Role of HR in Recent Times

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As an HR agency it’s always necessary to evolve with the current hiring trends and needs of companies. Whether it’s about keeping a track of the industry dynamics, emerging social media tools, mapping the skill gap or even building your brand a recruitment firm should be equipped with knowledge.

The role of HR managers has drastically changed with time. Unlike earlier where the task of the HR managers was to review, fix interview and find a suitable candidate for the job. Today the HR managers are required to understand their business operation, each department work process, skills needed, understand the dynamics of each department & industry and most importantly align the behavior pattern of each individual and department with the company’s vision.

They are specifically trained and skilled to handle a lot of things other than just recruitment. You can have a look at the following points to get an idea about the various roles of an HR these days.

  • Maintaining Workplace Safety- Another important job role of an HR these days is to ensure workplace safety. The HR of the company is responsible for maintaining federally mandated logs in case of any workplace injury. It is the duty of the HR to make sure that the work environment is safe and healthy enough for both the employers and the employees.
  • Employee and Employer Relations- The HR is the main medium of communication between the employee and the employer. They make the employees aware of the various laws, needs and targets set by the company from time to time. On the other hand, they report to employers about the performances of the employees and their achievements from time to time.
  • Training and Development- Training and development has become a key role of HR these days. Proper training and development must be provided to the various employees so that they can add to the benefits of the company adequately. Leadership training programmes must be provided to newly hired managers and supervisors so that they can efficiently manage the team working under them.
  • Benefits and Compensation- This is a very important role of a HR.They review the performances of the candidates from time to time and suggest an appraisal to the management accordingly. They are highly aware of the compensation rates of other companies in the market and they work accordingly to keep their company up to date. This not only helps in retaining employees for a longer period of time but it also helps in attracting desirable and qualified candidates for a particular job profile. The HR of a company also keeps the employees aware of the various perks and advantages that they are entitled to as employees of a particular organization. A company that is popular among its employee has a better brand image and market reputation.

Now that you are aware of the various roles that an HR plays, next time you hire an HR, hire someone who is skilled and experienced enough. You can also seek help from placement consultants while hiring an HR for your company.

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HR Agency And Its Intricacies

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HR management has been the talk of the town in recent times with the advent new corporate structure and advanced reforms that have taken place in the global economy and industry segments. Previously, companies used to keep the involvement of HR segment to minimum in the business process and its budget allocation was also limited. This is due to the fact that HR is not a direct profit yielding segment. But now the thought process has changed. Companies have understood the importance of HR and its direct involvement in attaining the strategic business goals in the long and short term. With this understanding another aspect of HR management has risen, which is partnering with an HR agency for management of this business segment. With this trend, it is also essential to understand the advantages and down sides of this partnership. Hence both sides of it are as follows: –

Advantages

  • The HR process has many aspects to it which includes workforce management, payroll management, time sheet maintenance, HR policies, organizational structuring, performance management and such like. This required experienced resources who can not only manage these systems but also from time to time make necessary amendments and changes according to current industry trends and reforms. This can be effectively done by a HR agency. They are the industry experts who are well versed with the such restructuring and processes.
  • Secondly, in order to manage this process, a company requires additional resources in certain specialty segment as well. Hiring such resources and maintaining a set up similar to that adds to the capital cost of the company. But if a HR agency is given this responsibility then it reduces the overall operational costs of the company.
  • The recruitment process can be benefitted with this approach. Usually, these agencies have access to a sizable section of candidate database which can be effective towards the hiring process. They also have certain profiles which might not be available in public domain or through regular sources. This approach is especially helpful towards recruitment in the niche segments and technical aspects. This will eventually boost productivity and workforce performance.

Disadvantages

  • Outsourcing of the HR process to a third party service provider means that the company will have to share all the corporate information with the agency. This might include certain confidential information as well. If due to certain reason these type of information is breached, it might result in loss of credibility and market position.
  • If a HR agency is taken in to consideration, then the company needs to pass the entire control of the HR process to the agency. This might result in losing out on control of the business process within the organization. It might harm the managerial and productivity aspects to some extent.
  • Lastly, the company needs to reply on the candidates short listed for the recruitment drive by such an agency. It might happen that the quality of the candidate list might not be up to the mark for recruitment.

Therefore, the organizations should consider both the aspects before partnering with such an agency.