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With the mass switch to remote work, managing HR has become even more challenging for employers and HR teams. Now you need to be able to keep tabs on people working from just about anywhere, as well as those in the office. In addition, you need the right technology to offer easy access to benefits, payroll, and more.

It’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed. With the right plan, though, managing HR can be more efficient and effective. Check out these five steps to put you and your team on the right track.

1. Adopt an HRIS

Your team is important, but making sure they have the right tools at their disposal is integral to effective management.

A human resources information system, or HRIS, is the right solution for many businesses. A good HRIS has plenty of different modules, which you can mix and match. In turn, you can build a customizable solution that addresses your core HR needs and more.

With an HRIS, you could manage payroll, benefits, leave time, and even scheduling, hiring, and onboarding. The HRIS also streamlines your HR team’s activities.

2. Manage Projects within the HRIS

Once you’ve adopted an HRIS platform, you can start setting up projects within it. An HRIS isn’t only a platform for administering payroll or benefits. It’s also a powerful tool for managing productivity. Set up projects within the HRIS and you’ll be able to track tasks, employee productivity, and much more.

From there, you can manage your team’s time in a more effective way, including schedules. You could also set up goals for individuals and teams and track progress towards them.

3. Crunch the Numbers

With your HRIS now running, your HR team has another major advantage: data. The HRIS collects all kinds of data, which you could then use to inform how your HR team is operating.

The insights HRIS data provide are wide-ranging. You can monitor employee time-off or benefits use to help determine what your employees want most. Do they need more vacation days, or are they more interested in supporting their mental health?

Productivity statistics can help you manage projects more effectively, in addition to creating better schedules for the team. With the data in hand, you can discover where you have skills gaps, tab employees for development, and much more.

Finally, with the HRIS data, you’ll gain insights into your HR team’s performance. You can see how the platform streamlines benefits requests and much more, which allows your team to continue improving their own productivity.

4. Start Hiring the Skills You Need

Next, you’ll want to examine any talent gaps you have in your organization, which the HRIS data could help you locate.

With the adoption of the HRIS, the skills needed in HR change a bit. You’ll want people who are great at learning new systems. You’ll also want team members with a background in data analysis, so they can help you create the right policies.

The HRIS also frees up time for your HR team members. Rather than focusing on process or data entry skills, look for people who are great communicators and can build relationships with your team members. You’ll also want to seek out great policy minds, as they’ll be invaluable in helping you work with the data to move your business forward.

5. Update and Revise Policies

Now’s the time to begin revising policies and procedures. Does the HRIS tell you there’s an issue with scheduling? Then it might be time to revise the way you draw up schedules. Maybe it’s time to consider flexible policies.

If you have a high turnover, it might be time to change the way you recruit. The HRIS data can shine a light on where you could revise hiring policies and procedures.

With the right technology and the right people on board, you can make HR more effective than ever. Ready to learn exactly what an HRIS could do for your business? It’s time to get in touch with the experts!

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Kaneez Jaffer

Kaneez is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with an advanced knowledge of human resources and organizational structure and design. She has extensive experience with HRIS systems and understands the need to move HR from a transactional model to a transformational one. She has worked in the investment banking, insurance, and legal industries, as well as with large not-for-profit centres helping to simplify and streamline their internal systems. Kaneez is an expert in building relationships and affecting change in a positive and productive way. She acts as the key HR business partner at Apri Insurance Services Inc, managing the implementation of JungoHR, while providing expert advice and counsel on a range of HR matters. Kaneez holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management as well as a Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.

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