For many companies, Human Resources (HR) is viewed as an unnecessary headache – merely a way for employees to complain about bosses or air apparently pointless grievances. Actually, quite the opposite is true and there is considerable evidence to suggest that HR, when rolled out effectively, can greatly enhance your business by increasing workers’ happiness and morale, thereby increasing their output.
A happy workforce is a productive workforce
Employment experts suggest that, rather than seeing HR as an optional extra, most companies could benefit from taking a more holistic view of their staff. By making workers feel more valued and giving them a chance to make an input to a company’s operations, employee satisfaction and happiness have been proven to increase. Indeed, extensive studies have conclusively linked worker happiness with productivity. In short, happier employees work more effectively and produce more – as much as 13% more.
HR does not need to be expensive
Where previously engaging with Human Resources meant hiring a specialist (or team of specialists), modern software now puts HR practices within the reach of even the smallest business or budget. New, intelligent HR company software can seamlessly integrate HR apps into a company’s existing software and operations, bringing new levels of employee care and communication.
HR empowers staff and prevents micromanagement
As companies evolve and grow, often strange chains of command and micromanagement become an established norm to deal with increased workflow. While micromanaging can sometimes offer a short-term solution, in the bigger picture it is often damaging to a worker’s sense of autonomy and can stifle creativity.
HR has been proven to encourage delegation among bosses, letting them clearly understand the potential (and, sometimes, limitations) of their staff so they can better assign resources. Further, if employees feel they can air their grievances or make suggestions to processes, they are far more likely to feel comfortable working without guidance.
Defining, and sharing, company goals
As a company owner or boss, you will already have a defined idea of where the company wants to go and what it hopes to achieve. However, this message is often less clear to employees further down the chain of command.
Bosses and owners typically don’t have time to extol these vital messages to an entire workforce – whereas, in HR, it’s an integral part of the job to encourage and inform staff.
Having an HR division can help establish and reinforce company goals across your entire workforce, ensuring everyone’s on the same page and working towards the same aims and aspirations.
HR improves company-wide communications
HR provides a vital link between the various hierarchies and levels in your company and can prove particularly beneficial in larger organizations. By giving staff at lower levels a voice, important messages and comments are more likely to reach (and be heard by) those at the top. Employees benefit from having their feedback heard while employers also gain useful knowledge, gleaned directly from the workforce.
No matter how well you think you know your company, you’ll only get a true idea of how effective your processes are by listening to those on the ground – those actually doing the work. Setting up an effective HR system in your company helps give employees a voice and an input to processes that, otherwise, might remain ineffective. Moreover, it makes them feel a bigger part of a bigger team – all working towards a common goal.
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