Human resources, or HR, is an essential component of almost any business that has more than one or two members of staff. The role of an HR manager or department is a broad one, including carrying out hiring, employee training, and firing processes (although effective HR hugely reduces the chances of the wrong employee being hired for the job in the first place!); working alongside the finance department to maintain effective payroll; and dealing with any potential personal issues that employees may have.
However, despite HR being the backbone of a successful organization, it is unfortunately often neglected. In order to have a robust and effective HR department (whatever the size of the department and the company), you will need to be aware of the HR obstacles that you are likely to face. In this guide, we have explored five of the most common challenges that HR departments face, and how they can be solved.
You Don’t Know Where to Find New Hires and How to Retain Staff
Finding new hires for the company and arranging interview processes is one of the main responsibilities of an HR department. However, it can be hard to know where to find new hires. Targeting directories for your specific industry can often have more success than posting on job boards.
There is no “magic bullet” for ensuring that your employees stay with the company for a long time. Ultimately, employees will need to be happy and content with their workload, working processes, training provided, and how much they are paid. If you want employees to be reliable, you need to make your company a good one to work for—cutting any of these corners is likely to result in unhappy employees and a high turnover of staff.
Admin is Time-Consuming and Complicated
Because HR involves lots of different processes, meetings, and other pieces of data to keep track of, the admin involved in the job can be extremely complex and time-consuming. Thankfully, there is plenty of HR software available that can help you to streamline your processes and save your company valuable time.
Keeping Up with Changes in Employment Law Can Be a Headache
To run an effective HR department, it is essential that HR staff are knowledgeable about all aspects of employment law. Industrial disputes and lawsuits can cost you a lot of time and money, so avoiding them is highly important. Unfortunately, keeping up to date on the legal aspects of employment can take up a lot of time. Hiring only qualified HR managers, and using efficient processes to reduce time costs, can make this easier.
There Isn’t Enough Time or Money to Provide Training Programs to Every Employee
Employee training is essential in keeping working processes effective. Designing effective training programs can be extremely difficult, time-consuming, and even costly. Thankfully, there are plenty of companies who provide employee training that you can outsource.
Personal Conflicts Between Employees Can Be Difficult to Resolve
One of the most difficult aspects of HR can be dealing with personal conflicts between employees. Sometimes personality clashes that have nothing to do with work can affect working processes.
Remember that HR is a neutral mediator in workplace conflicts. Making sure that you record all meetings correctly and use conflict resolution techniques can help you to solve these obstacles.