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Key Traits of a Successful Human Resources Professional

Key Traits of a Successful Human Resources Professional
Key Traits of a Successful Human Resources Professional

A professional in human resources is one who is responsible for managing people and the resources needed to run a business or organization. HR professionals are typically hired by companies to improve employee productivity, morale, and company culture.

There are many roles an HR professional can have, but each must possess the following traits in order to be successful: analytical skills; collaboration skills; communication skills; creativity; cultural awareness of their industry and their clients; time management; understanding of budgeting processes. 

Analytical Skills

As an HR professional, you will be required to have strong analytical skills in order to present data in an organized report that can be easily interpreted by management or other colleagues in your field. You will also need to have analytical skills in order to dissect information and problems faced by your company or organization, and determine whether they are a result of human error or other external culprits. When analyzing data specific to the HR field, it is typically best to produce a report that can be easily understood by peers in the industry. When this is not possible, the information should be broken down into smaller digestible pieces.

Collaboration Skills

A successful HR professional has to be able to work both efficiently and effectively with other individuals in order to produce the best results. Collaboration skills can be displayed by connecting one’s knowledge of human behavior, organizational structures, and interpersonal relationships in an effective way. These skills can be cultivated through: attending conferences or seminars; engaging in conversations with managers and colleagues; finding mentors; and looking at the experiences of others who have been hired into HR positions. 

Team working around a table

Communication Skills

On a daily basis, you will potentially be required to speak on behalf of your company or organization. This means facing situations that demand one’s ability to communicate effectively, both directly with clients and co-workers, as well as indirectly with management. One must be able to take a moment and compose themselves before speaking to avoid stuttering, which can quickly break down the confidence of clients or colleagues.


HR professionals can usually come up with creative ideas for controlling costs, increasing productivity in the workforce, or even improving corporate culture through various means of implementing change. Creative skills are typically exemplified by engaging in new ideas that are outside of what is considered “normal” in the industry. These ideas are not necessarily created by performing a task in a totally different manner (such as starting an ice cream business instead of working at an ad agency). Rather, they are innovative ideas that help your company stand out from competition.

Cultural Awareness

Human resources professionals must be aware of the culture of their company and industry so they can effectively cultivate morale in different departments, as well as make sure that there is always an appropriate amount of diversity among employees. They will also need to understand the perceptions and moods of clients and co-workers in order to avoid embarrassing situations during performance reviews.

Time Management

Because human resources professionals are often required to manage a large number of employees and tasks, they often have little time to self-focus or perform tasks that do not directly relate to their profession. Therefore, a successful human resources professional must be able to manage time wisely in order to efficiently promote the company’s goals and vision.

Time Management wrote on notebook, sitting on computer

Budgeting Skills

In order to successfully manage employees, a human resources professional must be able to understand the budgeting process and use it in their career. Budgeting skills allow you to set aside funds for all resources needed for your organization’s future plans, including salary increases and benefits; training programs; performance incentives; as well as any other additional tools that will improve company morale and productivity in the long run.

Traits Magnified

Most human resources specialists will be hired by top decision-makers at the companies they serve. To do their job well in the short and long term, it is important that human resources professional possesses these traits so they can understand and meet the needs of each business or organization. Businesses should always look for someone who can help their company grow and improve its corporate culture. These traits are the characteristics of a successful human resources professional, but they can also be applied to many different industries throughout the world.