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The Role of HRIS in Emergencies: 5 Ways Technology Aids in Crisis Management

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In times of emergency, it’s important that your HR team has the bandwidth and ability to adapt. Having the right HRIS gives HR tons of advantages to keep your organization running efficiently even in times of crisis. Here are 5 ways an HRIS provides the support you need to succeed:

1. Improves Emergency Communication

Communication is one of the most important things within an organization, especially when there is an emergency.  When a moment of crisis strikes, being able to communicate crucial information to employees is essential. Having the right HRIS helps eliminate miscommunication and gets the right information to the right people quickly. With a single click, HR can provide information to the entire workforce or segment information by employee group. As a result, you can target and personalize your emergency notifications to ensure that the right people get the help they need.

2. Gives Access to Self Service Support

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In times of emergency, employees tend to have a lot of questions for HR. What actions are being taken? What does this mean for me? What are the company policies surrounding this situation? But because an emergency is occurring, your HR team might not have the time to answer questions all day. An HRIS, like Criterion HCM, provides a resource hub for employees to access and find answers they’re looking for on their own. This increases employee involvement, allowing HR to focus on the million-and-one other items on your to-do list during a crisis.

3. Helps Direct Focus to Employees In Need

Every employee has a unique situation. This means that in times of crisis, some employees may need more support than others. The right HRIS enables you to quickly gather employee feedback, identify those who require additional assistance and prioritize action where it is most required. This allows you to stop any unnecessary issues before they come unmanageable.

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4. Creates Reliable Employee Database

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HR has to be able to collect which employees are safe and provide support to the ones in need. The right HRIS gives your HR team a reliable and up-to-date database to store employee information so they have all the details needed to properly handle the emergency. Because of this one source of truth, HR can determine where your highest-risk employees are and provide the necessary support. Criterion HCM, for example, allows you to issue a disaster planning form to employees and automatically prompt them to keep details updated regularly.

5. Helps Deliver Crucial Insight to HR

Responsibility is at an all-time high for your HR team in times of disaster and they need immediate insight to succeed. An HRIS provides a birds’ eye view that guides improved decision-making thanks to robust yet easy-to-use analytics. This is crucial in streamlining inefficiencies allowing your team to adapt and handle situations as they arise.

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