October 5, 2022 |

6 minutes

HR and PR: the Benefits of Public Relations from an HR perspective

While it may seem that PR (Public Relations) and HR (Human Resources) are separate fields, a closer inspection reveals that HR and PR can be harnessed to help grow a business and build relationships. Hiring the right team improves business growth by using PR techniques to "sell" the brand to prospective employees. These techniques need to be implemented internally, within the organization, and externally through media. In this article, we will look at how PR can support the human resources function within an organization.

What is HR?

Human resources (HR) is the department or function within an organization responsible for people management. It includes recruiting, selecting, vetting, hiring, onboarding, training, administering, and terminating employment contacts.

What is PR?

Public Relations is the strategic communication process that builds and maintains mutually beneficial relationships between the brand and the key stakeholders. It encompasses media requests, shareholder concerns, and the brand's image. This could include relationships between a brand and its customers, investors, suppliers, and the local community. Or a relationship a brand has with specific publications, media outlets, and journalists.

What is PR for HR?

Your company is a brand. Your employees are your brand ambassadors. Your colleagues and clients are your brand advocates. If you don't have a strong public relations strategy, it can be hard to control how all these people perceive your brand—and you need to be able to control that perception if your company is to succeed.

PR for HR concerns the company's positive image in bringing in the right employees. The successful implementation of policies and practices makes employees happy, productive, and want to stay, and how this is perceived in the outside world.

Why is PR important for HR companies?

Public relations for human resources mainly aims to attract talent to the organization. Good PR allows you to market the company as a great workplace to attract the brightest, most enthusiastic employees. Think of PR for HR as attracting and matching the best people to an organization. It can promote a positive image of the company from within. The benefit of PR within human resource management is hiring the right people and gaining a positive external reputation. A company cannot function successfully without the right employees.

Here are some tips for how to use PR to steer employee and public perception of your brand:

1. Impact on employee and candidate perception

When a story about your company is in the news, it can influence how applicants and current employees see your organization. For example, if an applicant sees that you've won an award for being one of the top places to work, they may be more interested in applying for a job at your company. Or if current employees see that you're receiving accolades for being a great place to work, they'll be more likely to stay with your company. By providing employees with opportunities to share their personal stories with current customers, clients, or partners, they can help increase retention rates by giving people reasons why they're proud to work there!

2. Build employer brand strategy

An employer brand includes everything from how you portray yourself on social media to the experiences candidates have when they interview at your office. In other words, it is much more than just a logo or a tagline—it's the sum total of all interactions between your brand and the people who interact with it. So if someone thinks working for your company will be boring or unfulfilling, they will probably look elsewhere for employment when they see that opportunity. Creating a positive workplace culture will attract more employees to work there. Some people prefer to work for companies that are well known in their industry and have a positive reputation among employees. If a company is placed on a list of the best companies to work for, this will help increase sales and create brand engagement and brand loyalty from within. Awards and accolades are a winning public relations strategy.

3. Announce new joiners on social media

If hiring new employees, make sure you announce their arrival on social media, on your website, or in a press release. This will allow them to share their stories and engage with current followers and potential new ones. You can also create a dedicated post about them joining the team—this will make it easier for people who discover your brand later down the line to find out about these new hires.

PR can also help promote employee achievement by letting other people know about awards an employee has won or a goal they've achieved.

4. Optimize your brand online

Social media is a great way to get your name out there and reach more people. Optimizing your brand online can get more traffic to your website and increase your social media presence. This will help with internal marketing, increasing sales, creating brand loyalty, and attracting more customers and employee partners.

When telling your story and optimizing your brand, it is essential that you are consistent across all platforms and mediums. Having a story that people want to be a part of attracts employees.

To ensure the brand is consistent across all platforms and mediums, you must create guidelines for how the company should be represented online. These guidelines are called brand guidelines and style guides.

5. Start speaking the language of your brand

Another way that PR can help you find great new employees is by helping your employees speak the language of your brand. For example, if your company has a particular style or tone, everyone there must know how to speak that way to represent the company well and show new hires what it's like working at your company.

6. Don't underestimate company events

Company events are an excellent way to engage with customers and employees personally. A Press Release announcing the event can promote, invite and attract the right coverage for you to maximize publicity. When hosting an event, it is important to ensure you have the right people in attendance! If you invite customers, be sure they are the right customers for your event. For example, if you are hosting a launch party for your new product line, invite only those customers who have purchased from your company before and whom you know will be interested in your products. Also, ensure that employees attending the event are prepared for it. It can negatively impact everyone there if they don't know what to expect or how to act during the event.

7. Backlinks

This is one of the easiest ways to get your brand in front of a new audience, and it's a great way to build your brand's credibility and use digital PR to influence employees and public perception of your brand. It typically takes the form of an article or blog post that is written by you but published on someone else's website.

With this content, you can integrate your brand into the type of media your potential audience is already consuming.

Key takeaway

Public relations has quickly become essential for companies to survive in the modern world. PR in human resources can work to address significant issues inside and outside the organization in various ways. With just a little effort, you can easily steer public and employee perception of your company, but you have to ensure that you are doing it right if you want the benefits of positive PR.

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