Going Digital in Human Resources

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The business world has been steadily moving in a remote-first, digital-friendly direction for years now. Over time, companies great and small have gone digital in Human Resources, marketing, e-commerce, and so on. Remote work capabilities have also rapidly continued to gain ground.

Digital transformation was accelerated even further in early 2020 when the coronavirus shuttered brick-and-mortar businesses for months on end. With their physical storefronts and offices closed down, companies across the globe began turning to the digital world to remain operational.

If your organization counts itself among the ranks of those that are shifting their operations onto the cloud, it’s important you don’t overlook the HR department in the midst of so much digital transformation.

The Benefits of Going Digital in HR

When it comes to the digital world, the HR department is one of the easiest things to leave by the wayside. Other focal points, like sales, product development, and IT, cast long shadows that often leave HR as little more than an afterthought.

Nevertheless, it isn’t just wise to digitally transform your HR department—it’s an essential aspect of long-term success. For instance, implementing digital upgrades throughout your HR department can enable your team to do a variety of things more efficiently, such as:

  • Manage information and analyze data: Organizational data can be better tracked and employee files and information can be easier managed when a universal, often cloud-based digital management system is used.
  • Recruit more effectively: Digitizing the recruitment process can enable HR to locate quality talent more easily and streamline onboarding programs.
  • Communicate and improve employees’ experiences: Modern employees expect transparency and communication. Digitizing HR allows reps to maintain instant, accessible, and open communication with your staff.
  • Maintain continual learning: If HR becomes digitally savvy, it can open up countless opportunities to provide online employee development programs, both individually and as a group via a remote classroom setting.

In addition to these more functional benefits, by taking the time to digitize your HR department, you can help cultivate an inviting company culture. Most of the benefits listed above are internally focused and can help create a forward-thinking work environment that fosters employee trust and engagement.

Cultivating a positive and inviting company culture of this nature can have a dramatic effect on talent acquisition and retention. For example, in one survey, 54% of employees responded that they had stayed at a job longer than was in their best interest specifically because of a strong sense of belonging and community.

By enabling your HR department to do its job in an efficient, modern, digital format, you open up the doors for your HR reps to both manage the hiring process effectively and bolster a positive company culture that will naturally benefit your recruitment and retention efforts over time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about company culture or pure functionality; the benefits of going digital in HR are both abundant and easy to identify. The question is: How can you make the shift to digital effectively?

Taking HR Digital: A Step-by-Step Guide

The specific path toward a digital HR department will look different for each business. A local business with under a hundred workers is likely going to have a dramatically different approach than, say, a national Fortune 500 company with thousands of employees.

Nevertheless, there are several aspects of going digital in HR that tend to be the same for all scenarios. Here are five distinct steps that should be addressed throughout the change to a digital format…

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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