When is the last time you had to manually calculate your organization’s payroll? Or 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 concentrate more on the strategic elements.
As prevalent as it may be now, automation is only going to become more essential and integrated into HR: 72 percent of employers expect some roles within talent acquisition and human capital management to become completely automated within the next 10 years, according to CareerBuilder research.
Yet even though the automation tide is coming, many organizations are still slow to embrace it. CareerBuilder research shows a significant proportion of companies continue to rely on manual processes. One-third of employers don’t use technology automation to recruit, 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 Automated Human Resources Systems
If you aren’t yet convinced of the advantages that come with HR automation, here are five major benefits to moving from manual to automated HR processes:
1. Save Time and Increase Efficiency. An HR manager who wastes time looking through time-log spreadsheets, files or emails might end up doing nothing else but that. The more time consumed, the lesser the productivity. Automating the process increases the productivity rate of the HR team and also makes the work hassle-free.
2. Improve the Candidate Experience. Communicating clearly and consistently with applicants throughout the recruiting lifecycle reduces candidate frustration. Applicant tracking software makes it easy to communicate electronically, and makes candidates feel empowered because they can log in and check their application status. Further, if applicants call HR with questions, all the relevant information is available in one place for the HR team.
3. Reduce Errors. 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.
4. Save Money and Resources. Automation saves time, and therefore money, leaving your business free to spend that cash on things that really matter.
5. Improve the Employee Experience. Every employee has different requirements. Some have to apply for travel requests and submit expense reports. Others may contact HR constantly to update their personal and professional information. As an organization grows, there will be more and more employees who require HR assistance. Automated HR systems let employees manage all these activities themselves. As a result, the employee is empowered, and the HR burden is reduced tremendously.
Find out why onboarding matters – and how to improve the experience with automation.