General HR

The team at XCD have compiled together a list of useful resources and articles regarding HR and how our all-in-one HR software and payroll system can help employers streamline their HR strategies. 

General HR

General HR covers a variety of aspects of human resources including recruitment, onboarding, people analytics, employee management, payroll, and more. To fully understand HR and how to implement the right HR strategies, employers must review metrics and analytics results and thoughtfully consider what these say about your workforce and how you can integrate strategies that address any issues. When we hyper-focus on HR analytics, it can be easy to forget the 'human' in human resources.

HR and workplace culture

How to handle bereavement leave in your organisation

Losing a loved one is an emotionally traumatic event and should be handled with extra care. It's essential for HR leaders to outline clear policies and guidelines for compassionate leave to ensure that their people feel supported during these difficult times. Strategies, such as integrating automated payroll software to ensure employees are getting the correct bereavement pay entitlements, can help HR managers create a more compassionate environment. This guide explains everything surrounding bereavement policies, including the legalities behind it, and how to best approach it from a human resources perspective.

How to deal with nepotism in the workplace

Nepotism is a widespread fact in many industries. Although it's important to network and maintain connections, it becomes a problem when it starts affecting workplace decisions. The last thing any employer wants is barriers to reaching their business objectives, and nepotism can easily be one of those barriers if there is no system in place to prevent it. This blog is a guide on HR strategies to help HR leaders navigate it in a strategic way and prevent nepotism from adversely affecting your company and its workforce.

How to manage stress levels in a workplace

Stress is an inevitable part of working within a company, but that doesn't mean it has to be detrimental to your teams productivity. Creating strategies to manage your workforce's stress levels should be an essential part of every company's overall business strategy. This blog provides a list of tips for HR managers looking to improve their teams wellbeing and productivity, including how our self-service HR software can help streamline your system and how you approach people analytics.

What is a competitive salary and how can HR negotiate one?

Businesses are now beginning to see the strategic benefits of offering competitive salaries for their roles. More applicants are looking towards companies that provide competitive salaries and the flexibility to negotiate salaries. Although this may initially seem to come at a cost to the business, these strategies are actually mutually beneficial for both employers and employees. We've put together a guide for HR managers on how to advertise and negotiate competitive salaries in a way that helps their business strategies.

Conflict resolution

How to effectively discipline an employee

Employee discipline is important to every employers HR strategy. It's essential that all members of your workforce are following the company's correct guidelines and values in order to help meet the businesses overall objectives. ideally, your disciplinary policy will both correct behaviour and help with employee development. This resource from XCD explains how proper HR strategies can help managers make the correct disciplinary decisions.

Firing an employee: when and how to do it

Employee termination is never easy, even for the most experienced HR managers. It's an inevitable part of human resources. Although this termination may be justified, they must still be handled with care and a strategic approach to ensure all parties involved feel the best decisions have been made. Having an effective and compassionate termination strategy is crucial to your HR strategy, so in this blog we discuss how to set up a termination strategy that works for all parties involved.

People analytics

7 HR trends to look out for in 2022

Workplace culture has changed drastically since the COVID-19 pandemic. While traditional HR analytics and strategies may appear to still be working in your company, things could be changing very quickly. The advent of remote/hybrid working, virtual recruitment, and a growing focus on improving workplace diversity, HR managers have had to adapt their systems to this changing landscape. This article provides a list of 7 HR strategies and trends that have come about this past year, some of which include implementing data-driven HR decisions and a more integrated HR system.

10 questions to ask in employee satisfaction surveys

Maintaining employee satisfaction is crucial for sustaining a business' productivity levels. As part of your HR analytics and strategy, employers should show that they actively value their employees opinions and want to improve their workplace culture. Employee satisfaction surveys are useful way of establishing a system and having solid metrics that help HR managers understand their teams wellbeing. A crucial aspect of implementing this into your HR strategy is to make sure your HR managers are asking the right questions. We've compiled a list of 10 questions you should ideally be asking in your employee satisfaction surveys, which will help you maintain employee engagement and make accurate, data-driven decisions.

Single HR and Payroll

7 benefits of automating HR and payroll processes

More and more businesses are integrating all-in-one HR software and payroll solutions. Data-entry and analytics has always been crucial to HR so automating your HR systems and business strategies brings about a range of benefits. But simply integrating automated systems may not be enough, which is why this blog discusses the benefits of implementing integrated HR and payroll software, with payroll systems, people analytics, and more all in one simple piece of HR software.

What is the Bradford factor and how can HR software help?

Managing and tracking employee absences can often be a struggle for HR managers, but it's an essential part of monitoring employee attendance and how that can affect workforce productivity - which is a crucial aspect of people analytics. Fortunately, automated HR systems such as XCD's uses formulae such as the Bradford factor which produces accessible metrics and data to help employers easily track attendance. To find out more, read through our blog about the Bradford factor and how to use our integrated, self-service HR systems to help monitor employee attendance.

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