5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your HR Department


In 2018, most small and medium enterprises (SMEs) tend to outsource their HR in order to get a better deal in the short-term. Still, handling your HR in-house can be equally as efficient, provided you know how to get the most out of it. Apart from being cheaper in the long-run, it also contributes to your company’s infrastructure, and makes your legal issues, as well as your hiring and retaining policies, much more consistent and reliable. With this in mind and without further ado, here are the top five tips for getting the most out of your in-house HR department.

1.      Focus on your recruiting process

The first responsibility of an in-house HR department is to monitor the process of recruitment. Due to the fact that third-party recruiters charge between 5 and 30 percent of the annual salary (depending on the rank of the employee they brought in), this is the first task in which your in-house HR will start saving money. In 2018, the first step of prospecting potential candidates can be done through social media. You can start with LinkedIn and then proceed to other networks like Facebook and Instagram in order to get a glimpse of who you are dealing with personally. In a situation where the potential employee has an account on a platform they’ve worked on as a freelancer, you can examine this, as well.

2.      Feedback, feedback, feedback

The next role of your HR is to do evaluations of the performance of your employees. This benefits you in several ways. First of all, you get a realistic image of your company’s capacities, as well as insight into the potential value of certain employees. If there are any suitable candidates for leadership positions in the future, you will learn of it through feedback provided by your HR. In order to give this feature an even greater boost, you might share some of this information with your employees. After all, how are they going to improve if they don’t know they are in need of an improvement, in the first place?

3.      Automate and uniform your HR processes

While the software will never be able to fully replace a human HR, you need to look for help wherever you can find it. You see, a single skilled HR representative, armed with sophisticated HR software can outperform an entire department. Needless to say, this is an incredibly cost-effective practice and exactly what you were trying to achieve, to begin with. Furthermore, with the adequate use of human resources templates, you can further automate and uniform your HR process. In this way, you are speeding up your HR team and minimizing the chance of an error or an oversight.

4.      Pay more attention to corporate culture

Apart from hiring and evaluation, employee retention is another important responsibility of HR. Needless to say, one of the most efficient ways to get there is by building and maintaining a positive corporate culture. This is why your HR should be instructed to focus on defining and monitoring values of your employees, identifying champions of your company culture and identifying its most devastating gaps. By managing to achieve these several simple goals, you will make your company into a much more pleasant and even inspiring work environment.

5.      Stop wasting time

Finally, you need to keep in mind that time is one of the most important resources of your HR department, which is why you need to be as careful about it as possible. For instance, on average, an office worker spends 31 hours in meetings per month. A lot of these meetings are summoned by HR and they take away everyone’s time while adding little to no practical value. Instead, you could hold standing meetings or even send any non-vital information in a circular email. Aside from this, vacation and PTO tracking processes are usually not worth effort the investment, which is why you might want to consider ditching them altogether.

At the end of the day, getting the most out of your HR department is a lot of work, however, taking into consideration that the HR is the tissue that holds your company together, it is an effort worth investing. Still, a sheer power of will won’t cut it here and in order to see some results, you need to know all the critical areas that need some improvement. With this in mind, the above-listed five ideas might serve as a good starting point.



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