HR workflow software – Clever technology designed to put your people first.
The workforce is changing. Automated processes such as HR workflow software are improving efficiency, driving productivity and promoting a smarter work approach while enabling HR to focus on their most important business asset – people.
Between the years 1811 and 1816, 19th century English textile workers protested against newly-developed, labour-economising technologies; their fear being that the Industrial Revolution would put them out of work. They were called ’Luddites’, and today the term refers to anybody who fiercely resists new technology. For HR, however, HR workflow software — a result of technological advances in the area of automisation — is proving to be a welcome force.
What can we learn from the ’Luddites’? Well, change came anyway – and it wasn’t all that bad.
The argument that technological advances cause long-term unemployment is widely debated. While there is agreement that it has been disruptive to the labour market in the short-term, there is no conclusive evidence that points to technology being responsible for long-term unemployment.
There’s a saying that goes “innovate or be left behind, much like the more blunt and plain-spoken “move or die”. As the conversation around automation continues, today’s ’Luddites’ remain increasingly apprehensive of technological advances; yet, research is proving that this fear is largely unfounded, and change is occurring anyway.
The development of the digital age brought mass change and exponential growth to the job market, particularly in the areas of marketing and all digital-related industries. Even in the areas of manufacturing — an industry predicted to be one of the most affected by automation — we have witnessed an increase in job growth.
As Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Manufacturing Institute reported  in a case study that detailed the effects of automation on the United Kingdom’s job market, while technology has contributed to the loss of approximately 800,000 lower-skilled jobs over the last fifteen years, there has been the creation of close to nearly 3.5 million new, higher-skilled jobs in their place in the UK alone. 
What do reports like these demonstrate? Technology is ultimately making workers smarter by providing them with the time to focus on less menial tasks. So, what does HR really have to fear?
Tasks that involve complexity, judgment, social interaction (commonplace to the role of HR), will not be replaced by automated HR workflow software. Instead, HR departments will spend less time on repetitive, routine tasks.
As Mr. Steve Boese, co-chair of HR Tech Conference, a world-leading, tech-focused HR conference, noted, technological advances such as HR workflow software will assist progressive organisations and more strategically-inclined HR professionals to focus on higher-value activities, such as workforce planning and leadership development. 
Automisation of manual processes and other technological advances such as computerisation will continue to change the way in which workers work.
But the key word here is change, not replace. For HR, HR workflow software will enable greater focus on what matters to the core of a business: people. It will drive the purpose that truly underpins their role: to connect, meaningfully, and address the needs of staff; to improve their productivity via improved efficiency; to save time in preventing manual, human error. Ultimately, these benefits will work to provide a new-found balance to their roles, and the businesses in which they operate.
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