Most of us (including yourself) desire to have our impact felt at our workplaces and organisations.
Do you ever ask yourself, “what impact am I making in my organisation as the HR Manager?”
The truth you perhaps look for when asking yourself this question is whether the organization would still remain standing without your input.
Whereas, the HR department serves at the centrality of any company, it is a high possibility that what you do may go unrecognized and impactful.
Remember that as a HR Manager you are in a position of leadership and leaders need to make their impact felt!
How then do you make sure that your impact and that of the entire HR department is felt in the entire organization?
What must you do to remain indispensable?
These are the 5 proven ways to make your impact felt as a HR Manager
1. Make it your business to understand the company’s business
To begin, It’s easy for you to get carried away managing employees and forgeting to manage the goals and objectives of your company.
People business can take up a lot of your time yet it is just a small part within the company. You have to learn to get yourself into the bigger business of your organisation.
How do you do that?
Take time and see what every other department is doing.
Talk to those in sales, production, quality, and accounting etc. what challenges are they facing? Are they meeting their targets? If not what can you do to make sure every team remains productive?
2. Remember to take charge of your own department
Importantly, don’t get caught up so much in managing the affairs of other departments that you forget your own.
Meet with your reporting staff members weekly to make sure you are all pointed in the same direction.
Your goals must contribute to the accomplishment of the overall company objectives.
Now you know how your whole department and the bigger business are working hence you can express opinions with facts as a result of the interactions.
3. Express Thoughtful Opinions Backed by number
Another key point as discussed is that you have to understand the numbers. How else can you offer a substantial, intelligent opinion about business direction?
Learn everything you can so that you have opinions, and your opinions are backed up with data. You need to understand the effect of decisions that your office makes to the rest of the business.
Now you understand the operation of the business as a whole. You feel there are areas that need to be improved, you are more confident to give suggestions that would improve such areas.
4. Come with programs for business development and continuity
Remember to formulate and implement new programs or changes to existing programs based on measurable objectives that support the business.
Afterwards, measure the changes and evaluate whether the new process worked. When you offer systems and improvements that measurably improve an aspect of your business, you cement your seat at the executive table.
Always include your staff in the planning process in order to encourage ownership and self-motivation.
5. Appreciate your employees
Lastly, make it a priority that employees receive adequate appreciation from the organization. Build a culture of rewarding good performance.
This will make your impact to be felt at all levels of the organization because they are the ones that make an organization!
To sum it up…
Having your impact felt in an organization and knowing ways to go around it is not a one-time process.
It is a continuous process that can be enhanced through continuously learning the processes of your company combined with outside training on various areas like Leadership and Communication.
Perminus Wainaina is a Certified HR Consultant and the Managing Partner at Corporate Staffing Services where he manages a team of 20 staff. He helps CEOs, executives, and managers solve their biggest HR pains, dysfunctions, and key challenges and turn their teams into a well-oiled machine that contributes dramatically to business success.