We’re all too aware of how much technology has impacted our lives. It would be a grave understatement if it was said that technology has changed the business world. In fact, it has completely overhauled it and made it into a completely different sphere. One of the most obvious impacts that such advancements have had, is on the HR department, which has traditionally been involved and responsible for activities within the organization.
HR can now perform a number of tasks more effectively and efficiently thanks to technology. Some of these tasks are mentioned and elaborated below.
Believe or not, there was an age when unemployed men and women would buy newspaper solely to have a look at the classified ads sections in order to find a suitable job for themselves. While it was a hassle for them, it was nothing compared to the heaps of publications that the HR had to send out on top of the pile of potential candidates’ CVs that they had to screen, filter and mark. The hiring process was quite visibly complex, disorienting and required multiple interviews in order to properly judge a candidate’s potential.
There was also the case of candidates getting fed up of the tiring process and looking for work elsewhere.
Today, there are several online application programs such as Monster.com, goingglobal.com etc. that are customized to serve the needs and requirements of both the candidates and the HR departments.
It has become incredibly easier to train new employees and get them up to speed on how things are done within their company. There are digital training programs that each company can get to have the newcomers gain valuable insight into what is expected of them and how they can succeed at their tasks.
Virtual training programs complemented by human guidance can allow companies to save time and resources while also ensuring that the learning curve is as minimal as possible.
This is perhaps the epitome of how much technology has eased the burden on HR. Performance is usually a subjective concept, and hard to gauge in conventional terms. Before the widespread use of technology, performance measurements focused more on quantity rather than quality. However, thanks to several employee performance programs, HR can easily monitor each employee’s progress and performance within the organization. These softwares also assist the HR with data and metrics that further pinpoint the areas where the employees excel and where they need to up their game.
- Employee Benefits:
It’s one of the universal truths about all companies across the world. Employee packages aren’t one-size-fits-all. Each employee has their own strength and weaknesses as well as a different set of skills and abilities that they bring to the table. Hence, companies tend to treat these employees accordingly and tailor their benefits packages with that in mind. There are online portals that companies use to keep their employees updated on changes and revisions in company policies.
It also allows them to get involved with the company decision-making process more by providing their valuable feedback. Thanks to Payroll technology, employees have an unprecedented access to their payroll information. The HR department can now regularly keep all the information updated for the employees in accordance with the tax and benefits for the employees’ convenience.