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BY Jules Dalmacio Articles
A less talked about aspect of HR and HR management is budgeting. However, in today’s competitive business landscape, companies are looking for more ways to save on budget, and even pinch pennies. But even with budgeting constraints, maximizing budget should not come at the expense of compromising HR best practices. Let’s explore effective strategies to maximize your HR budget while ensuring that you maintain and uphold above par HR operations.
Let’s start the list off with something that seems like an expense. Rewards, to other companies, may seem like another “gastos lang(expenditure)” but rewards play a vital role in attracting and retaining top talent. Another thing that we forget about rewards is that it is earned. A well crafted rewards system accomplishes 2 things: it helps employees work towards earning rewards, and helps them feel more satisfied and seen by the organization. Allotting HR budget to a rewards system, even something as basic as a perfect attendance incentive, may prove to boost overall company productivity and employee satisfaction.
Investing in employee development is not just a nice-to-have; it is crucial for long-term business success. Aside from external trainings, organizations can also have internal resources and experts to conduct in-house training program. Unlike a rewards system, investing on skills development can also directly affect the productivity of your business by affording your organization better talents at the measly cost of training, as opposed to acquiring the same talent through external hiring.
Employee engagement is directly linked to productivity, satisfaction, and retention. Not only is does it directly cultivate employee activation, it also is very cost effective. Some employee engagement programs, like quiz nights, interest clubs, and discussion platforms, even have little to no upfront cost. Not only that, but it can also cultivate a more positive work culture, as well as a less stressfull work environment.
Recruiting and onboarding new employees is time consuming and expensive. Social media platforms, job portals, and employee referrals can help in easing the search for top talent. Investing in such initiative migh help HR fill more positions faster than other more traditional & passive recruitment means. However, the cost of acquiring new talent includes weeks or even months of scouting, onboarding, training, and 6 months of probationary performance monitoring. As the saying goes, retention is still better than acquisition. Invest in training HR and management to create programs that will make top talent feel valued and improve their propensity to stay with the company.
Finaly, one of the most upfront and efficient ways to maximize your HR budget is by leveraging technology. Automating routine HR processes will significantly reduce administrative costs, save time, improve accuracy, and ultimately save money. Look for HR software solutions that can effortlessly handle tasks such as payroll processing, leave management, employee data management, payout, pay slip auto-generation, and government forms processing among other. The right system will free up HR’s time so they focus on strategic initiatives and employee development.
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