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Human Resources Upgrades in 2020: Your Short Guide

February 26 2020 - While the world of technology ramps up the speed of change across industries and sectors, you might be forgiven for thinking that HR is a department in your company for which the digital age is largely irrelevant. HR is, after all, about the human side of the business - and about managing your human resources in a kind, gentle, and productive way. However, there have been, over the past five years, dramatic changes to how HR departments can work - and in this guide, you'll learn about some of them to direct your HR team to more effective and efficient operations.

Centralized Messaging

Additionally, a software system that centralizes responsibilities and roles will also be able to centralize key messaging across your company - feeding decisions, objectives, and goals derived from the executives of the company down to relevant managers and workers with speed. This kind of system, supported by cutting-edge OKR software, can enable your staff to fully understand the reasons behind their workloads, and the implications of the work that they're doing. As a result, you'll have better-motivated staff, who are willing to put in the hours to meet the goals that they've been informed about.

Payroll Software

One option for HR departments in 2020 is to look into a new array of pay-rolling software that's been designed specifically to help beleaguered HR teams who are used to manually processing errors in payments to staff. This space is expanding and becoming more technically effective by the week, so it's the right time to invest in the software to help automate some of that most laborious and dull activity within your HR department. Look online for the best options, and contact software suppliers to get the best deal for your company.

Allocation of Roles

Next up is the revolution in productivity that can be generated through effective changes to an HR department. This is true for larger companies with more than 50 members of staff - by looking at the skills and the workforce you have across the company, you'll be able to shape the allocation of resources to departments that are most in need of labor. In the long-term, this means training some staff to be jacks-of-all-trades, allowing them to traverse departments when the going gets tough in a group of workers in your company.

Human Touch

While much of this article has indeed focused on technology, it's worth finishing with a point about the human side of the business. With more jobs set to be automated soon, and many employees, therefore, at risk of being made redundant or moved along to different roles, the HR department is likely to be a central point of questioning and frustration in the next decade and beyond. Finding ways to communicate empathetically, and to ensure that employees' needs are met - both practically and emotionally - will be an important part of your job in the future of work that will soon befall us.

These four areas of focus will help to level up your HR department, making it fit for purpose for the future of work in 2020 and beyond.

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