Monday, April 13, 2009

Analog players in a digital world

That’s what most of us are. I believe HR isn’t immune either. Entry into the digital world is a big step taken towards positive change. Now that can be challenging and I did write about it here.

Why is it challenging?

- We (read: HR) spend money on acquiring the latest Performance Appraisal System to help ease transactional activities and go the paperless way. Only to get back to printing appraisal letters and dumping them into envelopes, because that’s being done for the last thousand years.

- Interview candidates are asked to fill sheets of paper giving their personal & professional data. Only to file those papers in the drawers. Instead, can’t we ask them to fill an online form?

- Often we encounter situations where existing employees who were following traditional systems got introduced to new systems/gadgets. The first instinct is to snub the new systems, since they require time & effort to understand. Even at the cost of making one’s work life easy!

Let me clarify. I’m not saying that we just dump analog systems and head for a digital revolution. At least give it a try. It could end up saving cost, time and improve process. What more can you ask for?

Any other analog ideas we could do away with? I’m all ears.