Have you ever felt left out? Like, not being invited to that company party or golf outing? Or not seeing that merger coming? Or working two months on a succession plan and then realizing that another team just rolled one out? Or being left out of conversations with your CEO because HR is just too out of sight? Of course you have.
Good news: Implementing HR technology platforms can help you and your HR team. Here’s how tech has helped my company and my team feel less “left out.”
- It has brought more intimacy to our expanding workforce.
- It has brought more intimacy to cross-functional teams where natural silo’s are dying to pop up.
- It has helped create intimacy between my HR department and Daxko team members.
Intimacy. In HR. You read that correctly.
This post may not be for you if you bristle at the literal word combo of HR and intimacy. I believe that modern HR teams who support a modern workforce understand this crucial equation:
Intimacy + Access = Trust.
If your employees do not believe in your HR team, your HR function is dead in the water. In my experience, our company has facilitated more personalized conversations and has given folks more access to other team members and business information through HR technology.
Employees no longer feel left out.
Want in on a little secret? For years, my company’s HR tech was mediocre at best. Why? We didn’t need PeopleSoft when we had 50 people, and the mediocre tech did the trick. Why fix what isn’t broken? We had a culture of feedback that for the most part hid our HR tech cracks.
But Daxko grew. Quickly. We had 12 consecutive years of 20 percent growth, increasing headcount and geographies. Glad-handing and water cooler convos weren’t enough to bring clarity and, most importantly, intimacy to any interactions.
So how has tech helped?
- HR tech is not just for HR. The term “HR tech” is a misnomer. It is for all employees. Instant connection.
- It makes a large world smaller. HR technology platforms are following the formula social media has established. Simple, lightweight, transparent.
- It removes the administration burden away from all employees in an organization. Daxko colleagues have a better chance of focusing on the right things with proper HR tech.
- It enables employees to be treated like adults. It gives employees autonomy. For instance, our new applicant tracking system allows hiring managers to interact directly with candidates. We allow leaders to review their candidates at their pace and customize questions that make sense.
- Our tech provides our employees with real-time feedback, too. New HR tech is allowing us to switch from “backward-looking” reviews to real-time “check-ins” to propel goal progression.
- It provides senior leaders with real-time feedback as well. Our new tech pushes out one-question “pulse surveys” through an email. Our CEO can ask, “Did our midyear retreat provide the clarity necessary to achieve your annual goals?” Within a few hours, leaders get results and then act. Quickly.
- Controlled turnover.
- Higher engagement scores (4.2 out of 5 corporate-wide).
- Highest new sales in the history of Daxko.
- Ability to grow 20 percent year-over-year through successful acquisitions and new product development.
So, remember: Intimacy + Access = Trust.
If you believe in that formula, don’t do all the heavy lifting. Implementing a few high-quality and cost-effective HR tech solutions can — and should — help change your game.
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