Your Best Friend at Work

Human Resource refers to the folks who recruit you, give you mountains of paperwork to fill out, and offer you a job and who one day may dismiss you. For many reasons, including if you are underperforming, and or if the company wants to restructure or make a change. So, it’s probable for many to believe bypassing Human Resource or HR is the safest way to achieve success!!! Just keep off their grid and everything will be OK. However, have you ever thought, your Human Resource Department or HR is more than just the policies, process, procedures, and systematising arms of management that you may have previously thought of it to be. Let’s dive in to the ocean to know how HR can be your best buddy at the workplace. 

1. Crafting a Career Plan

You may have heard that human resources are primarily concerned with the success of the firm and not the careers of individual workers. True, but the firm will fail if it does not have competent workers, and good employees desire to further their careers. Frequently, your HR manager may assist you sketch out the road to your final objective. If you are targeting a higher position, they can assist you in identifying your weaknesses and strengths, as well as guiding you along the appropriate career options. In addition, when the senior leadership team says, “We need someone to perform X role,” your name will be more likely to be included if you have shown interest to HR.

2. Leaking information

Some large corporations offer anonymous tip lines for any breaches seen, while others have a designated contact person. However, you may also go in and speak with HR about this. You may report any safety or security infractions to your company’s HR department. They will initiate an inquiry.

3. Support You in Navigating the Legal System

HR managers shouldn’t be confused with employment law lawyers, but they should have a fundamental understanding of employment law. If a colleague reports that her supervisor is behaving inapproporiately, you may seek guidance from HR and file a harassment claim. If an employee threatens to sue you, you must report it promptly, even if you believe they are just venting. Don’t let legal troubles grow. HR has the resources necessary to assist you and knows when to consult with lawyers.

4. Continuing Education for Career Growth

Is there a tuition reimbursement program at your place of business? If you don’t know the answer to that query, go to Human Resources and inquire. Many firms and organizations provide this benefit, particularly if the degree or certification you’re pursuing will directly benefit the company.

 If you’re an analyst, asking your employer to pay for your master’s degree in art history is unlikely, but if you’re looking for tuition aid for CPA review courses, there’s a strong chance your boss will help. Ask about certification programs or even massive online open courses that may help you bridge knowledge gaps if you don’t need a new degree but want to enhance your abilities.

5. Health Challenges

Do you or a family member suffer from health issues? Are you or your spouse pregnant? Proceed to HR. If you begin missing work due to headache without informing HR, you may be terminated for breaking attendance standards. However, if you report to HR, you may file papers and seek legal protection.

Your situation may be covered under the country’s medical law. You must seek assistance. Do not presume that your boss would understand that your absences qualify you for protection. Remember that these regulations also protect your family members, such as if you need time off to care for a very sick parent or relative.

6. Personal Issues

Don’t expect free treatment or private counsel from HR managers since they aren’t therapists, priests, or attorneys. However, if confidentiality is vital to you, you should request it. If they can’t, your HR manager should state, “I can’t keep this private.” If you allege that your employer is sexually harassing you, for example, the law requires your HR manager to look into it. But, if you’re suffering in your marriage or having issue with your home loan, your HR may help lead you toward an employee support program.

7. CV Enhancement

This may seem contradictory: after all, your HR department doesn’t want you to leave, and leaving is the only reason you’d need to update your CV, right? Wrong. Your CV is useful whether you’re seeking for membership in a professional group, searching for an internal promotion, or may be trying to get into graduate school.

Additionally, if you are laid off, your old HR department may be able to assist you with your resume.

8. Updating an Overall Rating

Was your last performance assessment accurate? The majority of the time, HR will side with your manager, given that your manager monitors your day-to-day work while HR oversees several workers. However, if you believe there was an error in your rating, you should contact HR.

Your HR manager will analyse your evaluation and compare it to those of your colleagues and previous evaluations. If the HR representative believes you have a point, they will discuss it with your supervisor.

9. Handling Your Supervisor

There are certain employees who are better suited to certain managers than others. Your company’s human resources department can assist you in dealing with a boss who does not share your management style or who tends to micromanage employees.

10. The Final Word

HR will always have documentation for you to complete, but keep in mind that they exist to assist the firm prosper. This indicates that HR is aware of the necessity for individual employee success. Check with them to see if they can assist you in advancing your career.

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