Saturday, September 26, 2020, is Human Resource Professional Day. What is your company doing to acknowledge the hard work, and celebrate the dedication, of your HR professionals?
A company’s HR department is vital and essential to keeping the business running and successful. HR personnel, though, might not always get enough credit for what they do. Human Resource Professional Day is a holiday dedicated to changing the perspective people have of HR and educating others on why HR is valuable for business.
What it takes to work in HR
Working in HR means implementing policies as well as advising on and developing plans relating to how staff are used, and how they operate within a business. The role of HR is to make sure the company has the proper balance of workers when it comes to experience and skill. HR is also responsible for arranging development and training opportunities to make sure their colleagues can achieve their corporate aims and improve performance.
HR departments have to cover a large number of activities that address topics like working practices, pay, negotiation with work-related external agencies, diversity and equality, and conditions of employment. To do this, HR professionals are expected to have a wide range of skills. The people who work in your company’s HR department need to have the potential to cope with a leadership role, be able to negotiate and influence effectively so that personnel policies are implemented, and have good organizational skills, management skills, and business awareness.
On top of all this, working in human resources demands someone who has: a willingness and curiosity to challenge organizational culture where needed; approachability and integrity; and interpersonal skills so that effective working relationships can be formed with people at all levels. Being involved in HR is not easy, and many other employees may not understand all of the work involved in the position.
How to celebrate your HR Professionals
There are a number of things companies can do to celebrate Human Resources Professional day. One important aspect is educating your company about the HR department and the tasks they do. This could include attending an HR seminar and encouraging all of your employees to do the same, whether they work in HR or not. A lot of people are shocked to discover just how much work HR professionals do. Attending a seminar will help you get a better understanding of and appreciation for your own HR professionals.
Take some time to thank your HR professional staff by giving them a gift or treating them to a nice meal. Share the holiday on social media using #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Spread the word about what this day is all about and publicly thank those in HR who make the tough decisions for your business.
You can also use Human Resource Professional Day to inspire others to take on jobs in human resources. Simply spreading the word about this job role and the opportunities that are available can help inspire people to look into career changes or to step up when vacancies occur.
The most important part of celebrating Human Resource Professional Day is publicly acknowledging the concrete hard work that your own HR personnel contributes to your business. HR can have a bad reputation, so the best thing you can do is clarify what HR actually does and how essential it is to your business as a whole.