5 HR Software Innovations That Are Improving Employee Engagement
Engagement is a business buzzword that’s gaining momentum across many aspects of business. Companies are putting more focus on creating an engaging, memorable, positive experience with customers to ensure that their journeys and experiences with a brand are exceptional and differentiating.
Likewise, many companies are taking this focus inward to improve the connection employees feel to their job and the company where they work. When employees are connected to their jobs and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in the work they’re doing each day, engagement increases and work and productivity improve.
HR software solutions support employee engagement by giving HR professionals and employees tools that foster engagement. HR teams using centralized HR software improve their productivity and minimize much of the manual work that typically goes into managing hiring and training, employee compensation, benefits packages, and more. Additionally, most HR software systems offer self-service tools that give employees access and control of their time off requests, benefits, and 401K savings.
There are many other innovations happening in HR departments as human resources software tools become more advanced and robust than ever before. Here’s a closer look at 5 key ways that HR software is revolutionizing HR and increasing employee engagement.
1. AI: Recruiting, Hiring, and Time-Saving Automations
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is making a solid splash across business software as a whole, bringing new capabilities, extensive automations, and deeper insights across a company’s stance in the market.
AI is poised to have some big impacts on HR software, particularly when it comes to efficient, fair recruiting and hiring practices. Using AI-powered HR tools, companies can more effectively sift through applicants based on customized job parameters. The AI tools can easily learn what to look for in a candidate and send your HR team lists of pre-vetted candidates to streamline the hiring process with higher quality interviews with candidates strongly aligned with the company.
2. Unbiased Hiring
Many companies are also focusing on creating a diverse workforce, by employing more people of varying genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. This hiring practice creates a more inclusive workforce, and foster employee engagement through inclusion and opportunity. The sense of inclusion helps foster employee engagement and creates a workforce that is based on merit and skills.
HR software solutions often include talent recruiting and hiring tools that help companies consider candidates “blind” with regard to factors such as race or gender that could otherwise influence the hiring decision subconsciously, or otherwise.
3. Training Enhanced by Virtual Reality
HR departments are typically tasked with beginning the training process for new hires. These teams lead the efforts to acquaint a new employee with the company’s mission, values, and core initiatives and goals before they go on to train and begin work in their new role.
Many companies have been streamlining the training process by creating videos that employees must watch in the first few days of work with a new employer, but this method is quite tired and does not engage employees fully. However, advancements in Virtual Reality (VR) technology help create a more immersive and engaging training environment that simple video. Many companies are beginning to use VR for introductory training as well as more intricate training sessions where employees may need a safe environment to practice and learn, such as heavy machine operators.
4. Focus on Employee Health and Wellness
The physical and mental health of employees will always have a large impact on how they work and how much they can accomplish within their roles in a company. More and more businesses are realizing the strong connection between wellness and employee satisfaction and productivity and are taking steps to create a workplace environment and culture that support good health and work-life balance.
HR software solutions help companies administer benefits like health insurance plans and retirement savings options, streamlining the process of making sure employees have all the benefits they need most in place. Additionally, many HR systems also include modules for Culture Management, which include features like surveys to diagnose employee health and feelings about their job, tools for creating an engaging workplace, and more.
5. Data-Driven Decisions
Data is a key driving force in business, and thanks to the robust analytics and reporting tools available in HR solutions (and many other business software systems) more companies are leveraging their important business data to make better decisions much faster than ever before.
HR solutions include insightful analytics tools that can help improve recruiting and hiring process, manage employee performance and growth, and ensure that all HR processes are as effective and productive as possible-all in one system.
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