The cloud is being used to its fullest potential by businesses large and small across the globe. The technology has driven results in a variety of sectors, and HR is one industry that is experiencing the benefits. While there are many businesses that are yet to make the transition, almost one-third of those that are currently using traditional applications are planning their migration to the cloud.
There are numerous advantages to cloud technology, especially for the HR industry, which emphasises big data, efficiency and employee satisfaction.
- Cloud technology improves hiring capability
Through cloud technology, much of the recruiting process is undergone online, allowing recruiters to track applicants easily through each stage of the process. Documents and resumes are efficiently stored, and applications based in the cloud enable resume processing, screening, interview scheduling, job offers and more.
The cloud also allows recruiters to interpret big-data and make use of information to gage whether an employee will be suited for the role in question.
- Cloud technology improves employee satisfaction
The universality of the cloud creates flexibility for staff, as data can be accessed from various device types at any time and at any location. As information is so readily available, staff anxiety levels are reduced, with greater ability for employees to work from home and achieve a work / life balance. This leads to better quality work and happier employees that are likely to remain at the business long-term.
Group work is also made more flexible, with employees able to contribute to discussions at any location.
- Cloud technology strengthens business efficiency
Through cloud technology, HR professionals are able to complete work faster and more efficiently. Automation is a crucial part of this advantage, and those processes that involve a large density of data can be completed much faster than through traditional systems.
Typical components of the HR role, including the submission of timesheets, leave applications, the update of critical employee information, as well as the storage of various agreements can be managed quickly through the cloud. Physical paperwork is kept at a minimum, and the likelihood of errors is significantly reduced. This in turn encourages organisation, and the flexibility of working conditions allows work to be done at a faster rate.
The combination of these smaller benefits to efficiency will save businesses on costs in the long-term.
- Compliancy obligations are easily met through cloud technology
Since the cloud is based online, software updates are undergone automatically and regularly, keeping businesses on the forefront of any important changes to regulations.
One prime example includes the recent legislative impact on payroll, where STP was introduced as an obligation on companies across Australia. Businesses utilising cloud-based HR platforms were ahead of the game, as STP was added automatically as an additional feature to their already-implemented workforce management system.
The cloud also boasts a scrupulous security framework that has many advantages beyond those that traditional systems could offer. The benefits of cloud security include extensive surveillance and tightly controlled access, automatic backups in the case of disaster recovery, and regular auditing.
For more information on cloud security, see our previous post.
Cloud migration proving crucial
While there are many changes to the ways in which HR processes will be undergone in the 21st century, cloud technology is forging its way as a core and crucial tool for not only recruiters but for business owners in general. When it comes to building an organisation that is robust enough for the future, it is becoming clear that migration to the cloud will be essential.