Employers want to build and cultivate a company with employees who exemplify the company culture, mission and values. You may notice that your organization is made up of professionals who are motivated by what you do and in turn contribute to the success of the company. If this is not the case, however, your employees’ productivity needs to be reenergized. Here are some tips that may help you improve your recruiting process so you can start attracting and onboarding talent that shares your business values.
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While the startup and small-business environments have many advantages for employees who want to shape their roles within an organization, the other side of this situation is that job roles and responsibilities are lacking definition—if they even exist.
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In order to keep your business running smoothly and achieve growth, your organization must have clear processes in place. When an organization has too many processes in place, however, it’s easy for business efficiencies to go off the rails, and employee productivity suffers as a result. So how can you do this properly?
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While the title of this post almost sounds counterintuitive, as transparency and trust go hand-in-hand, it’s your legal and ethical responsibility to keep certain tangibles secure. Insubstantial filing systems and unorganized processes can contribute to putting your employees’ confidential information at risk of becoming public knowledge. If this scenario becomes a reality, it may result in a significant loss of trust.
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There are a number of ways your business could be at risk. One minute you’re generating revenue, the next you’re churning customers. Next you turn to downsizing departments and laying off employees. This, of course, leads to an increase in legal costs and challenges—a compliance nightmare. While we’re describing a worst-case scenario, the reality is running a business presents a number of different challenges.
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If your business is growing, so too should your personnel. You need committed professionals on your team who can carry your vision forward with their expertise. When you’re lacking the time and resources not only to execute your own tasks, but also to locate and hire talent to support your venture, you likely don’t have the time to research what needs to change to support your business growth strategy.
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In an article she contributed to TechTarget entitled “The CIO Guide to Overhauling Employee Morale,” Joan Indiana Rigdon writes: “Whether your [business] is reeling from layoffs or you just want to energize [your] team for projects and growth in the new year, it pays to know how to motivate. That skill doesn’t come naturally to most CIOs.” This is likely because the C-level executive has a reputation of being stretched too thin. Sometimes he or she will take on additional roles before reaching a breaking point and seeking a candidate or vendor who can share some of the responsibility.
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Maximized productivity is one of the most desired, yet difficult tasks to master. If you’re overwhelmed with the number of tasks you’re responsible for and are losing control as a result, you’re not alone. “As many as 1 in 5 adults might be procrastinators,” says Larry Kim in a contribution to Inc. “…Whether your tendency to put things off is driven by anxiety, fear, or some other demotivator, it can be remedied.” While you may be quick to blame a lag in productivity on inefficient processes and organizational structure, there’s a misconception that motivation is purely defined by these factors alone. To maximize productivity in your workforce, human resources must focus on cultivating a culture of productivity.
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If there is one thing that all human resources professionals have in common it’s having to tackle a long list of critical responsibilities, including complying with the law. Compliance, of course, should never be taken lightly. In fact, “Human resources compliance is a necessity for any business in today’s legal environment,” reports the staff at allBusiness. “Between the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), OSHA, sexual harassment, and antidiscrimination laws, a business that isn’t aware of its HR responsibilities is headed for trouble.” While this responsibility often feels daunting, especially for executives already under pressure to fulfill many roles, it’s certainly not unattainable.
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“To deliver more value, the human resources function needs to spend more time accelerating operational improvement and less time on its traditional administrative and compliance activities,” writes Brad Power in an article entitled “Focus HR on Process Improvement,” in the Harvard Business Review. While HR has always been the face of benefits, compensation, compliance and other administrative tasks, today its role comprises much more. If your business is currently lacking the time and resources it needs to scale, turn to HR.
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