When companies take the time to invest in HR technology, they often remark that they have subsequently seen an improvement in staff motivation and morale; not just for HR professionals, but the wider workforce as a whole.
But what are these unexpected benefits and how can we maximise these to give a tangible return on investment?
Here, we explore the various ways that HR technology can make a valuable difference to your workforce.
Supporting the HR professional
For HR professionals, the implementation of dedicated technology can offer both immediate and long-term benefits.
In the short term, HR technology has been designed to make life much easier for professionals – automation allows new procedures to be rolled out across an entire workforce quicker than ever before (particularly useful for large, multi-national corporations), whilst paperwork can be digitised, and even made accessible for mobiles – something that is still fairly new in the HR world!
Whether you are looking to speed up your recruitment process, or track goals and career progression for your staff, technological advances have made this more simple.
Emotionally, this can lead to a much more productive and engaged HR department with improved career satisfaction and a reduction in time spent filling in forms. and chasing paperwork,, leaving them with time to take a more strategic look at overall business development plans.
Ensuring your recruitment process is more efficient
In may be a cliché, but at the heart of every great business, is a great workforce. Companies such as Expedia (recently voted Britain’s best place to work) know that their success is down to recruiting the right people and an investment into your HR technology can significantly improve both your recruitment and onboarding processes.
If getting the right team in place quickly is your goal, why not invest in applicant tracking systems to assist in automating the process? Not only will the job posting be much more efficient, but you can quickly convert applicant data into a new hire record, therefore streamlining the onboarding process.
On the flip side, automation will allow your HR department to respond to unsuccessful candidates in a timely manner, so you can be confident that you will maintain a positive external reputation amongst those disappointed not to be working with you.
Alternatively, if you are looking to use technology to ensure you are hiring the right people for your company, there are numerous mining technologies available which will filter out the best possible candidates for your needs. By spending more time on the face-to-face side of recruitment, you can focus on getting new recruits ready to work as soon as they walk through the door.
New HR technologies can enable your new starters to feel part of the team immediately. By placing all necessary induction documentation in one easy-to-find place, your initial compliance processes will be conducted in minutes, therefore saving your HR department valuable time and money.
But what about the rest of the workforce?
It’s important to note that an investment into HR technology isn’t just about supporting your HR department or your new starters, it’s also about improving current employee relationships. An engaged, motivated and happy workforce will lead to faster business growth, and it’s never been more important to consider your employee’s individual needs.
We’ve already mentioned how HR technology can track career progression or specific goals, but did you know that you can use data capture to track your employees’ impressions from their very first day? This will allow you to benchmark attitudes and track job satisfaction levels as well as spot when staff are due for additional training or up-skilling.
“By taking the time to listen to your staff, you can spot any signs of discontent and proactively manage any situations, potentially leading to a stronger workforce and lower staff turnover.”
Technology allows you to respond much more flexibly to your staff needs; if you have employees who would like more regular appraisals, you can incorporate continuous and immediate feedback, or if you would like to celebrate staff achievements, HR technology can introduce P2P (peer-2-peer) recognition schemes to create a culture of recognition and rewards.
It can also support flexible working – through mobile check-ins and home-based work functionality, you can improve communication between staff and management beyond the traditional 9am-5pm working day.
How do I know which technology is the right fit for my business?
The Silver Cloud Team is made up of experienced HR practitioners – we’ve all been at the front line of HR throughout our individual careers so are perfectly placed to grasp the unique needs of your particular organisation.
We can offer completely independent advice on the wide variety of cloud-based HR systems available and help you determine which one is right for you.
To book a free HR systems ‘healthcheck’ or to learn more about the wider-workforce benefits of HR technology, speak to one of our trained consultants.