The discussion around HR technology tends to focus on usability, flexibility, mobile enablement, and lots of other “adoption” type issues. Adoption is important, but the key to success is aligning HR technology to the strategic goals of the business and the personal goals of the user.
If HR technology does not simultaneously support both, the overall business and the individual employee, it doesn’t reach its full potential. That’s a pretty tall order and by this definition there are lots of HR technology implementations that are under-performing.
Those of us in the HR technology business, both vendors and customers, tend to get wrapped up in the urgent everyday issues that come with complex processes and problems. Sometimes it’s valuable to take a step back and look at the big picture. Here are three questions about corporate strategy and three questions about employees that can help you reset, reframe and reflect on your alignment.
Three Corporate Questions:
- What are the strategic objectives of your organization?
- What are the top internal factors that will impact those objectives?
- What are the external factors that will impact those objectives?
Three Employee Questions:
- What are the personal goals of our employees?
- How can the organization help employees achieve those goals?
- What is the organization doing that prevents employees from reaching those goals?
By taking a few minutes on a regular basis to review these questions, you may be able to get yourself and your organization much more aligned with your strategic goals.