The human resource department of a business is responsible for bringing together a competent workforce and creating a healthy work enviornment for the employees by dealing with different manegarial and administrative problems. These issues seem insignificant in the face of much bigger issues the business may deal with everyday; it is still imperative to know that without a human resource team, your business may not be as well-organized and your employees may not be as happy as they are...
Recruiting: Without fresh, new brains, your business could be on a standstill. Even with the recession, businesses are employing each year and the human resource department deals with the entire hiring process. They identify job descriptions, run advertisments, go through innumerous resumes and candidate applications, shortlist according to the preference set by the job description, perform interviews, shortlist and propose employment. Large businesses with more workload on the human resource team are increasingly moving towards online hiring systems called the application tracking systems . With a fixed, predetermined fee, these systems lets applicants apply for a job opening online. The data can be viewed by the employment team consuming less time. The data can be saved by the employers for any future references. There are integrated email systems attached to the job board provide by these ATS' so you can communicate with applicants efficiently. For more information on online hiring and application tracking systems,
Performance management: Once a business has recruited a number of people for different departments, they are closely watched. Performance management involves the HR force to evaluate employees on a regular basis by way of performance appraisal. Such evaluations form a basis for salary increases, promotions, even discplinary actions. Employees are given feedback on their performance and the report is passed onto the employers. This ensures the recruits are constantly on their feet and giving the work they are assigned their best. Performance management includes salary adminstration as well. All issues of increases, bonus, or lack thereof are dealt by the department which could result in the human resource team being chased around by unsatisfied employees.
Training recruits: The department is also responsible to train the new recruits for their new jobs so they can fully adopt the working conditions of the Business. These training sessions would involve devising proper educating patterns, all with going through the recruits each and every business activity they may get involved with. They could arrange for small seminars with speakers from all departments in the Business, not just the departments the recruits are employed in to ensure the new employees are familar with the business they are working in.
Counselling: This is one area which can only be dealt by the human resource team. The Department equips recruits and employees with tools to deal with the various issues of working in a new environment. Wit hthe help of staff meetings, they promote the concept of conferences. They could discuss and educate the employees about the ethics, cultures and traditions of the workplace to help them settle down. Dissatisfaction and/or disassociation with the workplace could affect morale and performance of the newly employed and conunselling seems to be the only effective way to ensure employee happiness.
Administration: Although most organizations have adminstration policies already defined by them, the human resource department has to keep revising these policies and bring them upto date with the new changes in the business. They have to devise strategies to properly adminster the employees by making reports and presentations, confirming performance appraisals of the staff; identifying their achivements and shortcomings according to the policies. They need to involve in timely monitoring of the adminstrative strategies and evaluating the policies on the basis of staff performance and their attitude towards these policies.