Human resource is a crucial aspect of business that doesn’t get highlighted as more “exciting” aspects like marketing or sales. Yet, It deals with one of the most important assets of any organization— your people asset. Improving systems in people management will greatly improve a company’s chance of growing more.
One way to improve your human resource management systems is to invest in the right systems and tools to streamline people management. A basic HR tools list will include solutions like:
- Employee monitoring software
- Human resource information systems
- Recruiting and onboarding software
- Accounting and payroll software
- Leave management software
- And more
More people and companies retain their work-from-home setup. Looking at HR trends and where the remote work revolution is taking us, it’s hard to deny that softwares and systems will be a major part of human resource management. That’s because they bring so many great benefits to any organization. Here are some ways that software solutions can greatly improve remote HR in a company or organization.
Improve employee engagement
Recent studies show that only 36% of employees feel engaged in the workplace. This problem becomes even more daunting as companies shift to hybrid or fully remote arrangements. How do you keep employees engaged when they don’t physically see each other? Is it even possible?
The good news is that it is. The advantages of technology in human resource management are that it extends systems to keep people happy and it provides a virtual avenue for connection.
One good example is how chat apps allow employees to keep people connected virtually. One suggestion is that you have one channel in your workplace chat app dedicated to non-work-related things. Get people to share memes, jokes, and updates about their day. For instance, you can have people send in what they’re grateful for or what their home lunch will be.
Increase employee retention
The technology used in human resource management also improves employee retention. For one, because these tools can automate time-consuming tasks for HR managers, you will now have time to dedicate to coaching staff or meeting them to touch base or evaluate their performance. Onboarding tools also automate the process of introducing a new hire to the company culture and systems. And that helps with retention because 69% of employees with great onboarding experiences say they would like to stay in a company for three years or longer.
Streamline HR operations
Using HR automations will also streamline human resource operations for managers and administrators. Using HR tools and techniques to automate tasks like approving leaves, scheduling grievance meetings, or developing a company wiki will simplify HR processes for employees as well as the HR department.
By streamlining HR operations, companies can also keep their teams lean and minimize hiring staff to maintain manual systems. This saves the company resources or allows HR staff to focus on more high-value tasks like maintaining workplace morale and developing programs to improve staff knowledge bases and performance. For example, HR admins can now schedule online team buildings when they aren’t spending so much time manually creating shift schedules every week, which an app can now automatically do. It also helps to streamline communication, especially for distributed and remote teams through tools like video conferencing software. This way, employees stay connected, engaged, and updated with the rest of the team.
Keep HR managers more productive
The productivity of the human resource department’s leadership is crucial to the department’s growth. In turn, it also directly impacts the company’s overall growth. Many HR managers get bogged down by menial tasks like approving leaves, for example. Companies can instead invest in leave management software that will save the manager time and energy so he or she can focus on leading the department or organization.
A human resource manager is supposed to help improve employee happiness and engagement so they can continue to do important work. With the help of software solutions, they can put more of their headspace, energy, and time into doing that by meeting more staff, creating more employee engagement programs, and ensuring that everyone receives benefits and compensation on time.
Recruit more staff
There’s a growing disparity between job openings and the right candidates. It’s now harder to find the right candidate for the job because of two reasons. First, because the job market is highly competitive in the remote work age because we can now hire anyone from any part of the globe. Second, it’s harder to recruit people remotely because it’s harder to watch for cues like you would in a face-to-face interview. 86% of HR professionals predict that recruitment will become more like marketing over the next few years.
That said, organizations should start investing in recruiting software that will help qualify applicants better. Using a recruiting CRM, for instance, HR staff can research applicants’ online presence before getting on an interview with them so they can get a better idea of what they’re like in and outside of work. Using that CRM to push them through a funnel will also systemize the recruiting process and give new hires a better experience when coming into their new roles. This experience, in turn, will improve the chances that they remain in their roles longer.
The impact of technology on human resource management is undeniable. So the sooner that an organization adapts to them, the sooner they will start experiencing these benefits.