Many potential clients are interested in workflow automation – what business owner wouldn’t be, with its promises of cost-savings and fabled ‘free time’ to spend relaxing or focused on other projects? – but they are unclear as to how they might automate their workflow.

Here are some examples of how HR firms can improve their productivity with workflow automation.

HR and Workflow Automation

A typical day in HR involves vast amounts of processing employee details and migrating data. In addition to general administration, routine tasks include recruiting, shortlisting candidates, creating reports for employee performance reviews, and sending standard replies to candidates.

HR departments are increasingly switching on to the benefits of automating these processes and more. It’s also worth noting that processes can be 100% automated, but firms can also retain human intervention where they wish.

How much more effective could HR staff be if the routine paperwork was taken care of and staff could focus on the quality of new hires, marketing, and onboarding? When HR can focus on new and existing hires rather than filling in standard forms and filing the details, increased employee satisfaction is the obvious result.

One of the main complaints that hiring businesses make is that the candidates they receive from HR are often unsuitable. With automation, HR can focus on quality over quantity. It takes time to ensure that they attract and process people with the relevant qualifications and experience, the right mindset to fit with the firm’s culture, and the right aspirations to match the goals of the business.

Workflow automation makes hitting these markers easier and much more likely. This improves the recruitment process for everyone involved in it.

For example, software is available to vastly speed up the shortlisting process based on customized criteria. If your HR department is drowning in a sea of potential applicants, running software on the resumes can help reduce the workload. A balance of human interaction and data analysis software can make an HR department much more productive and effective.

Almost any business can benefit from workflow automation. The key is to automate as much as possible, without compromising on customer experience. A solution and implementation that integrates with the current system can be a bonus.

When it’s done well, automation makes life easier for staff. Any learning curve involved is likely to be welcome, since workflow automation leading to more engaged employees, happier clients, and a more productive business overall.