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Helping Employees Thrive with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent

By David Barrick | November 6, 2018

Every good HR Manager knows that a company’s people are what really determine its success. After all, you could have the best product in the world, but if you don’t have dedicated sales people who believe in it, engineers to fix its flaws or improve upon its design, and customer service reps to listen to customer feedback, good luck getting it sold. As your most important resource, it’s important that your employees thrive while under your employ.

But how can you help your employees thrive?

Here are 5 ways: 

1. Provide Opportunities for Advancement 

Why not give your employees bonuses for reaching concrete new goals? Alternatively, you could have seasoned employees pitch their ideal new job title, created from any self-discovery they’ve done as they’ve pinpointed their talent in their current roles. An employee who clearly wants to be a leader can be given a new project to head up.

2. Block off Time for Creativity 

Sure, we all want our employees to be as productive as possible. But if they’re constantly in that “get it done” mode, they’ll lose perspective of bigger trends in your industry, become too hyper focused on the details, and may even burn out. Giving your employees a regular set time to work on their own creative projects will help your employees refresh and rejuvenate so they have more energy for the job. And who knows? While they’re off tinkering, they just might have a brilliant idea that helps you beat your competitors. And if not, that’s okay, too. At least they’ll feel re-energized and grateful to you for seeing their whole humanity, rather than just what they can check off your task list.

3. Pay for Professional Development

One great way to help your employees continually challenge themselves and move up in the industry is to help pay for professional development. If you’ve got the budget to pay for a higher degree or online community college classes, these are two ideal ways to sharpen your employee’s skills. If not, then why not bring an expert or two into the office for a seminar? You’ll educate all your employees at once, and at the end of it all, you just might have your next time lead on your hands.?

4. Support Work Life Balance 

Another key part of supporting workers as complete human beings is ensuring that they have an appropriate amount of work-life balance. This means not working long hours unless necessary — or at least making up for it when they do with extra time off — and providing flexible hours to people who need them. For example, a parent who needs to pick up their kids every day at 3:30 will feel a lot more invested in your company if they can simply make up those hours later in the evening.

5. Give Them Helpful and Actionable Feedback 

From elementary school to the workplace, a key part of developing and improving is receiving clear, actionable feedback. This can be quite difficult for leaders to do, as you don’t necessarily know the ins and outs of their particular job.

In giving feedback, it’s fine to embrace these ambiguities. Give the employee an opportunity to tell you what they need out of you, and then provide them with very concrete feedback based on what you’ve seen and what you need. As a rule, when teaching, it’s best to teach through the employee’s strengths, rather than their weaknesses. That means saying things like, “I really liked how you did X — you’re really talented at that. How do you think we could use your skill at X to help you improve with Y?”

How Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent helps your employees thrive 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent combines the power of Dynamics 365, Office 365, and LinkedIn, plus predictive analytics and machine learning, to drive digital transformation in HR. The result: a better way to attract, engage, and retain high-performing people.

Promote continuous learning 

Easily track employee accomplishments, ensure employees complete required certifications, and recommend additional training.

Tailor experiences by role 

Drive the next best action for professional growth. Clearly outline the skills and competencies required for advancement and promotion based on role.

Enable professional growth 

Empower employees to drive their career path with the ability to maintain detailed profiles that outline experience, skills, and competencies.

Whatever route you take, your company will excel when it adopts a mentality of developing the talent you have, rather than constantly hiring, re-training and firing. For more information, check out our webcast, where we talk about what’s coming up for the Talent app. Don’t miss parts 1-3 in our four-part Talent series. 

About David Barrick

David is a Human Resources specialist Microsoft Dynamics functional consultant, covering D365 for Talent, D365 for Finance and Operations and AX2012 – with over 15 years implementing both ERP and HR/Payroll solutions.

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