As your startup grows, so does your team. But you don’t need to get snowed under with business admin and people management – there are digital HR solutions for that.
With the rise of remote workplaces, flexible working arrangements and increasingly global teams, it’s never been more important for businesses to keep on top of the ‘people’ side of their operations.
Whether you’re a startup in the scale-up phase or simply need to streamline your internal processes and communications, you might want to consider a digital HR system. The best online HR software can improve productivity and efficiency in both physical and remote workplace environments, while being cost-effective at the same time.
Here are five key reasons to take a cloud-based approach to your HR:
1. Tech does the hard work for you
“Regardless of size, sector or stature, HR software is required by all types of businesses, and is now an essential component to a company’s overall efficiency,” says Steven Clement, General Manager of Breathe HR, an HR, payroll and rostering software system.
Having access to the latest technology available can transform and streamline the way you complete your administrative and payroll tasks.
“Outdated offline HR methods are now being replaced by new, innovative, tech-focused solutions,” Clement tells us.
Breathe HR started in the UK in 2012 and recently launched in Australia with the backing of ASX-listed software leader ELMO Software (ELO). All-in-one HR and payroll services like Breathe HR are only set to become more common as businesses look to simplify processes through easy-to-use digital systems.
2. Better data security
Despite the onward digital trend, paper still has a massive presence in the office environment, but it’s a little-known fact that paper-filed employee data can pose a security risk. No matter what type of business you run, document security should be your priority.
Having a digital workplace solution that covers all your HR needs, where you can store and access private information quickly and securely from one easy-to-find spot, can give you peace of mind. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
“Virtual HR systems can help with centralising key HR functions, allowing businesses to easily manage the likes of payroll, employee onboarding and training, and staff rosters under the one system. This allows more security, less manual process, and greater compliance,” Clement explains.
3. Less paperwork, less time wasted
When it comes to completing repetitive tasks with speed, a computer has the upper hand over humans every time. Endless paperwork can zap your time and energy, whereas with an automated HR system in place, you can drastically cut the time spent on administrative duties. This can stack up to save you a lot of time and money, while also benefiting the environment.
“This means less paperwork, real-time performance assessments, enhanced compliance and security, and greater access for your staff to manage their leave, employee benefits and training,” says Clement.
4. More connected teams
During COVID-19, many of Australia’s non-essential workers found themselves in a new situation, working from home while quarantining, or in lockdowns and self-imposed isolation. Accelerating an already growing remote working trend, employees needed access to data and information to be readily available.
“Virtual HR systems, like Breathe HR, are cloud-based solutions, which can be accessed anywhere, on any device. This has helped many small businesses continue functioning while employees aren’t in the office,” says Clement.
There’s also another important element to mention here, and that’s team morale. Breathe HR has features that help you recognise employee achievements (a “kudos system”) and link staff objectives to company-wide goals so there’s clearer engagement.
5. Efficient team management
When should you consider a digital workplace solution like Breathe HR? You’ll be required to follow HR processes from the moment you hire your first employee. With an expanding team, the work involved with maintaining and updating your records can become overwhelming, especially if you’re using old spreadsheets.
“The more employees you have to manage with a manual HR system, the less efficient it becomes. The sooner you put your HR processes in one place, the easier it is to manage, giving you more time to focus on growing your business,” Clement adds.
“Breathe’s HR software can help your business adapt rapidly to economic and workload changes, as well as providing new and enhanced features to manage employees and projects.”
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If you want to update your HR strategy with the latest technology and digital security, check out Breathe’s HR and payroll software for more information:
Give it a try with a 14-day free trial at breathehr.com.
This content is brought to you by Startup Daily in partnership with Breathe HR.
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