3 reasons your HR digital transformation might fail

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Digital Transformation

– Praveen Visal, 20 June 2019,

As the first stepping stone towards sustainably reinventing themselves, a large number of organizations are now becoming acquainted with digital transformation. But, the reality is not what it seems.

A KPMG International survey highlights that about two-thirds of HR executives agree HR has undergone or is undergoing a digital transformation. But only 40% of HR leaders have said that they have a digital work plan at the HR or enterprise level.

A multitude of organizations are either wrestling with the technology they had recently implemented or in a dilemma to transform themselves digitally. There are also some with a ‘wait-and-see’ mindset. What is holding them back from going forward? What are the possible pitfalls on the grounds of which your HR digital transformation might not hit a home run? Let’s brainstorm.

 1. Stakeholder identification and alignment issues

When an HR transformation is being planned, the right stakeholders who can spearhead the process need to be identified. All groups involved are required to align and get themselves prepared for the phenomenal changes that are forthcoming. They should be clear with not only the goals to be achieved but also the prioritization of the goals. Unless this alignment happens, the strategic road map for a digital transformation process can never be achieved. HR transitions are, in general, massively complex, and the teams lacking the preparedness will make the nut more difficult to crack. Ultimately, the entire transformation process will be compromised.

2. ‘Slow and steady’ is not going to win the race

It is agreeable for a process to be planned with extensive caution and not to rush towards completion. But this is not going to work in case of an HR transformation engagement. Digital disruption is regarded as one of the most crucial challenges for driving a successful HR transformation. Lack of efficiency in project management and decision making can constitute the lion’s share in slowing down the transformation process.

3. Your HR transformation needs to be (c)loud enough to be heard

Organizations can achieve an HR digital transformation that is ‘cloud enough’ when they adopt fully integrated cloud-based HCM systems. One of the significant HR trends of 2019 is the adoption of subscription-based cloud systems that are available as SaaS (software as a service) for commercial use. These systems were introduced for various purposes out of which providing an integrated suite of tools and improving the user experience are pivotal.

But, sadly, organizations that had implemented these systems are unable to taste their benefits wholly. When Deloitte researched the possible reasons through the Global Human Capital Trends 2019 survey, the following facts came to light:

  • 65 percent of the respondents said that the technology they are using is either unsatisfactory or only fair at achieving the claimed objectives.
  • Only 5 percent of the respondents were using a fully integrated HR cloud platform.
  • 29 percent of the respondents had no cloud-based systems at all.
  • The remaining majority had a mixed set of HR systems.

Most organizations are still using and maintaining multiple HR systems. This seems to be the reason why they have not been able to leverage cloud-based technology to the fullest.

But there are also organizations who have transitioned successfully with the help of cloud transformation service providers like Neeyamo. Such providers ease the entire process by following practices that ensure a fast cloud transformation journey.

Gartner’s Digital Enterprise 2020 Survey says that 67% of the business leaders concurred that unless their organizations undergo significant digitization by 2020, they would nevermore be competitive. Hence, it becomes indispensable for an organization to embrace digital. A radical HR digital transformation is a necessary disruption!

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