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Starting Fresh in the New Year: Conducting Your HR Health Check for Employer of Choice Status

January 8, 2024

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HR Health Check: Becoming an Employer of Choice

As we step into a new year, it’s the perfect time to hit the reset button and give your HR practices a thorough examination.


Whether you’re a seasoned HR professional or a business owner, evaluating your current systems, processes, and programs can set the stage for a successful year ahead. By starting the year out by reviewing your strengths and weaknesses, you can develop a strategic plan for achieving your HR goals in 2024. 


Why an HR Health Check?

Embarking on an HR Health Check is akin to taking a snapshot of your current organizational landscape while tapping into invaluable insights as to what’s working well, what needs improvement, and where you stand on the journey to becoming an Employer of Choice. This proactive approach allows you to make well-informed decisions and establish strategic objectives for the year. 

While some individuals may be hesitant about undergoing an internal evaluation, the truth remains that you can’t address issues if you’re unaware of their existence. It’s not just about fixing “problems”; it’s about recognizing and enhancing significant strengths while acknowledging areas of improvement. An HR Health Check helps you look at your organization holistically, beyond our natural inclination to focus only on areas of strength.

Incorporating External Perspectives

Fresh eyes—sometimes from different roles within the HR department, internal eyes from other departments, or an outside resource, can offer a unique vantage point, oftentimes with a much broader view. While these audits are a moment of vulnerability, it forces us to break away from the stale pattern of ‘this is how we’ve always done it.’

Seeking input from individuals outside your immediate team is a powerful strategy. While you may not need to hire an external company, tapping into the perspectives of cross-functional teams can offer a fresh and honest assessment of your current HR environment. This external viewpoint can unveil blind spots and identify areas for growth that may have gone unnoticed within your internal circles.

Key Characteristics of an Employer of Choice

As you do this evaluation, it’s important to remember you want to be better not just compliant. Looking through the lens of an Employer of Choice will allow you to focus on areas that make your organization a better and more desirable place to work—not just reduce potential liability.

  • Performance Culture: Fostering a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.
  • Strong Reputation: Building and maintaining a positive and reputable image in the industry.
  • Values and Involvement: Ensuring alignment with core values and involving employees in decision-making processes.
  • Trust: Establishing trust between leadership and employees through transparency and open communication.
  • Growth Opportunities: Providing avenues for professional development and career growth.
  • Employee Engagement: Cultivating an engaged workforce committed to the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Employee Recognition: Acknowledging and rewarding employee contributions and achievements.
  • Fairness and Equity: Demonstrating a commitment to fairness and equity in all HR practices.
  • Job Security: Offering stability and job security to employees.
  • Communication: Fostering clear and open communication channels throughout the organization.

Download Our Free Scorecard

To streamline your HR Health Check, we’ve developed a comprehensive scorecard that aligns with the key characteristics that define an Employer of Choice. This tool will guide you through the evaluation process, helping you assess where you currently stand and identify areas for improvement. Download our free scorecard today to kickstart your journey toward becoming an Employer of Choice.

As the new year unfolds, take the opportunity to evaluate, recalibrate, and set your organization on a path to success. Conducting an HR health check is not just a routine task—it’s an investment in the well-being and growth of your workforce. By aligning your practices with the key characteristics of an Employer of Choice, you’re not only building a thriving workplace but also positioning your organization as a top choice for talent in your industry. Download our scorecard, embark on your HR audit, and make 2024 the year your organization makes strides toward becoming an Employer of Choice.

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