There’s a common myth that the human resource department’s job is to spread happiness and cheer. While this isn’t really true, it is easier to keep your team upbeat when your job doesn’t bring frustrations of its own. Technology provides some incredible tools for HR teams, but those tools are only useful in the right context, with the right training and proper use. Without those elements, they can be tremendously frustrating. HR technology needs to have the right functions, used properly and in the right context.
In life and in business there are constant trends. But how many of those trends actually affect our lives long term? Most of them come and go, leaving only a humorous (or embarrassing) memory to recount to the incredulous generations to come. However, sometimes true innovation is disguised as a trend. The difference being, true innovations don’t go away. The HR field is no different. There are numerous trends which have come and gone. However, there’s a growing trend in HR circles which is beginning to feel a lot more like true innovation: single platform systems. Here are three reasons single platform systems are around to stay. READ MORE Single Platform HR Software: A Trend or Innovation?
Recent media coverage has promoted a new and relaxed style of workplace culture. Gone are the cubicles, the stodgily suits, and the endless rooms of files. These are new and exciting places to work, but are they realistic? On the other hand, you’ve seen assembly lines where it seems each worker’s hand motions are prescribed. Boring? Maybe, but industries such as these are able to churn out product with incredible efficiency. There tends to be two schools of thoughts on the correct approach to the workplace. One is geared toward creativity, the other towards efficiency. Perhaps a new approach is the correct one. A workplace which can strike a fair balance of both has the potential to unlock new levels of success. READ MORE Workplace Culture: Balancing Creativity and Efficiency
Human Resources is often viewed as the department that hands out safety manuals and fields the harassment complaints. But as an HR manager, your job is much more complicated than that. In many ways, you are an advocate for both the employee and the employer. This puts you in a unique situation to have one of the most comprehensive views of the company. One of the keys to a good company is a high level of productivity. Here’s how the HR team can help build the foundation of productivity.
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.
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.
Topics: HR and Company Culture
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.
Topics: HR and Company Culture