Be an Outstanding HR Professional with these 7 Tips

Understand your people. You need to personally know your employees and where they're exactly coming from, including their milestones, work anniversaries, strengths and weaknesses. This will serve as an investment that will help you in the long run when it comes to creating the right culture, increasing employee engagement and productivity, and achieving the overall goals.

Recognize your role. HR now is recognized as a strategic partner. Understanding the strategic definition of your role and then connecting these to the business plan will assist you in planning a strategy that is completely results driven.

Comprehend the business. You must have a complete understanding of the business. Identify everyone who falls under the corporate umbrella and understand their specific needs and requirements, then based on these, you could comprehend the year's targets of the organization. If you can clearly understand the vision of the business, you will then also be able to develop the culture that will help achieve the defined targets easily and at a faster pace.

Be technology savvy. Understanding the technological know-how has become a must. You need to incorporate an end-to-end software that can operate your payroll, systemize the attendance, employee information, taxes, scheduling & more. This will help track most of your important processes and save the investment of time that otherwise is given for organizing and processing.

Widen your skill-set. Make every effort to increase your expertise, it can be through e-learning, sector based seminars, training courses or simply taking up projects that are complementary to the HR profile. Schedule skip level meetings every quarter with the top management this will help you understand if you are in track when it comes to your management’s vision of the organizaton and also your profile./t/p>

Increase your network. This is the fastest way to increase your knowledge and your skills and also expand your business connections. Discussions with ‘like-mind’ HR professionals is extremely rewarding, it will give you different industry insights and perspectives which will eventually help you build a knowledge base and confidence to become a strategic partner in your company.

Embrace your role. Being a HR professional, you should be well-organized, good at multitasking and multiple focusing, self-disciplined, good at negotiations and dealing with ambiguous areas, are an excellent communicator, problem solver, receptive towards your profile and above all, transparent. This is your basic checklist in every role you'll have. This requires focus and a long term commitment. A simple suggestion to achieve this? Have a mindset of a startup owner. Be determined, passionate, goal setter, hard worker and a hustler!


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