Guidance and best practice can come from the strangest of places, one such resource is the movie Zombieland. In the movie, the main character follows a set of his own life rules in order to stay alive in the post-apocalyptic landscape. The same rules can also be applied and used to survive in the HR world.
#1 – Cardio
Dedication and the ability to see projects and initiatives through to the end is the mark of a good HR professional. There is no point starting a new project or discussing new ideas if they will never be put into action. Don’t stop with the execution, follow-up discussions regarding the successful (and not so successful) elements of a project should be held in order to learn and improve.
#2 – Double Tap
If an idea, project or initiative fails on the first attempt, treat this as a learning opportunity. Knowing where you may have gone wrong, or where the process failed, will enable you to avoid the same mistake the next time, and will mean that the second attempt will be more successful.
#3 – Beware of Bathrooms
As an HR professional you need to be seen by the business as impartial. Getting involved in idle gossip should be avoided to maintain this impartiality. However honest and trusted the source of gossip may be, if the information is incorrect then it could cause all manner of internal problems, it is best to avoid the situation all together.
#4 – Buckle Up
Making sure that you are as prepared as you can be for meetings, tasks and daily duties will improve your productivity and quality of work. Being seen as a well informed and prepared employee is also great for your personal brand and your professional reputation within the business.
#5 – Limber Up
Staying motivated and motivating others at work is important for you to stay professionally fit and productive. Motivating others will improve employee engagement and wellbeing. Physical exercise is known to reduce stress, improve your mood and enhance your learning skills – all top priorities for your everyday working life.
#6 – Don’t Be A Hero
A lot of the time you can cope with things on your own, however, if you require help then ask for it. Working as a team enables you to capitalise on different skill sets, obtain the opinions and ideas from multiple team members and share project responsibilities between your team.
#7 – Travel Light
Streamlining different elements of your daily routine and environment will all help to improve productivity. Removing the clutter and unnecessary items from your desk and immediate environment will mean you can find things faster and have those tools that you need quickly available. Looking at ways to streamline processes within the HR department and business in general can also reduce costs while improving efficiency.
#8 – When In Doubt, Always Know Your Way Out
Always have a ‘Plan B’ for instances where things may not go according to plan. Any new idea or project may take an unexpected turn; having an alternative strategy will give you another way to achieve the same goal. An alternative option can save time, money and morale. Risks should be taken every now and again if the potential rewards warrant it, however you should be prepared to act if things go wrong.
#9 – The Buddy System
Mentoring others and being a role model will help ensure that you maintain a high quality, professional team and business. New employees should be assigned mentors to provide assistance and encouragement in their first few weeks, while the new starter integrates into your business.
#10 – Check The Back Seat
Ensuring that you have all the facts before making a decision is vital. In cases of disciplinary action or grievance then you must be seen to act fairly, having taken all views and facts into consideration before acting accordingly.
#11 – Enjoy The Little Things
Remember to enjoy the little daily perks and joys. Office banter, social events, benefits and the company of colleagues that have become friends, these are all things that you may forget when things aren’t going so well. Reminding others of these positives will help to improve positivity and happiness throughout the office. Something as small as having a house plant on your desk can brighten up your day and has a number of benefits.