By Ruoro Kairu
In most organizations, the employees are the driving force and form a key part of the organization’s resources. As HR, your roles largely revolve around interacting and managing the employees.
Therefore, there are key skills that you need to master to not only manage the employees but to also succeed in your career.
At a recent networking event, Jane, a HR professional was seeking advice on how she can excel in HR. Jane recently got a job as a HR assistant at a production company.
“I am excited to start my new role. But since this is my first job, I am also nervous and keep wondering if I’ll succeed, and more so, I’m curious as to the skills I need. What advice would be useful as I start my HR career?” asked Jane.
After the event, I contacted Ms. Josephine, a HR manager with over 20 years’ experience. I asked her what tips have helped her grow to the management position she currently is at. Here is what she had to share.
1. Continuously grow your skills
Learning is a continuous process. And you must make sure that you keep enhancing your skillset. The skills you have today may not be useful tomorrow. As a result, you must keep an eye on the industry and understand the most relevant skills and how you can attain and improve on them.
“I have attended numerous HR practical skills training throughout my career. These trainings helped me improve my efficiency at work. Through that, I was able to succeed and grow professionally.” comments Ms. Josephine.
2. Understand the employees
“When I joined the industry, I read a book that emphasized the importance of having a professional relationship with the employees. When I put this into practice, I found that I was able to assist the employees both in their personal and professional lives.” says Ms. Josephine
Start familiarizing yourself with the employees in the organization.
Get to know about their professional and personal lives, milestones, work anniversaries, roles, strengths, weaknesses, comforts, and discomforts.
This will help you create a good culture in the organization. It will also increase employee engagement and ultimately, productivity.
3. Have in-depth knowledge of the company
Besides managing the employees, you also need to be well acquainted with the organization, it’s policies and structures. With this knowledge, you’re able to place employees in positions where they can excel.
“Once I understood the company and the vision the top management had, I was able to cultivate a culture that allowed the employees to be their best, and the organization to grow.” suggests Ms. Josephine.
Ultimately, there are various factors you need to keep in place to ensure you excel at your job, and you grow professionally. The above tips will help you move up the corporate ladder and well as make your mark as a HR professional.
What tips would you offer Jane and other HR professionals?