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Revolutionizing HR Through Intelligent Automation

December 4 2017 - As an industry, HR is obviously defined by its interactions with humans. However, a recent study found that 72% of HR professionals think lack of automation is slowing things down. But how do you balance the needs of humans with technology? The construction and implementation of HR policies is always done as a balance between worker well-being and rights; and the health of the hiring company.

However, as the information age has rolled on, automation and artificial intelligence has started making inroads into HR functions. It might be time for you to take stock and change; if you're willing to responsibly outsource some functions, you could do this in house by handing the keys over to a computer.

Researching Your Options

There is intense interest in automation and its effects. CIPD, the UK HR professional network, held a lively debate on automation at their 2017 conference. For the enterprising HR professional, there is a lot of information out there to help you make an informed decision on how it could be applicable to your business. There are business advisory services across the web that are lining to give this advice. It goes without saying that research is key before implementing any sort of automated HR process, given the personal effect it has on the personal lives of staff. However, Forbes research has shown that manual HR processes are inefficient, which really demonstrates the great potential for HR companies to make gains through automation.

Automating Recruitment

Recruitment is a big time-consumer for HR departments, especially for companies that are demanding with the quality of their intake. However, this is one of the more straightforward areas to automate. With the wealth of information on the internet for every candidate - often made available for public viewing by said candidate - there are lots of tools out there to aggregate online information for applications. There now exists bespoke recruitment software that you can programme into specific requirements and invite properly vetted applicants to interview on the back of.

The further relevance of AI being brought in in 2018 is likely to make this process even more streamlined, where properly programmed computers can make judgement calls on applicants.

Health and Safety

Health and safety is a tricky area for every business, demanding that employers tie together subjective events with rigorous and frequently misinterpreted legislation. Artificial intelligence and automation can make this easier, too, however, by using 'bots' to trudge through health and safety legislation and ensure that the boxes are being ticked. It can also help to make informed decisions on tricky situations.

Automation has been used for a few select areas in HR, like onboarding, payroll and the appraisal process. However, the options for HR automation and artificial intelligence are on an upward trend through 2018. You can take advantage.





Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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