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April 14, 2021

6 Ways to Improve Your Efficiency as a Remote HR Professional

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Because of the global health crisis, 88% of businesses worldwide have made the switch to remote work.

And while HR personnel are usually tasked with ensuring everyone else in the company works efficiently despite any circumstance, such professionals also need to look out for themselves.

Here are a few ways you can improve your own efficiency as you continue to work as a remote HR professional:

Set boundaries

Working at home does not mean having more time for work.

To prevent burnout, you should have consistent work hours that allow you to focus completely on your job. And when your shift is done, be sure to log off completely and focus on your personal time.

Unfortunately, this may be difficult, considering an HR personnel is like the company’s counsellor or coach — and it can be emotionally tiring having to address other people’s problems.

So if you feel like you’re at your limit for the day, don’t be afraid to politely reschedule any last-minute meetings.

When in doubt, over-communicate

Communication and coordination is more important now than ever, at a time when you can’t rely on any social, physical cues.

Ask all the questions and clarify everything you’re unsure of to prevent reliance on assumptions. It’s easier and faster to work when you’re sure of all the details.

As an HR professional who manages employees, this is all the more necessary especially when there are instances when you might have to help resolve a work-related problem. After all, you wouldn’t want to lay down the wrong information.

Don’t forget your own check-ins

With no physical interaction among employees, remote working can get very draining and lonely.

Checking in with them regularly through quick Zoom meetings or Telegram messages can give them a feeling that they’re still being looked out for, and it can increase their productivity.

However, don’t forget to watch out for yourself as well. Take a few minutes to check in with yourself — asking the same questions you do when you talk with other employees. If you find you’re not doing so well, you can reach out to your fellow HR employee for a shoulder to lean on.

Stay healthy and active

We know the physical benefits of exercising, but it’s great for productivity too since it improves your concentration and memory. You also have better creativity and mental stamina, so you don’t get easily tired when you work.

However, exercising can be extra hard to do when you’re sitting at a desk all day. If you find it hard to carve out time for a workout, you can opt to use an under-desk bike to get some movement while you work. It’s an easy way to get your blood flowing and prevent being sedentary for too long.

If you want to try a standing desk, you can also get a balance board to engage your lower body muscles.

Take breaks

When you start feeling stuck or overwhelmed, it would be best to take a break first.

Breaks help your brain breathe and have a rest from what you’ve been working on. This way, you also calm your mind and reduce your stress.

During breaks, get up and stretch or walk around the house even for just a few moments. It may not seem like much, but it’s still a change of scenery and pace.

Use technology

Excel sheets and paper files won’t be able to help you properly keep track of HR processes from home.

But an HRMS, or Human Resources Management System, has features that can help the HR department manage the workplace.

Some HR systems are focused on individual processes — such as Manatal for recruitment and Square for tracking team hours, overtime, and breaks. However, there are also others that can help manage multiple HR processes.

Altamira HRM is a complete and easy-to-use HR suite that supports you in all your activities. It can also be integrated with business software applications, payroll and financial systems, CRM, ERPs etc.

Article contributed by Rosy James

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