It’s an understatement to say that the past couple of years have been challenging. As the pandemic reshaped our lives, we have all tried to adjust, adapt, and stand tall in the face of all the circumstances that come our way. With the new year here, it’s time to start fresh and commit to achieving your list of resolutions. Here are 6 human resources quotes that we hope inspire you and help you take on 2022.
1.“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough, so they don’t want to.” -Sir Richard Branson
One of the most important aspects of being an employer is to ensure employees are trained well enough to do their job. Every employee should feel confident in their ability to do what’s been asked of them, and it’s the company’s responsibility to set them up for success. Apart from training your team well, another critical aspect is to treat them so well that they never want to leave. Employees who feel this way are very loyal, become brand ambassadors, refer friends, and are critical to the success of your company.
2. “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” -Betty Bender
Allowing your employees to bring their whole selves to work means letting them end a meeting early to pick up a child from school or being empathetic when someone didn’t complete a task by its deadline because they were sick. Making sure your employees know that you care about them as human beings is essential and will help create an engaging, high-performing, and fulfilling company culture.
3.“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” -Simon Sinek
According to Gallup, over 60% of the workforce is either “actively disengaged” or “not engaged.” When employees aren’t emotionally connected to their work and workplace, they usually show up to work, do the minimum required, and are likely to quit their job for a slightly better offer. Focusing on employee engagement ensures that employees are emotionally invested, which is a critical driver of business success.
4. “Every problem is a gift—without problems, we would not grow.” -Tony Robbins
Without any problems, we’d never know what success or achievement felt like. Problems in an organization are like pain receptors in the body; they tell you immediately where you should focus your energy. They help point you to areas that need immediate action and draw your attention to what needs improvement. When it comes to problems, perspective is everything, and it’s important to take them as learning opportunities that give you room to grow.
5.“In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters most to your people.” -Julie Bevacqua
If you want to build a better company culture and working environment for your employees, the best thing to do is to go straight to the source and ask them what they want and need. By having regular one-on-one meetings, sending out surveys, or even through casual conversation, you can collect useful insight to help you learn what your employees really need and make changes that will matter to them.
6.“Hire character. Train skill.” -Peter Schutz
According to a study, 77% of employers believe that soft skills associated with one’s personality are just as essential as hard skills. Talent and skills matter, but so does character. A candidate might have the perfect set of skills necessary for the job but may not be a cultural fit for your company. Most jobs and necessary skills can be learned, but character and attitude, on the other hand, can’t be taught.
Amanee Hasan is a content writer for ZenHR, an award-winning and top-rated HR solution that offers world-class HR software services in the MENA region. She focuses on creating content highlighting the latest HR trends and gives organizations and individuals the tools, knowledge, and research they need to create successful work environments where people thrive.