3 ways your HRMS can create a positive work environment and improve employees’ work-life balance

Motivating employees and providing a positive work experience along with a good work-life balance will impact your bottom line. Did you know that the current generation of HRMS can help you to improve your employees’ work-life balance? Here are three ways in which your HRMS can help you to manage this aspect of your business.

1. Health and wellness features

Paying attention to each employee’s health is an integral part of your company’s commitment to the work-life balance. There are many wearable devices that allow people to track their habits, such as the number of steps taken daily and sleeping patterns and many employees use these in their personal lives. Data from such devices can be incorporated into your HRMS to provide further insight directly to your employees, for example by showing their activity data in their HRMS dashboards. Advanced options can allow employees to identify goals, such as increased activity and the system will alert them when they are not reaching these goals, such as when sitting at a desk for three hours straight. Reminders can be configured via the HRMS to build a stretch break into an employee’s daily plan.

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2. Smarter scheduling

Do your employees work shifts? Most scheduling and workforce planning tools are able to create a weekly schedule and to assign sufficient resources to cover the workload. However, your HRMS can accomplish the same and deliver an improved work-life balance through careful scheduling that takes into account work patterns over time. Are certain employees always being tasked to work on holidays? Are you putting employees on late Friday shifts and then an early Saturday? While these rosters may be legal from a working time perspective, your HRMS can provide an extra layer of intelligence to balance the load better, such as following a late Friday with an early Sunday shift.

3. Competitions and challenges

Many employees like the incentive of a new problem to solve or the chance to work as a team in a competitive event. The current generation of HRMS allows you to create contests and incentives based around current business problems and tasks. For example, which analyst is able to resolve the most tickets in a busy week? Which team is able to redesign a part so that it performs better? Such competitions show that the company is interested in the skills and talents of its employees and they can make work fun, thus improving the work-life balance in the process.

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Heather Batyski

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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