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7 Essential Skills for Elevating Your HR Career

You will need to broaden your horizons and develop a deeper understanding of various organisational functions

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As a budding HR professional eager to advance in your career, there are essential skills that can open doors to your career growth. To thrive in the future of HR work, you will need to adopt a mindset of continuous learning and adaptability. Here are seven key skills that can set you on the path to becoming a well-regarded HR professional.

Business Acumen

The future workplace demands a shift from being a specialist to becoming a generalist, even in HR. To meet this expectation, you will need to broaden your horizons and develop a deeper understanding of various organisational functions.

Think of yourself as a strategic partner who should be capable of wearing different HR hats to meet diverse HR outcomes within your organisation. It is essential to elevate your business acumen to not only survive but thrive in this changing HR environment.

Negotiation Skills

HR professionals know that negotiations are a daily occurrence. It is essential for you to begin appreciating that successful negotiations are rooted in finding win-win solutions for both employees and the organisation. Aim to cultivate the art of effective negotiation. You can apply this skill not only in employee relations but also in mediating and resolving conflicts within your organisation’s workforce.

Communication Excellence

It is worth reiterating that effective communication is a cornerstone skill for HR work. You need to excel in both oral and written communication. Choose your words carefully, convey empathy, and exude confidence during employee interactions.

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When faced with public speaking opportunities, such as conducting training sessions or addressing the workforce, step up without hesitation. Before speaking, engage in quick mental rehearsals to ensure your message is clear and resonates with your audience. In written communication, seize opportunities to craft HR communications that leave a lasting impact.

Employee Relations

HR professionals often find themselves at the forefront of employee relations. They provide guidance, support, and ensure a harmonious work environment. Regardless of your specific HR role, see every interaction as an opportunity to foster positive employee relations, exchange ideas, and resolve issues within your organisation. HR events and initiatives are chances for you to shine as you exercise your HR skills. To stand out from the crowd, master the art of addressing HR challenges with workable solutions.

Team Collaboration

HR is not for lone rangers. It requires collaboration and teamwork to achieve HR goals. Work closely with colleagues and departments to align HR strategies with organisational objectives. Your ability to foster a harmonious team environment within HR and across the organisation is instrumental to your career progression.

Time Management

Elsewhere time is touted as money. In HR circles, its efficient management exceeds money. Delays in HR processes can lead to consequences for employees and the organisation. Showcase your ability to manage HR tasks efficiently and meet agreed deadlines. Your HR capabilities will be recognised when you excel under time pressure

Data-Driven HR

Although there will be data overload in your organisation, develop your ability to mine, analyze, and interpret HR data. This will be a valuable asset in HR decision-making. While technology advances, human insight remains irreplaceable in managing employees. HR professionals with data analytics skills are in high demand.

They are needed to leverage data for making informed HR decisions and drive HR effectiveness within organizations. Become an HR data analyst to enhance chances of upward mobility in your career.

The writer is HRD Consultant and Author of Transition into Retirement; [email protected]

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SAMSON OSEROhttp://www.businesstoday.co.ke
Samson Osero is Human Resource Development Consultant and Author of 'Transition into Retirement'. My personal email is: [email protected]
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