Includes turnover, HR-to-employee
ratio and more.
Metrics such as cost-per-hire and time-to-fill.
Prevalence rates of over 300 benefits.
Coverage costs including insurance premiums,
deductibles and prescription co-pay amounts.
Vacation, sick, personal and other plans.
fordable Care Act (ACA) rules and regulations is something
THINKING AND ACTING ONLY LIKE HR
that should not be taken lightly. I sometimes have so much
to do that I forget about the legal deadlines.”
Chris, a practitioner from a New Jersey-based printing
company who asked that his last name not be used, also
had some difculty wading into the weeds. “I think the
biggest mistake I made was not knowing to do a full audit
of what the payroll department has accomplished prior to
HR starting,” he wrote. “Paired with that was not knowing
which forms the government required for ACA purposes
and assuming all was in order. … I since learned … a great
deal from the communities on your SHRM site.”
As in many felds of endeavor, excelling in
human resources means doing more than
just those tasks that are listed on your job description. “You
are already being paid to do the operational stuf, but the
question is what … is needed to elevate you to sit at the same
table as the other business units,” wrote Ramlan Ahmad,
managing director and CEO of Global Business Transfor-
mation Consulting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “This is the
that “has resulted in making uninformed decisions that in-
volve people without understanding the context and having
overconfdence,” said Christine E. Rowe, SHRM-SCP, an HR
leader based in Washington, D.C. “For example, I worked with
a new benefts administrator (who I later found out did not
want to be in benefts)... . [She partnered with] a manager to
terminate an employee without discussing it with me frst.
This caused many issues because one, she didn’t know the context and two, she gave inaccurate information.”
UNDERESTIMATING THE IMPORTANCE OF
It’s great when HR professionals have the
luxury of time to assimilate to their roles,
Millennial Marlena Wesh bravely described her greatest
struggle. “I fnd the biggest mistake I make as a new HR professional is not employee relations, but with benefts as they
relate to legal infrastructure,” said Wesh, an HR generalist
for Florida Credit Union in Gainesville, Fla. “Understanding
the time constraints and how important [they are] under Af-