HR Software: The Saviour of Modern Business?

October 12th 2016 | Posted by phil scott

HR Software: The Saviour of Modern Business?

As the focus increases on ensuring that business processes become more cost efficient, analytical and streamlined, it’s little wonder that the world of HR software is an enormous and growing area of company investment.

It’s interesting to note that a huge proportion of job applications are now made on mobile devices, meaning quite simply, that a company without adequate and modern HR software systems could very quickly be left behind when it comes to the fundamental process of attracting talent, let along retaining it.

The benefits of these software systems speak for themselves; through cloud-based technology and real time data, HR teams and managers can consolidate a mass of messy systems and processes, keep abreast of the workforce when it comes to assessing engagement and performance, and at the same time offer accessible HR systems for employees and even potential employees on mobile, tablet and web.

The power of HR software

There are a plethora of systems available on the market today, all offering differing degrees of analytical insight to measure productivity, as well as new ways of connecting with peers, managers and the human resources team.

The power this places in a company’s hands when it comes to making business critical decisions, delivering HR projects along with measuring them and adjusting them, is vast.

Add to this, the time it saves the human resources team by effectively revealing trends on whole teams at a glance and being able to simplify a host of HR admin processes by consolidating them to just one system, and it is easy to see how HR professionals, board members and senior managers are getting excited about the prospects of investing in such a system.

Getting technical

The potential benefits of HR software are plain to see. The real question is, how they can be incorporated into modern business to add real and definitive value?

Ultimately, as with most things, it comes down to people. When considering the almighty pros to such a technology solution, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that it’s the workforce that is needed to really generate the results.

The key is getting employees on board and engaged. Without this, HR teams will have access to a world of possibility, but no actual, tangible outcomes to work with

Actively encouraging staff to use HR software as an interdepartmental ideas forum, or to build engagement through increased communication, promoting company goals and objectives are all effective ways of making it relevant to the workforce by emphasising it as a day-to-day tool that helps people to do their jobs well, and feel connected to their colleagues and the company they work for.

So, make it relevant, reinforce it as a useful, day-to-day tool for employees as well as HR teams and it will work for you. Without this buy-in and a full, company-wide adoption, HR software can quickly become a precious but redundant tool.