The use of technology as well as the digital transformation for human resources is widely discussed. We recently wrote an article about how HR managers can prepare for the major technology innovations we’re facing as a society.
While there is a lot to consider, we’re taking a deeper look into the digitization of HR, what it is, and how your organization can make the transformation.
What Does Digitizing HR Mean?
According to Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2016” report, “The era of true digital disruption has finally hit HR.”
With HR technologies evolving over the past few years, gone are the days of long tedious processes. HR is now taking advantage of technologies that will allow it to have a more strategic role within the business.
Why Is HR Making The Transformation?
It’s the start of a new year. Many businesses are planning how they can improve in 2019.
For most companies, growth is a top priority. Whether that growth comes from increased top line revenue, increased profit, increased productivity, or more employees to support the sales growth…there is some sort of increasing on the mind.
With the vast progression of technology, managers now have the tools available to strategize, execute, and lead a new generation of employees.
The digital transformation gives HR the opportunity to create a more productive workplace as well as improve communication amongst employees.
With all of talk about technology, should your business feel the pressure to get your HR resources up to speed?
Some businesses might want to hop on the bandwagon and make technical advances within their offices so they feel like they’re keeping up with the rest of the world. However, before getting brand new software and causing confusion in the office, make sure it makes sense for your team.
The HR Transformation To Digital
HR does not go from completely analog to completely digital overnight. It takes time and strategic planning, which has most likely already begun. Your HR team isn’t still working off of paper and pencil anymore.
More than having a “digital mindset,” your business must be accepting of the new changes to come. It’s more than just learning a bunch of new software, but embracing that technology is evolving. For a business to be successful it must also evolve and adapt with changes.
That’s the importance of getting started sooner rather than later. If you start now, you become familiar and comfortable with modern processes and interfaces. The longer you wait, the steeper the learning curve. But the sooner you start, the lower the learning curve will be as technology evolves.
It’s a good idea to include your team in the decision making process. Most times technology is brought in to help solve a problem your employees are having. If they feel that they are heard in the process, then they are more likely to buy in to adopting the new mindset.
It’s important to have clear goals and a defined strategy for achieving those goals.
Going digital is not going to magically solve your problems. It will only speed up the rate of your current operations. So if you haven’t sat down and created a solid strategy for your HR team, now is the time to get your free consulting session.
The transformation to digital will affect the whole company so it’s important to get everyone on board and support the transition. Here are some of the advantages of HR digitization for all parts of your organization:
- Empower HR with HCM technology. This allows HR to step away from the administrative duties and take on more of a strategic leadership role. HCM technology gives HR the analytics to make recommendations that’ll help business goals and outcomes.
- Decentralize HR. Automated tools and reporting will save your HR team time. This allows them to make more sense of what they are analyzing and help turn them into actionable items for your business.
- Boost employee engagement. The digital ability for employees to be able to communicate through a phone or tablet and request PTO, employee benefits or personal data increases their engagement and communication.
In the past, HR has managed people within the workplace while staying separate from other parts of the business. These technological advances allow HR to take a more hands-on approach to all parts of the organization.
A New Breed of HR
Millennials have high expectations of the workplace, which can differ from those of other generations. Someone wanting to see their own personal development and growth will want experience working with a company whose technology is advanced.
Getting Excited or Feeling Concerned?
There are many advantages to digitizing HR within your organization that can be very exciting. It can have a positive impact on many other areas of your business. However, if the thought of it overwhelms you, Balance Point is here to help!