Why connection matters more than ever in HR departments

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By Anthony Wolny | 1st February 2022 | 2 min read

The events of the pandemic have caused widespread disconnect and fragmentation in many businesses.

In particular, hybrid working is creating numerous challenges for HR departments, resulting in struggles to connect with the wider organisation, a new eBook from IRIS reveals.

With employees now split between the office and their homes, many businesses find their cultural values stretched, creating added risks.

A lack of cohesive operational systems and dispersed workforces threaten to hinder business efficiency, employee productivity and morale.

However, effective technology and business practices can bridge these gaps, helping create meaningful connections across your workforce, regardless of employee location.

Here we’ve examined three key areas HR teams need to focus on to get their business better connected and detailed how software can support.

1) Your people

Getting your business connected starts with finding ways to bring employees together, from recruitment and onboarding to ongoing support.

But periods of disruption and high staff turnover can dampen your relationship and lead to wider business performance issues.

By utilising cloud-based HR software, you can empower staff and align their processes regardless of location, strengthening the connection between employee and employer.

Cloud software also allows employees to proactively manage their own data, absences and holidays with self-service HR functionality, generating a greater sense of value and trust.

2) Payroll and HR integration

Payroll serves as the critical bridge between HR and finance and is the most consistent touchpoint between employers and their workforce.

However, scattered systems hinder your payroll as they’re prone to human error, resulting in a further disconnect.

Integrated software can tackle these risks, streamlining operations and driving team efficiency via a single portal environment.

The end-user benefits are enhanced employee engagement, while the business saves time, accumulates better data and produces fewer admin errors.

3) Investment

Businesses demand a strong connection between HR systems, ROI and wider goals, but when investment in this area is neglected, challenges around cohesion can occur.

With the right HR solution, driven by automation, you can improve efficiency and save cash, maximising your ROI.

Factors such as cloud technology, process automation, employee self-service, integrated software and outsourcing can all fuel wider business goals and free up your time.

Ebook: How connected HR drives culture, operations and performance

Download the full eBook here and discover more tips to enrich your business operations with meaningful connections that drive your business forward.