CFOs And HR Managers Delight: 5 Tips To Make Your Job Simpler
Working in human resources, or the financial side of the company is one of the hardest jobs to take. Not only do you handle many people at once, but you also have to manage work hours or money.
On top of that, you need to make sure that you’re keeping everyone in line while not getting yourself overwhelmed. There is always endless work to be done, and I can’t take that off your shoulders, but I can offer five tips to help make your job easier.
1- Collaborate with everyone in the company!
Listen to the coworkers in your company; those employees are the customers that keep you in work. If you’re the HR manager, keep in mind that just listening to them can take so much stress off your job.
Listening will allow them to be less likely to escalate into a fight over a seemingly small problem. Listening will also give you a heads up on what issues need to be addressed in the company. By listening, you’ll drop turnover rates, and make sure that you’re providing employees with the tools they need to do their jobs right.
2- Communicate, be friendly.
These are your coworkers, after all. If you’re the CFO, make friends with everyone in the financial department.
Make sure it’s clear that you care about the work you’re doing, and that you’re there to help them but also be personable and friendly.
Being kind will make them want to help you with your job as well.
For HR Managers, being friendly can let people feel more comfortable addressing issues with you. The end goal is for the employees to want to communicate with you, show them that you’re an open and understanding person.
Trust is the easiest way to open someone up to communication. Treat them with kindness, and it’ll let you flourish in your position.
3- Keep everyone’s eyes on the big picture.
Everyone’s tired of the old saying that a company is a large machine with dozens of grinding gears and cogs. It would be easier to drop if it wasn’t so true. Make sure every employee knows how valued they are, but make sure they know that it’s because the company is working towards one goal.
As a human resources manager, it can be easy to get focused on the small problems employees bring you. Although you should help them with whatever you can (within reason), also keep in mind what matters at the end of the day.
4- Automate what you can!
Keeping appointments with employees, making sure every account payable is covered, and staying on top of due dates and deadlines is a full-time job. Luckily for us, we live in a world full of apps and tools for almost every kind of organization possible.
Set up appointments to automatically remind you fifteen minutes early, so you can gather what you need. Forget using paper, although it has been useful in the past, these days it’s mostly recyclable clutter.
Anything can help- from signing up for accounts payable automation to making an email for employees to submit their ideas or problems where they can get handled anonymously.
By taking the stress of watching a schedule off your hands, you’ll free up time and desk space that would get wasted on a paper calendar.
5- Be flexible!
It may seem like employees have a dozen new tiny complaints a day. Either they’re unhappy with who they have to work next to, or they want more free things in the break room. It may seem tempting to tell them to get over it, that it’s just a job and they need to suck it up- but obviously, you can’t.
Even if you feel like you’re bending a little too much, be flexible with employees. Show you have good faith in their abilities and their willingness to work, and they’ll return it more often than not.
Treat them as people with legitimate problems, instead of the numbered annoyances some may think they are.
In the end, the main thing that can make your job easier is you. Be thoughtful of your coworkers, keep a goal in mind, and remember that using help from a scheduling app isn’t cheating.
Your company leans a substantial amount of expectations on you because you’re good at what you do.
Make sure to live up to that, and prove yourself worthy, without overstretching. After all, you’re an employee that needs to be taken care of as well.
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