How HR Can Embrace Technology and Leave the Paperwork Shuffle in the Dust

How does a manager keep track of all their employees now working from home? How do you successfully onboard new employees remotely? Because of the pandemic, remote working and hiring mean challenges for HR departments.

HR embraces tech to keep up with the changes being wrought by the pandemic. How about HR in the cloud? Yes, it’s a good thing.

Cloud HR software benefits a small business and its employees. There’s less paperwork, automated performance assessment, access at all times to pay and benefit information, and quick deployment.

Employee self-service (ESS) tools became a lifesaver. These tools are usually part of an HR portal or workforce management system. They allow employees to change critical data related to their employment easily online.

HR determines data access and who makes changes. Employees usually change their personal information, payroll information related to banking and enroll in benefits programs. Many programs allow tracking of hours worked, asking for time off, and travel and expense reimbursement.

Keeping staffing at the right levels in the ever-changing pandemic environment challenged the most astute small business. Workforce analytics software or WFA gives businesses an edge. WFA uses machine learning and AI to suggest overall workforce improvements and optimization.

Workforce analytics can be part of other software products. The best WFA include automated data collection, data analytics, integration across HR systems, predictive analytics, benchmarking, reporting, and data management.

Cloud HR software and workforce analytics are available and affordable for small businesses. The pandemic isn’t going away quickly. HR technology helps manage the changing business environment.

Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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