Technology, a term that brings to mind an image of smartphones, computers, laptops, Alexa, and Siri.
Do you think technology is deeply ingrained in us?
It sure is.
Since technology is a part and parcel of our lives, it is also essential for every HR manager and the business. This is because technology can streamline tasks and improve workflow. It is possible for the HR manager to achieve a lot more with the right digital transformation.
In this article, we will discuss what is digital transformation and how it can impact the workforce.
Defining Digital Transformation
Digital transformation is not just about technology, but it is much more. In the simplest words, digital transformation is how technology makes tasks easier for us.
Think of the banking app you utilize for transactions or the application that you use to keep a track of your expenses. Through all these technological advancements, our work becomes easier and that is what we call digital transformation. The easy way of achieving tasks!
This is not just personal but digital transformation is now the backbone of businesses as well. It helps us achieve professional goals effectively without any hassle.
Keeping the definition of digital transformation in mind, we will move forward.
Why HR Should Focus on Digital Transformation?
When talking about digital transformation in the HR department, it is comparatively slower than the rest of the organization. The reason behind is simple, to improve digital transformation in the HR sector, the technology should be able to ease the working of the HR department. With legacy systems, it is not possible. This is also why many HR managers stick to the traditional way of working – manual working.
The key to transforming the HR department is reducing the hassle of achieving processes. For instance, just by allowing employees to fill their HR-related data in the portal can free up HR time and reduce their administrative processes. This will free up HR time for more strategic roles and high-level tasks. Something that is not possible without the right technology.
Challenges in Digital Transformation
The biggest challenge that stops digital transformation in any organization is HR’s aversion towards the change. Many HR managers and teams believe that technology can steal their jobs. They believe that using tech to allow employees to execute admin tasks will only rob them of their jobs and precious work. This is why HR tech implementation and digital transformation in the workplace becomes difficult.
To help your HR team adjust to the new tech, it is necessary to help them understand that the digital transformation includes HR. This department of the business will reap equal benefits.
This can be achieved by reminding HR that they joined the profession to help employees, which can be better accomplished when HR has more time for strategic roles.
How to Prepare the Workforce for Digital Transformation?
It is necessary to understand that leadership is necessary for leading everyone towards digital transformation. With the right leadership, most of your HR team members and employees won’t adjust to this change, which will only force you to rollback. That is never good.
So, when you finally move in the direction of digital transformation, it is necessary to utilize strong leadership to guide this change for better, improved ROI.
Communication is the key. For HR to understand the importance of digital transformation, it is imperative for HR to understand their strategic responsibilities such as employee growth, training, people’s analytics, etc. Without HR realizing their role above admin and repetitive tasks, it is not possible to implement digital transformation smoothly. Hence, to ease HR into this transformation, communication is the key. It can be from an HR member only or you can use the train-the-trainer method.
Digital transformation in the HR department can become a reason for a better workplace. When HR is able to focus on the people of the organization rather than data entry, it is possible to create a motivated, high-performing, and enhanced workforce. So, start now and start right.