In any organisation, large or small, three fundamental systems of record form the business backbone: Accounting and Finance, Customer Relationship Management, and HR and Employee Management. Many businesses now take a strategic approach to managing these key areas by using cloud technologies to run their accounting and finance processes in real time, and manage their customer relationships. However, many businesses continue to persist with a more reactive approach to HR. It’s time to start building your HR strategy plan.
Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail when it comes to managing your people. Here are five essential reasons why you need to think strategically about human resources.
What is a HR Strategy Plan?
HR is the department in every business that finds and trains employees. They also help with conflict resolution, employee benefits, retention and development. A HR strategy plan is taking those responsibilities and making sure they meet the goals, mission and future needs of the company.
5 Reasons To Create A HR Strategy Plan
1. Forecasting talent requirements
Being able to develop realistic forecasting of your people needs now and in the future is essential if you’re going to win the war on talent. On a day-to-day level, being able to optimise shift allocation will help you achieve efficiencies and reduce your wages bill. While looking further afield, if you know how many staff you require to achieve the strategic goals of the business in the future and what jobs need to be filled, you can get an early start on finding that talent.
2. Non-compliance costs
Everything from payroll to onboarding to performance management, or simply managing employee data, comes with a huge amount of compliance and paperwork attached to it. Using spreadsheets and manual processes are not only time consuming, they are also prone to human error. And this means business risk. Taking a strategic HR approach, you can identify any possible compliance gaps and keep your business in line with employment legislation.
3. Happy more productive employees
Beyond hiring the right candidates, HR plays an important role in promoting employee engagement and satisfaction. These areas are crucial to developing a happy, productive workforce who become great ambassadors for your business. With a strategic plan you can formulate what you need to do to take care of your employees’ needs, keep a check on morale, measure productivity, and your employees’ sense of commitment.
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Employee engagement goes hand in hand with retention. Once you’ve built a team of great people, you need to keep hold of them. So a big part of your HR strategy needs to be focussed on what you can do to retain employees. This includes ways to and build your employees’ careers through formal recognition programs and career development pathways.
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5. Continuous improvement
Everyone knows that you can’t improve what you don’t measure. Without a strategic HR plan, how can you possibly understand what’s working and what’s not? Through your strategic HR plan, you can formally evaluate specific, measurable factors such as employee turnover, number of vacant positions, and employee grievances along with satisfaction and dissatisfaction levels. If you periodically gather and report data on what’s working, you’re much more likely to make more consistent and accurate decisions.
Set the benchmarks within your HR strategy plan
Taking a proactive approach to managing your people will put your business on the front foot and be better able to identify and solve HR issues.
By developing an HR strategic plan, you can reflect on the successes and failures of previous quarters, to better plan to attract and retain the right talent to achieve success.