Building a Business Empire – Why You Need HR

HR stands for human resources. It’s perhaps a touch on the matter-of-fact side of things to refer to humans as a resource, but there we have it. People make your company what it is. Without staff, your company is just you and your website and as much work as you can get through alone in a day. Which isn’t much. Staff make the magic happen.

That’s why we’re going to look at some of the benefits of human resource management (check out human resources management in Canada, or wherever you’re based, for even more information).

Professional time tracking and time management

Time tracking. It’s something that can be done well, and it’s also something that can be done quite pointlessly and incorrectly if you are not careful. Let’s get into it.

On the surface, time tracking is the company’s way of lifting the lid on productivity. If certain tasks constantly overrun, it’s worth investigating the root cause behind the perceived delay. It may be that staff don’t have the training or technology to work any faster, or it may be that a lack of leadership is causing time wastage in an otherwise fit for purpose department.

Asking staff to track time when they don’t understand what to track and why you need the data is going to lead to false figures. It takes valuable time to fill in timesheets, and it can regularly get overlooked if staff feel they don’t know what details you need (they can’t possibly write down every aspect of their day – that would take a full second shift just to report on the first!).

HR resources can help your staff to track time on individual projects, helping them to plan and agree to deadlines, thus directing their time as needed. Don’t leave it open. Leverage HR to lead the way!

Team performance (and individual performance reviews)

Teams can sometimes perform well. They can also sometimes perform not so well. If your output suffers from inconsistencies, HR can help you to uncover how the team operates and where key players are doing the heavy lifting. It may be that with the loss of a single member of well-trained staff, the entire team fails to perform to a high standard.

Individual performance reviews and an overview of team productivity can help you to better plan the work around the existing skills and experience in your teams – while also preparing and rolling out training opportunities to help plan for the future. 

Recruitment – source the right staff (every time) 

Without the relevant HR help in place, your recruitment processes could be left in the dark ages. There’s a lot more to attracting top talent than simply advertising a competitive salary. Your workplace needs to buzz with opportunity and career progression. Staff want to know that they won’t become part of the furniture but will rather be encouraged to move forwards with their career, surrounded by a supportive and progressive culture.

HR can help you to build the kind of workplace that hums with smooth working practices, content workers, and the feel of togetherness in the pursuit of company goals.

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