You are a people person and you like helping others, building relationships. You probably got into HR for the same reasons. But if you think you’ve got HR all figured out with those qualities, you need to think beyond.
It cannot be said enough: a business is only as good as its people. While the popular belief may be that finance, strategy & marketing drive a business, HR is the backbone of any organization that supports all these functions. That’s why it is important for HR Professionals to exhibit these qualities, but as is being debated this might not be enough.
If you think you need a push in the right direction of your HR career, enrol into Executive Development Program in HRM from XLRI in association with SHRM – your go-to guide for everything about HR Management, or read on:
- Become a great communicator
The difference between a good professional and a great leader is the ability to communicate. Communication skills, both written & oral for the basis of any business activity. HR is the voice of an organization’s culture and as part of HR, you need to use your skills to help others perform their functions effectively.
- Be a strategic thinker
Every company today is looking for HR leaders who can align with the goals of the organization by learning what those goals are and supporting them. At every level, employees need to know and understand their part in supporting the culture of the organization. As an HR professional, you need to build a work culture that helps all employees know and understand their part in supporting the growth of the organization. You need to learn & communicate the approaches for linking organizational and HR Strategies.
- Have a vision
Don’t wait for your company to define what HR should be. You need to know what you want to accomplish and why. Network with people, and study everything you can find. Outline and articulate your goals. Discuss your ideas with the management team and get their inputs. The more involved you are in the business, the better your understand its requirements.
- Become tech-savvy
Technology is taking over everywhere. While HR as a function is irreplaceable by tools, technology does help in improving processes and effectiveness of HR Management. Being tech-savvy will help you accomplish various IT goals, and implement different tools like human resource information systems and applicant tracking systems, that help in HRM. Predictive analytics and predictive management are not just for sales and marketing, these are essentials for HR personnel as well and you need to know them now.
- Be flexible
It is a fast-paced world. While it may be easy to do the things you are comfortable with, make an effort to go out and learn about the new trends in the industry. Discover new best practices and alternative solutions to the issues you are facing already. An open & flexible mindset serves HR professionals well and helps them adopt new ways of doing their jobs. Implementing relevant policies effectively will get you brownie points with the Leadership.
- Inspire others
HR professionals are often seen as those who represent ‘the rules’. It is important that you inspire others in understanding the need for HR and how it work to their benefit. The more your help them understand, the better you are recognized as a leader in your organization. Bring out the passion you have for your job, and you will see that passion seap into the culture of your organization.
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