When is the last time that you’ve had to manually calculate your organization’s payroll? Or had to manage employee time cards? It’s probably been a while, thanks to HR automation tools. These products have empowered HR professionals to spend less time on the tactical details of their jobs and to concentrate on more strategic elements. A new survey from CareerBuilder shows that 72 percent of employers expect that some roles within talent acquisition and human capital management will become completely automated within the next 10 years.
Now that we have the basics down, it’s time to crank the effectiveness of HR automation to the next level. But the rate at which companies with 250-plus employees are adopting automation varies considerably. Although more are turning to technology to address time-consuming, labor-intensive talent acquisition and management tasks – that are susceptible to human error – the study shows a significant proportion continue to rely on manual processes. One-third of employers (34 percent) don’t use technology automation for recruiting candidates, 44 percent don’t automate onboarding and 60 percent don’t automate human capital management activities for employees.
Why Now Is The Time to Adopt HR Automation
Employers who have automated a part of their talent acquisition and management processes have seen a lot of improvements as a result. Some of the most common include:
- Saved time and increased efficiency (93 percent): An HR manager who wastes time looking through time-log spreadsheets, files or emails might end up doing nothing else but that. The more the time consumed, the lesser the productivity. Automating the process increases the productivity rate of the HR team and also makes the work hassle-free.
- Improved the candidate experience (71 percent): Communicating clearly and consistently with applicants throughout the recruiting lifecycle reduces candidate frustration. Applicant tracking software makes it easy to communicate electronically, and candidates also feel empowered because they can log in and check their own application status. Further, if applicants call HR with questions, all the relevant information is available in one place for the HR team.
- Reduced errors (69 percent): Automating your strategy enables you to standardize records management. At the same time, it removes the potential for human error that plagues so many HR offices. A paper-based system can be a big risk – there might not be back up and, if misplaced or lost in a fire or burglary, for example, some information may not be recoverable.
- Saved money and resources (67 percent): Automation saves time, and therefore money, leaving your business free to spend that cash on things that really matter.
- Improved the employee experience (60 percent): Every employee has different requirements. Some travel and have to apply for travel requests and submit expense reports. Others may contact the HR constantly to update their personal and professional information. As an organization grows there will be more and more employees that require HR assistance. Automated HR systems let employees manage all these activities themselves. This way the employee is empowered and the HR burden is reduced tremendously.
To help companies find, hire and manage the talent they need, CareerBuilder has extended its product offering beyond recruitment and background screening. Moving into post-hire solutions, CareerBuilder offers everything from benefits administration and onboarding to performance management compliance and wellness.