Save Time Managing Workplace Employee ProgramsFebruary 12, 2019
by Luis Doffo
Engaged employees are more productive employees, right? If you’re an HR leader, you know that studies show that maximized productivity and the retention of skilled employees are critical for a company’s revenue growth. Workplace programs that provide wellness benefits, employee resource groups, and rewards help employees feel supported and valued. Espresa has developed a robust Employee Programs Automation platform that streamlines the delivery and management of these workplace programs.
What does this actually mean for the already overloaded HR departments overseeing and maintaining these programs? Increased time and focus are required to run programs smoothly. And most HR professionals struggle to keep up! That’s because on average, according to a recent survey by IDG, companies are typically using four technologies to manage workplace programs.
The most time-consuming tasks are managing details, including promotion of programs/events, with only 32 percent of HR professionals reporting they’ve mostly automated these tasks. While most organizations use some automation, less than half are fully automating administrative tasks. As companies evolve employee programs, the more hours and focus HR must dedicate to their oversight. The reduction of human error was noted as the best benefit of automating program management by 40 percent of respondents.
Most HR professionals also feel they face direct challenges while overseeing workplace programs, with 52 percent citing inadequate budgets as the top issue and 38 percent identifying conflicting priorities as their top issue. While HR typically controls budget dispersal, they rarely have the final say on how to spend that budget.
Thankfully, Espresa provides clients with detailed analytics for all employee engagements with workplace programs, allowing HR leaders to make the business case for these programs by tracking ROI and identifying trends. Survey respondents also see this data as instrumental in helping to improve program awareness and engagement.
HR professionals recognize the value of these programs, but there remains roadblocks to adapting them seamlessly into already busy daily workloads. They hope for changes that:
- improve the effectiveness of program and event promotions (37 percent of respondents surveyed)
- simplify/streamline processes (35 percent)
- improve access to employee feedback and engagement metrics (34 percent)
Thankfully, Espresa’s Employee Programs Automation platform offers the ability to tailor the system to a company’s unique needs. With the automation, data analytics and proven track record of increased employee engagement, the time and stress saved for busy HR professionals mean that they also feel more productive and engaged at work.
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