BambooHR was created in 2008 when our founders observed that HR professionals spend way too much time and effort dealing with cumbersome spreadsheets. The remedy was (is) to help HR professionals get away from spreadsheets—and other time-sucking distractions—so they can focus on performing more meaningful work.
Since then, this pursuit (freeing people to do great work) has permeated its way into everything Bamboo does. When companies fully adopt HR software, they can save countless hours every single day. And if HR software is simple to use and creates value right away, adopting is the easy part. (We’re pretty proud of our adoption rates—especially since we were recently named #1 Most Popular HR Product by software comparison site Software Advice with a great adoption score!)
One of our customers said that “Bamboo makes you feel so greedy; because you are able to do so much, it makes you want to do everything.” Since you don’t have time for “everything,” here are five ways you can spend your time to help you and your people one of BambooHR’s values, “enjoy quality of life”:
1. Strategize! Strategize! Strategize! As you move beyond the administrative duties that bog down HR professionals, it’s time for strategic HR. This means managing HR in a way that supports the company’s long-term business goals and outcomes. You can take the extra time to get training, better understand your company and its inner workings, develop analytics and metrics, create data-based strategies, and assess organizational readiness. This is where you as an HR professional will truly distinguish yourself as a valued leader of your company.
2. Improve reward and recognition efforts. You can always find better ways to recognize and reward your people’s great work. When you have extra time, test out how you thank people. You can start by emailing thank you notes at random times. Buy different types of gift cards and offer them as rewards. Maybe vary recognition based on employee personality types. The point is: Test things out and track your efforts. Through experimentation, you’ll eventually find the right mix.
3. Meditation. Steve Jobs was famous for this (and 100 other things). If you and your team are looking to increase focus or relieve office-driven anxiety, take time to meditate (in whatever way works for you) and get yourself right in the head. To quote Jobs, as you take time to meditate, “your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present.” The more clearly you see things, the more you’ll be able to contribute strategically.
4. Grow team bonds. Sometimes the best way to unite your team is spend time doing fun things together. Get out there and talk more with your people. Find out how things are really going on your teams. Our team frequently takes a few minutes to share something that inspires us, motivates us, or we feel is simply worth sharing. It’s a fun way to spark our creative juices, recognize great work, and brighten our moods. Or you can encourage employee bonding by allowing them to do activities together. There’s the obvious activities like traditional sports leagues (softball, basketball, golf, etc.), but there are many other activities to choose from. You can play ultimate frisbee during lunch, go bike riding, rock climbing, dance club, surfing, badminton, whatever. Or for the more dormant you can start a fantasy football league or play board games during lunch. Regardless of the activity, encourage employees to find shared interests and spend time growing your team bonds.
5. Get involved in the HR community. By looking beyond your office walls, you’ll always be able to stay ahead of the curve. You could join a community group that discusses common HR issues, watch webinars that dive deeply into topics of interest, and maybe even take a free online class that will help you gain more skills in HR. As you collaborate and network with other HR professionals, you’ll meet smart thought leaders (and become one), see best practice trends before they reach the mainstream, and learn about strategic opportunities long before you’ll need to implement them. You’ll grow as a professional and company leader; the only paper you’ll have to deal with is all the greenbacks you’ll help your company make.
There are, of course, hundreds of other things you can do with the time you save by using HR software. We love that when you’re saving time, you’re able to go home on time—and enjoy quality of life with your friends and family. That matters to us. So, what do you do with all the time HR software saves you? Please let us know. Your successes are the driving force behind everything we do.