Human resources are the most important of all the resources of a business. But is it easy to get the right people on-board?
83% of employers believe attracting and retaining talent is a growing challenge.
A people strategy as an integral part of the strategic business planning process can only be created by a forward-thinking leadership team. Functional organizations shape their plans to meet workforce needs, always keeping in mind that the most important competitive advantage is the ability to attract and retain the best professionals in the market.
“You don’t build a business. You build people, and people build the business.” -Zig Ziglar
Treat people like people
Though, in all this process, and with all this technology in use, how do you best treat people like people?
-> Make the environment more friendly.
Your employees aren’t just a number on the financial book or robots at the help desk. Maybe having a personalized desk, or create a personality badge based on assessments that might help each other know better among the team, or a coffee corner where they can socialize could make the place more welcoming.
-> Remember birthdays
Whether your employee enjoys gifts or not, a simple card with birthday wishes, shows you care. Why not pen something personalized? Remember that theater he/she mentioned last week he would love to attend to, but the working hours don’t allow it? It’s not difficult to recognize someone’s birthday, nevertheless, it makes all the difference.
-> Understand an employee’s job duties
Remember the Undercover boss TV series, where the employer puts himself in the employee’s shoes? Well, you can learn a lot from this kind of experience and surely gain a lot by understanding his day-to-day activities.
-> Keep their interests in mind
As we talk about being human, this means we have interests. Making a list with every person’s interests can help you know your employees better, and why not, to bring them up during their personal development sessions. Their abilities in a new or different direction than what they’re currently doing could very well tell you what they expect from their careers, and how they might fit in future upcoming projects, or to simply help in choosing a present for their birthday.
These are a few examples to inspire you and to help keep the human in “Human Resources”!
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