Spring HR Tech number of the day: employee onboarding

A look at how many hours a month teams spend managing applicants—and what it means to HR leaders.
By: | March 17, 2021 • 2 min read

130+: Number of hours a month that teams spend on tasks related to applicant tracking, recruiting and onboarding

Teams spend 130-plus hours a month—more than two business weeks—on tasks related to applicant tracking, recruiting and onboarding, according to Paylocity and Deloitte data cited in a presentation Wednesday during HRE’s virtual Spring HR Technology Conference & Exposition.

What it means to HR leaders

To achieve progress amid disruption and change, businesses are working overtime to keep their modern workforces engaged, connected and skilled for the future, says Dan Hassenplug, vice president of user experience at Paylocity—even from the very beginning of an employee lifespan. And they’re using technology to help them do it.

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“The expectations are wildly different for the new worker entering the workforce. Now that we have five generations in the workforce, it’s less about the youngest worker; it’s about the expectations of your entire workforce, regardless of the generation,” he said during the demo session titled “Driving Engagement with the Modern Workforce.”

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Consumer-oriented experiences have entered into every aspect of our life, and it is no different at work, he said. Employees expect to have technology, especially mobile-friendly tools, on hand at work to help them be more productive, amplify their voices so they can share feedback, enjoy consumer-oriented employee experiences and more. Technology is also vital at the beginning of the employee experience when employees are building connections in the organization.

Technologies like automation and data also help organizations and HR leaders by giving them better data and analytics to see what’s working in their organization and give them time for other tasks.

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“As you think about automating manual processes in your organization, getting things out of email and spreadsheets and more into technology solutions to make your life easier as an administrator and a leader within your organization, it’s important to be thinking about your customer—the employee—and what the modern worker is demanding from you to have an engaging experience at work,” he said.

Click here to watch the full session.

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.

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