What HR can learn from Tennis?
1. No train, no gain
Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have all achieved Wimbledon success and they didn’t just win on a whim, they would have trained all year round and even after their Wimbledon victories, they would continue to train in order to maintain their skill set and prepare for every potential barrier they might face in the future. As HR, it’s up to us to provide a culture and environment where learning can thrive simple changes in the office.
2. Choosing the right partnerships
It was recently announced that Serena Williams and Andy Murray would be engaging in the mixed doubles round during Wimbledon this year, a partnership that has already dominated the sporting headlines. Choosing the right partnerships in HR is also important – having the right tools and systems in place that support your employees and their needs, as well as HR’s own needs, can help to streamline all HR processes, ensuring that you’re maximising your team and your employees’ potential.
3. Let employees take the first serve
As HR, we believe in putting employees first and if we were viewing the HR-employee relationship like a game of tennis, then we would always let employees have the first serve. HR wouldn’t exist without employees, so it seems only right to involve them in HR processes and gain their feedback whenever we can, particularly in a flexible working environment, when staying connected and feeling part of a team is even more important.