Here are the top 5 concerns (or what I call “myths”) that people share with me during the buying process of online Talent Management systems:
HR Technology is very misunderstood and in many cases leads to fear and apprehension that ultimately may hold an organization back. Let’s set the record straight!
Technology Facilitates the Conversation
The right technology actually improves the conversation! With centralized access and management a good piece of software allows HR, managers and employees to orchestrate the paperwork and thus facilitate the conversation. Writing assistants are there to support users as they thoughtfully prepare feedback and responses.
Technology should be simple – for ALL – and never a burden
From Administrators to end users, the implementation of any Talent Management software should be seamless with supported roll out and built in support. A full compliment of self-paced learning tools and an integrated help desk is ideal. Technology should shift the burden away from managers and the HR department, so that everyone has more time to sit down and talk.
Technology should save you money – there’s an absolute ROI
When you consider the price of a piece of technology, consider the savings it should bring. Ask how much time the system takes to administer and compare it to what a complex, paper process costs. Well-designed online systems slash administrative hours, improve retention and promote consistency and fairness of process amongst its User population. Shouldn’t your talent management system improve the bottom line?
SaaS and HR-in-the-cloud is safe and sound
Software as a Service (SaaS) is often misunderstood. While you may access your site online, rest assured that your data is being kept on a secure server. Inquire about the security features of these servers – the best ones have biometric scanning (retinal scan and finger print access only) and thus provide a higher level of security than most company owned servers ever could. Ask your provider who owns your data; a good software provider will release your data to you without question, even if you should chose to leave the system.
Organizations are quick to change work environments to use cutting edge technology when doing business, however, people processes haven’t kept up. To stay competitive, leveraging on the greatest asset – the talent – is crucial. Integrating technology with an ongoing performance management process can help you maximize, engage and develop your employees to their full potential.