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OCTOBER, 2017
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
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Why We Love HR Technology (And You Should Too!)

SHRM published an article written in January 2017 about the 9 HR Tech Trends for 2017, and we have to say they were pretty spot on. From learning management to advances in automation, SHRM pretty much hit the nail on the head for 2017 HR technology trends. There are many reasons why you should love HR technology, so we’ve listed some of our personal reasons why we love them too. Hopefully by the end of this article, you’ll see why!

Self-Service Technology

You’re an HR manager and you sit down to your desk with a fresh cup of coffee in hand, ready to conquer the world. Then you check your inbox and it’s riddled with more requests than a Starbucks order. The reality is, a majority of these requests could be delegated to managers or the employees could potentially handle them directly. That’s the beauty of self-service technology! But do you really need a self-service solution?

Self-Service Technology
Here’s what PwC found in their Human Resources Technology survey when organizations implemented cloud self-service HR technology:

  • 52% reported increases in employee usage.
  • 47% reported their managers using self-service tools on a more regular basis.
  • One-third reported that their HR’s bandwidth increased, resulting in a stronger consulting role within the company.
  • 20% reported decreases in HR costs due to increased automation.
The facts cannot be disputed, self-service in HR technology is a wonderful thing. Managers and employees alike benefit from being able to personally manage and automate their HR processes. Employees can clock in and out themselves, electronically sign documents, and select their benefits through an ESS. Managers can approve timesheets, send performance evaluations, and administer schedules through MSS. With real-time communication between self-service and HR systems, the daily tasks and processes of a business are simplified, freeing up everyone’s time to be more productive during working hours.

Learning Management

Companies like CypherWorx are bringing eLearning to the forefront in technology designs of  HR solutions. Businesses are starting to outgrow the traditional ways of training and learning (we’re looking at you, PowerPoint slides). Learning management systems (LMS) are being implemented by managers across the United States to provide their employees with the education they need to bring a company to its full potential. LMS also keeps employees engaged in what they’re learning, whether it be through a collaborative network of course users or the flexibility of course-taking by choosing a cloud-based eLearning system.

Learning Management
The right LMS can help employers and HR managers everywhere by allowing for personalized course design, so they can focus on the information that’s relevant to them. Employers and employees alike can monitor their course progress through reporting features many LMS solutions have. When employees reach goals, employers can then award certificates of completion through the system.

Applicant Tracking

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) provide several benefits for HR managers. They help streamline your hiring processes, ensuring you find the right candidates for your company while decreasing turnover rates. HR managers can now post an opening in the ATS and publish to multiple job boards all in one place, instead of having to go out to numerous websites. Employers can also create pre-screen questions to make sure they are evaluating the right candidate before even interviewing them. Applicant tracking technology allows you to hone your hiring process so you can repeat those successes every time, resulting in a major turnover decrease.

And it doesn’t have to stop at just applicant tracking capabilities, either. Onboarding, mobile applications, and background checks are just a few of the features any ATS should be offering. Just be sure during your evaluation of ATS  that you are not overpaying for it; technology should help your company grow, not suck you dry. An ATS is a great piece of HCM technology that helps HR departments to locate, recruit, and hire the best fit for their business.
Applicant Tracking

What’s on the Horizon for HR Technology

Cloud technology has taken over the HR tech industry, that much is indisputable. However, change is a good thing, especially when it means HR tasks are improved in the process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when evaluating HR technologies:

What’s on the Horizon for HR Technology
  • Adoption - Make sure the technology is easy to learn and there is a thorough training process.
  • Usability - HR Technology should be easy to use or you will not get the maximum ROI out of your investment.
  • Efficiency- The technology needs to be logical and unified; you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to operate the system.
With HR technology quickly becoming more advanced every year, it’s time for your department to implement the proper technology to stay ahead of the game. So if you’re not totally in love with the HR technology you’re using, then trust us - it’s definitely them, and not you. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life, so don’t settle for anything less than what’s best for your company. You got this!

How APS Can Help

APS continues to develop its cloud-based HCM platform to provide organizations with the technology they need to be more productive and efficient:

  • Our self-service technology for employees and managers makes it easier for HR managers to delegate responsibility while maintaining accountability.
  • APS Hire, our recruiting and onboarding solution, provides HR managers with the tools they need to create the best hiring process for their organization.
  • APS has partnered with CypherWorx to provide an innovative LMS that integrates with our unified HCM platform.

To learn more, please visit our website at www.apspayroll.com or call 855-945-7921.

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