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Modernizing Your Human Resource Strategies to Fit the Digital Age

17 Sep

Whether it’s a small business or a large enterprise, a start-up or an established corporation, the influence a competent Human Resources Management team have on a business’ success should never be underestimated. After all, the people in this team have a hand in how new hires view the company and how old-hand employees feel about their employment. An effective HR team will be able to help promote and maintain a work environment that not only makes it conducive for employees to perform efficiently but also stimulates creativity and initiative.

It is essential that a member of a Human Resources team know and understand their established responsibilities and tasks. That’s a given. What experienced HR managers sometimes neglect, however, is the need for continued evolution in strategies and practices in order for the department to stay updated with the changing work force. You can’t expect to use the same coaching methods or recruitment processes from ten years – or even five years – ago and expect it to yield the same outstanding results now as it did then. Especially in today’s digital age, modernizing your strategies is a sure way of demonstrating growth and adaptability.

Here are some tips, tricks, and modern techniques you can employ to help boost your HR management skills.

In Employment and Recruitment

Utilize social media. It is a well-known idea that people in Human Resources are notoriously slow in making use of advances in technology. It’s about time you prove this idea wrong. Gen-Y prospective employees spend more time online and hanging out in social media websites than they do anywhere else. A more established online presence – and publicity for the company – is not the only reason to take advantage of social media in your recruitment processes, though. Prompting conversations and discussions online pertinent to your industry will also introduce you to people with brilliant ideas. People who might be a perfect fit for your company in the future. People from everywhere in the state or the country. You don’t need to post ads on Illinois newspapers or check out Louisiana human resources websites to find the perfect prospective hire. They’ll find you.

Be proactive; not reactive. When it comes to finding talent, waiting for applications is not exactly giving your business the best advantage. It doesn’t have to be a fresh face; the idea is to actively look for people that will fit the role rather than just posting a job ad and sorting through the willing. Taking note of special skills employees have will also help you in identifying the perfect fit should a position matched with the skill open up.

Hire for culture fit as well as skills. This is an often overlooked criterion in picking the perfect new employee. Most HR people will focus on skills and experience, education and background, and forget to pay attention to how exactly the applicant will fit in the current company culture. On top of the required skills and experience, you want someone who can adapt to the established culture within the organization. This will help the employee view the company in a more long-term light.

Training, Development, and Employee Relations

Motivate. That’s pretty general, but motivation is also relative to position, age, length of stay in the company, and the industry. Of course, no matter the mentioned factors, financial compensation is always a factor in motivating employees. That’s not the only thing an HR team should be focusing on, though. Generation Y workers are pretty vocal in their preference for a more dynamic workplace, transparent management, and non-financial benefits rather than just a high salary. In something as subjective and relative as this, it helps you to come up with better methods when you can measure the level of success. Try a motivational technique with one employee and see if there are results. It is then up to you to adjust based on the outcome.

Embrace technology. It doesn’t bite. A well planned and competently executed merging of high tech help with your HR duties will not only save money and time, but should serve as a perfect opportunity for you to say hi to the digital age. Use online payroll apps, software geared towards HR management, and even applicant tracking. Technology is not only for those in the IT industry. By making use of different software and apps, you’re not only making your job smoother but also lessening your carbon footprint – what with your reduced use of paper and other office supplies – while you’re at it.

Consistency is key. No matter what policy you enforce, it is essential that you not only be transparent about it, but consistent as well. You hold everybody responsible – including yourself and everybody in your department. Consistency in leadership promotes trust and is one of the reasons why employees stay.

Be open to changes. Words like flexible hours and telecommuting might be thrown around. It doesn’t mean these will be enforced, but it doesn’t hurt for you to be open to the possibilities. This just helps you adjust accordingly and be ready for when the company decides to go for the changes.

Cedric Loiselle is an experienced writer who enjoys imparting useful information to many readers. The topics he usually writes about include business and finance, home improvement, and health.

 

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