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How Darth Vader Chooses His HR Software

March 28 2017 - Love him or hate him, infamous villain Darth Vader was remarkably successful throughout most of the movies he was featured in. Sure, he lost in the end. But he successfully led thousands of fictional plastic white troops into battle, and oversaw many furious victories.

A commander with as much prestige as Darth Vader can surely teach us a thing or two about people management, right? So, we've interpreted five of his quotes, and turned them into the five principles he (probably) follows when comparing HR systems.

1. "Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them"

HR software should motivate.

In Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader gets annoyed when his men aren't working fast enough. He expresses his desire to find "new ways" to motivate them. I dread to think what they are! But I'd like to think that he is talking about a brand new HR system that includes features that support employee motivation. For example, employee self-service, 360 degree performance reviews, and interactive company chat functionality.

2. "Join me, and I will complete your training"

HR software should support internal training.

When Darth Vader asks Luke to join him in The Empire Strikes Back, you were probably as impressed as I was, right? He obviously has an HR system that includes a training matrix for helping him to spot skill gaps, track training programs, and support employee development!

Luke didn't choose to join him. Maybe he misunderstood his dear old dad's intentions?

3. "Where is Padmé? Is she safe?"

HR software should track absence and attendance.

When Darth Vader gets worried about his wife, Amidala, he begins to ask questions about her location and wellbeing. Perhaps the Revenge of the Sith was set before Darth Vader implemented his first HR system.

If he was up and running with his HR system at this point, he would have been able to check the absence and attendance area within his software to see exactly where she was.

4. "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you have created"

HR software doesn't need to be fancy.

Most audience members think that Darth Vader is talking about the Death Star, when he makes this comment during A New Hope. But I think he was actually talking about the HR software his team had just built.

The message he was probably trying to get across, was that HR software doesn't need to have a bunch of fancy bells and whistles. In fact, the easier it is to use, the better it is to buy - as long as it performs its important functions really well.

5. "When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master."

HR software companies should offer some sort of training package.

This quote from A New Hope is probably talking about how Darth Vader finally mastered his empire's HR system. And this is really important.

If you become a master of the technology you use, people in your company will put more faith in you as an expert at your job. Therefore, look for an HR software provider who offers some sort of training package.

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