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HR Best Practices

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HR best practices are typically developed to fulfill legal requirements, enhance internal diversity goals and better address business issues. Examples of such practices may include structured intern programs and ensuring employees are protected against employment security risks through an efficient hiring process.

Establishing clear and effective policies saves leaders the hassle of having to constantly assess workplace issues on an ad hoc basis, thus building trust between managers and employees and guaranteeing everyone is on the same page.

1. Strategic Alignment

Strategic alignment refers to the degree to which day-to-day activities of a company align with overall goals – be they breaking into new markets, increasing sales or making improvements in efficiency or product quality. Strategic alignment involves breaking ambitious missions down into specific measurable goals before cascading them through divisional accountability structures for cross-team projects. Accomplishing this effectively requires an approach which avoids two elephant traps: status quo bias looks for evidence that change should be minimized while personal ambition seeks opportunities to expand its influence within an organization.

At least, this mindset is becoming more widespread. More leaders now recognize the significance of creating an intentional culture within their company and that being first to market with something customers want and need is the only way to stay ahead of competition. To achieve this goal, people need to feel like part of something larger than themselves when contributing their efforts toward something meaningful.

Tragically, it can be challenging to ascertain the effects of strategy on a business and research on the link between strategic roles and organizational performance is often limited in its reach. Future studies can explore whether aligning strategic processes may support internally consistent systems and HR bundles which advance strategic performance (cf. MacDuffie Citation1995).

3. Synergies

Synergy can be defined as any situation where teamwork or diversity combine in such a way that one plus one equals more. Working together can certainly increase value, efficacy, productivity and performance; but it may also have unintended repercussions which are positive or negative in nature.

But executives often fall prey to four biases that make synergy appear more attractive and easier than it actually is: synergy bias (which leads them to overestimate benefits and underestimate costs); parental bias (in which they believe business-unit cooperation will only be achieved by convincing or compelling their own managers); skills bias (whereby they assume all necessary know-how required for any given synergy effort will already exist in their workforce); and upside bias – where executives focus too intently on positive knock-on effects from initiatives, while overlooking any downsides; and upside bias (focusing too intently on positive knock-off effects of an initiative).

HR leaders must seek to combat biases by clearly outlining the objectives and benefits of any proposed synergy. They should ensure that overarching goals are clearly articulated before subjecting them to rigorous financial analysis – this will allow them to avoid the temptations of synergy, as well as recognize when an effort may prove fruitless. In addition, they must prioritize developing an organized selection process which ensures employees are chosen based on their ability to add value.

4. Balance

HR plays an essential role in creating an atmosphere of balance in employees’ work lives through policies and practices they implement, such as work from home policies, flexible working timings, adequate leave for vacation and family care leave, sabbatical leaves etc. All these measures allow employees to enjoy healthy lifestyles while keeping personal lives under control.

HR ensures work-life integration is integrated into performance evaluation processes, enabling managers to recognize and reward employees who successfully balance responsibilities with personal wellbeing. HR also conducts regular employee surveys in order to assess the impact of work-life balance initiatives, gather feedback and make adjustments accordingly.

HR professionals play an essential role in creating and reinforcing an image of their organization as one which fosters personal and career development, stability, strength, and an enjoyable working environment, which ultimately attracts and retains talented personnel – this process is known as employer branding.

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