Two of the most common reasons why people think they can be great HR professionals are either they are very organized and systematic or they have good people skills. But these two qualities alone are not enough for anyone to make it big in their career in human resource management. The two attributes can land them jobs but to move up the ladder, they definitely need some qualities that will set them apart from other employees. One of the first things aspiring HR professionals should understand is that it is not going to be easy. Unlike the conceptions prevailing around the department, it is one of the most difficult jobs in a workplace, where your actions can have severe consequences. So for all those of you looking to become a great HR professional, here are a few starters that will help you get oriented to the department.
You cannot be a racehorse in your HR department where you can just focus on one thing and keep running. It’s hurdles out there. HR is one department that interacts with diverse people from different walks of life. Not everyone is the same and you will meet people with attitude and thought processes you never thought existed. Your job is not to be judgmental about them but leverage any potential they have to your company’s advantage. Your people skills might be of help but unless and until you add some sensibility to it, it can get tougher. So come with an open mind and learn in the process.
Your organizational skills can be put to better use if you know and understand technology and find seamless ways to take care of your daily tasks. Keep exploring different technologies and be curious of their practical applications. Look for software that can make your life and that of others around you easier. You don’t simply follow conventions by working on spreadsheets, presentations and other software. If you find alternative software simple and seamless, use that and save time. In HR, nobody will teach you how to be more efficient apart from yourself. So look for ways you can be!
There is a conception prevailing that the emails and messages from HR are often taken for granted and the worst part is they can be true. Even some of the more crucial emails like employee satisfaction surveys that are directly related to the well-being and satisfaction levels of employees are often overlooked by employees. So you need to work on your persona and authority. You can be a very approachable person when it comes to work and help but when a message is going out from your end, ensure that you have an authority and that they are followed.
HR professionals have clients, targets, and goals too! Be it solving some of the most crucial concerns like attrition and retrenchment to taking care of appraisals in the smoothest ways possible, it’s a big responsibility. So for more optimized and effective performance as an HR, be more focused and have specific goals for your roles and responsibilities. There can be both long term and short term goals and can vary from time to time. The important factor is having a goal to work on.
One of the first things you should do after becoming an HR professional is upskilled to HR analytics. With the power of data, you can uncover things that others can’t even dream of. Work on existing data to come up with insights and patterns on existing concerns, probable concerns in the future and have back up plans and solutions ready. This will be of great help to not just your organization but your career as well.
Don’t blindly follow and try to implement what you learned from your HR textbooks. They are for gaining knowledge and how you think when crisis hits you or the decision that is most practical to the concern you’re facing are what count. Be flexible to experiment on approaching problems and come up with unconventional ways to tackle issues. These are what will make you stand apart.
As an HR, you are the one to interact with employees more than the CEO of your company. When you are touching so many lives and people, have a persona and set an example. Be it the way you carry yourself or the way you handle problems, be an inspiration to those who know you and the ones you meet on a daily basis. Change the convention that HR is an auxiliary department. HR is the backbone of any workplace and you need to behave like one.
If you shut your doors to new things, there can be never room for evolution. As an HR, you need to ensure perfect working conditions in your workplace and that can happen only when you know the trends prevailing in other companies and in industries. Go to HR meetups, get to know about other companies’ HR visions and approaches and have a rapport with the HR professionals of other companies to expand your horizons on global trends. Exchange ideas, visions and discuss new things. Evolve and reflect that evolution in your workplace as well.
If you had noticed, the role of an HR professional is challenging in a sweet way and there is never a dull moment in the career of an HR. So have fun at your work and job and keep making space for newer things. Try keeping these factors in mind and have an amazing career growth. Good luck!
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