What’s a business without its people? Not much. That’s why any B2B that wants to be successful has to think seriously about the challenges that affect and relate to its personnel. Not only can HR issues disrupt operations and create new expenses, but they also can destroy a business if left unchecked.
Let’s take a look at some of the common HR challenges today, and what you can do about them.
- Sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a hot topic in headlines for good reason. It’s an issue that has plagued companies, harmed employees, created unsafe work environments and distracted businesses from being productive. To prevent this problem from infecting your business, you need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and make sure the policy is clearly communicated to all employees. Everyone needs to know that harassment is simply unacceptable at your company.
- Employee leave. Whether you’re talking about maternity leave or military leave, there are a variety oflegally protected leaves, and associated regulations with which employers must comply. To make sureyou are in compliance with current regulations, find out which laws apply to you and make sure your employees are informed about their rights. Train managers on how to handle leave requests appropriately, as well as how to document and track various leaves.
- High turnover. If caring for the health and wellness of your workers isn’t a high priority, it’s time to rethink your office policies. When your employees are happy, productivity tends to increase and absenteeism tends to decrease. Likewise, satisfied workers are less likely to switch jobs or slack off in their responsibilities. What can you do to improve the work environment? Offer an overall benefits package that includes extras such as flexible hours, telecommuting opportunities, discounted fitness memberships or an on-site gym.
- Workplace violence. It’s not a topic anyone likes to think about, but in a society of terrorists and school shootings, every business has to be prepared for the threat of violence. Create an action plan for dealing with active shooter incidents or other aggressive situations, and train your managers and employees how to respond if such an event occurs. Furthermore, always perform background screenings of new hires, and communicate a clear zero-tolerance policy about workplace violence.
- Adapting to new technologies. In today’s innovative world of technology, software and processes are always changing. For the B2B that ignores new technology, it’s easy to get left behind. Likewise, for the worker who’s slow to catch on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. How can you embrace new technology company-wide without letting some employees fall through the cracks? Communicate, communicate and communicate. Every time you adopt a new system, make sure all your team leaders understand how it works and why the technology is being implemented. Provide thorough training. Take multiple steps to ensure everyone is on the same page.
- Diversity. Today’s work environment is increasingly diverse. Employees come from different parts of the country, if not the world. Team members are from different generations and/or backgrounds. These differences are wonderful, but also challenging. How can you create a culture where everyone works as a team? Consider the benefits of diversity training and setting standards of behavior for your company. The more you can do to foster an environment of respect, the better chance you have for making the culture positive and productive.
Do any of the challenges above sound familiar to your company? If so, you’re not alone. Use the suggestions to create the kind of work environment that moves you and your personnel toward shared business goals, both now and in the future!