Last year we wrote about the changing global labour market and the role that automation could play in helping businesses to better deal with the challenges that it brings. The human relations departments are the first ones faced with the workforce-related effects of the “demographic earthquake”, i.e., the sharp decrease in labour force.
This comes on top of typical HR tasks, like adequately managing the needs of the current workforce, maintenance of company culture, managing employee disputes, recruiting the right people to fill personnel gaps, report preparation, etc. The responsibilities of HR staff are on the rise, so they might really benefit from digital assistance.
In what follows, we’ll try to make this claim more specific and hence, better able to meet concrete demands. In accordance with the CiGen practically oriented philosophy, we approach the question How can RPA ease the burden on the shoulders of HR employees?, by reviewing some real world use cases for robotic process automation in HR.
“According to a Human Resources Software Buyer Report, companies relying on manual HR seek new systems to improve organisation (44%) and automation (22%).”
‘Automation’ here may refer to both HR software, and robotic process automation. Use of new software involves, on top of considerable costs, the necessity to learn about, and get used to the particular details and nuances of unfamiliar procedures, and possible compatibility issues with the legacy systems.
We’ll focus on highlighting the benefits of RPA in HR. It can streamline processes like recruitment, onboarding and offboarding, data management, compliance, payroll administration, etc. Equally important is the fact that automation frees people working in HR departments to focus on the use of their communication skills for proactive hiring, supporting the development of company culture, and other value-added activities.
Its advantages thus go beyond financial ones and corroborate the humanist outcome of RPA deployment, the fact that technology makes people really matter.
Use cases for robotic process automation (RPA) in HR
1. Resume screening and candidate shortlisting
Nowadays you no longer need to ask your employees to spend a lot of time going through many resumes and application forms received for open positions. Software robots can easily gather all the files and compare the information with the list of job requirements.
These requirements can be viewed as predefined rules which guide the selection procedure. The best candidates will then be notified and called for interviews, while those who don’t match the rules can be sent rejection notifications.
2. Offer letter administration
The content of offer letters must comply with different sets of regulations (company, law, etc.), and also, they must be well-tailored to the particular selected candidate. These regulations are normally stored in various systems and databases, which makes manual verification and cross-checking not only time consuming, but also prone to error.
Software robots, on the other hand, can quickly gather all the needed information, create the offer letter, send it, and eventually monitor the appropriateness of returned documents.
3. Onboarding new hires
When a new colleague joins the team, data from several systems must be coordinated in order to create a new user account, email address, access rights for applications, IT equipment, etc. Data integration capacity is necessary in order to find agreement between the employee’s profile and preferences, and typical company procedures.
With robotic process automation, the user account can automatically activate a particular template for the onboarding workflow, and this streamlines the whole process. The bots can then make rule-guided decisions as to which credentials to assign the new employee, which onboarding documents to send, etc.
RPA thus makes a significant contribution to helping new employees dive immediately into their work, find their place in the team, and feel ‘at home’ with it.