There is a way and then there is the HR way 🙂
The way that HR does its work is mostly aligned with the bottom line of the company. This means that HR is usually focused on reducing costs, improving efficiency, and increasing productivity.
HR departments are always looking for ways to improve their processes and people’s performance. They often find themselves in a position where they have to make difficult decisions about employees who are not performing well or may have been with the company for a long time. They also have to make decisions about how to handle new hires when they come in.
The HR profession is a thankless job. In some ways while it may appear glamorous it is not.
The profession poses inherent challenges that make it difficult and challenging. HR professionals are responsible for making sure that the company’s employees are happy and at an optimal satisfaction level. HR professionals need to be good at people skills, analytical skills, have a strong understanding of the law, and be able to think on their feet.
Some of the main challenges that HR professionals face are:
– Dealing with difficult people – this includes hiring managers who may have high expectations or may be difficult to work with or manage.
– Making sure that employees feel appreciated – this includes providing feedback on their performance or giving them perks like free lunch or flexible time off etc.
While it is indeed a thankless job, one still feels the momentary satisfaction and joy when the occasional employee passes a simple thank you or shares a positive story as a result of a policy, activity or benefit initiated by HR.