A growing awareness of the value of employee engagement and well-being, in developing and retaining staff, was boosted last year when the pandemic forced the separation of employee and employer through remote working. A year on and HR teams remain focussed on supporting employees in any way they can to ensure they remain engaged and motivated.
The pandemic created changes to the workplace that no one could have anticipated and led to challenges that few had experienced. The move away from the office environment has lasted for many more months than was originally expected and a multitude of programmes for employee well being are available. What is different now is that technology is at the forefront.
A lot of employees become engaged at an emotional level and feel an instinctive commitment to their employer. This emotion drives behaviour and engaged employees frequently exhibit elevated levels of enthusiasm for and dedication to the business. There can be little doubt that engaged employees can produce beneficial outcomes for themselves and those around them. Initiatives taken to ensure the well-being of teams can be met with a positive response simply because the individual feels valued and not alone.
Providing employees with all the tools needed to perform and deploying technologies that enhance the work experience should be a priority for any business. The idea is not to disengage the employee from others whilst working remotely, but to minimise the time required to complete routine and time consuming tasks. Administrative work is a necessary part of any job, but employees bogged down by admin may become bored and forget what they love about their job. With tools that minimise the routine an employee is free to pursue activities that create engagement with others and support their work-life balance; delivering a holistic approach from HR that will be the way forward as restrictions begin to ease.
Global software provider, Frontier Software recommends the introduction of self service HR software to empower employees, by delivering access to their personal information 24/7.
Deployment options include browser based and mobile, thus ensuring employees with flexible work arrangements can access data as and when it is most convenient for them, thereby enhancing the employee experience.
Self Service offers benefits that support employee engagement such as:
- Increased employee autonomy
- Increased employee input into decision making
- A basis for learning, performance appraisal and career planning
Self Service aids the processes underpinning employee engagement, such as easy to use leave administration and on-line access to pay data. When coupled with the potential cost savings and efficiencies for your business, it offers a practical, effective tool to facilitate engagement and produce positive outcomes. Now is a perfect time to consider the benefits of software that makes life simpler; by adding Self Service to your HR tool kit you can reap the rewards of employee engagement.
FIRST PUBLISHED HR GRAPEVINE SEPTEMBER 2020
|With over three decades of experience, Frontier Software is an established provider of global Human Capital Management software solutions. The ichris software suite is functionally rich and highly configurable, with modules providing a truly integrated platform across all touch points of HR management. Deployment options include on-premise or in the cloud.|