The cloud. It’s not a relatively new concept for the world, but for HR, the benefits of cloud computing are still catching on. The supporters of the technology claim it boosts performance, helps recruit the best talent, increases employee engagement, betters innovation and organizes data. It’s also said cloud computing has helped close the communication gap that exists between HR teams, employees, and management. Benefits of Cloud Computing When it comes to HR technology, the mind boggles. While it sounds like a funny statement, the sentiment is true. There are a plethora of technologies out there meant to help the HR professional in their daily job activities. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality are just a few that are on that very long complicated list. Cloud computing is certainly among some of the top attention-grabbing technologies. So, that begs the question: what are its benefits? Recruiting First and foremost, cloud computing offers unparalleled organization. Imagine a virtual series of filing cabinets each with specific information. Based on need and clearance levels, these filing cabinets are opened to every HR professional within a company. Files and documents can be easily shared, retrieved and updated… all of which can be recorded and time stamped. That’s the promise of cloud computing. It also directly impacts the ability of HR to recruit that best talent available for the company. Normally a recruiting process is rather long and detail-oriented. Cloud computing streamlines the process. Placing the information related to the process in the cloud gives everyone immediate access to it. Feedback can be given and decisions made solely in the cloud. Innovation Amongst employees, it allows for an unprecedented amount of innovation . Employees are able to share ideas with one another through the cloud community. In a lot of ways, the cloud outdates email or other forms of instant communication. And it’s not only accessible by those on the email, for instance, or even those in the chat client, everyone has access to the cloud. And to be clear, this isn’t just workers. This applies to every level of the workforce from the entry level employee to the CEO. The long and short here is the promotion of employee engagement. As more and more employees are migrating and successfully navigating the cloud, workers are not only engaging with one another, but with the company in a more open and honest way. Another word for this is transparency. That is key especially as the workforce continues to go through changes. This specifically refers to the growing number of Generation Z workers entering the job market. Automating Data Heavy Processes With cloud computing, many of the HR processes that include a lot of data can be automated. Examples include timesheet submission, performance reviews, and vacation requests. Employees can even update their own employee data forms. Once that is complete, the cloud can take it from there automating the update process for forms linked to that particular employee. This includes income tax information and emergency contact […]
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