HR Trends in Law Firms

As part of the current HR trends being seen in many industries, including Law firms, HR departments are taking a more integral role within the company, particularly as part of the strategic decision making process. For this reason, HR departments are beginning to use technology solutions to allow for more efficient operations, and to meet the new demands of the current market. The quality of data maintained within HR departments are being used as part of the decision making process. Master data management allows critical data to be stored in one area, allowing for quick access and for the integration of data across multiple departments. This also allows for report and analytic software to be applied to data, guiding decision making and helping to quality assure the data managed. It also helps multiple departments to share data, avoid duplication and allows for quick and easy access to the master data regardless of location.

HR departments are increasingly moving towards online recruitment, applicant tracking, and utilizing onboarding to help new employees integrate quickly and effectively within their new workplace. Onboarding also helps to improve the recruitment experience for potential employees, helping companies to attract the best workers, reduce any hiring mistakes, and helps to align workers with the overall needs of the company ensuring a good fit. These are popular HR trends as they can save companies money in the future whilst improving worker retention and productivity.

To allow HR staff time to concentrate on high end HR tasks, companies are beginning to utilize employee self-service software (ESS) as part of these HR trends. Companies are able to customize the ESS system, determining which HR information will be posted and made available to employees. Ultimately, it allows all HR information to be made available to employees directly, within one central source and in a paperless format. For example, HR departments may choose to post health and safety manuals, worker rights and responsibilities, and to disseminate information regarding training opportunities. They allow HR staff and employees to communicate regardless of location, highly beneficial for large or global companies. Moreover, employees are able to access data pertinent to themselves including benefits, payroll, vacation, and personal details. Often, employees are able to update personal information, access time sheets and submit requests for leave. This not only provides a more efficient process, but empowers workers and reduces costs associated with administering forms. For example, employees may be allowed to access and print their W-2s or view their 401k portfolios. ESS systems are particularly beneficial for companies which employ remote workers, allowing them to easily access worker information regardless of location.

To choose the correct ESS system for their company, businesses may choose to utilize HR companies which specialize in creating and maintaining HR applications and solutions. They are also able to offer consultation on the best integrated employee information management choices and help in the implementation process.

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