1. Centralize, centralize, centralize
HR professionals need a lot of different resources to do their job. Whether it is deploying training materials, collecting and updating the appropriate compliance paperwork, or managing payroll, the job tends to be form and paper heavy. That is why the most efficient offices focus on centralizing all of their most important materials in one place – ideally in an online digital resource center. With a few clicks of the mouse, your entire team will know that all of the resources they need are in one place, saving time and reducing errors.
2. Be tech saavy
A 2018 article in Entrepreneur Magazine noted that one of the most important things a new HR professional needs to do is to master the ins-and-outs of all the systems their department uses on a regular basis. This is really true for all HR professionals, regardless of your years on the job. Struggling to use an online tool can delay projects, cause headaches, and generally slow down your day-to-day work. Putting in a little time now to ensure you’ll understand how to use all of the tools at your disposal will ensure you are maximizing your time and resources.
3. Stay Up-to-date with automated emails
While it can be fun to sit with a cup of coffee and casually scroll through HR trade websites, no one would call it efficient. Rather than getting distracted by ads or other websites, why not set up an automated email or email newsletter to deliver the most important news right to your inbox? Depending on your benefits provider, this is often an easy task for a manager to accomplish – ensuring that the entire team has the latest legislative, compliance, and other HR news right at their fingertips.
4. Ask for help
How many times have you been stumped by a question, spent an hour looking up the answer online or in other office resources, only to turn up with nothing? A good rule of thumb is to spend no more than 10 minutes looking for an answer on your own. If you can’t find it, then ask for help. Some benefits providers are offering live HR hotlines with certified professionals to answer questions or research topics to resolve issues. If you need legal advice, they’ll also let you know when a call to your legal team makes the most sense.
5. Go Mobile
There is no question that people are too addicted to their phones. But going mobile can mean more than compulsively checking social media. Benefits providers have begun to offer robust mobile applications that allow you to access your most critical HR tools on the go. So schedule that important lunch meeting and know that if your cab is delayed on the way back, you’ll still have access to the office.
If your HR team does not have access to these resources yet, connect with Alera Group today to provide your team with the tools they need to be more productive in the office.