Jane, an HR professional noticed that her boss was not keen on taking up her advice. It did not make her work easier and neither was their relationship good. She felt that she worked so hard but her boss did not acknowledge this and neither did he involve her in creating the strategic business plans. This made it hard for her to bring make any impact that benefitted both employees and the organization.
For you to have an actual impact on a firm, a good relationship with your boss is important. You can inspire and impact real change.
HR acts as a bridge between employees and management and they aim to bring them together.
A good relationship with your boss means a good working environment.
As a result, you can have an open communication system that facilitates feedback and improves the company culture, promoting a healthy workplace for employees thus reducing employee turnover. The management can be informed about employee’s needs and progress when making business decisions.
How then do you build a good relationship based on trust to ensure that you advance in your HR career?
1. Understand Your Boss’s Needs
As an HR professional, it is important to know what your boss wants. When you are doing your updates and receiving feedback, paying attention by listening and understanding what they say during your interactions is important.
It helps you understand what their vision and priorities are which you can use to focus on what promotes your boss’s vision.
The decisions you make centering this will make it easier to be taken up thus making your work valuable.
2. Consider Embracing Data (HR Analytics)
It is important for you to base your decisions on solid data and demonstrate how the decisions they make can increase revenue and have better business results.
When considering proposing ideas, think of having well-researched data that accompany them. May it be the need for hiring the best talent to improve work-place functions or how to improve employee retention, it needs to be based on informed decisions.
Consider doing internal surveys about the general workplace needs to help you know how to improve functions or source general feedback from employees through meetings.
3. Be the Change Driver in the Organization
As HR, it is essential to be able to predict the skills, knowledge and experience required to achieve business goals.
Sometimes HR implements changes because it is a law requirement but being able to identify the needs of the organization and that of your boss while ensuring that they align with the organizational culture and strategy is crucial.
Taking such initiatives in your role enables your boss to recognize your work and trust your decision-making.
4. Show Value by Being Proactive
To make yourself valuable, considering policies that anticipate issues before they become inconveniences is important. It increases the chance of having positive results and builds a better workplace environment.
These policies could focus on training programs that upskill employees and employers or even activities that bring them together to work towards the same goal such as team building. Identifying talent gaps and giving solutions are also a part of being proactive.
5. Embrace Continuous Learning
I was having a conversation with Alex, an HR professional, who told me that he started contributing valuable suggestions in meetings when he started reading informative books, attending HR networking and training events and taking online courses and as a result, his boss started recognizing him.
Personal development enables you to provide value and bring change into the organization. Being informed on the latest industry trends and constant research allows you to be innovative.
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