After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every industry across India shut down for a while. Of late, we all have resumed working in parts and following a hybrid model with masks on and sanitizers being used frequently.
Currently and during the lockdown, there have been a host of things that helped all of us sail through these testing times. In the corporate world, technology, especially on-cloud and virtual spaces have been helping immensely.
Not to forget, HR software is certainly one of those solutions that have aided organizations in the new normal.
For the unintended, human resource management systems are used to:
But that is just not it, HR software has also helped companies in several other ways to function in the new normal.
In this blog, we are going to talk about the same.
Here’s what we will cover:
- What is the new normal in the world of work?
- Why HR software is important in the new normal?
- Top 5 Advantages of HR software
- Parting Thoughts
Let’s dive in.
What is new normal in the world of work?
“Work From Home” or ‘Hybrid Work Model’ is the new normal. It has, undoubtedly, become a mandate instead of being treated as an employee benefit under the employee value proposition umbrella.
The transition from “Work from Office” to “Remote Working” has, undoubtedly, been knee-jerk which brought a host of challenges in evolving markets as well as businesses.
Some of the biggest challenges HR executives faced in the new normal were:
Fortunately, all these HR challenges were slowly but steadily resolved with the right strategies and cognitive technologies. This in turn not just added value to the organizations but also facilitated employee satisfaction, reduced employee churn, and increased customer satisfaction.
Why HR software is important in the new normal?
During the lockdown, many employers were non-resilient and failed to provide business continuity to their customers. Organizations that were the worst hit were those that had not deployed technologies. On the other hand, organizations that were already using technology solutions such as HR software were able to continue their operations digitally. So, one lesson businesses learned in the new normal was to design an ecosystem that leverages the right technology that’s ready for not just the now but also for the unprecedented future of work
Some intelligent HR software are an exclusive fit for the new world of work resulting in a sales upsurge as such systems allowed HRs and managers to take care of every routine process from the comfort of their homes. In the new normal, it empowered HR executives across India to carry out human resources processes in just a few clicks.
Top 5 Advantages of HR software
No one was going to the office the past few months and not everyone is going to the office now. So, the biggest challenge for companies was to record the attendance of the employees in the system as biometrics are of no use in this new normal. However, attendance made it possible for the employees to mark their attendance from the app itself. Some software also had or launched their mobile app with features like geo mark attendance, and live photo, mark attendance when offline as well.
Culture building & Engagement
Surviving the disruption brought by COVID-19 was hard but not impossible. With time, we all are becoming more and more resilient. The pandemic attacked the workplace culture directly when it started spreading but HR software helped in withstanding this shake by boosting employee engagement and presenting insights related to employees to the HRs and management. While we as humans are conditioned to really engage when we see each other when working from home we were not in touch with each other. To eradicate the same, HR software is helping in multifarious ways. The R&R feature to appreciate the efforts, chat to stay in touch, and HR posts to keep them updated with the latest news and information about the office are just a few of those. These also help in keeping the morale of the employees high!
One of the biggest benefits of HR software is also improved collaboration. It is no news that every task requires either input from a person or meetings. Basically, the work is interdependent. Working in silos all of a sudden, initially made it difficult for the companies and overwhelming for the employees to attend virtual meetings, use cloud storage apps. So, apart from providing payroll management software, the HR software made collaborating easier and quicker for businesses. HR software really helped them with options to have a group or one on one chat and made it easier for them to exchange messages and share links, images, documents, and videos.
HR & Payroll software in India that was available on the cloud has been a boon for businesses. The software processed payroll timely and rightly after taking salary cuts (if done) into account. The insights related to payroll every month like how much was spent on new employees, how much was spent on hiring, and more made employers more watchful of where and how they spend their money.
Performance management software helped people to add their activities and achievements in real-time, get and give feedback, and highlight these against their performance reviews. Some top-notch systems also aided HRs to acquire daily insights into pulse, sentiment, etc and address problems that were limiting employee performance.
Right from goals setting and management, to employee evaluations, to performance assessments, the performance management process, HR and performance management systems made every process a cakewalk for companies.
HR managers were also able to design a structured performance management process that invites collaboration from every individual. For instance, continuous feedback mechanisms and 360 degrees feedback loops with the right notifications and intelligently linked with manager outcomes helped build employees for high performance.
We hope you were able to connect to the benefits of using HR software discussed above. If not, your HR software might need a little re-evaluation from your end.
Seeking the new normal is not easy. Most of us did think that this will be over by now and here we are witnessing it increase to a greater number every day. Hence, the endeavour should be to develop the capability to deal with diverse and conflicting situations.
So, let’s pray for the health and happiness of our businesses and people and resort to embracing technology in every way required.