Happy New Year!
Living here in yet another lockdown in Ontario has me wondering about many things.
One is how businesses will need to be much better equipped going forward to address the changes in managing people brought on by the pandemic. When the human race gets things forced upon them, they react in unpredictable ways. We have seen this now in how businesses have shown their true colours to employees in times of new business and employee needs and huge uncertainty. Many employees have experienced working from home for the first time and the current research all indicates they are not wanting to return to work the same as pre-pandemic.
ATTRACTING, MANAGING, MOTIVATING employees will all require a renewed focus and a different/sharpened skill set going forward. Let me explain.
Attracting, hiring, managing and retaining people will be more difficult going forward. This is because employees have more employment choices, they are going to be less loyal and in work from home cases, they will be requiring this privilege vs. going into the office regularly.
What should you be doing about it?
If as a business, you haven’t already, right now is the time to be re-looking at HR Management, specifically:
(USE THIS CHECKLIST AT YOUR NEXT MANAGEMENT MEETING)
3-6 NO’s = Not bad, but you have some work to do
7-15 NO’s = Get to work now, if not your business will be affected
16 + NO’s = Unnecessarily putting your business at risk, consider outside help to get going
YES/NO Are you anticipating hiring needs vs. trying to quick hire?
YES/NO Do you have up to date job descriptions?
YES/NO Is your website up to date with employee testimonials, and your own employment value proposition?
YES/NO Are your job vacancies listed on your website with job descriptions?
YES/NO Do you have a hybrid or work from home policy?
YES/NO Are you advertising properly and in the right places?
YES/NO Do your managers know how to interview and properly assess candidates?
YES/NO Is your hiring process friendly? (not cumbersome, dragged out, too many IV’s
YES/NO Are you sure you are paying competitively?
YES/NO Do you have a referral hiring program?
On Managing People:
YES/NO Do you manage to your set of company values?
YES/NO Can managers recite your company values?
YES/NO Have managers been trained how to manage people?
YES/NO Do you use employee surveys?
YES/NO Do you know your level of employee turnover?
YES/NO Do you know why employees have quit in the past?
YES/NO Do you know areas of weak people management in your company?
YES/NO Do you have a HR policy guide that is up to date?
On Retaining People:
YES/NO Do your managers really know their people? (their aspirations, motivators, things that worry them, career goals, fears, etc.) How do you know?
YES/NO Are managers in regular meaningful contact with employees via structured 1:1’s?
YES/NO Do you have a RSP matching or pension plan offering?
YES/NO Do you have an annual training budget?
YES/NO Do employees have individual development plans?
YES/NO Is there a clear vision for the company being articulated by senior management?
YES/NO Are HR policies clear?
YES/NO Are your benefits plans up to date with current thinking in line with employee needs?
Going forward, companies that try and do things the old way or status quo will quickly find they are losing out to those companies who are more progressive in people management. Employees are now asking these questions in interviews. The question I get asked the most now by job candidates relates to the culture of the company and the leadership. This is a monumental shift, employees are valuing company culture in a much different way even than a year ago – believe me, its real.
THE GOOD NEWS – TwoGreySuits website is a site designed to help people do it themselves or do a better job of professionally MANAGING PEOPLE….and can address almost all of the questions above.
The TGS System is a one-of-a-kind product that includes:
The HR Power Centre for implementing professional people management practices, and helping you deal with the day-to-day people management issues that inevitably arise
24/7 HR Hot Line answered within 24 hours (but usually within 1 hour!)
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TwoGreySuits is a leading-edge provider of on-line human resource management information, processes, tools and forms servicing the global market. We have integrated the HR practices associated with the key drivers of Employee Engagement within the well-organized information on the website.
Our website is built on the premise that if you truly see the value and want to manage people professionally, using our tools and information, you will see increased employee engagement levels over time, a win for everyone!
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN 2022 AND BEYOND
BY: Ron Guest, Senior Partner
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