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Why Developing Employees Starts with Developing HR

Why Developing Employees Starts with Developing HR


Human Resources (HR) is a complex and often-misunderstood job position. Did you know that developing HR can both directly and indirectly lead to developing employees? David D’Souza, Director of Membership for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), recently gave an interview that throws light onto this subject. Here are a few important takeaways and how they apply to your business:

Takeaway 1: HR and Recruiting Agencies Both Support Newly Placed Employees

When a job seeker takes on a new position, they need support to settle into their role, thrive, and reach maximum productivity quickly. This is where both recruitment agencies and HR can help:

  • Clearly explain the duties and expectations of the new position.
  • Provide support materials as needed.
  • Get the new employee in touch with others who face similar challenges to foster a workplace community.
  • Stay up-to-date with shifts in the industry.

Takeaway 2: Avoid the Most Common Pitfall For Job Placement

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a large stack of applications means you’ve succeeded at recruitment. However, the opposite may be true. Sometimes the application pile is bloated with people who are unsuitable for the job, perhaps because the listing wasn’t clear enough. What’s a better strategy? Take a look at the number of successful placements. This is often a better metric to see how well your job placement strategies are working.

Takeaway 3: The Number 1 Piece of HR Advice Is…

When you’re finding the best talent for the job, look for leadership potential.  The characteristics that make someone a good leader also helps them rise to the challenge of any position they’re matched with. So what should you be looking for?

  • Put the needs of the company first.
  • A willingness to take initiative.
  • The desire to learn new things, take on new challenges, and improve one’s own job performance.
  • Self-discipline.
  • Social acumen that allows them to manage colleagues and clients with skill.

Takeaway 4: HR and Talent Placement Agencies Both Learn Hard Lessons

In today’s job market, getting the attention of the highest quality employees is competitive. Anyone trying to fill a position has learned some hard lessons in recent years. David D’Souza’s personal advice is to keep in mind that you’re in the people business.

The current generation of employees is less focused on fancy job titles. Instead, they are concerned with the full, end to end job experience. You’ll have more success attracting and retaining quality employees if you focus on the human side of their position and working environment.

Three Tips From David D’Souza

  1. Remember that technology is just a tool. It can help with recruiting but you still need to think on your feet.
  2. Have metrics for diversity and inclusion. Then, come up with clear goals so you know if you’re meeting your staffing needs.
  3. Avoid burnout, especially during stressful times. Take a moment to relax and you’ll get your head back in the game.

Get a Recruitment Advantage with Ad-VANCE

Now that you know the best tips for developing HR, where can you connect with talented employees? An employment staffing agency like Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions can connect your HR department with the best applicants along the Gulf Coast. We have over two decades’ experience filling both temp and fulltime positions in nearly every field, from Clerical to Hospitality Positions and more. Contact us today to see how we can help you grow your workforce with great personnel.