With 2018 almost halfway through, we have seen considerable shifts of trends in the way that HR software is used and the functionality that’s offered. While most savvy companies have already implemented an HRIS, nonetheless, the world of HR software is ever-evolving. One of the key insights that our research uncovered was related to the relationship between employee communications and the employee experience.
With the introduction of HR software, this human-centric industry has evolved in the employee lifecycle to cultivate a loyal and more engaged workforce. Here are four HR technology trends that are changing human resources practices for the better.
Clean Employee Portals
The key word here is ‘clean’. Today’s employee portals offer a friendly user interface. The general consensus within the industry is that employee portals are an excellent digital HR tool that can greatly improve the employee experience and increase engagement. They provide a go-to place for nearly anything an employee may need. This includes accessing forms, applying for leave, view handbooks, review tax forms, check their healthcare plan, make a complaint, ask a question and a lot more. Additionally, with continuous performance management becoming a big HR trend, employees could also see the results of their performance reviews.
Automating repetitive HR tasks like benefits announcements, and more importantly on-boarding is absolutely critical. It’s probably why there is a general trend that is moving in that direction. 2018 may introduce us to more advanced HR software automation, reducing the dependency of employee communication to one or two people. This will invariably result in the reduction in human error or miscommunication.
Understanding Hierarchical Structure
Understanding hierarchical structures is easier said than done. It is not easy to align groups, grapple with politics, communicate in a way people can hear and more. Many departments think others don’t work as hard. Many executives think employees don’t appreciate what they have. Many individuals think they are “the one” that makes it all happen.
Human resources software makes it easily visible for employees to see information about their colleagues and pin responsibility where it’s due. The integrated systems facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and ensure that the work gets done.
Feedback is important to every generation and is critical for clear communication, but the need for constant feedback is associated with today’s Millennials. With annual performance reviews not built for this generation, the emphasis now is on “continuous feedback” systems. With real-time feedback and self-service options becoming critical to providing employee engagement within your organisation. The right HR software can handle everything from on-boarding to talent management to succession planning, which will ultimately benefit employee performance, and it can do all this seamlessly.
2018 has been an interesting year with considerable advances in affordable HR software, especially when it comes to communication and employee engagement. While these are the newest ways in which we can expect to see HR software further develop, it is quite likely that more options will be introduced as the year goes on.