Sarah Thomas

The New Year is right around the corner. Have you decided what New Year’s resolutions for HR Professionals that you’ll implement in the coming year?

Before you embark on any resolution, make sure that you’re setting an achievable goal. Use the SMART method when making your New Year’s resolutions to set yourself up for success.

A SMART goal is:

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Achievable

  • Realistic and

  • Time-bound

By setting a resolution using the SMART method, you’ll have a greater chance of success. Try one of these Human Resources focused resolutions this New Year’s Eve.

Prioritize Company Culture

If you don’t have a well-defined company culture, you need to work with the leadership within your company to create one. Work together to write a list of core values that define your company and will drive your progress. Ensure that everyone agrees with the set of values and that you can easily verbalize these values to any current employees and potential new hires.

If your company already has a defined company culture, work to refine it in the upcoming year. Check-in with employees to be sure that the mission of the company is clear. Hiring trends in 2021 will emphasize company culture and employer branding, so this will be critical if you’re planning on hiring in the next year.

Recruit a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

This year, focus on DEI (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion) initiatives. A diverse workforce is an innovative workforce, which is good for everyone. Recruit candidates outside of your usual methods, and seek out various opinions during the hiring process. Bamboo HR lists excellent tips for revising your job advertisement to ensure equity in recruiting and to remove any bias in that step of the hiring process. Work with management to incorporate DEI into your company culture.

Focus on Wellbeing

The stress of 2020 and the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, and your employees are no exception. Resolve this year to focus on wellness initiatives for your employees. Implement workflows for your remote employees to help them combat burnout and find a better work-life balance. Utilize apps within your organization for daily stress relief tactics, and find long-term wellness programs that your employees can use to reduce their stress outside of work.

Hire for Skill and Potential

In the upcoming year, base your hiring decisions on skill and potential instead of simply experience and accomplishments.  A resume can only tell you so much about a potential candidate. It gives you zero insight into their soft skills and potential. In 2022, we’ll see a shift to hiring for skills and potential that has already started in 2021 at a federal level. The easiest way to determine a candidate’s potential is to have them take our assessment and view their PIC report, where you’ll gain valuable insights into their performance, interpersonal skills, and challenges at work.

Stay Up to Date

Make one of your New Year’s resolutions as an HR professional this year a resolution to stay up to date with the industry. Sign up for newsletters from your favorite HR blogs and websites and get the latest tips and news delivered straight into your inbox. Sign up for virtual summits, like the online summit from Bamboo HR that not only offers amazing sessions from industry experts but gives you a way to earn SHRM and HRCI recertification credits by attending.

Be Flexible

We’ve learned this year that being flexible is a necessity. Resolve next year to stay flexible and encourage adaptability within your organization. Potential candidates value a company that can be flexible with work-life balance, as will your current employees. Think about putting processes and workflows into place that allow your company to become more adaptable to change in the future, through remote work or flex-time, so that you can continue to adapt to changes as they occur in the coming year.

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