What can be gained with technology and integration?
In a word, efficiency and productivity, says Mansfield. An employee asks for a day off. The request is logged, and the manager is alerted and reviews the request. If approved, the information gets onto the schedule and to payroll. If necessary, qualified substitutes are found.
There are lots of challenges for managers in today’s complex workplace, says Lombardi. One way to help is to reduce the time spent on routine workforce management. Especially in jobs like retail and manufacturing, but really in any workplace, you want your managers out there making it happen, not in a back office dealing with time and attendance recording and reporting.
Building the Case for Automation
As you build your case for automation, consider the following factors, Lombardi says:
Productivity. Productivity is king. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your workforce and the resources you have. Studies show that organizations with automated time and attendance achieve 12 percent greater productivity.
Awareness. Gain a better handle on who’s working, when they’re working, and integrate with performance data.
Cost savings. Cost savings should be possible with most approaches.
Compliance. Improved data and reporting mean better audits and better documentation in case of suits and charges.
Engagement. Supervisors, managers, and employees are more engaged when less of their time is spent on routine annoyances and more on what is important to the organization.
Influence. HR’s influence in the organization will grow when it can offer more meaningful and accurate data and demonstrate cost savings.
Decision making. Automation helps to make sure that data are clean and accurate, and that results in better data, better reports, and better decisions.
Accuracy. Decrease in error rate means less manual involvement. In turn, that results in savings in labor costs.
So, when making your case, certainly mention efficiency, effectiveness and accuracy, but also mention what it does for managers and employees, Lombardi says.
The Curve Ball of the ACA
And then there’s the big curve ball, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It may have a significant impact on workforce management strategy and also a significant impact on workforce technology. Many companies will have important—and potentially costly—strategic decisions to make. And many of those decisions will be data-driven.
Regardless of your ACA strategy (pay or play, etc.) your administrative burden is huge. Especially the burdens of tracking eligibility and reporting will be eased by automation and the associated tools.
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Millennial Generation Offers Clues
Mansfield coaches his son’s hockey team. They had a game they didn’t play very well in, so he put them in a room and told them to work together to figure out how to play better. After a while, he went into the room, and they were doing what he had asked—talking to each other via smartphones and tablets.
Mansfield realizes that companies may not be able to meet all their employees’ technological preferences, and in those circumstances, you have to work to find a balance.
You can still work toward a system that is:
- Attractive and engaging
- Easy to use and intuitive
- With information available in real time
- That produces data that helps view employees as assets
And how about how you pay those assets? Working with outdated pay ranges can create turnover, pay equity issues, low morale, and legal challenges. Also, granting merit increases without an accurate budget or distribution method has the strong potential to damage your professional credibility.
Budgets for consulting services remain tight but your organization still has to get the job done. For HR professionals to successfully handle basic compensation work, you need to feel comfortable with the process–from market pricing positions and aging survey data to handling wage compression and developing a merit matrix that recognizes performance and market relationships to many other things in between. Suffice to say, these compensation conundrums require careful and thoughtful attention.
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