You have it by your side wherever you are. You look at it before you go to sleep and again when you wake up. On average, you check it 150 times a day. How did we ever cope without our mobile phones? 

3 Tips for Making the Move to Mobile

You have it by your side wherever you are. You look at it before you go to sleep and again when you wake up. On average, you check it 150 times a day. How did we ever cope without our mobile phones?

The truth is, mobile devices are now an essential part of our lives, and we are using them more and more for everyday tasks. They are breaking down barriers between work and home – so at work you can turn on the home heating, and at home you can request a holiday or view your payroll statement.

What does this mean for the world of human resources?

Mobile infographic

Given the increasing use of mobile phones to perform daily tasks, HR needs to take the lead and embrace mobile. After all, employees are not only asking for it, but our mobile-centric world is leading employees to expect HR to provide the same convenience and accessibility for payroll, workforce management, benefits and more. 

Embracing mobile as an HR and payroll leader

According to a survey by CedarCrestone, the adoption of mobile-enabled HR processes is growing and is anticipated to almost double this year alone. Results suggest that greater access to mobile processes is positively correlated with employee engagement and increased access to data for better decision making.

The growing trend towards mobile is also influencing buying criteria for human capital management (HCM) systems. “Companies are looking for HCM technologies that offer the full suite of functionality, compliance capabilities and mobile-enabled platforms when making purchase decisions,” says James Arsenault, director of Dayforce Product Marketing at Ceridian.

For HR and payroll, CedarCrestone found that the most popular mobile-enable processes include:

  • Payroll services, such as viewing a paycheck or making changes to exemptions
  • Recruiting/talent acquisition
  • Performance management systems
  • Learning and development

When making the move to mobile, here are three tips to help make the transition successful:

  • Minimize mobile device gatekeeping – it is important to allow employees to use their own phones and devices to access their personal HR information. Putting restrictions in place will only frustrate and counteract any productivity gains. Instead, HR should establish guidelines or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) compliance policies to help ensure ethical behavior. 
  • Keep it simple – mobile applications should be intuitive and easy to use, and the information offered through the app should be relevant to how employees will actually use it. For example, employees should be able to review pay and benefits information and submit time-off requests, but they likely don’t need access to hours-long training course material on the app. 
  • Focus on the user experience – since most employees like the flexibility to perform tasks on both traditional computers as well as on mobile devices, the app should blend well with the self-service desktop experience so employees can transition seamlessly between the two. 

More and more employees are expecting to access HR information and make work requests anytime, anywhere. Companies should consider how engaging employees with mobile applications can help boost productivity, simplify HR processes and respond to the growing demand for mobile access.

For more information:

  • Learn about Ceridian Dayforce Mobile