What are HR processes?

HR processes refer to the fundamental strategies that HR leaders implement to ensure successful employee lifecycles and work experiences.  

The core HR processes include:

  • Human resource planning
  • Recruitment 
  • Selection
  • Hiring
  • Onboarding
  • Training
  • Employee relations
  • Performance Appraisal  
  • Benefits administration
  • Performance management
  • Offboarding

Each HR process follows an intricate pathway that demands strategic planning. While HR leaders establish each process according to specific parameters and objectives, they are all interdependent.

Why should HR leaders care about HR processes?

HR processes serve as the arteries of an organization, carrying the lifeblood to every department to nurture company-wide health. Through a systematic approach, HR leaders can promote processes that flow efficiently and harmoniously, thereby boosting employee:

  • Productivity
  • Retention
  • Engagement

What can HR leaders do to effectively manage HR processes?

HR leaders can incorporate the following methods into their approach toward process management:

  • Review objectives. HR leaders should regularly check that the process objectives align with the greater company goals. Reassessing through asking a series of goal-oriented questions allows HR to make sure progress in the desired direction.   
  • Let automation do its job. HR tech automation enables the processes to function with fewer kinks. For instance, instead of writing down an infinite number of items on a to-do list for each process, employees and managers can use task-lists, which remind individuals of duties to accomplish, and offer a way to pass collaborative notes back and forth. Tech automation facilitates crucial communication between the workforce, during processes such as onboarding, offboarding, and employee transfers.    
  • Implement a process management approach– with balance.  Evidence-based management methods can boost the productivity of HR processes. Consistent application of one system can help HR track progress, pinpoint areas for improvement, and redesign their practices in an organized fashion. While a framework provides structure and guidance, HR deals with humans, so it must preserve the essential human qualities within the process, such as flexibility, critical thinking, and perspective.  
  • Listen to employees. Employees can provide wellsprings of advice, information, and experience about how HR can better adjust aspects of the process. After running an employee satisfaction survey or a performance review with multi-directional feedback, HR professionals can glean what their company can do to improve processes internally.

How can well-managed HR processes improve company culture?

Smoothly functioning HR processes are essential for a company’s continuity. With humans ranking as the most valuable asset of any company, the proper progression of the employee lifecycle is a matter of company survival. HR processes that flow efficiently drive results that encourage employee job satisfaction, engagement, and productivity– key elements of a robust company culture.