This post was written by Eugene Eaton
Employees build a company. The employees of a company are integral to its success or failure. But who brings in the employees, and who nurtures them? In most cases, it’s Human Resources.
HR professionals have many duties; some you might not even be aware of. In this article, we will take a close look at how HR professionals don many hats, and how they form the backbone of every organization, no matter how big or small.
The evolution of the HR role
Not too long ago, an HR professional only dealt with payments, benefits, and logistics. Experts in this company sector were more like accountants and administration professionals.
However, as the modern workforce evolves, and technology continues to morph the ways we conduct business, roles begin to blur and segment. As a result, human resources professionals have taken on a plethora of responsibilities.
What does this mean for HR departments and their members?
Natasha Covington, who has advised young HR experts while working with UKCareersBooster, elaborates on the current state of affairs: “Young people getting into the world of HR face more and more challenges. Their roles are expanding and companies also find it difficult to find the individuals who are versatile enough for the role. As a result, the demands on the market are hard to meet.”
How challenging are we talking about? In the next few sections, we will explore the many “hats” a human resources professional has to wear.
Finding a mutual benefit within recruitment
To get the most dedicated professionals, an HR professional isn’t only confined to recruiting. Instead, he has to “scout” and observe the needs of both the employer and the potential candidate.
For a company looking to grow, an HR professional doesn’t have to find just the right employee, but the right match as well. Experts have demands and it’s the job of the HR department to observe these demands.
During the interview process, HR has to decide whether the candidate is a right fit for the company and vice versa. If there are indications that an employee will disrupt team chemistry, HR has to alert upper management about it. Thus, one of the “hats” of HR professionals is team disaster prevention.
Improving the existing state
A common misconception about HR professionals is that they just oversee recruitment. If a company wants to succeed, they can’t just rely on attracting new employees. Training and developing your employees is a much better investment than always looking for new experts. Not only does this improve them as professionals, but they also become a better fit within your team.
As such, human resources professionals have to get the maximum out of your team, each and every day. Good HR can help you save valuable money and give you consistency in improvement.
Balancing automation and human touch
Artificial intelligence and automated processes are more common every day, but human touch is still needed. As for human resources, professionals need to understand how to use their HR management processes and learn their advancements in software. By gathering data, they ensure that all decisions are made with a purpose.
Human touch will never fade because of the legal aspect of human resources. Perhaps the heaviest burden HR professionals wear is that of legal compliance. Your company must abide the laws and HR has the task of making sure everything is transparent and according to protocol.
HR was once based around statistics, but nowadays professionals have to wear a multitude of hats. Training, development and analytics use are just some of the tasks a versatile HR professional should have. Experts have to be a jack of all trades.
Eugene is an Australian-based blogger for UKCareersBooster, who is into stand-up comedy. His favorite comedians are Louis CK and George Carlin. A good morning laugh is what keeps Eugene upbeat and motivated through the harsh day.