How Human Resources Professionals Can Improve in 2018

3 New Year's Resolutions for HR & Benefit Professionals

We're only a few days into 2018, and the New Year's Eve celebration and holiday break are over. Now is the time to start thinking seriously about your personal and professional new year's resolutions. As an HR and benefits professional, not only do you have the unique opportunity to set resolutions that positively impact your organization as a whole, but also help your employees keep their resolutions as the most common are focused on physical, mental and financial wellness.

In theory, you're in a great position. But the fact that 80 percent of resolutions made each year are not kept may have you feeling a little  overwhelmed by this responsibility.*   

Have no fear. Here are three resolutions you can make to help keep yourself, your organization and your workforce on track to make this year better than the last. 

1. Resolve to get to know your workforce better

Five generations in the workforce means diversity is at an all-time high. And while there are some things you may be able to assume depending on what industry you're in, it's likely not enough to know what benefits to offer. It's definitely not enough to know what or who is driving your costs.

So in 2018, resolve to go beyond demographics. Use analytics to get to know your workforce in terms of what benefits they're using and how it's impacting your bottom line. This insight will give you the power to design benefit plans that are a better fit for your unique workforce while creating cost efficiencies for your organization. 

2. Resolve to improve your communications skills

Employee engagement becomes more of a challenge as more noise enters our lives. Think about the number of text messages, emails and social media posts that an individual receives in a day. If you want to get your message across, it's time to brush up on your marketing skills and find out which channels, frequencies and content gets your employees' attention.

You can start your resolution now. Watch this on-demand webcast to learn tips and tricks from marketing professionals that will take your benefits communication skills to the next level. 

3. Resolve to make more decisions with data

Data is power. It's the power to drive effective change. How? Once you have the data to prove whether or not something is working and how much it's costing, you have the power to take action and make a positive change for you, your employees and your organization. 

Make sure your benefits strategy is based on insight, so you can take advantage of this power. Find out what that path looks like and the benefits management technology that is available now in this free guide

Want to know more about your current benefits situation before you set your New Year's resolution? Take this free 5-minute quiz and learn next steps to optimizing your benefits strategy in 2018!

Sources

1. nbcnews.com

2. US News & World Report