Collecting accurate data and analyzing it in useful ways are key elements of workforce administration. Managers need to make decisions and recommendations based on data that changes constantly, and collecting that data across multiple personnel systems, departments, and business locations is a problem that modern cloud-based systems can help you solve.
Professionals who manage personnel also have to stay on top of constantly changing needs and priorities. They need valid data to maximize scarce resources. They need to create staffing models to meet unique needs in multiple departments and locations, track key employees, and understand employee goals and motivations. This is in addition to managing employee turnover, replacing retiring workers, and managing personnel expenses. Modern workforce management professionals use predictive modeling and algorithms to continuously collect and analyze information, enabling them to forecast supply needs accurately and spot problematic trends before they get out of control. An accurate flow of data helps managers make solid decisions and recommendations that will save their companies money and improve performance. These systems have come a long way from their paper-based predecessors and continue to evolve in exciting new directions.
Electronic spreadsheets and software came as an improvement over paper, but it was difficult to get them to work together. Administrators weren’t always able to connect the various programs and systems used by different personnel. Cloud-based software has offered revolutionary improvements, enabling managers to incorporate new technologies and align them with different departments and facilities. These programs collect data in real time and share it at lightning speeds throughout the company, leading to reduced costs and improved customer experiences. Marylhurst University Online has assembled an infographic about the new tools and solutions that are available to workforce managers, particularly in health care settings. Check it out for details and case studies relating to these tools.