Put out a fire, settle a dispute, fix up a clerical error, have a morning coffee. That’s not far off an accurate director of human resources job description.
It’s a difficult yet rewarding position, though oftentimes these difficulties are far greater than they need to be. Gone are the days of all too human errors on endless reams of paper; we’re now in that most futuristic-sounding of years, 2020, and tech has come to HR’s rescue.
Whether you’re the director of human resources or the assistant director of human resources, these five smart tools will help to make your and your team’s lives far easier.
Zenefits: A comprehensive HR tool
When you look at a director of human resources’ job description and responsibilities, there are an incredible amount of strings to their bow. A HR director is expected to deal with employee records, administration and company culture, while also keeping up with the latest recruiting and workplace trends.
Zenefits has been designed with all these responsibilities in mind. The solution is comprised of a series of apps which help you to administer payroll, check-ins/check-outs, employee management and compliance.
Cloud functionality automatically backs up and syncs information, while business intelligence software works to identify oversights and areas of improvement – visual reports are created that allow you to gain an understanding of the current state of play, and how it might be improved.
Zenefits is far too comprehensive a solution to describe in full here, so head to their website to check out a demo.
Plum.io: Streamlining pre-employment assessments
It’s often said that people are any organization’s most valuable resource. It follows then that one of HR’s most important functions is to find the right person for an open job. The wrong hire can be expensive (to put it mildly), but on the flipside, the right hire can add incredible value.
The aim of Plum.io is to make it more likely that you’ll find your perfect fit. The tool’s smart algorithms first work to understand exactly what it is you need in a hire, before developing a test that will identify candidates that have those traits.
But you don’t relinquish total control. Once it has done its work, Plum will send you a short list of the very best candidates from which to choose. The company says that recruiters and HR departments who use its service spend up to 80% less time reading resumes, and experience 67% less turnover.
That’s one juicy plum.
Know Your Team: Enhance your company culture
Maintaining transparency within your organization and keeping your employees engaged can be difficult, particularly if you’re growing fast. Thankfully there’s an app for that.
While its tool is largely targeted at business leaders, Know Your Team is perfect for the HR department too. In the developer’s own words, the tool is designed “to hold effective one-on-one meetings, get honest feedback, share progress, and build team rapport.” Through an easy to use interface it promotes honest and open communication, which leads to greater camaraderie.
And with a 21-day free trial, you’ve got nothing to lose!
Slack: Enhance intra-office communication
Speaking of enhanced communication, this OG collaboration tool remains one of the best. As we know from our assistant director of human resources job description, HR is a messy business, and one that requires elite levels of organization and communication to be conducted successfully.
While you likely know of Slack, its usefulness to a HR department may not be readily apparent. But as a tool designed to replace email, increase transparency and make collaboration easy, Slack applies to human resources as much as any area of business.
Slack states that on average, a company using their software enjoys a 48.6% reduction in internal email traffic, a 25% reduction in meetings, and a 32% increase in productivity. Those are some incredibly impressive numbers.
Fond.co: Motivate through incentives
At our very core, we humans are no different to lab rats – we need an incentive to perform a task. Unfortunately, sometimes payment isn’t quite incentive enough (even for those who are on a healthy director of human resources salary/assistant director of human resources salary). Enter Fond.co.
Fond allows you to easily incentivize employees using what the company calls ‘rewards’ and ‘perks’. Points are used as a currency, and can be spent on all manner of products and services once accrued. Work no longer feels like work, but rather a day at the arcade!
HR tech tools allow you and your team to work smarter, relieving much of the stress that HR directors face day-to-day. And what happens in HR flows through the entire organization, meaning it as a whole will work smarter. These HR tools will quickly turn into your best friend, so I think it’s time to meet.
Contact Sean today to discuss how you can continue to find and attract the best talent for a Human Resource Director.