Manually calculating payroll and employee time cards, and submitting vacation request forms are often things of the past in an organization’s HR department. Employers have HR automation tools to thank for streamlining processes that help lessen the time it takes to fulfill HR administrative tasks.
But while the industry is shifting to HR automation, not all employers are there yet. In fact a CareerBuilder survey shows that a significant proportion of employers continue to operate their organizations manually. For example, 34 percent of organizations don’t use technology automation for recruiting candidates, and 44 percent don’t automate any onboarding activities.
The case for HR automation is a large one, and perhaps the simple reason why many employers haven’t adopted a fully automated system is because they just don’t know the benefits.
4 HR automation benefits
In talent acquisition and several management processes alone, employers have reaped a number of benefits.
- An improved employee experience: Believe it or not, data shows that employees actually like managing HR activities themselves, especially when these activities can be handled electronically. These activities include updating personal and professional information, logging and submitting expense reports, submitting vacation requests, and managing time cards. If employees are handling these activities themselves, HR can handle more important ones.
- An improved candidate experience: One of the most frustrating things for candidates applying for jobs is the lack of communication from the employer. But as an employer viewpoint, who has the time to reach out to every single candidate letting him/her know the stage of the hiring process? There is now applicant tracking software available, making it easier to communicate electronically on the status of a candidate’s application. No more processing applications manually and spending time writing emails.
- Reduced errors: A manual paper-based system is always a big risk because there is typically no backup in place if anything is lost. What if the HR professional is sick or resigns and the paperwork can’t be found? Automation not only helps minimize error or potential loss, it also helps standardize records management.
- Saved time and resources: Automation saves time that HR professionals normally spend on fulfilling administrative tasks. HR professionals should be focusing more on strategic initiatives like compliance, benefits, and employee retention.
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