For many of us, the word automation makes us think of robots on a line. That’s probably why “HR automation” can feel like such a strange concept. How do you automate something that’s pretty much all about human beings?

HR automation doesn’t mean taking people out of the picture. Instead, it focuses on making automatic a lot of the routine tasks that bog your HR team down. It organizes and collects data, allowing for deeper insights. That, in turn, helps your HR team support your employees more and drive your organization forward.

How does HR automation accomplish this? Let’s take a look at the different areas it affects and how that keeps your focus on supporting your people.

HR Automation Helps You Plan Growth

Let’s start with some of the basics. Automation can help you better plan and support organization growth. How?

Think of a system that examines employee productivity. You could collect data on all sorts of different aspects of your workforce. Average productivity data could tell you when it’s time to make another hire. It can also help you see where you have talent gaps and areas of potential growth for your team.

Another example would be estimating time on tasks or projects. That can help you make better bids and allocate your resources in more efficient ways.

Automating HR Improves Employee Engagement

Some of us hesitate to adopt HR automation because we worry about severing the “human connection” for our employees, making them feel isolated or lonely.

If we talk to our team members, though, many of them actually prefer having more control. For example, most employees like employee benefits portals. This gives them greater control over their benefits usage and is far more efficient Instead of waiting for your HR team to respond, the employee can simply look at their benefits package and find out if they have enough funds to get something they need covered.

This leads to smarter benefits usage, as well as more usage of the benefits you provide. Employees engage more fully with their benefits package and they feel more satisfied with their jobs.

A payroll portal is similar. Even having more access to leave time information or progression towards goals engages and motivates your team.

It also means your HR team can spend more time focusing on other aspects of HR. They can better support employees when they’re not busy fielding routine questions or filing routine paperwork. That, in turn, can work to engage employees more deeply as they form better relations with HR and offer additional insights in performance, productivity, and more.

Automation of HR Drives Culture Forward

Culture is something very human, so it might seem counterintuitive to say automation could drive it forward. It’s true, though. When HR teams have the right HR technology, they can promote company culture in a variety of ways.

The first is by shifting their focus from time-intensive, routine tasks to “big picture” issues. They can spend more time in conversation with employees, gathering data, and crafting new policies to better support the team.

Automation also promotes engagement, as noted. That, in turn, supports your culture. You want everyone to be a team player, and happier, more satisfied employees are more ready to give back to their teams. Automation lets you offer the right compensation mix, from benefits to salaries, and tailor leave policies, onboarding practices, and much more.

The long and short of it is that automation supports almost every aspect of your company culture.

Is It Time to Automate?

If you’ve been hesitating about introducing automation to the HR department, it might be time to switch gears. The right HR technology supports your HR team, your company culture, and even the growth of your organization.

Not sure where to get started with HR automation? Let our team of experts guide you on your journey!