An actively engaged workforce is essential to business success, and fostering it is a core pursuit of human resource professionals. We struggle with questions like: Do employees come to work motivated? Do they work efficiently and independently? Are they prepared to grow from their successes…and their failures? And increasingly these days …Can technology help?
There is mounting evidence that it can. Workplace technologies that allow employees to interact and function in ways they are most familiar with contribute to overall workplace satisfaction. Self-service, for example, topped the list of employee benefits in a survey conducted in 2010 by Deloitte Consulting. After all, in their personal lives, most employees have instant access to information on just about anything – so the ability to access and manage work related information online is a logical progression.
Human resources software that allows people to self-manage their information offers the dual benefits of engaging employees and saving HR’s time for more important tasks. Widespread internet access facilitates these systems. Online job applications can be converted into employee files in seconds, staff can book vacation time from home while planning vacations online and managers can access important information using their smartphones.
In addition to simplifying many day-to-day administrative tasks, HR information systems are increasingly putting the power of the system in the palm of your hand, with mobile applications that allow instant notifications, on-the-go vacation approvals, and the ability to provide sincere recognition immediately when it’s earned. Once again supporting efforts to engage today’s continually connected employees (and the tomorrow's technology masters) .
Traditionally, this type of function-rich HRIS would be out of reach for all but the largest companies. With the advent of cloud-based software offerings, however, the power of HRIM technology is now available in all price ranges. For example, http://human-resource-management.findthebest.com/ lists over 130 HR information management software vendors. There are solutions available for recruitment, selection, on-boarding, information management, performance tracking, scheduling, feedback, and more.
When you set out to select the right Human Resources information system for your needs, remember to consider the following:
- Does it provide the core HRIS functions you need
- Can it manage the number of employees you have now and will it grow with your organization?
- Will it support your recruiting activities (social recruiting, website integration, online application, automated applicant tracking, etc.)?
- Does it offer the talent management tools you need (e.g. automated review cycles, 360 feedback, goal management and skills development, etc.)?
- Does it reside in the cloud?
- Is your data stored securely and can it be easily retrieved if you decide to change vendors?
- Will the system integrate well with your other information systems?
- How responsive is the support team?
Finding the right HRIS may take some research, but keeping a new generation of employees engaged makes it well worth the effort.
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 2010 Top Five Total Rewards Priorities Survey, Deloitte Consulting