This post is not about the fact that reforestation is good for our environment, particularly offsetting carbon pollution. Well… now that you’re interested (I hope) I will say that we need to protect our environment if we want a good future for the next generation. Ignore our environment and this planet will die. I am not going to get into a debate about this, the pros, cons and infusing wacko Donald Trump theory.
The point of this post is that with modern workplace technology we can probably run HR 90-95% paper-free. So long as we integrate our recruitment, HRIS, collaboration and performance software together the need for paper is virtually gone. Aside from reducing our practice of killing trees below are the key reasons why it’s smart business to adopt technology
Integrated software allows you to easily manage workflows – automation, customization, analytics, etc… Instead of trying to dig into paper files stuffed in the filing cabinent to look at historical data, you simply do it from the comfort of your desk, tablet or phone. Imagine the amount of time you save with each activity… compounded with many activities.
Technology is not meant to replace work. It’s meant to shift the work that people do from transactional to strategic. In plain language, if
Honestly, the majority of my HR peers really have no idea how invaluable technology is to analytics. With one centralized data
You know how frustrating it is to comb through pages and pages of data. Now add combing through pages of paper — unless you can speed read you’ll be sitting there wasting time searching for what you need. Plus, you never get the full story because the data is all over the place. Is it even accurate, current and reliable? You’ll never know. Modern HR software is easy-to-use and can be used across different hardware. Just the simple benefit of UI will alleviate the stress and discomfort of trying to analyze data on paper. Plus, you can significantly increase your ability to support organizational growth when you care about the user experience.
By the way, it also feels really good when you can shred paper so while I am advocating for getting rid of paper keep the shredder as a stress-relieving practice. Trust me, it works!!
These are only a few benefits of using software over paper within HR. The business is super clear, and frankly not rocket science. Regardless, the least you can do is stop killing trees!