Productivity and efficiency have brought technology to paper-only departments, including human resources. This new technology gives businesses the opportunity and power to take on additional security and responsibility while innovating new and better ways to improve business operations and administration. As more technology is added to the HR team’s available stock of resources and tools, their relationship with the IT department will become even more relevant.
New HR platforms will add an immense amount of power and functionality to the team; however, the security and base integration requirements will have to come from IT. Working closely with IT is one of the only ways to verify the company’s data remains secure and protected.
A lack of mutual understanding can cause issues in HR and IT collaboration. If both teams have independent goals for a project and are not on the same page, the project will not likely meet the timeline or budget. Top-performing companies make this inter-departmental collaboration a focus and goal.
Questions that need to be considered when reviewing a new HR technology platform from an IT perspective include:
- How will this improve employee productivity?
- Does this solution have the ability to grow as our company and the demands of our employees and clients grow?
- Will this new solution help attract and retain top talent?
- Is the solution a benefit to all employees or only those in a particular role or department?
HR and IT are both high-functioning departments that require budget and engagement to positively impact the organization’s bottom line. For example, HR will evaluate the proper tools needed to encourage a positive swing in employee morale and help keep the workforce motivated by reducing turnover. IT will ensure employees have the right tools to excel at their jobs productively and efficiently. Together, HR and IT are focusing on creating a constructive employee experience.
Identify a liaison to work between the departments. This person would be knowledgeable in both HR needs and IT-speak to make the most of the partnership. From utilizing cross-functional tools such as videos or training materials to help bridge the gap between the departments, a liaison will help make the most of the collaboration and ensure both parties are getting what they need to be successful.
The combination of HR and IT will also optimize the employee experience by keeping all of the business-critical resources on a single platform. Together, both departments can deliver a consistent user experience within the organization, helping to solidify positive employee morale.
Harbor America is committed to helping business owners get back the one commodity they can’t recreate: Time. Our all-in-one human capital management (HCM) software encompasses payroll,
employee benefits, compliance, paperless on-boarding, and robust reporting, all through an easy-to-use, cloud-based application. Contact Harbor America to help close the gap between your HR and IT departments.