Most employees are already frustrated with the amount of admin they have to complete, keeping them from more important and interesting tasks. HR can often represent additional work on top of that, with everything from contract changes, training sessions, promotions and appraisals all coming with a layer of paperwork. Furthermore, working with HR is often perceived to be slow and time-consuming.
But automation is helping overturn that reputation. It can significantly reduce the time employees spend on the manual, repetitive aspects of these tasks, and free up their time for more valuable, fulfilling work. Meanwhile, the technology removes the manual element which is often responsible for time delays, ensuring that information reaches the appropriate party quickly, and each person involved can be automatically notified of real-time progress.
Holiday tracking is a prime example of where automation can improve processes. Manually scrolling through email requests and approvals should be confined to the HR history books. Automated workflows are turning this into a seamless process where approval can be sought and given, and holiday allowances updated, automatically. It keeps both the HR team and the employee happy, reducing the friction that comes with bookkeeping errors or miscommunications which can be all too common when automation isn’t employed, ensuring a smoother process for both management and workers.