Digitize HR Processes So People Professionals Can Focus on People

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that organizations need to be ready to adapt to change at any moment. HR teams are at the core of this transformation, nurturing an environment that keeps employees satisfied and productive – whether they’re in the office or working in their garden shed with the dog nearby.

But how can we expect HR teams to thrive when they’re hampered by administrative tedium? HR tasks, whether employee onboarding, legal or compliance reviews, or managing training and development, are frequently burdened by manual processes. Indeed, in our survey of more than 1,000 HR professionals, The State of HR: 2021 Trends and Opportunities, 44% of respondents said manual forms and paperwork slowed down HR teams. No wonder people professionals often have little time and bandwidth to focus on employees’ needs.

Let’s look at some of the other survey findings:

  • HR teams are juggling multiple challenges, such as an increasingly mobile workforce, a highly competitive job market, and growing skills gaps, that require greater adaptability – and better use of technology.
  • Two in five organizations recognize technology can help attract younger workers and make hiring more agile.
  • Around 70% of respondents say talent initiatives will be more of a focus in five years.
  • Adopting new technology has skyrocketed to the top of the future priorities wish list. In fact, HR teams consider tools like human resource management systems (85%), enterprise resource planning systems (77%), and customer relationship management systems (66%) to be critical to their success over the next five years.

The message from HR professionals is loud and clear: give us better technology, and we can concentrate on attracting, developing, and retaining talent in more strategic ways.

Accelerate your HR agreements with electronic signatures

If there’s one process where using technology is often a no-brainer, it’s signing standard forms. Employee agreements are particularly prone to bottlenecks and ripe for automation. Collecting physical signatures on offer letters, benefits packages, and other materials significantly slows down HR departments and affects employee relationships. Our report revealed only 6% of HR teams obtain signatures for all forms electronically. With most HR teams completing hundreds of agreements each month, the time wasted on mailing documents and obtaining wet signatures adds up.

No enterprise should be using paper-based signatures anymore for common HR tasks such as recruiting, onboarding and employee operations. And that’s where SAP Signature Management by Docusign for SAP SuccessFactors comes in. This application helps you speed up your HR agreements, simplifying tasks and freeing your HR teams to do what they do best. Use it to allow people inside and outside your organization securely access, sign, and send important documents electronically – anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

Get operational in minutes with pre-integrated software

One of the key pain points identified in our survey is that 39% of respondents reported a lack of integration with other key systems and tools as a major obstacle to fully leveraging HR software. With SAP Signature Management by Docusign pre-integrated into SAP SuccessFactors solutions, this problem is solved. You can get up and running with electronic signatures tied into your HR recruiting and onboarding modules in just minutes.

SAP Signature Management by Docusign is all about digitizing key business processes. By removing manual and paper-based signatures from your HR processes, you can accelerate your business and focus on what matters most – your employees and customers.

And with more and more of these people keen to learn about your sustainability efforts, the great news is that the option for SAP SuccessFactors solutions also helps your business become more environmentally efficient. Since 2003, we’ve helped hundreds of millions of people around the world replace over 20 billion sheets of paper with digital processes that do not require paper. So, you can bolster your environmental credentials while improving the experience of candidates and employees, no matter where they are.

Learn More

Want to learn more? Join us at SAPPHIRE NOW for session HR 606: Accelerate Your HR Agreements with E-Signature Capabilities, where Angie Halderman, our global head of SAP partnership, and Burke Fewel, senior partner marketing manager at Docusign, will talk about how you can accelerate HR agreements with SAP Signature Management by Docusign, option for SAP SuccessFactors solutions.