Human resources: A strategic approach

Every growing company has a need for a Human Resource Manager and a high-quality team. In the past, the Human Resources (HR) department would be  seen as an administrative role but as technology has improved and the needs of employees have shifted and companies grow, it is a requirement for an HR department to become more strategic in their approach in order to engage and assist each employee to develop within the company.

The Human Resources director needs to be actively involved in the executive decision making and understand every aspect of the business then follow through with an implementation strategy. People in a business are the most important assets. The employees, when well trained, engaged and growing their skillset can bring value to the brand reputation and increase the profitability.

An interesting fact via PWC online CEO survey, is that“60% of CEO’ are rethinking their HR functions.”

This statistic clearly indicates that each HR manager needs to get their team to adapt to the changes in business and play a more strategic role. Dave Ulrich explains unique insights for an HR transformation process in this video called: “The four steps to HR Transformation”.

The HR function in today’s fast changing business environment should focus on the following areas:

Manage Talent
Each company have employees with unique skillsets, however to keep growing the organisation it is important to retain top talent and manage the existing talent to grow with the company.

Tools and Technology  
Technology can add value to the HR function by minimizing time wasted on repetitive tasks by taking over that function and allowing the HR department to strategically use that time to invest in employee training and career development.

Design Thinking
An HR manager can add value by using design thinking to create simple processes and implement a strategy that will enhance the employee experience throughout the business.

Position your team in the business to know the employee and find solutions to not only meet the needs of the business but align the needs of the business with the development needs of each employees.
Contact A.T.A Training and HR Solutions for strategic advice to take your HR team to the next level.


Stress is something we experience on a daily basis and if it is not managed and it can lead to mental fatigue.

Mental fatigue is described by Better Health USA  as an over-activity of the brain that causes lack of concentration, lower productivity, errors at work and lack of motivation. The cause of mental fatigue can be due to high stress levels, grief, depression and working long hours without much rest.

To be productive and a high performer, high energy levels and motivation is important.

Get your energy back and start your journey toward better mental health and a recovery from mental fatigue with the following tips:

1. Keep moving
Moving is one of the best ways to get more energy. You may feel like you are too tired to exercise but moving can boost your energy levels. Go for a walk, the outdoors will help you reframe your day.

For HR Managers make sure to implement a wellness strategy in your team to keep employees active and moving more often and not sitting for hours at their desk for work.

2. Rethink your drink
Keep hydrated throughout your workday, replace all sugar drinks like tea or coffee with water. Your body needs the water to function well. In the office, have a filter water tank and a sign to indicate the amount of sugar in the various drinks. Less sugar is the healthy option and will not make you as tired.

3. Down-time
Get at least 7 hours sleep daily to help your brain recover from the decision making and over thinking process. Less is not more in this case. Limit time spent on technology and take a time-out.

4. Shift your focus
Your thoughts can either help you or hurt you. Make sure to focus on what you can control and let go of the uncontrollable areas. Keep perspective and have a positive outlook in each situation. If you find yourself over thinking then contact someone to share your thoughts and find out how they handle each difficult challenge for a solution.

“Where focus goes, energy flows – Tony Robbins”

5. Relax
Take time to relax and go on a holiday to shift your perspective and re-energise. Often times, a change of scenery and place can assist you to appreciate life and worry less.

Contact A.T.A for a wellness strategy for your business or speak to one of our Industrial Psychologists about a plan for your team to become more productive at work.