Is your HR strategy fully integrated into your overall business plan? Or is it a bit of an afterthought, something you think about whenever you are short-staffed and looking to hire? Human resources may be but one division in your business, but if affects the entire company and how it performs. The people of your company are what drive its success, so it is critical to have the HR strategies in place to ensure that your hires fit with your company’s objectives, culture, brand and values. Here are seven ways to ensure that your HR strategy is a driving force behind your company’s success.
In many ways, your human resources website sets the tone and perception of your business culture. This is where prospective employees research your company and what helps them to decide if it is the type of place where they want to work. Does your HR strategy effectively convey your company’s values? Take the time to get to the heart of your business. What characterizes the internal culture? What does your business and your employees strive for? Articulate this to current and future employees and incorporate this culture into everything you do.
With a firm grasp of your business culture, you can integrate this into each employee’s role. Make it part of your HR strategy to have clear job descriptions that link each position to the greater goals of your organization. Make it clear to your employees how they each contribute daily to your organizational goals and to making your business a success. When an employee can clearly see where they fit in, how they can impact the business, there is greater commitment and job satisfaction.
A strong HR strategy makes it possible to attract the right talent to your job competitions and to identify these as the job applications pour in. With job descriptions that clearly describe both the individual role and the company culture it is easier to attract those who support and believe in the same goals and principles. With candidates who already support your vision, you are a step ahead in achieving them.
Your HR strategy should extend beyond the job advertisement phase and be incorporated into the interview process. Plan your interviews and ensure that your questions help you to assess not only the skills and talents you are seeking — you also need to assess how a candidate would fit within your organization. Is the candidate’s personality compatible with the organizational culture? Do they believe in company goals, offer new insights and perspectives? Will they fit within their new team? Your HR strategy should ensure that each interview process has questions to help you discern this.
When judging candidates with comparable skills, fit is the determining factor in the success of a new hire. As such, your HR strategy needs to clearly guide hiring managers in how to assess a candidate’s organizational fit. What are the key goals that characterize your company? What questions will help hiring managers to assess if candidates support these goals? Provide the resources hiring managers need to ensure they include this vital component of evaluation in each job process.
With an HR strategy that emphasizes company goals and culture, hiring managers will be well positioned to make the hires that help your organization to achieve its objectives. By gaining insight into a candidate’s organizational fit, you are more likely to have a successful hire who contributes to your overall business goals and less employee turnover. This is better for your company’s bottom line.
Finally, it is critical that your HR strategy includes making smart and quick hires. Top candidates are in high demand, so you need to be able to quickly discern both who is qualified and who will fit. This way you can beat your competition to the punch when it comes to making your job offer and hiring the best candidate to support your business goals.
By integrating your HR strategy, business goals and company values into everything you do, you create a business culture of success. Your employees are clear on the ultimate objectives of your business and its values, and you have a dedicated team ready to take you there.