Businesses always are working to improve efficiency. Increasing efficiency helps them reduce costs and get their products out more quickly and smoothly. There are always new strategies and procedures for increasing efficiency.
But in always looking for the next best thing, businesses – and human resource departments — shouldn’t lose sight of some of the old tried and true methods for increasing efficiency. They aren’t fancy, they’re pretty basic, in fact. But that is precisely why they are sometimes overlooked.
One way to increase efficiency in human resources is by eliminating waste. You need to cut out all of the processes and procedures in your department that don’t produce any value.
Look into using new technology to lower operating costs. One option now more in use is cloud computing, where services are delivered over the Internet. You should investigate the various kinds of accounting and other business software packages that are out there that may deliver a better value for the money than what you are using currently. When you compare these other programs to what you are using now, you may find that the others are more efficient.
Another quick and easy way to increase human resource department efficiency is actually to schedule some free time during the day. This may sound counterintuitive, but research has shown that we need to take breaks after a constant period of work. The ideal is a short break after 90 minutes of work. But any kind of free time will help employees recharge and refresh themselves, and this will actually increase efficiency and productivity.
Work with other departments to strengthen your relationships with current customers. Research has shown that this is where you are likely to get new business as well. You can do this by having promotions, brochures, sending e-mails, whatever marketing technique will strengthen the relationship.
Take an honest look at your human resources department to assess where the weaknesses are. By taking the time to do this, and by implementing strategies to remedy these weaknesses, you will greatly improve efficiency.
And finally, consider using a consultant. Remember the old adage, you need to spend money to make money. Yes, there’s a cost involved but consider the benefits – learning new cutting edge business strategies, and getting a different perspective on your operation The Opti Staffing Group can help; contact us today!