How an Employee App Can Reinvent HR

In 2019 a KPMG study found that 3 in 5 HR executives believed that the HR function was becoming irrelevant and that HR desperately needed to modernize its approach. But when the pandemic hit, it elevated the HR function to mission-critical and unscored the importance of people management. The emergence of no code app builders has paved the way for HR to reinvent itself to take on post-pandemic challenges and continue to remain relevant. An employee app can do wonders for your organization.

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Engaging Staff Through Mobile Apps

Today’s organizations must put their people at the center of their objectives – employees have the single greatest impact on a company’s success and HR Managers need to lead these efforts, enabling their workforces with initiatives that address well-being and development. Technology will play an important role as HR teams shift their focus to their people. HR Employee Apps designed to serve employees can help with improving engagement, rewarding talent, and encouraging loyalty. HR departments armed with workplace technology will be empowered to shift the way employee-employer relationships exist and the result will be an engaged, empowered workforce that’s responsive to the demands of the business.

Scarily, very few HR leaders report their organizations to respond quickly to changing needs with just 19% saying their company can effectively change direction. The business world has been slow to catch up to the revolution that has occurred in our personal lives (where our phones seem to be surgically attached to our hands). In the workplace, too many companies mistakenly believe “communicating” with employees through an Intranet and email is enough. Fortunately, Fliplet has an all-in-one Communications Solution as part of its easy-to-use App Builder, which will arm you with a whole host of features that will effectively engage users.

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Keeping Employees Happy

It might sound simplistic, but the easiest way to hold on to your staff is to make sure they are happy! Research has shown that a company’s culture must make it clear that each employee’s contributions matter and they are recognized when they do well. As employee behavior evolves to follow the path of consumer behavior, one way to boost happiness is to connect colleagues via employee apps. Mobile Applications already dominate our daily lives outside of work, and an HR app will bring the same convenience and sense of community to the workplace. Your employees will be able to access all the necessary information through their phones. Employee apps will also make their job more interactive.

HR teams can utilize no code app builders (like Fliplet) to effortlessly launch employee apps that can ensure that everyone, no matter where they are based, is kept informed and two-way dialogues are created. Use your platform to welcome new hires, congratulate promotions, recognize service awards and complete projects. All of these interactions will make your employees feel valued and keep remote workers connected.

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How Apps Can Help With Recruiting Success

The biggest challenge facing HR Managers today is that of recruitment. Finding and retaining a skilled workforce is dominating headlines and often filling a single vacancy can take months. Exacerbating the problem, the number of candidates who have not turned up for an interview has increased 28% in the last year. Then, after all that work, 1 in 3 new hires quit within the first 6 months. One transformative change you can take to attract new talent is to increase flexible work arrangements. This is a topic that Millennials and Gen Z are driven by, and it helps all staff reduce burnout and have a better work/life balance. Shortened workweeks and no-meeting days are proven tactics, as well as flexible working hours and locations.

With 70% of candidates using a mobile to browse for career opportunities, Apps for recruiting are becoming more and more popular. Using an app maker to create a space for recruitment on your mobile app will enable you to post jobs, screen resumes, schedule interviews, and review applications with your team.

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Retaining the Best Talent

Around 59% of senior HR professionals say that retaining talented and high-performing candidates will be a big concern in the coming year. Furthermore, as market competitiveness grows, it will become even more difficult to detect and reward true performers, necessitating more collaborative efforts to build employee loyalty. Efforts like publicly appreciating your employees, hosting regular workforce events and investing in building an engagement app could help staff retention.

Law firm Eversheds Sutherland were facing numerous retention issues as a result of remote working and difficulties in ensuring a work/life balance. However, they were able to turn things around by using Fliplet App Builder to create their Open House App to bring their teams back together. They found Fliplet’s no code app maker so easy to use, their app was built and deployed in just 3 weeks!

Employee Apps can help you retain staff by enabling you to have personal connections with each person, no matter how large your workforce. Because app notifications can be personalized and employees can provide instant responses, using apps can feel more like a conversation which builds much deeper connections.

These days job security and career development are not enough to keep employees motivated. Remote or not, people want to feel part of a workplace culture which has strong, transparent leadership. Transparency builds bridges between leaders and employees and engaged staff are more committed to a company vision if it is shared with them and they are made to feel part of that mission. Employee Apps can help bring teams together in one place to discuss ideas, learn about company initiatives and build a sense of community.

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Training for Success

Covid-19 has resulted in many careers being stalled due to health concerns, disruption to routine and lack of visibility through working remotely. Studies are clear that those receiving regular training are happier in their roles and more likely to stay with their employer, but despite this a survey found that 26% of managers have never received management training! HR leads need to look at ways they can provide training to those who are working remotely. Online learning is nothing new, but training designed for the classroom won’t work from home. Try to keep sessions in short modules and track progress with training management software. Better yet, use Fliplet training tools to build up training sections in your company app. Our content blocks will allow your teams to browse learning opportunities, view video tutorials and build a knowledge library.

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Human Resource Communications

It can be very difficult to get your messages heard in a world where email inboxes are out of control, and messaging services are constantly interrupting workflows. Building a workplace app isn’t going to add to the flood of information – it’s there to provide better communication. It puts HR teams back in control so they can channel a single source of relevant content that gets heard.

“We have used Fliplet to build an internal communications tool. This tool allows our entire organization of almost 200 spread across the globe to easily communicate and share information. Fliplet allows us to quickly post and update content” – Ken C, Consumers Goods Company.

So, how do you know your message is getting through? Along with many other benefits, employee apps can provide HR managers with insightful app usage analytics. By tracking the performance of your app, you can optimize its features to improve engagement. When you use the Fliplet app maker to build your employee app, app analytics are there to help you get a clear picture of how users are navigating through it and build reports on the impact your app is having on the business.

There are various ways in which HR teams can prepare to tackle the above issues, but some approaches can be expensive and time consuming. By using Fliplet’s app builder, you can take HR tech into your own hands and easily build apps specifically suited to your needs. We’ve designed and built a large number of features and templates that you can use off the shelf. Apps built through Fliplet will work on a desktop, tablet and mobile as the layouts are responsive by default. Create your own employee app in weeks (not months) and join HR teams across the world who are improving their company’s productivity by deploying an effective employee app. Let go of the pressures of traditional development and embrace no code app development today. Turn your app ideas into quality employee apps that will encourage employee engagement, talent recruitment and much more.

Want to find out more? Watch our webinar where we analyze the future of HR and how you can use Apps to confront HR’s biggest challenges.

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Matt Alder

Talent Acquisition Futurist, Author, and Podcaster

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