Bad HR habits that could end your business

We all know that bad habits in our personal lives can lead to serious problems.  From trying to adopt a healthier diet through to kicking caffeine and nicotine, most of us have experienced a time when we recognised that changes had to be made.

But have you ever stopped to think about the HR habits that could be having a seriously negative impact on your business?  Like many less than favourable behaviours, we sometimes don’t realise that they’re a problem until they’ve spiralled out of control. Here, we identify some bad HR habits that you might be committing.

Carrying out annual reviews

Wait a minute – why exactly is this a bad habit?  Shouldn’t you be making sure that performance discussions are taking place?  Of course you should. But if they’re only happening once a year, then you’re missing a trick.  Managing and improving performance needs to be built into your everyday working practices.  If it’s not, then you can’t realistically expect to improve productivity.

Being stuck in the past

You don’t need us to tell you that the world of business is moving faster than ever before.  You’re probably utilising modern tactics when it comes to your marketing, for example, but what about your HR?  It could be time to ditch the notion that HR lives in the filing cabinet and bring your business up to speed.  A few savvy investments in technology and software could yield a huge return.

Thinking that training and learning are one and the same

There’s no denying that training can be expensive.  Send a few employees to a conference, book in some places on an external course, or bring in a professional trainer for a couple of days, and your bill will be hefty.  Sometimes, formal training is essential.  But what’s arguably much more important is ongoing learning within the workplace.  Nurturing your talent isn’t a one-off event – it’s about what happens in your business on a day-to-day basis.

Bad habits are often deeply engraved into a business’s culture but that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore them and hope for the best.  Tackling these issues head-on is the only option. Need a little help for working out your next steps? Get in touch today.

Rachel Wade

Senior HR Consultant, Opt HR Limited, Contact us 024 7627 2908, |

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