Did you know that close to 40 million hours are wasted by employees each month completing non-value added tasks?
As the HR of the company, you’re sure to have a lot on your plate with the different tasks you must complete on any given day. Apart from the different tasks, you’re also sure to have a bunch of mundane, repetitive tasks as well that take up so many hours to complete.
How can robotics help HR?
While the very idea of robotics being useful in HR processes may seem like a load of mumbo-jumbo, there are significant studies that show us that this is a viable option.
Let’s break it down:
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a type of software that mimics the activity of a human being in carrying out a task. In other words, automating your mundane, repetitive everyday tasks so you can focus and work on more important ones.
Nowadays, most organizations are already applying RPA to help tasks like data management and validation; running, formatting, and distributing reports; replacing manual and spreadsheet-based tasks. According to a Human Resources Software Buyer Report, companies relying on manual HR seek new systems to improve organization (44%) and automation (22%). The reason being that this would help employees explore new avenues in their field of work and rid them of the menial work they would have to waste their time on.
Here’s how automation will help:
- Manual error reduction: HR automation reduces manual input errors to improve transaction quality, accuracy, and efficiency.
- Digitalized data: Automation creates digital records that can easily be managed, analyzed, and reported
- Improved customer service and satisfaction: Automation centralizes HR data to serve customers more efficiently & effectively.
- Better use of HR professionals: Automation enables HR staff to focus on value-added strategic work.
- Greater efficiency Automation streamlines processes and activities that would otherwise require dedicated resources.
What can be automated?
Now that we’ve learned about the benefits of automating the mundane tasks, the next question would be ‘what exactly can we automate?’
Here are few of the tasks that are tiresome and can be automated:
- Employee onboarding
- Expense claims
- Task management
- Employee benefits
- Tax filing
- Employee training
- Expense reimbursement
- Purchase request
Repetitive tasks like these are what need to be simplified to allow more time to put into value. And while the question of whether RPA will take over HR and leave no jobs to humans arises, it must be taken into consideration that the reason we require automation is to help improve the way we work.
At the end of the day, HR is all about humans. It requires a level of knowledge, nuance, and critical thought that simply cannot be replicated by even the most sophisticated AI solutions.
As this technology continues to evolve, HR practitioners must remain vigilant about their use of automation. They also must ensure they appropriately devote human minds to the tasks that require them.
For instance, the Payroll and HR automation at Zalaris ensures the most effective payroll for your organization as it integrates and unifies the employees’ working hours, expenses, overtime, leave, and holiday data directly with payroll through cloud. This ensures that all transactional HR costs and tasks are integrated with payroll, making the process more efficient and accurate.
This not only simplifies the overbearing task of payroll but also gives you more time to work on tasks that require your fully devoted attention.
HR automation is just at the cusp of revolutionizing the way processes can be handled, and with the abundance of HR automation software available in the market, choosing the right one should be done carefully.
Automation, if carried out right can be meaningful, and with the added workload taken off your chest, there is more scope for innovation and at the end of the day, productivity.