Digital Transformation

Why the Digital Transformation Will Fail Without HR

By

Lauren Rogers

| Feb 15, 2019

To kick off the new year for the HR Break Room podcast, we invited Nick Ismail, content editor of Information Age, to share his insights on the digital transformation that’s increasingly required for businesses to remain competitive.

We discussed how vital HR is during that ongoing transformation, including the part HR technology plays to drive gains in productivity and efficiency companywide. Here’s a peek into that conversation, which you can hear in full here.

HR’s role

One simple definition of the digital transformation: the incorporation of technology into an organization’s overall strategy. That positively affects several functional areas within the business, including those that often fall under HR’s leadership: workplace culture, retention, recruiting and onboarding, for example.

Technology decisions for the whole company typically are made at the top of the org chart, but for them to be effective, everyone at the organization needs to understand the changes being made and the why behind them. “HR is really crucial in this,” Ismail noted, “because they’re the link between the employee and the employer.”

Speaking of employees, one critical touchpoint that all employees will have with your company’s digital transformation is through HR technology. And simplicity is key here to ensure your employees use the software in which you invest. According to Ismail, if you’re using a system with several providers for several solutions, “it’s going to be difficult to use, and there’s going to be a resistance from people in the organization.”

Productivity and efficiency

The digital transformation brings workplace benefits over and above mere convenience. When HR helps transform the organization by eliminating manual processes and aligning the human element with today’s workplace technology, you can see increased employee productivity and added efficiency companywide.

For example, a new study by Ernst & Young shows that the cost of one data entry within common HR tasks averages $4.39. When companies require outdated manual processes – and thereby more steps –  the HR professional and the employee lose valuable time. And the organization as a whole gradually bleeds money due to the real financial cost of those inefficiencies.

By embracing the digital transformation and reducing manual processes with easy-to-use HR software, companies can find more effective uses for that time and money such as creating strategy around the new data that your HR software has provided and listening to a riveting podcast.

To learn more about how the digital transformation affects HR, and how HR can make the case for tech initiatives to executive leadership, listen to episode 51 of HR Break Room.

About the Author

Lauren Rogers

As a communications specialist at Paycom, Lauren Rogers keeps employees abreast of company news and events, and provides insight to industry leaders regarding issues affecting human capital management. With experience in marketing and communications, Lauren has written blogs and other materials for a variety of businesses and nonprofits. Outside the office, she enjoys gardening, testing new recipes and sipping something caffeinated with her nose in a book.

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