Even these days when someone new asks about my profession and when I say I am an HR, (Human Resources) they will go! Awh!! I still don’t understand why HR as a profession always has to be in the hate list of employees and common workforce.
HR as a profession has advanced so much as we think and act always keeping the business in mind. But not being conscious of your employees and failing to treat them as humans can negatively impact the bottom line!
Here are a few thoughts why your employees think you are a Zombie!
You don’t empathize:
The pivotal skills that differentiate a successful HR from others is their power to empathize. Don’t be just a walking dead with no feelings. Adhering to the process and procedures are a must. But empathizing with your employee and understanding what they want from their work and why react the way they do, will help you relate to them, make right decisions, build better relationships and provide them a better work experience at your organization.
You show up only to fire:
Don’t just be the one who shows up or calls only to deliver bitter messages. Meet your employees at least once a while. Get out of your cubicle, reach out to employees and try to know what’s it like to work at every level of your organization. This would bring you closer to employees and help better understand your business as well.
You are still unknown:
When in need of support employees have to go through the Employee Self Service portal where they still don’t get a response in spite of repeated follow-ups. Pick up your phone and talk to those who raised any concerns. Not knowing who you are as a person can make them think of you as the devil who just shows up to create an ambiguous environment. Reach out to your employees, be present when in need and then they will think of you as one among them!
After all it is the relationship that sets you apart from the competition. What ever you do to build and nurture, Whether it is the initiatives, best practices or the work culture at your organization, it will go a long way when you have people who are treated well. It is the people that matter, so be human.