How to Align HR and Technology to Drive Success in Pandemic

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There was a time when digital innovations were only a part of the IT department – and HR usually operated with minimal interruptions. However, it’s the other way round now. The number of SaaS-based HRM solutions released and adopted in the last 6 months can easily compete with the ones developed in the last decade. In other words, pandemic worked as a driving force behind the need to align HR and technology.

Today, your HR processes must be something that:

Employees can use easily

Simplifies day-to-day work

Helps scale a global workforce, without time and population constraints

Accommodates rapidly shifting global regulatory needs

If your HR systems measure up according to these pointers, you are good to go. However, if you think there is room for improvement, this is a great point to start. 

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Here’s how you can align HR and technology

Leverage SaaS into your daily HR activities

If you are interviewing candidates through Zoom and verifying documents via Gmail, then why not enroll them through an ERP. Enterprise Resources Planning software can allow you to automate routine HR transactions and utilize time more intelligently. Available as SaaS products, you can license them and customize applications according to your organization’s requirements and outcomes. 

Make “Remote-Work” more possible

According to a survey in the UK of 447 workers and various businesses:

  • 60% of people said they would like to stay at home and work if presented with the option. 
  • 83.5% admitted they love working from home
  • More than 52% say they don’t wish to return to an office after COVID-19

The conventional practice of using ‘office’ and thinking it as a crucial factor that drives productivity was proven wrong with the arrival of the pandemic. Organizations who switched to remote working and ensured business continuity despite the crisis were able to just not survive, but thrive. 

It is clear now that you don’t need an “office experience” to bolster your organization’s success. It is actually the people who make that possible. 

Therefore, invest in remote working tools and technologies as smartly as you can. 

Organizations who were fully prepared to work digitally from anywhere saved a lot of time and effort during the transition. Those that weren’t, had to spend large volumes of resources. Either way, you need to focus now on sharpening the edge of the axe you’ve built. 

Rethinking the office of tomorrow

Not every organization can function remotely. To make the offices of tomorrow more productive, technology will play a pivotal role. 

Invest in technologies that will:

  • Allow your employees to work safely
  • Expand data collection
  • Rethink employee engagement
  • Help respond swiftly to changing conditions
  • Improve training and KPI methodologies
  • Monitor and improve sanitation and hygiene processes

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