4 Ways HRMS Software Encourages Employee Collaboration

Collaboration is an expected way to do business these days; employees and managers are connected and network together in a multitude of ways. Your HRMS can be another means to enable employee collaboration and interaction, here is how:

1) HRMS applications allow for instant feedback

Gone are the days of waiting until the yearly performance review cycle to ask for feedback about an employee. The current HRMS products on the market incorporate ‘review’ and ‘shout out’ options so that a fellow employee or another manager can leave on the spot feedback about an employee’s work immediately after working with the employee. As well feedback is often unsolicited by either the employee or the employee’s manager, thus allowing for a more realistic picture of an employee’s performance throughout the year.

2) Publicly sharing feedback encourages employee collaboration

Most HRMS allow for the option to show that feedback on an employee’s profile to anyone within the company. As a result, fellow employees can know about an employee’s strengths and areas of expertise based on seeing this feedback and recommendation. So the next time that a similar issue arises, there’s already an open door to collaborate, based on seeing this feedback and knowing who has the knowledge from the HRMS.

3) The HRMS allows for ‘linking’ of colleagues

Most employees use applications such as LinkedIn or Facebook to connect with fellow employees. If your HRMS allows it, this is a great way to get employees connected and more aware of the skills of their colleagues via HR social collaboration. Some HRMS even allow for the posting of statuses, so an employee can reach out to his or her company network to get help or ideas on how to solve a work issue. It’s a modern day version of standing around the water cooler, but with a global reach!

4) The HRMS allows employees to find common ground

Most HRMS allow for the tracking of competencies, either company driven or self-assigned by the employee. Current HRMS applications take it a step further, however, by allowing employees to search for colleagues with certain skills, competencies or a shared interest. Previously, such searching was limited to HR only, but by enabling this functionality, your HRMS becomes a tool for managers and employees to collaborate further, via these shared data linkages.

Employees today expect to be able to network and connect with fellow employees. As HR we need to empower employees to collaborate in a safe environment and the HRMS is exactly the platform to do so.

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Heather Batyski

About the author…

Heather is an experienced HRMS analyst, consultant and manager. Having worked for companies such as Deloitte, Franklin Templeton and Oracle, Heather has first-hand experience of many HRMS solutions including Peoplesoft and Workday.

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Heather Batyski