unhindered by insufficient software.
Traits of a Good HR Employee
As individuals don’t necessarily require specific qualifications to work in HR, you can decide on whether they are right for your company and the role or not by interviewing them and getting to know them a little. The main skill that can help a human resources worker to thrive in their role is communication. After all, they’re going to be spending most of their time engaging in conversation with individuals of all levels in the business. For the same reason, they should preferably be kind, calm, and compassionate. This will help other employees to feel comfortable enough around them to open up, helping your business to expand and progress as effectively as possible (as you’ll be able to resolve employee problems to the best of your ability). If they can perform well under the pressure of an interview, they should be fine dealing with day to day, standard communication too.
As you can see, HR is pretty important. So start developing your department as soon as possible to reap the rewards sooner rather than later.