Better Time Management for HR Professionals
November 11, 2018
Time management for any professional is important. But when it comes to HR, it can seem overwhelming reading through hundreds of resumes, suggesting the best candidates to the hiring managers, contacting candidates and conducting interviews, etc. can be quite a challenge.
Have you wondered why peak-performing HR professionals seem to have it so good and get prompt results on projects? Well, the reason is not far-fetched. Top recruiters and other recruitment personnel are excellent time managers. This scrupulous nature tends to transcend their workplace as they look to balance tasks at work, and family quite well.
Here are few tips for a better time management.
Design a Schedule
Wars are not won without concrete plans. The same rule applies in the HR Corporate world. Drafting a to-do list is the first step to yield satisfactory results.
– Document your tasks
– Pen down in order the most important ones
– Allot realistic timeframes to achieve them
– Chart how you intend to achieve them
– Set realistic deadlines
Phew! That is a lot about starting but it will help in managing workload. A well-designed schedule puts you in charge. The secret too is to tackle the IMPORTANT tasks first and not the URGENT ones. Remember, in a busy office, everything is urgent.
Start With the Most Difficult
Now that you have the most important tasks outlined. Starting with the most difficult ones first generally gives speed and efficiency and makes the other tasks easier. A good HR personnel identifies his or her working hours in the day and strives to make them as productive as possible.
Merge Similar Tasks
Good recruiters and HR personnel are effective time managers and have the superhuman capability for observing work patterns. Engage your power of observation and identify patterns of similar works. Merge the similar works and attend to them at the same time. For example, responding to emails; listening to and answering voicemails; and filing paperwork are peculiar to several operations. Avoid interruptions and don’t jump from task to task leaving them all uncompleted.
Take A Break
So work won’t be monotonous, do not maintain the same position for long. “All work and no play make Jack dull”. Take breaks every 15 minutes to ½ an hour. Stretch, walk away from your workplace or leave for lunch- these are how you can aid your focus and be refreshed at work. Position yourself to manage time well. Spending too much time on a work can mean the brain is overloaded and you will make mistakes.
Monitor Your Time
To understudy your progress, monitor how you spend your time. Observe your activities and how much time you spend on them. Do this at least once a week. Assess how your time is spent, especially which important tasks demand most time or least time and so forth. This helps to analyze your time performance.
Integrating these quick time management tips to your pre-existing plans will help you get more from your precious time, derive more value out of your responsibilities, improve your performance, and help you focus on the most important things not only at work but also in your personal time.
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