10 tips to help you become a successful HR manager
In today’s modern service and information economies, people are actually the most valuable asset. As such, HR has taken on an increasingly front-line, strategic function and is as important as finance, sales, marketing, or operations departments. Today, the role of HR in organisations has become one with increased responsibilities, a greater focus on strategic outcomes, and stricter accountability across the board.
It is Human to help. Viewing internal stakeholders and their teams as internal customers is a healthy way to engage the workforce and a big step in the right direction to improving the brand of HR. Consult, be proactive, be generous and market your HR function to your internal customer regularly.
HR management requires an orderly approach. Organised files, strong time management skills, and personal efficiency are key to HR effectiveness.
HR managers represent the rules and needs of the organisation. That’s why they appear as dry, cold, and distant most of the time. When you rediscover your passion, you’ll overcome that flaw. Your own drive will inspire the people you’re trying to recruit, as well the current workers in the organisation.
There are often two or more opposing views, and the successful HR pro can find an acceptable middle ground. Remember, the goal of negotiation is to end up with two parties that are satisfied with the outcome, and that’s not often easy to achieve.
Successful companies are not just websites and business plans but a group of human beings who are productive and collaborative through mutual trust. HR teams are vital in cultivating trust through addressing underperformance openly, encouraging authenticity at all levels and having transparent measures in place across the business. Again this is a key pillar in building and solidifying a culture that provides a foundation for effective relationships and work results.
Your career management skills need to be worked on consistently, so follow the one-hour rule. This rule means that for one hour each week you will focus on managing your career and improving your skills. This can be things such as updating your resume to keep it current, researching something to gain a better understanding of the concept, reading articles to improve and hone your skill set, and attending conferences.
You have a responsibility to choose and support the right workers for each department. For that purpose, you have to learn what the individual needs of each department are. Work close together with the managers to develop appropriate HR ideas and practices.
HR professionals are the conscience of the company, as well as the keepers of confidential information. As you serve the needs of top management, you also monitor their actions toward employees to be sure that policies and regulations are followed. You need to be able to push back when they aren’t in order to keep the firm on the straight and narrow. Not an easy responsibility!
If you’re a manager, hire the best talent that you can to create an all-star staff. This will make work much easier and will help to 10x your results quickly. The more A players you hire, rather than B or C players, then the more effective your department will be. It’s good to be as picky as possible when hiring, don’t settle.
One of the most important skills to have in HR management is communication. HR managers need to report to higher up managers, other department heads, their own staff, other department staff, bosses and potential and even past employees because keeping everyone on the same page is vital in this area of business.
A constant juggling and balancing act, HR management is a demanding job but hopefully these tips will help bring you success in this ever changing and very important business role.
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