As an HR or HRIS professional, you want to remain at the cutting edge of innovation to ensure that your organisation uses the most efficient tools to manage employees. On the other hand, you know that administrative features have a low business impact compared to recruiting or talent development. So how can you modernise your HR platform, optimise business impact and avoid a long and costly project?

1. Identify your issues

First things first – you need to identify the specific issues and difficulties being caused by your current Core HR tool.  Typical reasons for dissatisfaction include:

Consider an alternative solution.  Without ditching your payroll systems (especially if they work properly), you can unify your employee data and foster people management with a single system of record.  This system will gather the information from your back-office systems, and use workflow and form management to streamline the relationship between employees and HR.

2. Identify your business priorities

This is absolutely strategic and very often overlooked. The question is as follows:  What does your CEO, management team and other stakeholders expect from HR?   What short and long term processes and initiatives do they consider as falling within the remit of HR to manage and own?

How do they measure your HR’s efficiency?

The answer is very often that:

Therefore, you need to align HR with both the short term operational needs and the long term company strategy.

3. Put users first

Talent management is now moving towards people management. An employee or a contractor is a person, not just part of a process  (candidate, then new hire, then ID number in the HRIS system, then delegate, then candidate to mobility …). Having a unified vision of your employees will help at all levels of HR. If you are using a single platform to manage employee data with effective dating, you can offer easy admin elements such as employee self-service features, employee document management, and simple form management to streamline requests coming from employees to HR. In addition, this unified view of employees based on a competency matrix will enable continuous talent development: performance reviews will be linked to targeted training, succession planning will beneficiate from development plans, onboarding will speed up time to competency etc.

At the end of the day, your people management system will be a powerful tool to foster engagement and increase retention.

4. Use the power of data

As an HR professional, you are used to analysing employee data.. But do you really get the most from your data? Industry leading data analytics tools now allow HR to obtain real insight and intelligence from their data, including features such as:

Yet remember that analytics is only as good as the data it can use. Therefore, unifying your system of record and including the talent management data will enable the best of both worlds. By empowering your talent development strategy with powerful analytics, you’ll both manage company-wide administrative data, and have real positive impact on the business.

5. Keep it simple

“Simple” is not the word usually associated with core HR projects. You know they last more than a year, cost a huge amount of money and bring (potential) payback only when everything is perfectly functioning. You already have functioning payroll systems and keeping your existing solution is often the most simple answer. Yet you do need to have a unified system of record, global talent development, an international mobility programme, and an ambitious succession and workforce planning strategy. There is an alternative HR architecture that will help you get quick benefits from true business-driven talent management and at the same time serve as the central repository of all employee records across the organisation, in any country or subsidiary. This system will then be able to exchange data with your local back-office or payroll system.  And as you’ll be able to keep these existing systems, project cost and length will therefore be significantly reduced.