By Abby Ha
is the Head of Marketing & Business Development at WellPCB
There is no better time to think about the best practices and policies for your company’s human resources department. When the economy is flourishing, it’s hard to envision anything but success continuing for your business. However, it is always essential to protect yourself and your company from potential challenges down the road.
Abby Ha, an Ex-HR practitioner and now the head of marketing at WellPCB, highlights some of the most important best practices for running an effective human resources department:
- Hire a top performer who will be on your team for the long haul.
HR must hire a top-notch leader who is committed to leading their function into the future. This person must understand the company and the market they are operating in because this is the person who will be in charge of hiring, developing, and managing an entire team.
- Involve your team
When you’re creating any HR policy, you must get everyone on your team involved in the process, including your employees. One of the best examples of this is the creation of anti-harassment policies. Rather than simply mandating all new employees to read through the company’s policies, create a forum where employees can share what they think would be an effective harassment policy for your specific office. This will allow for more honesty and transparency and give you a better picture of what is working and what is not in your office. Remember, some of your employees may have experienced harassment that you never even imagined.
- Maintain a balanced and unbiased screening process
One of the fundamental goals of human resources is to ensure that your company hires the best job candidates for open roles. A successful screening process will take several factors into account, including skills, experience, and cultural fit. To maintain a balanced screening process, you’ll want to:
- Develop a defined set of criteria for each role
- Be sure the relevant factors are given equal weight
- Use consistent metrics for evaluating candidates
- Train hiring managers on your screening process
A great way to ensure that your hiring managers adhere to your hiring standards is to train them on your screening process. You can do this in several ways, including sending managers a step-by-step list of questions to ask during interviews. Alternatively, you can develop a video or template that they can refer to during interviews.
Everyone benefits from a formal training program. It’s no secret that companies with formal training programs enjoy greater productivity and lower turnover than those without them. New hires can better navigate their jobs from day one, and existing employees find that their skills grow and sharpen over time.
- Take advantage of the expertise that’s available in your management team.
Many companies take advantage of the expertise that’s available in their management teams. For example, many key decisions in an HR department affect specific business units, such as new-hire orientation, performance evaluation, and staff training. Having a management team member knowledgeable about HR policies on hand makes it possible to execute those decisions more effectively. Equally important is defining and adhering to the policies an HR department creates. A good policy can make all the difference when it comes to employee relations
- Create a mentoring program to empower employees to move up the ranks.
To be effective, a human resources department must be organized and should have a clear understanding of its role in the workplace. It should also have data-driven practices, keep up-to-date with the latest trends and develop strong communication channels between the company and its employees. A strong human resources department will help any company thrive. These departments are made up of employees who support the employee experience, making a business stronger by finding and keeping the right people.
These departments are vital to the overall success of a company – employees who are well trained, supported and developed are more likely to succeed on the job, which boosts the productivity and performance of a business. A human resources department also brings a greater sense of structure and order to a company, which can help create a positive atmosphere for employees.
Effective human resources departments are vital to the growth and maintenance of a successful company. No matter how big or small your company is, it’s important to have a team in place to handle all your employee-related needs. The above are seven best practices that you can implement to improve your human resources department’s performance and efficiency.
Abby Ha is the Head of Marketing & Business Development at WellPCB. Previously she worked as an HR practitioner for a healthcare consulting firm in NYC and loved every minute of it. She graduated with her BA from UC Berkeley and went on to get her Master’s degree in Economics at Harvard University. When she isn’t selling PCBs or writing about them, you can usually find Abby hiking, travelling, or cooking a delicious meal for friends.