MONTREAL, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Managing the economic slowdown while
holding onto their skilled employees will be the main HR challenge for
organizations in 2009. The Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés
suggests employers make three resolutions to meet this upcoming challenge.
Focus on the long term
Even though the downturn has meant troubled times for a number of
organizations, they will still have to face labour shortages and retain
talent. In this sense, it's important to continue to focus on a long-term
vision for HR development. "Eliminating jobs might seem like a quick fix in
the short term. But it will be harder and even more costly to attract and
train a qualified and competent workforce once the crisis has run its course.
That's why it's important for organizations to make sure they retain and
develop their human resources, even in a cost-cutting environment. In fact,
that's their best investment for tomorrow," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP,
Ordre president and CEO.
When the economy is hurting, employees can feel insecure about their
jobs. Many could be tempted to move to other apparently more stable companies
or ones that promise better career opportunities. "In the current context,
communication will be a major issue for employers in 2009. They will have to
make more effort to improve communications with their employees, to explain
the organization's position and make sure that their workforce is kept current
on a regular basis. Rumours and uncertainty are often worse enemies than the
actual slowdown itself," continued Francoeur.
Mobilizing the workforce
Lastly, in a tougher business climate, employers will also have to keep
their workforce motivated and committed in order to retain talent. Although
compensation is one key factor to keep in mind, other non-monetary rewards are
also important. "For example, involving employees in the decision-making
process or providing positive encouragement and feedback are efficient and
inexpensive ways of maintaining morale," Francoeur concluded.
About the Ordre
The Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés is the primary
reference organization in its field in Quebec. It has a membership of close to
9,500 professionals, candidates and students, including 5,000 CHRPs and 2,500
CIRCs. It is the only organization devoted to the protection of the public
authorized by the Professional Code to confer these professional designations.
Active in all sectors, CHRPs and CIRCS contribute to the development and
maintenance of a healthy working atmosphere and a safe, efficient
organizational environment that respects the uniqueness of each and every
employee. They also represent employers and employees in various areas of HR
management, from industrial relations, to staffing, training, occupational
health and safety, organizational development and compensation.
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