Implementing a solid HRIS (human resource information system) is more important than ever before, especially since the COVID pandemic expedited trends in how people work.

HR leaders now have to find ways to onboard, offboard, and manage people who may work entirely in the office, fully remote across the globe, or in a hybrid capacity. 

Although growth is great for business, it also means that small HR teams are working through complex problems to accommodate that growth.

The recent webinar hosted by HiBob Senior Implementation Manager Dessie Nedyalkova, “Modernizing HR processes for fast-growing companies,” features three HR specialists:

The panelists discussed how they recently started using Bob to help with their current challenges: 

  1. Automating processes for onboarding and offboarding as volume increases
  2. Building and fostering company culture and values
  3. Implementing a tool that keeps processes consistent for all people

All three HR specialists share how putting Bob’s features into practice helped them as their companies continue to grow.

HR automation means more productivity

Although sending out birthday or work anniversary messages may not seem time-consuming, time spent on these tasks does add up. Automating reminders to complete smaller tasks is helpful, but automating onboarding tasks is key for managing a complex and growing workforce. 

Creating an automated onboarding process

Bob’s Task Lists feature—one of the tools the panelists use in their daily operations—lets users automate onboarding procedures by creating a customized new hire creation flow based on hire date.

HR teams can set up task lists to send out documents for signatures, assign time-off policies and benefits, and begin the journey of onboarding for specific positions.

From there, managers will know when to set up an orientation program and when IT members should provide equipment for the new person or grant access to other systems.

Organizations can create similar task lists to ensure the completion of all offboarding procedures when people leave the company.

HR automation doesn’t stop there. Companies can also use this for time off and reporting processes and even integrate these features with other programs.

More time to think about vision

All that free time means that HR leaders can turn their focus to the larger picture. That’s more time to think strategically about the structures they have in place rather than the dozens of small things that previously occupied their to-do lists.

Automation also helps HR personnel find and relay answers to questions about analytics, key performance indicators (KPIs), and reports in seconds or minutes rather than hours or days.

“I think it’s freed us up to actually be answering those important questions for our leaders and actually be the advisors to the business that we aspire to be,” says Ben.

Build a stronger culture

As more people join the team in the office or from across the world, it can be a challenge to grow and maintain a connection between co-workers who rarely—if ever—see each other in person. 

The HR team has the responsibility to help nudge people in the right direction organically. Here is where an HRIS and its tools can be extremely useful here. For example, breaking the ice can be difficult for new team members in a traditional, in-office setting. It’s even harder in remote and hybrid work environments. An HRIS’s toolkit can help bring back a sense of familiarity and mirror the in-office employee experience.

Encourage engagement between team members

Camden expressed how much she likes Bob’s personal touch. Her company uses the system for introductions so that people can share more information about themselves and upload headshots to put faces to the names behind the screen.

“We’ve also faced the question of keeping the culture strong and making sure that we have that warmth, that level of personalization, with each person that comes through the door,” says Rukkini. “We really look for that characteristic in all the tools that we work with … One of the things that I like about HiBob is the Clubs feature. I think that’s a really nice way of bringing people together, regardless of where they are from.”

The Clubs feature is just what it sounds like, allowing people to start discussions and connect with other team members who have similar hobbies and interests. Organizations can set up different clubs according to people’s interests, whether for yoga, skiing, music, or knitting.

Ultimately, Clubs lead to stronger trust between team members and allow people to talk to others with whom they may not have spoken before. HR teams can also use analytics to break down Clubs engagement by age, nationality, department, and more.

Create consistency for everyone

The world is in the middle of a work revolution, and things aren’t going back to how they were any time soon. While more people than ever are working remotely full-time, HR teams are also managing people who work from other countries.

It’s important to create a consistent, quality experience for everyone so people don’t feel like guests in their own workspace. This involves creating a personalized and tailored experience for each person. 

A personalized experience can look like acknowledging the differences between countries, such as holidays, laws, compliance, and terminology. Also, it can be simply making sure people have access to the systems they need upon onboarding.

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Quick tips for evaluating an HRIS

Every company’s needs are unique. When choosing an HRIS, leaders should contemplate what is most important for their company to determine which system will deliver on and exceed expectations.

Consider the following when analyzing an HRIS system:

  • Customizability
  • Support and enhancement of current processes
  • Internal resources to deploy, maintain, and optimize the system
  • Support of the full team member lifecycle
  • Integration with other systems
  • Security

A good HRIS will be able to grow with a company and withstand the changing tides of the current models of work.

Automating people processes helps manage multi-national company growth

Companies of all sizes and varieties are facing a new world of work that’s dominated by remote communication and hypergrowth. It’s up to HR professionals to find the best ways to support their people as they scale up.

The right HR tech can help companies boost productivity and automate clear and consistent processes, from onboarding and offboarding to performance reviews and KPI tracking. Most importantly, HR automation helps maintain communication and consistency, supporting great company cultures where everyone–no matter where they are in the world–feels connected.

This article is based on the presentation “Modernizing HR processes for fast-growing companies.” Watch the full webinar to learn how scaling companies can also grow their HR processes.

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