In the times of economic recession, how would you balance the supply and demand of Human Resources in your organization?
Now, if you’re finding you have a surplus of HR resources (not normally the case, but can happen occasionally) then here is an opportunity to think out-of-the box and look for other ways to be of service to your organization. This approach dispenses with the, “It’s not in my job description” mentality. There is always a backlog of HR housekeeping work (updating personnel files and employee office manual, performing an HR audit, etc.) things that seem not to get done when we’re humming along and busy. Another notion is to conduct organization-wide surveys that allow HR to better understand what’s happening in the organization and allow HR to become more proactive in organizational development rather than reactive, which is often the case. Additionally, and especially in recessionary times, you may look to assist other departments with their efforts. Look for your transferable skills that might be utilized in marketing, operations, and production, i.e., budgeting, scheduling, project management. The hard knocks in life and work seem a little easier with a little help from our friends.