Strategies to Increase HR Efficiency

November 14, 2014 Zuman

Inefficiencies in your human resources department can slow down many other aspects of your business. If you aren’t making key hires at the right time, other teams, or team members, in your group may suffer a decrease in productivity. When each facet of HR is a separate system, it’s a huge hassle, and it can waste money.

Getting HR back on track can help you scale the growth of your business instead of losing revenue to inefficiencies. Before this can be accomplished, you need to recognize the biggest time wasters for any HR department:

Update Your Hiring Process
There are many inefficiencies in the new hire search that can derail your ability to bring in the best candidates at the right time. Here are a few examples of how HR managers may be standing in their own way:

  • Unrealistic job descriptions: You need to be as specific as possible when writing job descriptions so candidates apply with reasonable expectations of what it would be like to work at your company. In addition, unmet expectations can be a major factor in an employee’s decision to seek another job. A great job description outlines the opportunities for the role, which can help you attract candidates who want to grow with the business, according to Tech City News.
  • Keeping positions open for too long: Of course you want to find the perfect candidate, but this person may not exist. You should never settle for an unqualified candidate, but leaving positions open for too long can add stress for the current team members. It may be better to focus on the most important aspects of the position and find a candidate who displays several of the crucial aspects. Being open-minded can help hiring managers find great people.
  • The wrong people are screening candidates: When making hires in tech companies, candidates need to have specific skill sets as well as be a cultural fit. For example, if you’re hiring a software developer, a hiring manager may not ask the same questions as the department head. If HR does the initial screening and hands the information over to another department, inefficiencies can occur, especially if there is a disconnect between these stakeholders.

Inefficient hiring practices can harm overall productivity.

Make Onboarding and Benefits a Priority
Recruitment can lend itself to many roadblocks because there are so many moving pieces in the candidate pipeline. However, getting the candidate experience right from the start is crucial for acquiring and retaining the hires who will help you scale your business.

Companies also need to offer competitive benefits to attract and retain hires, but adding these different features can be exhausting and expensive. Using too many different benefits vendors can add to both costs and waste. Plus, juggling and managing all these extra systems can detract from the time HR employees have to spend on their strategic efforts for the company.

Companies need to offer competitive benefits to attract and retain hires, but adding these different features can be exhausting and expensive.

While offering competitive benefits is important, it shouldn’t come at the expense of employee engagement and development efforts. It’s costly and time-consuming to replace employees.

Get HR Plugged into the Employee Community
According to Business 2 Community, the HR team is supposed to bring new people in and create training programs, but when these employees act as though they are separate from the other departments, it can be a source of tension for everyone in the company. If an employee needs something from HR, it shouldn’t feel like approaching a third-party vendor. Separating HR from the rest of the business can lead to problems.

However, it’s difficult to bring HR into the fold when the team is bogged down with other responsibilities, like managing multiple benefits systems and inefficient hiring practices.

Manage Through a Better HR Solution
Making strategic hires and offering high-quality benefits to employees are important aspects of HR, but managers can’t make the best choices when they’re being stretched in so many different directions at once. Implementing a complete HR solution for all of these HR needs can create a better candidate experience, making your company more attractive to potential hires. Reducing the hassle and waste gives the HR team more time to focus on crucial objectives, like employee training, development and engagement – and even increasing revenue for the company. This ensures key hires will stick around and play an important role in scaling the business.

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