19 October 2019
3 Most Common Human Resources Challenges Companies have to Face
No matter the size of your organization or its nature, your workforce remains one of, if not it’s most important component. Some people even argue that your employees play a more important role than your clients, and they may have a point. Depending on your business, your employees might be interacting directly with your customers, and if they’re mismanaged and unsatisfied, this will reflect on their service.
On the other hand, a company that truly cares about its employees will give them more incentives to perform to the best of their abilities. However, HR and employee management is no easy task, especially if you have to handle this function yourself due to lack of in-house resources. Here are some of the most common employee management challenges businesses have to face and how they can be tackled.
The Hiring Process
Hiring remains the core of HR and is still one of its most challenging aspects. And it can be a very tedious and time-consuming process. As a matter of fact, it was estimated that it took the average company 23 days to find new talent, according to a recent study by Glassdoor. This doesn’t even account for more technical positions, which can take much more.
Not only that but hiring the wrong help could make a serious dent in your bottom line. Hiring mistakes could cost a company as much as $15,000 per year according to data from Careerbuilder.
When it comes to entry-level positions, you’re unlikely to find a candidate with the related expertise, passion, commitment, temperament, drive, and at the salary you’re offering. The only solution is to prioritize what skills and traits are more important for you and your organization and hire along these lines.
Shift management is another very important aspect that you’ll have to keep under control if you want to keep your employees happy and avoid errors. You also have to be able to keep track of everyone’s availability.
If you’re employing more than 4-5 workers, then we suggest you invest in a good employee management system. The best ones will allow you to keep everyone’s availability in check and will make assigning shifts must easier. There will also be fewer chances for mistakes like having two people coming in on the same shift and having to pay them both.
Maintaining Employee Productivity, Engagement, and Morale
Lack of employee morale is something that is plaguing pretty much all industries nowadays and has a disastrous effect on companies than many can imagine. Lack of morale results in poorer results, higher risks of accidents and incidents, more absenteeism, more code violations, and tons of different issues that could affect other employees, and potentially open your business to legal action.
Improving employee morale requires a real commitment to employee wellness and development. But one of the areas you need to invest in is learning and development. According to a recent study, 40% of departing employees cited a lack of professional development as a deciding factor.
But it all starts with the right tools in place. In this case, a good employee management system could also help you improve relationships between management and employees and support their growth. For instance, you could invest in learning and development and use the system to keep track of each stage of your employees’ development. This way, you’ll help employees grow from the onboarding process and consistently increase their expertise and efficiency.
HR is a crucial function of any business and cannot be neglected or left to guesswork. Make sure that you have the right tools and strategy in place, and always work with the wellbeing of your employees in mind first and foremost.