Most companies start with nothing more than an idea. The idea is small and delicate. It’s more of a notion than an idea, a “what if” just hanging in the air, pregnant with potential. Occasionally, those ideas get nurtured. Entrepreneurs build on them in the back of their minds. In the supermarket. In the shower. Always thinking. Soon, details get decided. Plans begin to emerge.
Sound familiar? When your company is ready for the big leagues, you’re going to need staff. And those staff members are going to need professional support. That’s where HR software can save you time and money.
Save time with automation
The introduction of automated systems means that your HR staff members can focus on their tasks, rather than spending their valuable time on other less important administrative duties.
For example, let’s look at an everyday aspect of HR that regularly takes up staff time: processing requests for time off and recording absences. Where your regular staff members have the option to access the software themselves, and where they are shown how to process their own data, your HR team can merely keep track of things as opposed to manually inputting the details. This saves time and ultimately saves you money on not having to undergo the expense of additional admin hours.
Quick and easy access to data
Centralised HR management tools mean that you don’t need to remember different passwords for different pieces of software. The intuitive hub gives you instant access to the data you need at the click of a mouse. You can even customise the interface to allow faster access to the software your staff use on a regular basis.
Let’s say you are having difficulty in keeping a particular role occupied. With information from the tools available through HR software, you could access feedback that could point at likely reasons for a high turnover of staff in that position within the organisation (for example, not enough training or a reliance on outdated technology and procedures).
You can drive almost any decision with data, but without that information at your fingertips, you are left to act on your gut instinct alone.
Staff training and development
How well trained are your staff? Did you hire them based on the training they had already received in other roles, and now you simply assume that they remain trained?
Training moves on. Everything from software to attitudes to best practices across your company can be seen as fluid and in a constant state of evaluation and improvement. But without training, your staff will struggle to keep up with the times – and where staff begin to struggle, your retention rates begin to drop.
HR software can help you to provide and monitor staff training. Some software comes with built in training portals, allowing staff to train from any location with an internet connection. When you track training, your working processes become tighter, and any staff member who is clearly in the wrong role and can’t perform to a satisfactory standard even after receiving the proper training will be highlighted.