How we concentrate on the essentials thanks to standardised and automated HR processes.
How can I complete a task in the most efficient way possible? What is often lovingly referred to as a routine in everyday life is actually nothing more than a string of processes. Just as your coffee cup is filled after your shower but emptied before you brush your teeth, then placed in the dishwasher after you tie your shoelaces, before you take your keys and finally head to work, grabbing the freshly delivered paper on the way. To make sure this morning routine works in 25 minutes, multiple factors have to run smoothly: you have to have coffee and a clean cup, your keys have to be where you expect them to be, and your paper has to be delivered on time.
The list is endless, and lots can go wrong. But all the factors slot together and run like clockwork. We therefore have an efficient process that lets us sleep longer and only use 25 minutes for our morning routine. Now, only very few people really look at their morning routine, writing it down in a process flowchart and optimising the process in a structured manner. Why should HR do it then?
Easy: alongside efficiency, good processes can be perfectly tailored to employee needs, laying good foundations for digitisation and creating an understanding in the team for other people’s work. That’s exactly why we love optimising HR processes.
From a defined process, we understand a range of interdependent tasks, the purpose and point, transfer and implementation of which are clearly defined by roles, rights and tools. It now makes no sense to define, write down and optimise each of these hundreds of HR processes.
One simple way to prioritise a process is to look at its frequency and complexity. Complexity can be established using the following questions: how many people are involved in the process, how many steps are involved in the process, and what interdependencies are there?
The following five steps can be used to optimise your HR processes.
At the end of the day, the strategy is no different to how you approach your morning routine. You consider the optimal target process from getting up to leaving the house. You consider the important things, like if you can programme your coffee machine the night before. You then implement the defined process and measure daily success by looking at the clock and your own satisfaction.
To have efficient processes, I don’t necessarily need software. Similarly, software does not mean that processes with be efficient automatically. An inefficient process will remain inefficient even after being set up using software.
Software can, however, help me automate certain steps. For example, I can automatically start the onboarding process as soon as ‘new hire’ has been selected in my recruitment tool. A contract draft is created automatically, the employee receives an automated email with a request to please check their data and provide more if necessary.
In general, there are three different software solutions to choose from:
With all software solutions, it’s important to ensure integration into the existing system landscape so you can make use of all the benefits of your chosen software.
An important aspect often forgotten in process design is how employees feel during the process (employee experience). Onboarding is a great example. The classic aspects of joining a company are often the only ones considered: creating a contract, collecting key data, requesting documents. Ensuring that employees feel integrated and welcome is neglected. It is essential that HR becomes an active creator of positive experiences. Read more about this in our blog The Importance of the Employee Experience.
Digitalised and standardised processes bring structure and focus. This allows HR to concentrate more on the essentials and invest the time gained in a future-oriented and strategic manner.
Published: 17. November 2020