As they say, recruiting is just the first part of the movie. The second and the main half is the other big R – ‘retaining’ the employee. And this happens when there are best HR practices and processes in place to ensure that the employees are happy. It was imperative for sumHR to have model HR practices for retaining employees as we ourselves come from an HR/recruitment background. We take pride in the fact that we consider employees as human resources and not just resources.
So here are 5 best HR practices that sumHR follows in-house to make sure that our employees are happy:
Right from the interview till the time the candidate joins us, it is made clear to him or her that they have to take complete ownership of what they do. And we keep our promise by giving them complete ownership, which means no micromanagement. They can complete the task in any way that they are comfortable, as long as the tasks are completed on schedule and in an ethical way, it works for us.
This is something that has been gaining a lot of momentum in many companies these days. We too are big fans of flexi-timings as we believe that employees do more work when they are not busy looking at the clock. We have a 12-hour window during which an employee can come in and work for a 9-hour period. As long as the work is getting done and it does not affect co-ordination amongst teams, the sumHR employees are free to set their own work timings, that's why it's best hr practice according to sumHR's employees. ;)
3) Dress Code
Or rather the lack of it! At sumHR, we don’t have any dress code policy. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, how they do it, and the value they bring to all the stakeholders of the company, i.e. the other employees and the clients. Our employees are free to wear whatever they want when they come to the office. The only rider is that we do tell them to use their good judgment when dressing for meeting any external entities like clients or vendors.
Actually, the correct term would be No Door Policy. We follow a flat-structure at sumHR and we don’t really have any “boss” system. That’s why the only cabins in the offices are either conference rooms or bathrooms! We trust our employees to be responsible for what they do, and as mentioned earlier they are complete owners of their work.
5) Fun at Work
Well, this is more of a group of policies rather than a policy itself. Nevertheless, we thought that it was worth a mention. We realize that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and that’s why we have a host of fun programs, ranging from pizza lunches to hookah parties and even stand-up comedy shows and music evenings.
These are the major things that we do at sumHR to make sure that our employees are happy so that they do things which makes sure our clients are happy.