HR best practices help keep employees happy

November 10, 2010

HR concerns should always be a top priority for your business. From bringing someone new into your group to exit strategies, developing and maintaining a positive culture is critical to employees’ success.

The following are a few tips:

  1. Write job descriptions. Always have on hand detailed job descriptions that include the level of skills needed, prior experience required and whether or not further training will be necessary.
  2. Use trade publications when hiring. One of the best ways to get the attention of a top candidate is to advertise through a specialist or trade publication. People who are passionate about their line of work tend to subscribe to relevant publications about their field.
  3. Follow-up with references. Never hesitate to ask for references when hiring a new employee. Previous employers can be an extremely valuable resource.
  4. Make new hires feel welcome. First impressions are always important, especially in the workplace. If a new hire is brought into the fold feeling unwelcome, it will negatively affect their productivity. It usually takes 60 to 90 days for new hires to acclimate, so make sure you do everything you can to make them feel welcome during that period.
  5. Stay in touch with the team. Strong team bonds make for more positive work attitudes. Team communication is crucial for maintaining productivity, so keep everyone in the loop and keep in contact regularly via meetings, e-mails and even a bulletin board.
  6. Be creative with incentives. Competitive positions, such as sales, need not be incentivized with monetary bonuses. Benefits like job-share and flex-hours can be just as appealing to employees, since it allows them to have more control over their work life.
  7. Be consistent when enforcing company policies. Despite differences in job titles and responsibilities, the workplace should be a level playing field where everyone follows the same rules. State company policies clearly in a staff handbook and make sure rules are enforced equally throughout the company.
  8. Provide an exit interview. Having an exit interview is a smart way to learn more about your work culture and identify any problems you ought to address. Exit interviews also help minimize anything negative being said about the company later.

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