HR Training for Managers as a Key Compliance Strategy for Your Business
HR Advisor feature article | November 2011
The value of providing training to managers throughout the employment life cycle cannot be overlooked. Training ensures that your managers are knowledgeable about your company’s workplace law obligations and skilled in delivering human resources best practices in order to become successful in their roles. Training further enables business costs to be low, employer liability to be controlled, and allows for successful organizations to emerge. Did you know that in 2010 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed 99,992 charges against the private sector?
Managers should be trained in various discipline areas, but some may or may not apply depending upon the company’s size and industry. Below are some suggested strategic and compliance training topics to assist managers in increasing effectiveness and reducing exposure.
- Business Execution. Monitoring business goals, supervising employees, and managing organizational changes may result in improved business effectiveness.
- Leadership. Providing ample opportunities for employees to have open communication and share a common vision, mission and goal helps with decreasing employee turnover rates.
- Performance Management. Learning to provide evaluations that are fair, objective, and based on the organization’s goals opens the door to feedback and conveys to employees they are valuable assets to the organization.
- Diversity. Getting to know who your employees are, how to execute equal employment opportunities with non-discrimination tactics, and handling generational differences allows for increased employee satisfaction retention rates.
- Business Crises Management. Planning, analyzing and evaluating how to handle stressful, harmful, or safety-related hazards that occur intentionally or un-intentionally (such as violence, injuries, accidents, fires, earthquakes, etc.) enables managers to take action rationally and rely on the team when needed.
- HR Best Practices. Learning the basics about hiring, termination, harassment, business policies, employment laws, paperwork compliance, etc., sets forth better protection for managers and organizations. Often, the number and degree of EEOC complaints, OSHA violations, wage and hour penalties, or other claims are reduced when managers receive training on these topics to assist them in making informed decisions.
It is vital to understand that once training is received, managers should be able to “transfer” the training into actual real life situations and settings when an opportunity presents itself. One way managers can transfer training learned is by utilizing action plans. Proper training can assist organizations by enhancing performance, productivity, employee satisfaction and customer service within a department. So, start training every day!
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