My Time is at a Premium — I’m Too Busy for HR!!!!
This is a phrase we have heard quite often as HR Consultants to management. Whenever we hear this phrase, we chuckle to ourselves. We know from our combined 60 plus years of experience that a good part of the reason they are ‘too busy’ is usually because they’re spending too much time trying to resolve people issues without the structure and knowledge to do it efficiently.
Interestingly, when we have been asked to do work load or work balance assessments for organizations, one of the areas where managers are surprised to find they are spending a lot of time is on people issues. Unfortunately, they don’t automatically jump to the conclusion that they could recapture a lot of time if they were better structured around managing these very same people issues.
Managers are sometimes “too busy for HR” because they simply have never been exposed to the importance and impact that effective people management can have on a business. Being structured around people management would include having clear HR policies, employees working to agreed upon performance objectives, and managers capable of developing employees to become more competent in their jobs, while also knowing how to deal with employee performance issues.
We estimate that >80% of companies with 10 – 100 people are losing 30-50% of their people productivity because they don’t have a structured approach to managing their employees’ performance. The way in which people are managed is the #1 driver of employee engagement. By having a structured approach we mean creating complete job descriptions, negotiating performance objectives, putting in place a structured performance review process and giving managers the skills to effectively coach their employees.
TwoGreySuits’ HR Power Centre has been carefully designed to help small to medium sized businesses address these concerns. All the information, forms, processes, educational pieces and guides are right at your finger tips. You don’t have to waste time looking for answers. It’s is all right there in front of you in the six key modules in the HR Power Centre. Think about the time to be saved and the productivity gains to be captured. Really, how can you be too busy for HR?