How to Make HR Clearer to the Outsider

Gina Deveney
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The wide variety of human resources responsibilities tackled daily by HR experts may seem difficult to explain to those not familiar with the work. HR tasks are rarely simple, and today's fast-paced modern markets rarely give representatives time to slow down and focus on explaining basic terms and processes to laymen. It is important, however, that your employers and coworkers understand the human resources responsibilities that drive your job. Learning to explain these in simple terms can help foster greater understanding between your HR team and others at your place of employment.

The first, and often most important, of the human resources responsibilities that you should communicate to your employers and peers is how your place in the organization affects their roles or departments. HR experts are often tasked with hiring new talent and vetting candidates for positions. Department heads and business leaders need to understand that these tasks take time and that you have their interests in mind. One way to clearly communicate this is to illustrate the point by showing them the number of applications you get for open positions and asking them how important it is that they have the right personnel for their teams. Relating your human resources responsibilities to their roles can make it easier for them to grasp basic HR operations.

Human resources jobs also include ensuring compliance with labor laws. Different states have different rules regarding hiring practices, the handling of terminations, and the resolution of disputes. Each of these tasks may require clarification for outsiders, and one of the best ways to approach this is on a case-by-case basis. Make a list of those department leads or managers who are unfamiliar with the process or have shown an interest in how compliance is handled. When opportunities for education arise, invite these company leaders to witness your human resources responsibilities firsthand. Those who are truly interested in learning are likely to make the time to accompany you as you undertake these common human resources jobs.

The final way of making your job easier for outsiders to understand is to provide them with a written list of your responsibilities and day-to-day duties. This type of job description is far less personal than offering them the chance to witness your work firsthand or discussing how it relates to their work, but it can be very effective for those who prefer to learn by reading. As the march towards automation and greater integration of electronics in the workplace continues, more and more workers may well prefer simple, straightforward information that they can peruse when the opportunity arises.

HR workers face a variety of different challenges every day. Explaining your human resources responsibilities and operations may not seem simple, but it can pay off with greater understanding for your employers and coworkers. This makes it worth the investment of time for many who work in HR.


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