For any project to be successful, you need 3 types of resources: physical (materials and equipment), financial and human. No matter how effective the first two are, the outcome of the project is ultimately determined by the people.
Project human resource management involves the process of hiring, training, remunerating, assigning roles and developing policies that outline the terms and conditions of employee engagement in the project.
A project human resource manager has many roles that include analyzing, planning, delegating and supervising, and such other duties. Here are some questions to guide the human resource management arm of any project.
- What needs to be done?
Here you outline the goals of the project and the tasks that need to be carried out to achieve the aforementioned goal. Identify the roles and skills required. Create a staffing plan that matches the roles to the skills required.
- Who will do it?
Do you have the staff required to carry out the roles identified above? Evaluate your team and see who can take up what role. If you’re short-staffed, you may need to hire new staff. Hiring here involves reviewing resumes, shortlisting, interviewing and finally selecting the best suited candidate for the job.
- How will it be done?
Does each member of staff understand their role? Will the roles be handled by individuals or by teams? Come up with measurable goals and set milestones, which you’ll also use when supervising and tracking the progress.
- What is needed to do the job?
What does the staff need to enhance their performance? Ensure that the resources that they need are availed, as well as a favorable working environment. This includes fair and timely remuneration. Consider improving the skills of your staff by continuous training.
Essential Skills for a Project Human Resource Manager
If you’re starting a career in project human resource management, here are some skills that you should have in addition to the academic credentials:
HR professionals are constantly engaging people. You have to be in a position to communicate with clarity, both verbally and in writing. You should also be well versed in addressing groups, both large and small.
Can you intervene when your members of staff are not getting along and provide an amicable solution? Here your listening skills are as important as the speaking ones. Ultimately, you must come across as firm yet caring to ensure that employee disagreements do not affect productivity.
No matter how comprehensive the workplace is, they cannot cover everything. Often, you will be faced with staff matters on issues such as discrimination, favoritism, harassment and so on that require you to negotiate and come up with a middle-ground that favors both parties.
In project human resource management, you’ll be constantly dealing with multiple issues at once. You’ll be managing, monitoring or executing one matter or the other at any given time. The ability to switch your mind quickly between various items comes in handy.
This list is by no means comprehensive but contains some of the most essential skills that will set you up for success in project human resources.