The Human Resources profession has seen many shifts in how work is conducted and how companies interact with potential candidates. The biggest shift comes from the source of hire. When looking back in the past ten years recruiters have started sourcing candidates in several new and innovative ways then ever before. Far from perfection, the Human Resources profession has a long way to go to increase productivity and increase the quality of their department. Here are a few of the biggest challenges the Human Resources industry:
5 of the Biggest Challenges in Humans Resources
Aligning Workforce with Business Strategy: Basically all hires need to be strategic in the sense that they don’t only help the company as a whole, but their position aligns overall with the goals of your organization. Each and every hire needs to be more strategic and not just filling a position.
Defining a Workforce Strategy Based on Reliable Facts and Figures: Another important characteristic of a strong human resources department is the ability to define a strategy focused on hiring top talent and an efficient workforce. Basing your strategy on facts and figures will give you the ability to prove your worth to the higher ups. A lot of times HR departments will spend money while the CEO or CFO won’t understand the ROI. Base your departmental spending on specific HR metrics and the doors will open for your HR department.
Managing with Limited Resources and Budget: It’s no secret that the Human Resource department suffers from lack of resources, budget, and on numerous occasions they are understaffed. A successful department must be able to function with limited resources. If this requires working with outside vendors to streamline HR functions then your department must be able budget accordingly.
‘Knowing’ and ‘Developing’ Your Workforce: A successful department is able to know how-to and develop their workforce in the most efficient manner possible. Through assessment testing and routine training it’s possible to hire and develop a workforce to be of high quality. In today’s workplace continuing learning is deemed appropriate in necessary in developing your workplace.
Being Ready for the ‘War on Talent’: The War on Talent is real. HR departments need to understand that in order to be successful they must keep hiring top talent in their field. No longer will the mediocre work in the ever growing and competitive workplace, but in order to have the competitive advantage against your competitors you must hire the best workforce ever.
Working in HR isn’t easy and no matter the size of your budget or the strength of your workforce, it’s important to understand that working in Human Resources puts you in the trenches of your company. Hiring a qualified workforce is your main priority and even if you’re low on resources you learn to make due.
How does your HR Department Cope?
How has your HR department struggled with lack of resource and dealing with everything it takes to become a successful department?
Article by Eric Friedman
Eric Friedman is the Founder and CEO of eSkill Corporation, a leading provider of Web-based skill testing for pre-employment and training. The company's founding vision was to create software that can customize a skills test to fit the knowledge requirements for any job position. Holder of an MBA from MITís Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University, Eric has helped launch five startups since 1992. With 20 years in the game, he is now sharing his vast experience on eSkill's blog, while mentoring his team and constantly expanding his company. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
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