Some aspects of working in HR can be frustrating, and it can be difficult to know what to do to overcome certain challenges. Human resources professionals have to effectively communicate information to employees. Although there are definitely some frustrating aspects to the role, you can put measures in place to make your life easier. An experienced HR manager will have strategies to tackle the following issues and those with a lot of experience will know what to do in sticky situations. If you are new to the world of HR, here are some tips on how to overcome some of the most common HR challenges.
Organising Annual Leave
If you don’t have a way of managing annual leave sensibly from the start, you are bound to encounter huge problems. There needs to be a really clear procedure when it comes to organising annual leave, and employees need to understand what that is. Without strict rules and guidelines for taking annual leave there will be conflict. Employees should know exactly what they are entitled to, when they are allowed to take annual leave and the procedure they need to follow to request it.
Employee negativity can spread round the office like wildfire. It is infectious and once it starts it can be difficult to keep under control. Negativity can be spread by a few individuals who feel they aren’t being treated fairly or simply don’t enjoy their jobs. This can have a serious impact on staff morale and make others feel uncomfortable. As soon as you notice any negativity in the office it needs to be addressed. Try and identify the instigators and speak with them as soon as possible. You can also tackle negativity by introducing positive things such as teambuilding activities, staff social events and generally being very upbeat and positive around the office.
Communicating Company Benefits
This is probably a frustration that many HR professionals feel. For some reason staff don’t always understand what benefits they are entitled to or make the most of them, even if staff benefits have been clearly communicated. Moreover, sometimes employees are not happy with the current benefits and feel they are being hard done by. Deciding on appropriate staff benefits that everyone will be happy with is extremely difficult. If possible try and involve staff with the decision making process, asking them about what sort of benefits would mean the most to them. Then, once you have decided try and communicate how fantastic your staff benefits are on a regular basis. Go out of your way to make sure that all staff know what benefits you offer.
Tackling Bonus Time
Bonus time can be awkward for the human resources department. Although most of the time it is the employee’s managers who discuss their progress, give promotions and talk about pay rises it’s often the HR department that delivers the final news in writing. The atmosphere in the office at this time can be tense while everyone waits for the news. It’s best to keep this process as private as possible and reinforce the fact that employees should not discuss their salary or pay with each other.
There is a lot of reporting and paperwork in HR, and it’s hard to know the best way to manage HR reporting. You need to have intelligent software to be able to analyse and report on HR statistics. This software can help you identify areas to improve and also the things that are working. It’s important to monitor HR statistics such as sick days, annual leave and productivity. HR software gives you the opportunity to regularly evaluate the business and see where you can make more profit.
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