Tips to getting every new HR professional started

Oct 3, 2016-


Learn exactly how the company’s HR works today

Start by getting a handle on everyone working for your company now. Sound easy? Don’t forget part-time workers, remote employees, and contractors—you’re responsible for the whole workforce, even if they aren’t in the office raiding your pantry every day. Organising headcount by office location is a big help in seeing the bigger picture. Then, find out what HR information is currently being stored—and where. Maybe there’s an online employee database, a complex mix of spreadsheets, a Google Doc, a wiki, or an enormous ledger down a skinny, dusty hallway that is most likely haunted. How is it kept up to date? Does it have full employee profiles?  Next, dive into how your company pays its people. If payroll doesn’t work properly, it should be your #1 issue. Make sure you know how the company runs payroll, how to update payroll when changes occur, and how to run some basic reports to check accuracy. 


See where your new priorities are

Now you have a view of all of the HR cogs and wheels currently in motion. Where should you focus your efforts? You can’t create enterprise-level HR in a day, especially as a one-person department. Before you dive in, figure out where you can have the biggest impact. Schedule meetings, do your HR homework, research how other successful companies in your arena are getting things done—take all you’ve learned from these three sources—managerial meetings, employee talks, and your HR refresh—and put together a priority list of what needs to be done first. 


Get a technology plan in place

Now that you know what you need to do, it’s time to figure out how to do it! As a small department, you’ll need to leverage technology to make it happen. An HR software overhaul is in order.

Published: 03-10-2016 08:07

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