This post originally appeared on the Louisiana Technology Park blog.
HR technology is kind of a big deal. It aids HR functions across the board, from recruiting and hiring to talent management. It’s a burgeoning field, and it’s available for you. But you might wonder what purpose HR tech serves for a startup. While there are many answers to that question, the main one is that HR tech can free up time and resources for you to spend on the growth and development of your business.
“HR tech is often overlooked, but it can make a huge difference in employee experience and productivity, especially for startups,” says Adam Godson, chief technology and product innovation officer at Cielo Talent. “What was once a back-office function that people wanted as little as possible to do with is now an exciting space — and companies of all sizes are seeing big gains from it.”
Here are three ways you can leverage HR technology to make the most of your startup’s growth.
HR Tech Relieves Administrative Burdens
Administrative tasks can be a startup’s kryptonite. These things have to get done, but they sap your strength. Luckily, many of these tasks — such as payroll, benefits and recruiting — can be automated to some extent. “Employing technology to help operate HR allows founders and young teams to focus on the work that’s really important to them, the work that’s going to make them special,” Godson says.
Also, consider the employee experience. Many of your employees may have come from bigger organizations where they were used to accessing HR elements online. Don’t turn them off with a process that requires them to ask you to sort through a spreadsheet to check their past pay stubs. “Employees are used to being able to change their benefits easily or view their pay stubs online,” Godson says. “You have to be sure that you’re protecting that experience and often automating is the key to that.”