If you’re not making use of digital staffing solutions in your recruitment process, you’re missing out. Technology has been redefining and revolutionising the way businesses find talent. With the ability to create job ads in seconds and vet candidates online, organisations can hire faster and better than ever.
Businesses that rely on digital HR solutions are reporting significantly improved operational efficiency, greater profits and reduced cost-per-hire as some of the many benefits they’ve experienced since making the switch.
The global pandemic has heightened the need for digital solutions, with McKinsey research citing that COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of digital technologies by several years. It’s safe to say that digital transformation in HR is a given. Can your business afford to be left behind?
What does digital transformation in HR look like?
Until the advent of technology, HR was a hands-on affair that involved in-person communications, old school filing cabinets and a ton of paperwork.
Environmentalists are still shuddering at the ease with which HR personnel printed out hard copies of everything from payslips and leave applications to performance records and onboarding information packs.
HR digital transformation signals a move away from those antiquated systems to ones that are firmly rooted in technology. Saving paper aside, making the shift to digital tools can save your business time and money, particularly when it comes to recruitment.
Digital recruitment has levelled the HR playing field
Finding the right full-time employees used to be a painful, drawn out process. Using traditional methods, the average time-to-hire in the UK is 27.5 days. However, technology is changing this fast. Whether it’s onboarding niche talent or utilising data to reduce bottlenecks, HR teams are increasingly relying on digital hiring technology to find full-time talent – and they’re seeing some noteworthy results.
Reduced time and cost
The longer it takes to fill a role, the more business resources are consumed. Time and money that could be better spent elsewhere. A drawn out hiring process also increases the risk of losing out on top candidates.
Applicant tracking systems are a great example of how technology can benefit HR. By allowing more people to participate in the screening process in real-time, as well as automating candidate communication to allow for a smoother onboarding experience, the recruitment process can speed up significantly.
Access to real-time data
Having access to real-time data enables businesses to make informed decisions as they endeavour to build a smart workforce. With insightful metrics at their fingertips, recruiters can monitor the hiring process more closely to avoid bottlenecks.
This in turn leads to a more efficient turnaround and greater conversion rates. With the benefit of backend data, recruiters can also track live responses to amend job postings if they aren’t attracting the right candidates or increase acquisition spend if they’re not attracting enough of them.
The temporary pause on face-to-face hiring hasn’t stopped businesses from finding high calibre talent. Throughout COVID-19, hiring companies have implemented virtual onboarding and online interviews to screen candidates anywhere, at any time.
Likewise, recruiters have been able to conduct essential training and right to work checks with equal ease. Similarly, digital HR allows for borderless talent acquisition, helping businesses to easily recruit for niche skill sets beyond their immediate talent pool.
The rise of digital staffing platforms: a new way of hiring
Not only has technology made full-time recruitment more efficient over the last few years, it’s also enabled an entirely new kind of hiring. So much so that McKinsey predicts digital staffing platforms could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP by 2025.
Traditionalists might baulk at the idea of a world where digital HR is the norm, but given the above prediction it’s clearly here to stay. Businesses no longer have a choice. They can either embrace this digital reality or languish in the past.
Temporary staffing gets a digital upgrade
Temporary staffing in itself is nothing new, but technology has certainly put a new spin on it. On-demand staffing has enabled hiring companies to build pools of regulars: high-quality, fully onboarded workers they can call on whenever demand goes up unexpectedly.
By employing the use of a digital staffing platform, typically time-consuming tasks become fully automated. Hiring can be reduced to a few clicks when screening, filtering and sorting applicant data, resulting in reduced time-to-hire, fewer dropouts and more quality hires.
4 Ways a flexible workforce can help your business
Technology has certainly levelled up the permanent recruitment space. Digital staffing has also summoned forth the potential to create a more flexible workforce. Human cloud platforms like Coople make it easy for businesses to stay flexible, agile and cost-efficient. Let’s take a look at how that might work.
1. Easy access to specialist talent
Thanks to advanced algorithms, finding niche talent is a cinch. Utilising a digital staffing platform enables you to overcome traditional recruitment limitations – allowing for faster job matching and greater quality and volume of hard to find candidates. See how Coople helped B2B International source specialist bilingual talent.
2. Cohesive workforce management
Real-time status updates on shift coverage, attendance and time-tracking to allow you to make informed hiring decisions. When plans change (as they’re wont to do), you’re better equipped to respond quickly. You can add shifts as and when you need them, request more workers and stop hiring any time.
3. Flexible, last-minute coverage
A flexible workforce puts you firmly in the driver’s seat, allowing you to scale up and down in keeping with demand. That’s how this leading supermarket chain was able to recruit over 600 skilled flexible workers in less than 48 hours.
4. Cost-effective with zero commitment
Reduce costs and manual processing by outsourcing your recruitment, administration and payroll. With no subscription fees or upfront charges and no setup costs or minimum hours either, you can avoid expensive surprises and find quality workers with zero commitment.
Find out more about Coople’s flexible pricing structure to see how you can take advantage of our pool of talented on-demand workers.
Ready to make the digital staffing leap?
HR digital transformation isn’t a ‘nice to have’ to put on the back burner for some day. Technology is moving the world forward at a rapid pace and this is especially true of HR. Recruiting the right people depends on your ability to meet them where they are: online.
If you find yourself in need of a responsive, flexible recruitment strategy to get up to speed with modern staffing challenges, Coople can help. We’ll show you how to make short work of your on-demand staffing requirements. Go ahead and request a call with us to find out more.