Level Up Your Employee Onboarding Workflows With These Modern Process Management Strategies

onboarding workflowInstead of an alphabetic writing system, the Incan Empire used a series of knotted and colored strings called quipu.

Quipu are still used in South America today, primarily by herders recording livestock numbers, but experts still only have theories about how the actual Incans used their quipu way back. Some believe quipu were simple memory aids, while others point to purely numerical record-keeping. The latest trend is the theory that quipu were on their way to becoming viable alternatives to written language.

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Looking at that image, I know what you’re thinking: How could a series of knots ever represent a narrative about anything?

To be fair, though, the ancient world had a lot of weird record-keeping methods. You’ve probably encountered the Celts’ Ogham alphabet, Viking runes, and the Egyptians’ hieroglyphs – because scholars have been able to figure out what those symbols mean – but there are still many – like the quipu – we don’t quite understand.

For the most part (we think), these cultures followed a predominantly oral tradition, which is why we don’t have any documents explaining their languages. Even the Romans – who loved to write things down – left us a language (Latin) we don’t actually know how to pronounce. All because no one thought about documenting their systems in a universally understandable way that would stand the test of time.

Now, hopefully, your internal onboarding processes aren’t at risk due to your CEO’s sibling overthrowing their rule or violent colonization by an invading force, but if your organization’s employee onboarding isn’t a documented process anyone could use, it’s about as useful to your company as an Incan quipu is to a 21st-century New Yorker.

HR has gone through so many changes in the past few years that it’s not even called HR anymore. The same old systems that have worked just fine up to now just aren’t going to cut it anymore. People managers need dynamic, interactive processes that are flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of both their future new hires and their current workforce.

In this Process Street post, I’m going to show you how to easily level up your employee onboarding so it doesn’t become yet another antiquated system no one remembers how to use.

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Human Capital Theory: Still Relevant or Woefully Outdated for Our Knowledge Economy?

Human Capital Theory Still Relevant or Woefully Outdated for Our Knowledge Economy

“Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work.” – Kevin Hassett

In May 2020, White House advisor Kevin Hassett drew public ire by referring to the American workforce as “human capital stock.” US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asserted the term was not only outdated but inherently racist.

This raised a very important question for employers: How do you measure the output of your employees without treating them like cattle?

In addition to questions about the potential for dehumanizing employees, contemporary theorists question whether or not human capital theory – a product of the mid-20th century manufacturing economy – still has a place in our 21st-century knowledge economy.

In a knowledge economy, an employee’s output is intellectual rather than physical. Human capital theory originated during what is considered a manufacturing economy. As a result, it’s optimized for measuring physical output.

At a clothespin factory, a worker’s productivity is judged by how many pins they produce a day. There’s an established length of time it should take to make a faultless pin. That pin is an example of physical output. At the end of the day, you can count that worker’s pins and have a fairly good idea of their productivity.

A knowledge worker, however, doesn’t produce physical output; a knowledge worker produces intellectual output. I’ll go into this in more detail further on, but – in terms of human capital theory – the question is: how do you know how many “pins” a knowledge worker makes per day?

Obviously, knowledge workers are still given a wage, generally factored according to their value to the company (experience, education, etc.); in other words, using the principles of human capital theory.

But is this an accurate reflection of that employee’s worth? Are knowledge workers being undervalued because their productivity isn’t linked to the number of hours they work? Should intellectual and physical output still be measured on the same scale? Can they be weighed by the same scale?

More to the point, if human capital theory has outlived its usefulness, what language should we be using to describe an employee’s value? Is it fair to consider employees part of a company’s assets?

In this Process Street post, I aim to investigate these questions and explore ways in which the 21st-century employer can assess employees in terms of company value without objectifying the individual contributions.

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Speed Up HR Tasks with Process Street’s New Slack App

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How many different tabs do you have open on your computer or laptop, right now?

I bet it’s a lot.

Let me guess. You’ve probably got one open for your emails, one for your social media, one for Slack, and another for Process Street?

And, maybe you’ve also got tabs open for your HR management system, your recruitment software, your reporting platform, your payroll service, your employee engagement tool, and…well, the list could go on and on and on.

Am I right?

But, this makes finding the tab you need when you need it virtually impossible, it slows your computer…right…down, and even the simplest HR tasks can end-up taking twice as long.

Too many tabs, in almost any web browser, will lead to overtaxed computer memory, a reduction in battery life, and, for sure, a cluttered browser workspace.” – Forbes, Too Many Tabs Open: Save Your PC Or Mac From Overheating

What if there was a way to speed up your HR tasks? What if you could get all your task notifications and updates in one, central place instead of several? What if you could improve communication with your team and spend less time waiting or chasing for updates and more time on the things that matter?

Interested?

Allow me to introduce you to our newest feature, built for Slack lovers: The Process Street Slack App. Just click the button below to add it to your Slack!

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Read on to discover how the Process Street Slack App can speed up your HR tasks as we whizz through the following:

Let’s get cracking.🌪️
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Workforce Planning Essentials for the Remote-Savvy HR Manager

Workforce Planning Essentials for the Remote-Savvy HR Manager

There are plenty of great quotes from inspirational leaders that perfectly sum up the importance of workforce planning, but in my mind, none of them quite capture it like this one:

“Making a plan without the right tools is like making spaghetti without a pot.” – Kris Hughes, Content Strategy Consultant

You are absolutely not going to be making any spaghetti without a pot, or at least a pot-like vessel that will hold boiling water in a way so as not to burn the crap out of your hands in the process. When it comes to workforce planning, the spaghetti is your business and the pot…

Okay. I took the simile too far. You get the picture: if your business doesn’t have the right people in the right place, you got nothing.

Think beyond that: if the right people don’t stay or aren’t being utilized properly, you still don’t have a pot to… make spaghetti in.

There is a lot out there about workforce planning, and by a lot I mean, a frickin lot. It’s my job to do research and even I got a little dizzy trying to sort through all the different takes on what is or isn’t or could be/might be the best way to manage your workforce.

This post aims to simplify all that. I’ll cover the foundations of workforce planning, specific considerations for remote work, and examine some common methods for finding the right approach for your organization.

This Process Street post is designed so you can jump straight to the info you need to know, so feel free to skip ahead.

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5 Human Resources Best Practices We Learned From GitLab

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Human resource departments get a bad rap.

While those in leadership roles predominantly feel that HR has strategic value, a majority of on-the-ground employees feel much differently.

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The question is: Why? What can you, as your company’s HR manager, do to correct this?

Here at Process Street, we know a thing or two about HR best practices – and have a wealth of pre-made templates to boot. There’s always room for improvement, though, so lately, we’ve been doing some deep dives into GitLab’s handbook (like my post on how GitLab totally rocks their marketing strategy).

GitLab is unique in a number of ways – most significantly, their willingness to share internal tactics. This post is going to look at five essential concepts every HR manager needs to keep in mind based on GitLab’s own tried and tested processes.

Ready to manage some humans?
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60+ Essential HR Processes for All Human Resource Teams (Free!)

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The 5+ million people who work in HR in the United States have their work cut out for them.

From hiring great-fitting talent and helping with their onboarding, to monitoring employee performance and even resolving any employee conflicts, there’s a lot of ground for HR teams to cover – and in such a short amount of time.

Imagine if there was a way for HR teams – not only in the U.S., but around the globe – to time-save, cost-save, and labor-save, and take control of their recurring tasks like never before…

Wouldn’t that be a dream? 🤩

At Process Street, we rather like turning dreams into reality.

That’s why we’ve hand-picked our most effective, most useful HR processes from our extensive library and are presenting it in this ultimate HR process pack.

Think of it as your one-stop-shop for all the human resource processes you’ll ever need.

Read through the following sections to learn how to revolutionize your HR department, on top of getting your hands on over 60 (yes, 60+) free process templates:

Now, let’s stop dilly-dallying and get to it!

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What is HR Management? How Your Employees Can Drive Success

hr managementAs organizations get larger they get more and more complex.

So many different people pushing and pulling in different directions.

This slows an organization down and makes it hard to operate. It makes it hard to achieve the best results.

Human resources departments should be the ones who sort out this mess. The ones who make sure everyone is working toward the same goals. The department which facilitates the other departments to do their best work.

But for many companies, HR isn’t working.

According to McKinsey:

  1. 42% of HR professionals are not taking action against priority areas
  2. 65% of HR professionals are not pursuing innovative approaches
  3. and 68% don’t have confidence in their strategy

That’s why, in this Process Street article, we’re going to take this problem seriously and look at:

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6 Ways How Automation and Artificial Intelligence will Transform the HR Process

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Becky Holton is a journalist and a blogger at BestEssays. She is interested in education technologies, best term papers and is always ready to support informative speaking at Brill Assignment. Follow her on Twitter.

Today, we are experiencing unexpected and surprising rise in artificial intelligence. At this point, AI and automation are slowly taking over every industry we have, shaking all our departments, and automating almost everything.

Machines have replaced humans in so many tasks, but simultaneously created various new job opportunities.

The changes happen so fast, it’s really hard to keep track of them. However, by following the progress of AI and using it to our advantage, we can do masterful things with its help, even in the HR department.

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Just think of how far we’ve progressed in this area by now. Automation has taken over the lengthiest administrative assignments that took HR managers hours of every day. AI helps us manage and recruit people, and the myriad of modern automation resources grows by the minute.

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Why HRMS is Becoming a Must-Have & How to Get Started

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Humans are unrivaled as the most complex and important component of any business.

We are the creators of ideas and are able to make them a reality in the world of commerce through a collaborative effort. Yes, of course, we can get things done on our own, but scaling a business requires a joint effort between many stakeholders.

This necessity for effective teamwork means that companies need to find, train, and retain employees that fit the workplace environment, gel with other team members, and feel motivated to consistently produce their best work.

While this is the responsibility of managers in all departments, the human resources department is on the front line, and need to have effective systems in place to execute core HR functions, in particular hiring and onboarding processes that set a solid foundation for happy and productive employees.

In this post, we’re going to take a close look at the giant of HR management when it comes to software: Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS).

As company culture, employee satisfaction and productivity have become increasingly important due to the proliferation of job opportunities and demand from younger generations to engage in meaningful work, HRMS has become widely considered as a necessity for HR departments, for SMBs as well as enterprises.

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