As a small business owner, you may think of automation is something for bigger companies. But having a smaller staff is precisely why you should consider automating human resources processes. Automating HR processes takes some of the weight off your staff members’ shoulders and enables them to get more done in their day to day.
Your HR team is crucial to the success of your business. Investing in solutions that make them do their jobs better and more effectively will only result in better results for both the company as a whole - and your bottom line.
Here are five of the biggest benefits you get when you automate your HR processes:
- It can reduce errors: In a 2017 CareerBuilder survey, 69 percent of HR managers who use automation technology reported fewer errors. That’s because automation minimizes the chances of human error when entering information manually.
- It can save time: The same survey found that HR managers who do not fully automate their tasks lose and average of 14 hours a week manually completing tasks that could be automated. That’s 14 hours a week your HR team could be spending on other areas of HR, such as employee advocacy, retention strategies, workforce planning and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- It can boost morale: Automated HR systems enable employees to take control of various aspects of their employee experience - from managing their benefits, to requesting time off, to updating their personal information. This not only makes your employees’ lives easier, but it empowers them as well, which can be a huge morale booster. As a result, employees are happier, more productive and more likely to stick around for the long term.
- It helps with recruitment: Today’s applicant tracking systems make it easy to connect with candidates and keep them abreast of their application status. (They also enable candidates to log in and check their application status themselves.) And because all the information is in one place, it’s easy for your HR team to track, manage and retrieve candidate information.
- It can save money: Time saved is money saved. Not to mention saving on costs associated with retention and lost productivity that are so often the result of insufficient processes.