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How to make HR tech work for your business

By Sara Barker
Mon 18 Jul 2016
FYI, this story is more than a year old

HR technology powers people management, so getting the right technology is about freeing up staff, workloads and improving your business, says WFS Australia.

“Businesses that have long-term strategies for workforce management technology are more successful in selecting appropriate systems and succeeding with employee take-up of the new technology. This is important because automating HR processes reduces workloads and frees up staff to focus on higher-priority tasks. This leads to measurable cost reductions for the organisation,” says Leslie Tarnacki, vice president, human resources and general manager, WFS Australia.

As a result, WFS Australia has five main points to consider when choosing and implementing new HR technology.

Employee hour tracking: WFS believes that employee log hours are important so an HR system should allow staff to view their timesheets at any location, as well as being compliant with relevant labour laws.

Staff rosters: Automated rosters can be implemented using staff scheduling software, which WFS says can optimise staff costs, effectiveness, manage mandatory days off and decrease expenses. Employees must also be able to view their hours and timesheets, while managers must be alerted to errors or upcoming tasks that warrant attention.

Leave tracking and management: Automating staff absence systems can reduce and mitigate costs associated with staff absence. While absence can have a 'significant' financial impact, an automated system can reduce costs, WFS says. The system must track all paid and unpaid leave in accordance to compliance laws.

Analytics: The process of automating hour tracking, rosters and leave tracking and other HR tasks can provide valuable information about business performance, which can measure the impact and results of any actions taken.

Employee self-service: Cloud solutions can enable employees to log in remotely, without browser, plug-in or application limitations. WFS says this can boost workforce productivity and work flexibility at any time of the day, while promoting the consistent interface and remote working possibilities. 

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