As an HR professional for more than 25 years, I recognize that conducting research inevitably requires statistical analysis of available data. To generate additional data, you may need to conduct supplemental surveys of employees before and after workplace initiatives as they are implemented. This enables you to investigate how work demands, such as long hours, stress and morale, positively or negatively affect your workforce.
Determining Work-Family Conflict
Human resources departments want to help employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. Analysis of employee satisfaction workplace surveys can reveal trends that show imbalance. With sufficient need, you can implement programs that impact real issues, such as child care, elderly parent care or other obligations that cause distraction. These represent situations that your employees face on a day-to-day basis. In general, providing support for employees, such as providing free or subsidized child or elder care, workout benefits or advanced degree reimbursement, positively impacts their responses to employee surveys about their experiences on the job and whether they can balance their time productively.
Analyzing Work-Family Spillover
Employees may face issues that impact their productivity. To understand their problems sufficiently, you need to figure out what problems at work may extend into their personal lives, such as stress. Then, you can implement workplace-intervention solutions, such as stress-management guides, that help mitigate problems in the work environment. You must have the business justification to implement initiatives that address the problems that face your population. These might include addressing substance abuse or locating career development classes that result in promotion and wage increases.
Figuring Out Staff Mix
The human resources department typically accepts responsibility for sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring employees who can work the hours required by the business and validates that the applicants have the skills, knowledge and expertise to perform roles effectively. For example, you may want to achieve a balance of experienced workers and entry-level hires. That way, you have a pipeline of talent to support your business now and in the future. If work assignments don’t accommodate the staff’s career aspirations, the workplace suffers and the employees’ morale decreases.