Success in business today hinges on the immediate access to all sorts of data. Whether it is sales and marketing data, manufacturing process data or Human Resources data, automated systems increase productivity and pose less reliance on the human factor of accessing manual files.
Advantage over traditional systems of organization replace mountains of paper, let alone provide numerous other benefits. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) such as an automated HR system has the ability to streamline processes, retain data that is easily accessible and offers a system that is reliable, affordable and technologically sound.
Human Resources departments provide administrative and benefits management for most organizations. There are many aspects that may not readily come to mind, but they include the following:
• Applicant Tracking
• Benefits Administration
• Performance Records
• Payroll Reporting
• HR Legal Compliance
• Records Maintenance
• HR Management Systems
• Employee Relations (non-Union)
• Employee Training
• Online and Offline Recruiting
• Time and Attendance
• Appraisals and Evaluations
• Policy Manuals
• Procedures Manuals
• Employee Self-Service
• Employee Assistance
• Labor Relations (Union Contracts)
• Absentee Management
The value automated human resources brings to businesses is varied, depending on perspective. While some see the tremendous savings on office supplies like paper and printers, others see the flexibility and ease of access to data. Both hold real value, and each is quite relevant.
What is remarkable is the amount of time and energy that the human resources department can re-direct as a result of having all HR related processes automated. With time being one of the most valuable of all business resources, productivity can be greatly enhanced through the use of an automated human resources department, especially for small to medium sized businesses, where every payroll dollar saved is another dollar toward sustainability.
The cost savings combined with efficiency and ease of accessibility create lasting value that is hard to say no to.
The true value of office automation is a varied and sundry topic, relevant to all those attempting to justify expense of switching, as well as to those now utilizing an automated system. What has proven to be true is that advancements in technology systems not only improve productivity through data collection and storage, but also that information, so critical to all areas of business, is easily convertible to actionable tasks and results. Having the information readily available through an automated network saves time and money.
A few months ago we highlighted an article featuring a government office switching from manual systems to office automation (see our blog- Automation Savings), where it was reported in the newspaper of the tremendous savings. Ink and inkjet printer cost, cost of paper and time wasted on manual processes totaled tens of thousands for one local government department. Businesses that use manual systems can take notice of these savings and implement automation into their businesses and make it quite affordable, with a payback cycle that is above average.
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