What is HR Position Management?


Does it ever feel like managing your organization’s human resources is a never-ending task?


The minute you stabilize one department, you have turnover in another. And the moment you confirm your hiring plan for the next six months, another need pops up that you weren’t aware you needed to plan for. 


The reason HR can so often feel like a volatile role is because most HR systems are set up to be employee-based. When you make a new hire, you create a new profile and capture details about the role, compensation, and performance for that employee. But when that employee receives a promotion or accepts a role with another company, all of that data disappears with them – and you must start over to fill the gap in your system.


HR position management moves the focus away from the employee and towards the company. It stores employee data and position data separately and links them together – so you can build an internal architecture that stands the test of time. 


But HR position management isn’t just about your HR team. While the benefits of HR position management start in the HR team, they don’t end there. They expand to introduce efficiency and productivity into other business-critical areas within your organization. Here are three of those benefits that every company deserves to capture:

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1.  HR Position Management for Administrative Tasks and Workforce Planning


The positive impact of HR position management starts with the HR team’s workload. 


Most HR teams must manually track and update their reports on unfulfilled and occupied positions, which can change frequently and rapidly. But teams with access to HR position management can quickly call up accurate reports about these factors over the past, present, and future of the organization.They can see at a glance how many open positions are available today and how many open positions will be available in the future – and plan ahead. 


HR team with HR position management can also automate mundane tasks like new hire onboarding and terminations, creating a respectful and comprehensive experience for employees as they transition in and out of your organization. Not only can this improve your eNPS ratings, as employees are receiving a more consistent experience across their interactions with the HR department, but it can also streamline the HR teams’ approach to repetitive tasks.

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2.  HR Position Management for Accessible Financial Analysis


When your position management is based on individual employees, you’re budgeting by employee, not position. This can negatively impact your organization in several ways, from leaving you financially reliant on the availability and compensation requirements of individual employees rather than the open market, to making it difficult to report on complex financial and compliance requirements. 


While most HCMs are limited to reporting on the actual budget, HR position management software like SyncHR allows HR managers to easily pull reports that compare the actual budget to the proposed budget across positions and people. As a result, you can share up-to-date analytics with your executive and financial teams without having to merge data from multiple sources.  

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3.  HR Position Management for Interdepartmental Collaboration


With employee-based position management, staffing always seems to end up being HR’s responsibility. That is, no one else has access to updated data about organizational architecture because the org chart collapses and expands as employees join and leave the organization. Other departments can’t be sure what’s accurate if they’re waiting on the HR team to manually adjust the system for shifting people records.


With HR position management, everyone within your organization with the right permissions can view the status of occupied and unoccupied positions at a glance. Especially if your workforce fluctuates throughout the year, this can be a critical advantage for interdepartmental collaborations with the finance and recruiting teams.


Building an HCM that works for you


For enterprise organizations looking to maintain or improve their current performance, employee-based position management simply isn’t effective. It leaves your organization too reliant on employee movements to build a solid internal architecture, and too focused on the skills of individual stakeholders to effectively plan for the future. Bringing the focus back to your organization and how you organize the positions within your company will allow you to build an HCM that works for you and unlocks your full potential.


If you are looking for a more robust HCM with position management capabilities, talk to one of our experts today. 


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Sarah Greesonbach

Sarah Greesonbach

Sarah Greesonbach turns cutting-edge research and data into captivating HR technology marketing content. She loves to consider the possibilities of humanizing, organizing, and minimalizing all things HR, and her writing helps HR executives and professionals develop their instincts and arrive at actionable insights for employee engagement and business performance.

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