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Putting employees first is a priority for every business, no matter the industry or background they work in. From managing holiday requests to offering mental well-being support, modern-day businesses are ensuring they have sustainable, effective solutions in place to increase employee productivity and wellness.

One major element of this is human resources and having a solid HR department in place to help with tasks such as recruitment, business growth, performance, well-being and company culture.

What is human resource management?

Shortened to HRM, human resource management is the strategic approach to managing employees from the hiring process to implementing training and professional development. Staff who work within HRM tend to offer support to employees and the business, planning and implementing strategies that are in line with company values or objectives whilst still placing employees as a priority.

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Typical roles involved in human resource management

The HR department can be responsible for a selection of different tasks, and many businesses will have different roles for different departments or staff members. Whilst some companies might pass certain tasks onto line managers or team leaders, others might leave all these administrative tasks to HR specialists. Here are some of the most common responsibilities involved in HRM:

  • Planning and analysing the hiring process
  • Supporting employee development and growth
  • Measuring and improving performance levels
  • Creating a solid company culture
  • Implementing an onboarding process
  • Oragasing surveys and feedback
  • Events management
  • Control over payroll and data
  • Holiday requests, illnesses and employee retention
  • Addressing any inhouse issues or complaints
  • Maintaining health and safety standards
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Benefits of having a human resource department

Depending on the size of a business, HR departments can offer an organised, efficient and reliable solution for businesses to stay connected with employees. 91% of companies that have adequate performance management strategies state that employee goals are linked to business priorities. Resulting in a win-win for all involved. It’s also important to remember that every company will have different priorities and goals they want to achieve which will be reflected through HRM.

Here are some of the main benefits involved in implementing human resources in a workplace:

Achieving business objectives and goals

Although HR departments are mainly focused on the employee instead of the employer, the strategies put in place should in turn benefit the business as a whole. A lack of connection between an individual and a business goal can easily lead to a disconnect and lack of productivity so keeping these two connected can benefit both sides. Many HR managers will plan and implement performance management processes, making goals more clear and presenting ways in which these can be achieved.

Resolving and avoiding conflict

No matter what the industry or job role, stress will come which can eventually lead to an unsettled workplace. HR departments help to calm down and prevent these situations, whether it’s between employees or between management. They will attempt to resolve matters such as noncompliance, poor attitudes, inappropriate behaviours, confrontation and other disrespectful workplace behaviours that could have a negative impact. your HR department will also be able to professionally handle negative feedback at work so that everyone is able to improve and work in a better way. this also applies to feedback for the company too.

Corporate culture and employee relations

HR staff provide support for employees who may feel unhappy but also boost company morale in general. The HR department is there to make employees feel heard and ensure that they have the support and advice in place to resolve any issues and improve their happiness from day to day. Whether this is something personal or work-related, many businesses will invest in strategies such as employee benefits, leave of absence, assistance programmes, mental health days and discount schemes. Implementing these methods can help to improve company culture, promote work-life balance and promote company relationships.

Productivity and creativity

Due to many HR strategies being linked to business goals, the strategies put in place can lead to an increase in productivity and creativity. Whether this is planning new office design, buying new technologies or introducing training programs, there is a wide range of techniques which can bring a new lease of life into the office.

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Employee Retention and Talent Attraction

The benefits listed above, all lead to an increase in employee retention and attraction of new talents and successful recruitment processes. Employees like to feel heard and want to know that the business they work for cares about them and has strategies in place that they can use.

HR not only makes a business organised as a whole but also creates a safety blanket for current and future employees. If employees are happy in their workplace, they are simply more likely to stay.

Other benefits of human resource

  • Improved health and safety
  • Mental and physical well-being of employees
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Organisation
  • Training and development
  • Information resource

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