Posted on by Jessica Peaty

Harness the Power of Your HR Dashboard

Finding new, improved ways of collecting and using complex people data has been a focus for HR professionals for decades. With increased pressure on HR departments to provide insightful workforce data, a fresh look at how we can generate revealing reports is exactly what’s needed.

HR dashboards are one innovative tool that can revolutionise the way an HR team works. In its simplest form, a dashboard displays people metrics, converting complex data into an easy to use format, like a chart. Not only does this dramatically streamline HR processes, eliminating the extensive legwork needed to produce similar results from disparate sources but it also satisfies senior management and board level requests for complex data, in a readable and easily digested form.

Uncovering the Benefits

As we’ve touched on, HR dashboards can save the human resources team time, and this has a real world cost implication. It also appeals to board level demands in terms of information and format. So the question is, what additional benefits can it offer?

Essentially, the data on these systems can be used as a real-time snapshot of the people within the business. Although the detailed information is there behind the scenes, the very nature of HR dashboards is that they provide a visual, impactful and meaningful way of viewing the workforce in its immediate state. The huge benefit to this, is that it allows HR teams to work proactively. Measuring the impact of events as they happen, understanding current trends at a glance, and acting rapidly.

These clever systems can also show you historical trends, and measure activity against an organisation’s key performance indicators, adding real value to the contribution from the HR team. These KPIs could include staff turnover, average time taken to recruit per role, or productivity at a team level. Ultimately, through this one platform, all things within a business can be measured and reported on. Whether that’s looking at the performance of core departments like sales and operations. Or understanding customer engagement.

Top Tip

The main thing to bear in mind with any piece of intuitive software, is that the information generated will only be as good as the data you put in.

To get the most from it, users must be fully trained on the software, and engagement levels need to be high. Particularly when looking at self-service HR systems, with multiple users inputting data across the company at any one time. Ensuring that all users know how to use the system is key. That way, your source is reliable, and the output on the HR dashboard will be based on quality data.

Make it Personal

Smart interfaces like Selima’s are designed to be completely user friendly. Whether that’s presenting information in a visual way, ensuring that there’s real value in the type of data being displayed, or making the dashboard completely customisable.

The ability to tailor this essential snapshot means that only relevant data will appear when you log in. Through flexible, drag and drop tools each member of the HR team can create their own bespoke dashboard, based on what’s most important to their role.

It’s this combination of powerful, agile software and a forward-thinking approach, that’s putting HR teams in the driving seat when it comes to presenting high quality, meaningful people data.

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