Blog

Automation Challenging Longstanding HR Norms

Automation Challenging Longstanding HR Norms

Human resources are a part of almost any business. That is because there are a lot of Is to dot and Ts to cross in any business. Some HR departments are better than others, but typically the HR department deals with most of the elements of the business that deal with, you guessed it, the human resources (employees). Today, the HR landscape is changing as businesses are now looking to automation to handle much of the heavy lifting. 

Outsourcing HR

The human resources department, like any other job that is difficult to track, has been under fire. Traditionally, they handle seven core functions in a business. They are:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Payroll Administration
  3. Benefits Administration
  4. Training and Professional Development
  5. Performance Reviews
  6. Labor Relations
  7. Managing Compliance

Over the past several years, the company human resources department, especially at small and medium-sized businesses, has been outsourced to vendors that can help the business reduce costs by replacing a dedicated HR staff with a whole team of HR professionals. This service uses software as the intermediary between the business and their HR professionals. 

The Relationship Between Automation and HR

Technology changes things. Does it make it better? That’s a matter of opinion, but for the business owner, it can work quickly to reduce overhead costs, making it advantageous. The benefits of automating HR tasks is the same as automating any other part of your business. It allows for a reduction of human work, which reduces business costs and improves efficiency. Some benefits of HR automation include:

  • Reduced employee turnover through improved employee engagement
  • Reduced storage and printing costs
  • Improved risk management and properly managed compliance
  • Improved document management
  • Enhanced business decision making with comprehensive reports
  • Optimized business growth through efficient onboarding

Of course, there are many software titles that work to help build a more productive and efficient business, but the act of automating human resources is taking humanity out of it. Most HR automation platforms are moving away from traditional HR administration and moving to something called human capital management. 

What is Human Capital Management?

Human capital management is a strategy that encourages business owners and managers to look at their staff as they would look at any other asset they have. The core thesis behind the strategy is: since the goal of most businesses is to get their human staff to work as effectively and efficiently as possible, spending time on the individual needs and motivations of workers is not going to help the bottom line. Human capital management looks for metrics that can be quantifiable and strategically improved upon, that’s all. It doesn’t matter how people feel or what is going on in their lives. None of that is the business’ responsibility. It basically aims to change an organization’s view of their workforce from a commodity to an investment. 

What Strategy Is Best for Your Business?

There are multiple ways that automation can be implemented in the HR/HCM process, but depending on your staff, the strategy that is used will make all the difference. Basing your business’ HR decisions solely on inhuman productivity metrics may actually have the opposite effect than you may expect. 

HR is always a balancing act. If you would like to talk about technology for your business reach out to us at 603-889-0800 today.

Related Articles

  • 3 Ways Email Encryption Keeps Your Messages Safe Encryption is a very important tool in today’s business environment, especially if you are trying to protect your email communications. Today, we’ll discuss the benefits of using encryption for your business’ communications solutions, but without an understanding of what encryption actually is, the ...
  • Tip of the Week: Prime Your Business for a Successful 2019 As 2018 progresses, certain technologies and implementations are becoming more prominently used by businesses. These trends are anticipated to continue, so it only makes sense to embrace these technologies sooner rather than later. Today, we’ll review some of these technologies, why they are expecte...
  • Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Hosted HR and Payroll Cloud computing can be used for many things, and nowhere is this more true than in the business environment. Organizations of all shapes and sizes use the cloud to keep operations moving forward. Some have even moved their entire human resources and payroll departments into the cloud. We’ll help you...
  • If a Self-Driving Car Gets Into an Accident, Who’s at Fault?... The world might not see legitimate artificial intelligence for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean developers aren’t taking baby steps in the right direction. A current example of this is Google and its automated vehicles. If Google is capable of successfully making a self-driving car that’s awar...
  • Do not Let Hollywood Fool You Into Thinking Hackers are the ... There’s no question about it; hackers make things difficult for businesses of all industries and sizes. They go out of their way to steal data and turn a profit off of it, as well as misrepresent organizations and individuals. The business environment is chaotic enough without hackers mucking everyt...
  • SHOCK: 66% of Fired Employees Able to Access Their Former Co... Every business executive knows the struggle of employee turnover. Your employees might come and go, but your data is one thing that you can’t afford to lose from your business. You might feel that you can trust all of the employees who have put in years of effort to ensure your organization stays af...

Time For a Change?

If your business seems to be caught in a never-ending cycle of computer problems and complaints, perhaps you have been focusing on the symptoms rather than the source of the problem. The underlying cause is most likely a lack of professional IT management. At White Mountain, we take responsibility for the operation, management, and support of your IT infrastructure. Don't settle for the IT systems cycle of torture, there is a better way, give White Mountain a call today.

 

Onsite Service Coverage Area

Onsite Computer Support Services are available to businesses within 100 miles of Nashua New Hampshire. We have excellent onsite coverage from Concord NH, south through Manchester NH and then down into Boston. From Northern and Central Mass we cover from Worcester, east to the North Shore, including the Salem and Portsmouth NH area.

 

White Mountain IT Services
33 Main Street, Suite 302
Nashua, New Hampshire 03064

 

 

603-889-0800

 

cloud desktop2 Cloud Desktop Login

Open Positions