Improve your human resources skills

4 tips for strengthening your HR skills

To help strengthen your HR skills, and in turn your employee recruiting skills, we have listed four tips for anyone responsible hiring and retaining key personnel.

To help strengthen your HR skills, and in turn your employee recruiting skills, we have listed below four tips to pass along to anyone responsible in your organization for hiring and retaining key personnel.

Improve your interviewing skills

Building a strong team starts with the hiring process. Far too many employers make the mistake of shooting from the hip during an interview – no preparation, no plan. However, the more effort you put into the hiring process, the more likely you are to get the top talent you want. To improve your interviewing skills, task your HR people to develop a dynamic interviewing plan by reading books and studies on interviewing techniques. You may even want them to take a course on interviewing.

Don't be afraid to get creative

Flexible, fun work cultures are extremely appealing to existing employees and potential candidates. Most businesses are afraid to stray from well-known business structures and models, but companies like Google and Best Buy have made news with their unorthodox business cultures and the freedom they allow employees (such as eliminating set work hours and permitting employees to come and go as they please -- so long as they get their day's work done). Creating a unique work culture could just prove to be a huge draw for top talent and help keep employee morale high.

Shine a spotlight on employees

As the rise of social media has proven, people have a genuine interest in the personal side of businesses. Employee profile pages (employee pictures and biographical information) tend to be the most visited pages on a business' website. These staff profiles are also a great way to boost morale within your company by making your employees feel valued and an integral component of your businesses' success, as opposed to a faceless, nameless cog in the machine that no one ever sees.

Strengthen manager-employee relations

One of the leading causes for employees' departure is their relationship with their manager. Healthy manger-employee relationships are at the heart of your business' success. To help improve workplace relationships, HR pros need to ensure positive manager-employee relations by studying leadership. They might do this by reading up on leadership training, by tapping employees for open and honest feedback, or by taking a class on leadership.

Executive summary

As a leader, you need to wear a lot of hats throughout the day -- leader, motivator, HR professional, recruiter, etc. The key to your success is the people you hire and retain. More importantly, you need to create a positive work culture that promotes team unity -- one that keeps the team mentally engaged. So do yourself and your business a favor by making sure your company is at the top of its HR and employee recruiting game. A good place to start is for everyone to review these tips.

For more information about improving your HR skills, contact Carrie Cox via email, or Cindy McSwain using her information below.

Cindy McSwain

Senior Vice President
Outsourcing Services

Cindy McSwain leads AGH’s outsourcing services group. Her team provides payroll, accounting, funds disbursement, controller, and other financial outsourcing services to numerous clients throughout the U.S. Prior to joining the outsourcing group, Cindy served AGH’s audit clients for 10 years, working with a wide range of middle-market, closely held and family-owned organizations.

Her current clients cross many industry sectors, including manufacturing and distribution, restaurants, retailers, medical and not-for-profit. She has participated in numerous SEC filings and public registrations and has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Cindy is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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