You Reap What You Sow: Proper Planning for HCM Technology

May 18, 2022


Written by Jennifer Sorenson


As I look outside, admiring the flowers in bloom in my garden this month, I reflect on the adage, “you reap what you sow.” This adage speaks to the importance of timing, preparation, and results during the ebb and flow of seasonal changes. A good gardener or farmer knows when to plant seeds and how to prepare the soil. Acting too early or too late, or with ill-prepared soil can mean either less bounty than you could have; or no bounty at all. Even after the growth of plants begins, continued care is necessary to see it all through to bloom or harvest.

As an avid gardener, I can’t help but acknowledge that many of the same gardening rules apply to the world of HCM technology.

Consider your company’s internal recruitment strategies and talent acquisition. These equate to planning the timing for planting. The tools your team utilizes to organize and communicate internally and efficiently around these critical business initiatives are a significant factor in your long-term success, which we hope is a bountiful field of qualified candidates for your open requisitions. To ensure success in this arena, you need to ask some questions. How are your current talent acquisition tools and processes working for your team’s recruitment strategies? What systems are you using? Does it meet your company’s needs now that a hybrid workforce has changed the talent acquisition game? If not, HRchitect can help you evaluate and select a talent acquisition platform that will. If the answer is “sort of,” and you feel you could be getting better results with a little bit of tweaking, we can also help optimize your current system.

Let’s go back to how your soil is prepared. For instance, if the pH isn’t correct, tomatoes just won’t thrive. Employees are the same. Are your employees thriving or barely surviving in their work environment? Have you created an environment that supports retaining good employees and provides the work-life balance that the workforce is expecting now? It’s more important now than ever to give the fertile loam that makes the workplace experience desirable. It starts with good applicant tracking and intuitive job application processes and onboarding experiences. Still, every aspect of the employee experience should be considered here; from payroll, time and attendance, to succession planning. Is it time to reevaluate the HCM technology tools you are using to find a solution or solutions that help you make work life better for employees? There are times when an HCM platform that provides a full suite of functionality makes sense. Other times, a “best in breed” approach is the way to go.

Maintaining your established garden or crop requires the proper amounts of water and fertilizer. It requires the right amount of shade and sun, protection from environmental threats, and sometimes even pruning. Comparatively, maintaining a fruitful workforce requires a lot of tending as well. Employees desire streamlined processes such as user-friendly time-entry, easy access to their benefits platforms, manager accessible communication and visibility to goals, and access to continued learning through a Learning Management System (LMS).

Our strategic consulting experts at HRchitect can help if you are unsure if your current HCM systems make the most sense for your company’s current needs and where you are growing toward.

HRchitect’s HCM strategic planning experts will work with your team to develop a roadmap for your organization’s HCM technology architecture, resulting in a clear strategy, vision, and objectives for your HCM technology, a timeline, and plan for future technology acquisitions, and a framework for prioritization and decision making for any unanticipated future HCM technology acquisitions. Let us help you tend to your HCM technology landscape so that your company can blossom and thrive in this new post-pandemic environment.


About Jennifer Sorenson

Jennifer Sorenson, Regional Sales Manager, is a tenured sales executive with over 20 years of experience in sales and sales management. Jennifer joined HRchitect in 2021 and leads the organization’s sales efforts in a 26-state region across the central and western part of the United States, as well as in 4 Canadian provinces. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Leadership. Jennifer values people and relationships and believes that translates to invaluable, long-term working relationships that stand the test of time.

When Jennifer isn’t working, she, her husband, 3 children, and their dogs enjoy traveling and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks college football, basketball and baseball teams. She also enjoys hunting, fishing, baking, and cooking in her free time.

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