Your company is growing, and your HR department is successfully taking care of all the necessary tasks regarding employee relations. But despite their efforts, engagement doesn’t seem to be improving.
Your HR team insist they are being bogged down with administration tasks and paperwork; the suggestion to introduce an HR software system is placed in front of you. It’s time to find out if this is an effective method to improve employee engagement.
Employee engagement: why do we need it?
More and more within the business world, employee engagement is being viewed as one of the most vital and powerful tools to benefit the bottom line. Thanks to millennials entering the workforce (they’ll account for 75% of it by 2030) creating engagement has never been so critical – this is because their focus has shifted from solely making money to finding purpose and developing their knowledge over time.
In other words, if your employees are disengaged at this stage, it’s only going to decrease by 2030. And at the same time it is going to play a vital role in business development in the future, so it’s time to get prepared.
Okay, that’s great; but what does it have to do with HR?
HR departments perform a multitude of tasks, including recruitment, performance reviews, record keeping and payroll. You may not be aware how much these tasks affect employee engagement, but because their function puts employees at the forefront, it is important that they are delivering.
HR departments are often burdened with heavy-duty administration tasks that leave them with little to no time to focus on employee wellbeing. And this is where HR software comes into the mix.
How can HR software help to build employee engagement?
Oftentimes potential adopters of HR software must present a business case to directors or CEOs in order to highlight the value of the investment. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of viable ways that an HR system can help your company to cultivate engagement and build culture.
1. Promoting employee development. Setting clear goals and development plans for employees is made easy with an HR system – this makes employees feel more actively involved in their development, and increases their performance levels.
2. Using surveys to find pain points. This allows employers to quickly respond to problems and issues that may be affecting engagement levels. It also gives the impression that their wellbeing is valued enough by the company for managers to respond to these issues efficiently, which cultivates trust and respect from all levels.
3. Frees up time which would otherwise be spent on administration tasks. HR systems do a lot of the time-consuming tasks for you; freeing up time to focus on employee wellbeing and sourcing the best talent.
4. Performance reviews can be tracked and recorded. This allows employers to note any differences between prior reviews and current reviews, to track development and to allow employees to voice any concerns they might have – vital in terms of increasing their happiness, which will lead to stronger retention and loyalty to the company.
5. Self-service allows employees to track their personal goals. Providing employees with an overarching sense of purpose has never been so important, and one great way to achieve this is by providing them with access to your HR system; you can configure what level of access they have, and they can track their own tasks and goals.
These are just some of the many ways that HR software can benefit your business; a great investment for those looking to prosper in a future where engagement is becoming imperative to success.
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