How to Build an Effective HR Team

This post was written by Daniela McVicker

Every company, big or small, needs an impeccable HR department, which will handle a host of often underrated tasks. Considering that this group of people will be in charge of recruiting personnel to your company, it is your responsibility to choose this team wisely.

On sourcing good professionals

It is always a good idea to rely on referrals from your professional network — the people that have previously interacted with the human resources specialists at hand and have had the chance to interact with them. Having an objective third-party opinion on a said candidate is always better than simply reading their resume, which does, of course, highlight their qualities, but may not be as speaking on their bottlenecks and negative sides.

Similarly, you can always rely on websites that are designed to source great professionals like CareerBuilder and LinkedIn. Also, don't immediately brush away the idea of college recruiting. Many talented professionals are waiting with innovative approaches and ideas, which might be an excellent solution for your company if you're looking for a more open-minded approach.

It is also worth mentioning that it's imperative to take some time to write a very detailed job description. Incorporating your values into the text that will be designed to attract your future personnel is a tricky task, this is why it is encouraged to consult the best writing services you have access to.

On culture and values

Your Human Resources department will significantly amplify the values and the culture you invest in it onto the personnel that it will recruit. This is why a meticulous selection of your recruitment professionals is absolutely essential. When building an effective HR team, it is also necessary to take into account the nature of what your company does.

A great way to properly outline the qualities of the perfect HR manager is to set up meetings with the members of different departments and ask them a series of calibration questions. For instance:

  • What are the issues that your personnel may face during the workday?

  • What are some actual long-term issues that need to be solved?

  • Is there a lack of proper communication between departments that need to be dealt with?

Promote intelligent recruiting

An impressive number of non-technical, human-centric domains like Human Resources started slowly but surely implementing new technologies, like the use of chatbots in recruiting. An effective HR department doesn't need to be numerous. You can use chatbots in recruitment, which solves a broad spectrum of issues related to communication, budget optimization, and data segmentation.

You need a plan

Creating a business plan for your Human Resources team is a very important facet of an effective department. However, keep your expectations low within the first three to four months, as the team may need some time to properly integrate into the company and get to understand how things work around here.

Is there enough respect for HR?

Having respect for your employees does seem like a very straightforward aspect of running a good company, but it does need to be reiterated. There is an odd tendency, especially in tech companies, to depreciate non-technical work. With the former in mind, if an HR department lacks respect from the executives, it will be confronted by a lack of respect from employees, which pretty much undermines any opportunity of making positive changes in the company.

Conclusion

The HR team that you’ll hire will seriously influence the wellbeing and the culture of your company, this is why putting in some extra time, effort, and budget will be a high-return investment.

Just like any department, a good Human Resources team needs good professionals. Don’t hesitate to employ younger blood, which may often have a more creative approach to the craft. Pairing more seasoned recruiters with promising, younger specialists is always a good idea.

Integrate the company’s culture and values into the newly-formed HR department. This will eventually translate the company’s values onto freshly-recruited personnel. Similarly, it’s always a great idea to adopt new technology, and Human Resources is no exception.

Devise an elaborate plan, but don't lay a heavy burden on the newly-formed department. Let them first integrate into the company. And last, but by no means least, is the respect for the team. Good luck!


Daniela McVicker is a career coach and an editor at Top Writers Review. She’s also a business communication coach, helping future job applicants to write business emails to help them achieve success on their career paths.