How to Handle the Top 5 Challenges HR Departments are Facing

How to Handle the Top 5 Challenges HR Departments are Facing

By Michael McPherson Posted May 23, 2016

Recruitment, retention, engagement, internal communications, payroll and conflict resolution – as a human resources manager your plate isn’t just full, it’s overflowing. With so many responsibilities, it can be difficult to keep your head above water let alone get in front of the challenges of an evolving industry.

Here are some of the top challenges HR departments are facing and how to tackle them head-on:

Talent Retention
As an HR manager, you are certainly on the hook for maintaining a pipeline of talent for your company, but the job doesn’t end there. You are also expected to retain employees and reduce turnover. A successful retention program balances a few things: culture, incentives, benefits, positive reinforcement and feedback. Retention isn’t a one size fits all initiative. Different employees have different priorities. Seek out input and cater to your top talent on an individual level.

Productivity
Recruiting and retaining talent is only half the battle. In order to achieve a high level of efficiency, your employees need to be productive. Low performance can be a result of poor time management, but sometimes an employee has the desire to perform at a higher level and needs help getting there. If you suspect this is the case, consider tactfully sharing some tips to increase productivity.

Company Culture
A developed culture can improve financial success, give you the upper hand in winning over the most qualified candidates and give your employees a reason to stay. Focus on offering recognition, empowering your team to motivate each other and don’t feel like you need to be all business all the time. As long as it is appropriately balanced, the work hard play hard mentality can do wonders for employee productivity.

Leadership Development
At some point, your top leaders will retire and your mid-level managers are going to move up in the company. It’s important to focus on developing talent at all levels of the organization so you can adequately fill the gaps. Investing in professional development opportunities and training may be an expense up front, but it will benefit your business in the long run. These types of incentives also help with employee retention.

Time Management
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