Four new workforce trends: how your HRMS keeps you flexible

Workforces and organizations need to evolve with the times to stay competitive. An HRMS can help you to manage all these new changes as they occur. Here are four ways an HRMS can make your workers’ lives easier and more productive.

1. Remote working

Remote working changes the dynamics of an organization and its employees. An HRMS will help you to keep on top of any tax or legislative requirements of a workforce that is located in a number of states. It will also help you to handle the health and safety implications of managing a remote workforce. Are you providing special benefits or perks to distance workers such as free broadband or office supplies? An HRMS can help you to control these items.

2. Temporary and contract workers

According to an annual survey by CareerBuilder, the percentage of companies that are bringing on temporary and contract workers is set to increase in 2017. A contingent workforce can be a challenge to manage as they need to exist in systems in order to get IT access and to use other applications.

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An HRMS is a perfect solution to manage this often-changing set of employees. Use your HRMS as the basis to establish users in other systems. You can set the rules and configuration to determine when your temporary and contract workers go to downstream systems. Carefully define your settings in your HRMS to limit the amount of data kept on contingents to relevant and valid data. Too much data that is stored without a purpose will become old and out of date.

3. Part-time benefits

Under the government’s Affordable Care Act, employers with more than 50 employees were required to provide health insurance to those who worked at least 30 hours. Most employers consider 30 hours to be part-time so this legislation has caused companies to expand their options. It has become an increased effort for HR departments to enroll and process benefits for this employee group. The only way to effectively handle legislative changes is through an HRMS. As discussions are underway to repeal Obamacare, an HRMS will help you to manage future shifts in government requirements in this area.

4. Changing team dynamics

Many years ago companies often had static hierarchies that had a traditional organizational tree structure. Firms started to evolve with the introduction of indirect managers instead of only supervisors. Current trends are to allocate employees to teams, groups and projects. An HRMS is the only way to manage these cross-functional arrangements. When employees are measured on performance from multiple supervisors and peers an HRMS can help to collect and monitor feedback.

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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