Human Resources is the most controversial department in any company. Although it’s the “ground 0” of any good employee structure, Human Resources is a major source of conflicts, because any issues regarding productivity, project development and so on, all go back to Human Resources. Well, even in this field, there are some well-kept secrets that are not known outside the department, secrets that might come in handy for managers or even for employees.
- Don’t talk about work on Social Media. Although you’re not told, be aware that most companies keep close tabs on their employees when it comes to online activity. Major publicity disasters occurred in the past because of some posts made by frustrated employees from different companies.
- A warning is a red flag. Company policies usually instruct applying a verbal warning first, then a written one and by the third strike you’re out. But, don’t think a verbal warning is just that. Your supervisor will keep a close eye on you after that and it can even mean you’re on the “people to fire” list, but they’re just following official protocol.
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate your salary. Sometimes, your employer can’t offer you more money, but usually a 5 to 10% salary increase is not too much. Just learn how to put it politely and don’t threat with quitting your job or other extreme measures.
- Socializing is important. You might be the best at your job, but if you are not able to be integrated in the work collective, you won’t get a promotion. No one fires you if you’re not outgoing and sociable, but don’t expect to advance in your career anytime soon.
- Work parties are not regular parties. You should enjoy yourself and feel free to have small talk with everyone in the company, but heavy drinking and dirty jokes are still frowned upon.
- You might not be aware of this, but most companies have an unofficial black list of people they want to get rid of. If you’re constantly skipped when it comes to promotions, if you get the worst projects or if you’re being moved to a smaller office for weird reasons, it’s most likely you’re on the black list.
- Human Resources serves to the needs of a business. Although it helps employees against bad management, because the final goal is to provide a good work environment, it doesn’t mean you will find sympathy for your personal problems.
- What you say is not confidential. Some HR departments even have strict rules of reporting anything of importance to higher management, so don’t assume they’ll keep quiet about what you tell them, like a doctor or a priest would.
It doesn’t mean this applies to each company, but sadly, some of these “dirty secrets” are very much true. Other than that, in an effort to have a good Human Resources department, companies should invest more in tools that help them keep track efficiently on the work progress and the time employees spend on a project. Try our WorkForce Schedule software, and you won’t need to rely on such practices in your Human Resources department!
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