The Human Resource Management team plays a critical role in the overall health of an organization. They are especially important in the event management industry because of their obligation to hire employees who will thrive in the industry and ensure that proper support and training is provided, which of course leads to successful events.
Keep reading to find out how your Event Management Company can successfully implement Human Resources practices today!
Develop a Cost-Benefit Analysis
First and foremost, it is crucial to perform a cost-benefit analysis to ensure hiring an additional employee will be lucrative for your business. It’s important to not only look at the cost of hiring from a salary perspective, but also consider the costs of onboarding and training. If it’s a profitable decision, then it’s important to determine your hiring strategy.
Encourage Word-of-Mouth Advertising
One of the most efficient and successful ways to encourage job applicants is through word-of-mouth advertising. A great way to attract talent is to offer monetary compensation to employees who recommend suitable candidates. After all, who better understands the industry and organizational fit than your employees!
Consider Contract Employees
Navigating through the peak event season is undoubtedly challenging, especially if your employees are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work. To ensure employees don’t experience burnout, consider hiring contract employees. Doing so will not only lighten the workload, but it will also serve as a trial period for the new hire. Contract extensions are always an option.
Evaluate Soft Skills
While hard skills and experience look great on paper and may sway your hiring decision, it’s equally important to consider the soft skills. It’s crucial to keep in mind that hard skills can be more easily taught than soft skills and this is especially critical in the event industry. Each organization is different; however, one common attribute amongst individuals in the event industry is strong work ethic. If the candidate is excited and quick to learn, as well as willing to accept constructive feedback, then that is typically a good sign.
Implement a Mentorship Program
Pair experienced employees with newer employees to encourage collaboration, and ensure your employees are constantly learning and developing. A mentorship program, whether formal or informal, is an excellent way to reinforce teamwork. Encourage mentees and mentors to meet at least once a month to discuss their growth and development. Mentees should be encouraged to set short-term and long-term goals and further discuss their progress with their mentor.
Employees should be encouraged to share their insight and key takeaways from events they’ve planned or attended. The event industry is constantly evolving and with more event technology than ever, it can be challenging to keep up. Consider arranging monthly lunch and learns for employees to share their knowledge on various topics with the rest of the team. This not only fosters a culture of learning and teamwork, but also shows employees that their knowledge is valued and appreciated.
Utilize Time Tracking Platforms
Utilize an intuitive time tracking platform to make billing clients more efficient. Platforms, such as FreshBooks alleviate the hassle of tracking time and billing clients, as each employee is responsible for recording their tasks correctly. The simple user interface makes it easy to track time and invoice clients with the click of a button.
This list is only the beginning! The event industry is constantly evolving, so it’s always important to re-evaluate best practices and adjust your strategic plan accordingly.