Human resources is a big commitment for any company. Even small businesses and organizations will often have at least one human resource specialist on hand. Large companies will have vast HR departments, and often HR staff will be on hand at every office or facility.

Fact is, employee management is far from an easy task. Yet at the same time, it’s absolutely vital for every company big and small.

Increasingly, HR departments are turning to advanced software solutions and apps to help out with day-to-day employee management and other tasks. In the past, HR staff were left to handle everything on their own.

Often, software developments were a bit slower reaching HR departments and other internal departments, rather than customer-facing operations and operations with a direct, measurable impact on the bottom line.

However, new HR software and app solutions are now empowering human resource departments and companies as a whole.

Of course, human resources can have a huge impact on profits, productivity and other factors. However, measuring this impact can be tricky. It’s not just about making processes, requests, and paperwork easier. HR apps and software services can help with these needs. However, advanced apps and solutions can help with a whole lot more.

Apps and other HR software solutions can increase engagement, improve productivity, and increase retention rates. As such, innovative companies are turning to innovative HR software solutions.

Companies Have Long Struggled With Turn Over and Low Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is vital for companies. Quite simply, the more engaged an employee is, the more likely they are to be productive.

Unfortunately, low engagement has long plagued businesses, and especially large firms. In fact, a Gallup survey found that only 32% of employees in the United States were engaged in 2015.

Over 50% of employees were not-engaged, while over 17% were actively disengaged. Unengaged employees will do just enough to get by. Actively disengaged employees, on the other hand, will actually work against the company and its interests. It’s only that minority of engaged employees who will go above and beyond.

Companies have long struggled to raise engagement. Often, HR departments have been put in charge of raising company morale.

Company parties, vacation days, staff retreats, contests, bonuses, HR departments are often willing to throw just about anything at the wall, hoping it sticks.

Some of these events can boost spirits. However, some efforts can actually reduce overall morale and engagement as employees may feel that “fun” activities are simply more burdens.

Owing to these challenges, many HR departments now go to great lengths to get a good pulse of their company and staff.

HR software has made this easier.

Employees may not want to open up to their managers or even HR staff. However, many are more comfortable opening up to software and apps, and especially those solutions that promise confidentiality or anonymity.

HR software can also handle a magnitude of requests and processes. A lot of HR work is “busy work”, answering simple questions, handling tedious requests.

Many HR software solutions can now handle these requests. This frees up HR staff to focus on higher value tasks, such as crafting new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

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Integrating HR Software Into Teams

Software solutions have a tendency to “drip” down into departments and teams. Perhaps senior leadership or the HR department will start using HR software or another type of app. As time goes on, other departments will begin using the software. From there, teams begin using it, and increasingly individual employees will adopt it.

As managers and employees learn to use HR software and to integrate it into their processes, engagement may increase. Powerful HR solutions make it easier for managers to gain a feel for their team, what engages team members and makes it easy for leaders to discover what challenges or distractions they might be facing.

For example, with the right HR app, you can skip the annual reviews. These reviews are, quite frankly, ineffective. Both the workplace and the market move too quickly for annual reviews to keep up.

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Advanced HR solutions now allow for real-time monitoring and feedback. You can still conduct periodic reviews, but with the right human resources app you can also track concerns and discover ideas in real-time.

The best HR apps will also feature methods for employees to upvote ideas. This way, teams can crowdsource ideas and provide input. Not only will this result in more great ideas being brought to the forefront, but it will also increase engagement. Employees will have more input and more control over the company’s direction, which can result in them feeling more appreciated and respected.

Before HR apps, many HR departments struggled to really improve productivity. There were successes, of course, but often it felt like a shot in the dark. Would such-and-such idea take root? Will employees enjoy this event or that contest? Do managers really know what their employees want and what makes them tick? So many questions and it was always so difficult to get honest answers.

Fortunately, cutting-edge HR apps and software are making it easier to increase engagement and boost employee morale.

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By | November 9th, 2017|Employee Engagement|

One Comment

  1. Bill Fotsch November 10, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Maybe the future of engagement is empowering employees to think and act like owners, driving and participating in the profitable growth of the company. If so, the future is already here. Industry leaders like Southwest Airlines, Capital One and BHP Billiton and hundreds of private companies treat their employees like trusted business partners, enabling them to make more money for their company and themselves. They consistently see both profits and engagement soar. This Forbes article provides more background: http://www.forbes.com/sites/fotschcase/2016/05/31/engage-your-employees-in-making-money/

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