Darth Vader’s Guide to HR Software

November 18, 2016

Darth Vader’s Guide to HR Software

It’s been nearly a year since “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” was released in cinemas. According to Digital Spy, the release date for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is still in a galaxy far, far away… December 15th 2017, to be precise.

Luckily, they are giving us a spin-off movie this year, called Star Wars: Rogue One, which will be released in cinemas on December 15th 2016. Until then though, let’s take a look at some more of the things the popular movie franchise can teach us about HR.

Last year, we published five HR lessons we can learn from Star Wars. Today’s blog post looks at five lessons Darth Vader can teach us about HR software. Enjoy!

1. Find a system that helps you motivate your staff

In “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, Darth Vader is assured by one of his subordinates that his men are working as fast as they can. Darth Vader responds by saying: “Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them”.

Darth Vader’s motivational techniques might be frowned of in most workplaces. But the fact remains that your staff need to be motivated. Why shouldn’t your HR software help you do this?

HR software isn’t all about administration and data entry. It can be fun and interactive, and it can empower your staff through features like employee self-service and 360 degree performance reviews.

2. Use a training matrix to spot skill gaps and track your training

In “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”, Darth Vader says to Luke Skywalker: “Join me, and I will complete your training”. While he may represent the “Dark Side”, at least we can see that he has a great training and development programme in place!

If you record details of skills, competencies and training within your HR software, you will find it easier to spot skill gaps and fill them. Look for an HR system with an in-built training matrix. This will help you visually map out the areas of development you should be focusing on.

3. Find a system that tracks absence and attendance

In “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, Darth Vader begins to worry about his wife, Padmé Amidala. “Where is Padmé?” he asks. “Is she safe? Is she alright?”

Tracking absence and attendance can be a tricky issue. Yet people seem to expect you to know, on-demand, where everybody is at any given time! With good attendance tracking functionality, your HR software can give you this power. You will have a clear view of who is at work, and who is away on business or pleasure. You will also find it easier to identify and tackle problem absence patterns, if our HR software includes features like automatic Bradford Factor scoring.

4. Don’t let fancy functionality lure you into a false sense of security

In “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, Darth Vader says to his team: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed”. He is talking, of course, about the planet-destroying death star. But how does this apply to HR software?

Lots of HR systems look big, impressive, and boast a lot of fancy functionality. But unless these systems offer the features you actually need, then the impressive extras become useless. Don’t buy the biggest, most expensive HR solution on the market because you assume it will be the best. Instead, write down what you want the software to achieve, do some research, and then select the solution that best fits your needs. If it does a little extra, great.

5. Become a master of your company’s HR software

In “Star Wars: Episode VI – A New Hope”, Darth Vader says: “When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

No matter which HR system you choose, strive to master it. It doesn’t matter whether your HR system is as easy as tapping a screen, or as difficult as operating the Death Star. If you become a master of the technology you use, people in your company will put more faith in you as an expert within your role.

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