August 29, 2011
HR Rules You Need to Know
Human Resources is a company’s backbone – responsible for building teams, managing employees and implementing success strategies. But sometimes, HR can make – or break – your business.
“HR issues contribute to the success or failure of a business,” Janet Flewelling, director of HR operations at Insperity, tells PINK.
Hiring the wrong person, communication issues and absence of an employee handbook are HR issues Flewelling says can have an adverse impact. Plus, “Hastily bringing someone on board because a position needs to be filled can [harm] a company in the short- and long-term.”
She also warns against hiring an employee who has the skills but isn’t a good cultural fit.
Flewelling says owners who invite everyone to contribute ideas and voice concerns see positive results. “Delay in relaying information can lead to dropped deadlines, missed opportunities and mistrust."
She adds that a company should have an employee handbook that clearly defines expectations to avoid unnecessary stress and potential employee litigation.
How can HR ensure a company’s success? Offering training opportunities, providing incentives and clearly defining goals can help HR resolve disputes and perform proper recruiting and assessment practices to keep your business in the clear.
Bonus PINK Link: Accenture’s Jill Smart leads a team of 4,000 HR professionals. Find out how she does it in our exclusive Top Woman Profile.
By Caroline Cox
"In union there is strength." Aesop
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