One of the many joys that come from working as a Human Resources professional is learning how to stay open to opportunities that spur personal growth. Every day, the practice of Human Resources is a little bit different given the variety of connections and communications we have with others. Through these connections and contacts, we can make the choice to foster learning and improve our own HR practice by reflecting critically on our views and actions in interpersonal organizational behaviour.
How can we improve our own HR practice so that we can help improve the organizational practice of others?
The concepts embedded in coaching may provide us with some simple steps to include as part of our individual HR practices. In his article, Six Coaching Tips for Your Organization, Charles Qabazard outlines six techniques for effective coaching that translate directly to effective HR practices.
In any organization, the Human Resources function involves listening, asking questions, focusing on solutions, goal orientation, cultural awareness and follow up. Each of these six techniques, on their own, seems pretty simple. When they are pulled together by the thoughtful HR professional, they become powerful coaching tools that elevate the credibility and the role of HR in any setting. In order to be an effective organizational coach for others, we need to ensure that our own coaching skills are in practice every day.
HR practice really does make HR perfect!
- Of the six effective coaching techniques, which one is the most important to you?
- How does cultural awareness improve the practice of HR?
- How do you ensure that you are perceived as a credible professional?
- If you were to advise your current boss on these six techniques, which one would you emphasize for organizational improvement?