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Here’s a question for you: How much time is your organization spending on routine human resource tasks?

We just heard a resounding “way too much time!” through your devices – we hear you loud and clear, and we agree. In fact, on average, small businesses spend a cumulative 240 days per year on non-core administrative tasks equating to 17% of their total manpower. What could your business achieve with all of that extra time? A lot. Thankfully, there’s a relatively new protagonist in the world of human resources here to save the day – cloud technology.

In a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoppers, 75% of surveyed companies house at least one of their HR processes in the cloud and 40% house their entire HR management system up there. As technology continues to advance, companies are increasingly realizing the benefits of HR in the cloud. We break down a few key benefits below:

 

Seamless Recruiting Processes

A day in the life of a recruiter looks a lot like…well, everything. Between scouring the web for candidates, reviewing dozens of resumes, making calls, scheduling interviews, working with department heads, etc. all of the moving parts can become easily overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Robust HR management software, such as the Ethan Allen HR Cloud, integrates all of your recruitment processes into one streamlined platform where each activity and its respective data feeds into the next, virtually eliminating the need for repeat data entry. Everything from job posting, applicant tracking, candidate communications, scheduling, and more, is handled in a one-stop-shop designed with efficiency top of mind. Plus, once you find the perfect candidate for the job and extend the offer, all of their information goes directly into the onboarding module of the cloud.

 

Painless Onboarding and Benefits Enrollment

We’re not here to stress how important effective onboarding is. You already know the far-reaching impacts it can have on the productivity of your new hires and your turnover rates – effectively impacting every part of your organization. Ok, we’re going to say it anyways – onboarding really matters. And it’s not just an HR problem, either. A study by Gartner showed that managers spent twice as much time onboarding new hires than the HR department. With so much at stake, why do only 12 percent of employees strongly agree that their organization is effective at onboarding new hires? It’s a stark disconnect that technology can help bridge.

With the right cloud platform, organizations are able to streamline their onboarding processes from start to finish. Back and forth emails with new hire documentation are replaced with employee and manager portals. Time-consuming emails and calls are replaced with automated reminders. Printers, scanners, and fax machines are replaced with electronically signed PDFs. Complicated benefits enrollment is replaced with user-friendly electronic forms. You get the picture. It’s HR designed for your busy teams.

 

Payroll Processes Designed for the Modern Age

In a recent study by the American Payroll Association, 30% of companies are using payroll systems that are more than ten years old. The truth is, the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t have any room in your organization’s HR function. If you’re not continuously working to optimize your processes, you’re not reaching your full potential. Think about it – there’s a reason you no longer have the classic Nokia brick phone and it’s not because it was broken (let’s face it, they’re indestructible).

Cloud technology is making the once painstaking and seemingly never-ending cycle of payroll into a quick and easy process. Depending on the cloud platform you choose, vital processes are seamlessly interconnected in the cloud. Platforms such as the Ethan Allen HR Cloud optimize the entire payroll cycle, enabling employees to log their hours through a custom-branded portal and managers to easily approve the hours and process payroll through a portal of their own.

Plus, not only does this technology save companies time and money, but it also mitigates their risk. According to Sam Griner, a research analyst at Gartner, outdated payroll processes are slower to adapt to changing legislation on privacy and other compliance requirements. With the Ethan Allen HR Cloud, compliance is paramount.

 

HR Just Works Better in the Cloud

It’s time to stop thinking of time-consuming administrative tasks as par for the course in the world of HR. Your team is passionate about what they do with bright ideas for your organization – they also only have 40 hours in their workweek. The Ethan Allen HR Cloud and our team of dedicated specialists are here to help your team get back to what they do best.

 

When you partner with Ethan Allen HR Services, you’ll receive all of the benefits of the Ethan Allen HR Cloud plus a team of dedicated HR support specialists. Request a demo of the Ethan Allen HR Cloud today!

 

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