As human resources leaders, you understand the challenge of sorting through the maze of data associated with time, attendance, payroll, benefits and other administrative HR tasks. In theory, technology makes these essential HR operational activities easier, not harder, but most departments need outside help to achieve this. Now more than ever, it’s important for HR to make smart investments in technology platforms that help the department maintain and strengthen its positive influence on the organization. To successfully do this, HR needs to form a collaborative relationship with their technology team. 

3 Ways HR Can More Effectively Partner with IT

As human resources leaders, you understand the challenge of sorting through the maze of data associated with time, attendance, payroll, benefits and other administrative HR tasks. In theory, technology makes these essential HR operational activities easier, not harder, but most departments need outside help to achieve this. Now more than ever, it’s important for HR to make smart investments in technology platforms that help the department maintain and strengthen its positive influence on the organization. To successfully do this, HR needs to form a collaborative relationship with their technology team.

larry_dunivan.jpg“HR and IT departments can’t afford to silo themselves. Working together to share information, requirements and unique perspectives will ensure that the organization makes a smart technology investment.”
- Larry Dunivan, executive vice president, Ceridian.

The changing business reality for HR

Today’s business reality, according to Andrew Borg, research director for enterprise mobility and collaboration at Aberdeen Group, is influenced by the convergence of social media, mobile technologies and cloud IT infrastructure. He calls the new business world “SoMoClo,” and this new reality is changing the way organizations do business.

For HR professionals, effectively partnering with IT can help better leverage technology platforms and maintain visibility and influence within the organization. Specifically, HR departments that work with IT prove themselves to be smart and savvy professionals who are influential players in this new business environment. Payroll, workforce management and benefits administration solutions not only positively impact HR’s effectiveness, but also save the organization valuable time and money.

“HR and IT departments can’t afford to silo themselves. Working together to share information, requirements and unique perspectives will ensure that the organization makes a smart technology investment,” said Larry Dunivan, executive vice president, Ceridian.

3 tips for effectively partnering with IT

  1. Determine specific ways in which technology impacts HR responsibilities
    Think through how old, slow or suboptimal technology can hold back the HR department. In what ways can more efficient, integrated tools and technology improve your efficiencies and help you keep up with tax or other HR regulatory compliance issues? By aligning your priorities with the businesses’ priorities, you can more effectively work with IT to achieve company goals.

  2. Engage with cloud-based tools that enable greater visibility into your business
    Once you have determined your core technology requirements, envision how a cloud-based platform could streamline your day-to-day tasks and increase visibility into various transactional activities. With real-time access to data, you will be on the forefront of decision-making. Discussing these options and partnering with IT to make the switch to a cloud-based solution is beneficial for them too because it eliminates the complicated, hands-on updates that on-premise technologies require.

  3. Investigate, experiment with and understand new technologies
    Since HR is not always seen as being on the cutting-edge of new technologies, it is necessary for the department to stay up-to-date on new technology trends. Attend conferences, such as HR Tech, to discover how the HR department and the organization as a whole can benefit from the latest technology trends and advances. Additionally, social media is another area HR professionals should learn about and feel comfortable using. HR Executive Online, states that being seen as a current and competent user of social media can help you be a better partner with IT.

“HR technologies, like Ceridian’s Dayforce HCM, have the power to transform the business and distinguish the HR department as a leader in the organization. However, for these things to happen, you must ensure that you make wise, strategic HR technology investment decisions, and you can’t do this effectively without a partnership with IT,” Dunivan said.

As the business landscape shifts to being more social, mobile and in the cloud, HR leaders should continually look for ways to better partner with IT. By gaining better access to the right tools and technology, HR can gain better insight into its operations and maintain its place as a strategic business partner.

For more information:

  • Read Ceridian’s "Using ROI and Other CFO Tools to Justify the Need for HR Technology" article
  • Learn about Ceridian’s HR technologies
  • View our Executive Brief Transformative Technology for HCM: Sharpening an HR Department’s Positive Influence on the Organization