November 11, 2022

Digital transformation as an integral part of your HR strategy

Digital transformation enhances our experience through technology and transforms it. Having the right technology and the right mindset is the perfect combo

There’s been much talk about digital transformation throughout the past decade. Everyone has heard of it, and the majority knows that if you want to survive, let alone thrive, you must go digital. The only problem is that organizations don’t know how. And that is the thing- there is a “no one size fits all” model that you can use that will guarantee you a successful transformation. The HR sector is not excluded from the transformation, but rather than focusing solely on HR, the organization as a whole must undergo digital transformation.

Technology means nothing without the right mindset

The basis of digital transformation is to change operational processes so that they become automated and data-driven. Sounds quite simple, all you need is a few new technologies to support this and that’s it. Wrong! One of the biggest mistakes organizations make is thinking that they will succeed in the transformation just by implementing innovative technologies. Yes- innovative technologies are a necessity but more important are the people, and their mindset. Changing peoples’ perspectives and habits is a very difficult thing to do. This is where the company’s culture plays a big role. By adapting the culture to new goals and by redefining the mission and values, it is easier to communicate the new vision of the future to your employees. And even when they are on board with it, it will take some time for them to get used to new tools and processes. 

The HR sector has finally realized that it is important to let go of traditional processes and switch to automated and data-driven ones.

The sooner you accept and adapt- the better

Going digital is inevitable, and one of the biggest problems for the HR sector is the absence of a digital mindset. You can try and postpone it, but sooner or later you will have to hop on the bandwagon, and not just because everyone else is accepting it, but because you will realize that the only way you can have a shot at being around in the years to come is to adapt. The pandemic has accelerated the transformation and made many organizations realize the importance of being flexible and adaptive. Traditional industries and sectors were forced to go digital and shift work to a virtual space. And judging by the dynamic and everchanging world we live in, we can only expect more not fewer trends that will revolutionize the way we work.

Transformed experience through technology and “human touch”

Even though you cannot solely transform the HR sector, it is an important factor in the overall transformation. Your HR and you as a leader are responsible for creating the right environment where people will more willingly adopt the change and embrace new technologies. This shift in perspective and value propositions creates the perfect conditions where technology can enhance one’s experience. Not only will you increase employee satisfaction and improve their experience, but you will also manage to save time and money, improve efficiency and gain a competitive advantage. Digital transformation is not about leaving people out. Even with state-of-the-art technologies, you still need to leave room for human touch. It is about transforming the overall experience and enhancing it with technology. 

Does it ever end?

Everything has a beginning and an end, but it’s difficult to say that a company has finished the transformation. As new trends and technologies emerge, so must the company and us as individuals be able to adapt to change. Maybe a few decades down the road we will be introduced to some revolutionary innovation that will disrupt the world as we know it, and mark the beginning of the next industrial revolution. It is hard to say in which direction the world will evolve, but it is fun to guess. What we can say with certainty is that for now, the road towards digital transformation is an ongoing process filled with trial and error. The more digitally dexterous you are, the better your chances are. 

The HR sector has finally realized that it is important to let go of traditional processes and switch to automated and data-driven ones. There is a huge boom of innovative solutions for almost every HR activity, and more and more companies are embracing the change. Some changes require more time, while some get accepted so fast that it is almost incredible how we managed to live priorly. VanillaHR offers your business a few great solutions that will fuel your digital transformation in your hiring process. Schedule a live demo and we will be happy to explain everything you want to know! 

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