- Date: June 29, 2017
- By: Marc Blazich
Muscle cars. Music on vinyl records. Upcycled furniture. Vintage clothing.
Our culture has a fascination with old things.
A justifiable fascination in many cases. There's a lot of truth in the old saw "they just don't make 'em like that anymore."
But progress is progress.
Muscle cars sell on eBay. Craigslist offers potential deals on decades-old records. And Pinterest shows you how to upcycle furniture.
Age alone isn't an indicator of value or efficiency. Just because your HR processes are old doesn't mean they are the best way to do business.
Quite the opposite.
The longer you've said "that's just the way we've always done it" the greater the odds are that it's time to revisit that process.
Especially with HR related processes.
Let's look at five reasons to consider automating internal HR processes:
1. You're Wasting Time
Print a paper form from a computer. Walk to the printer. Get the paper form where it needs to go. Have someone fill it in with a pen. Then it goes somewhere else where someone keys the data back into a computer.
Do you have processes like this yet? There's so much wasted time (and paper) here. Calculate the cost of that time and it will justify the costs of automating the process so it all happens electronically.
2. You're Wasting Talent
It's hard enough to find good help. Do you really want to saddle bright, enthusiastic, energetic team members with jobs that require them to shuttle paper around the office?
Put those minds to use in areas of the business where they can impact the bottom line. They'll be happier and your business will profit.
3. You're Taking a Risk
Every time data flows out of a computer, onto paper, and gets keyed back into a computer there is a risk of translation and entry errors.
There's also a security risk. Keeping data all electronic makes it easier to control access to it. Have you followed the paper trail out of your building recently?
4. You're Frustrating Your Workforce
It's a self-serve era. From grocery store checkouts to banking to health care options, people are used to accomplishing a task without waiting on someone else to help them.
When company employees have to wait on your staff to process travel reimbursements, vacation requests, or insurance options you frustrate them. Offer tools to empower them instead.
5. You're Making Bad Decisions
You are spending more time on manual processes that don't require thought. This eats up the time you have available to analyze data and make the decisions that you can't easily delegate to a computer.
Find your processes and automate them to free up your brain for the more challenging (and rewarding) work.
The Real Reason to Automate
It's almost hard to list out the reasons for HR process automation. The easier route would be to list out the reasons not to.
Because there aren't any.
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