Talent Management Automation for Manufacturing

Is Talent Management and HR Automation Right for My Organization?

For manufacturers looking to grow in a global economy, a talent management strategy and HR automation are critical.  Where profit margins can be thin, finding best-fit employees needs to be top priority, especially for an agile, complex environment. Once hired, you need to keep them motivated with great onboarding, strong engagement, and simple people processes. Today’s HR integrated technology supports these needs and also brings an efficiency that saves time, reduces paperwork, and simplifies communication.  Manufacturers gain a top-notch workforce, the underlying consistency that systems brings to any process, while delivering a high performing culture and engaged employees.

As manufacturers fight to stay ahead in today’s competitive markets, strategic talent management can be a significant differentiator.  Here’s everything you need to get started: finding top talent, onboarding processes, employee engagement, blended learning, social recruiting, and more.

How Manufacturers Can Overcome Talent Management Challenges

Business moves fast. Manufacturers must react quickly to changing economic conditions and innovate to bring products to market before their competition. Add in high quality, efficiency, and safety and that’s a pretty tricky balancing act.  For HR professionals, it means developing an agile, high performing workforce.

As you prepare to face these steep challenges, here’s some help from SilkRoad’s resource center, including best practices, research, and more.

Importance of Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Talent Pool

To successfully compete in the global economy, the process of sourcing, attracting, and hiring hard-to-find talent becomes more vital than ever.  Doing so by reducing costs makes it even more important to look to technology. Hiring the wrong person drains productivity and money (estimated at 150 times an annual salary); hiring the right person helps control costs and contributes to the bottom line.

Discover 5 Simple Steps to an Effective Sourcing Strategy

Keeping Your Employee Talent Pool Motivated from Day One

When you find great fit employees, you also need to focus on retaining them.  Organizations that support and engage their employees from Day One, and on an ongoing basis, are proven to have higher rates of retention satisfaction, and productivity.

Explore more in Engaging Your New Hires on Day One and Awesome Career and Onboarding Portals

Using Learning and Training Systems to Improve Safety

With the right learning program and technology in place, your organization can avert risk and liability and ensure safety. Today’s best practices include blended learning program that use a variety of training approaches, from the classroom to social media, and can be adapted for different roles and training styles. HR learning management technology makes it easier to provide compliance data, ensure consistent learning across job functions, and proving process competencies with tablet friendly electronic checklists.

Explore Integrating Learning and Talent Management to learn more.

Does Automated Talent Management Help Maintain  Compliance?

Manufacturers face stringent regulatory and compliance requirements, including ISO, SME, OSHA, trade certifications, and more.  It’s no small task to track multiple certifications for a diverse workforce, which involves paperwork, employee communication, reporting, and more.  Today’s technology eases the stress, saves time, and strengthens compliance.  Learning management systems will manage, track, and report on all activities.

Download Gauging Compliance Across Learning and Development to learn more.

How Talent Management Automation Connects to Business Success?

For the biggest impact, a company’s business strategy should be connected to its people strategy. Whatever your organization, you need executive buy-in to your people programs. Look for indicators that executive management needs to intervene: no input into the HR budget, last minute staffing requests, not part of the merger conversation and more. To strengthen the connection, check out Aligning Human Resources with Business Value.

Take a look at our full library of research, eBooks, white papers, and more.

“The SilkRoad solutions immediately helped by eliminating paper waste and centralizing the HR Process. One of the biggest benefits is that all of our locations can use the SilkRoad solutions and we can share information electronically. It cuts down on emailing resumes and printing of paper.”  

Elkay Manufacturing



Additional Resources

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Calculating the ROI of a Performance Technology Solution

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State of Talent Management Report: The Always On Talent Economy

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Ultimate Guide to Career Portals

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Ultimate Guide to Onboarding Portals

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HR in the C Suite: How to Get and Keep Your Place at the Table

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Navigate the Journey to Integrated Talent Management | 4 Customers

In these buyers’ journeys, you’ll discover the paths of different companies who implemented SilkRoad Life Suite, an integrated talent management platform. In addition to experiencing the results of integrated talent management, the HR leaders who led these initiatives proudly discuss their success as a badge of honor with gratifying personal rewards. You’ll also find a wealth of resources to help you identify the best solution, define the return-on-investment (ROI) and present it to your management team.

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When vendors enter alliances from positions of strength, everyone benefits – including the user. SilkRoad has recently displayed this by forging a number of partnerships yielding capabilities complementary to their own. The latest example is their decision to join forces with SmartRecruiters, a vendor of progressive solutions for talent acquisition.

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Talent Analytics: HR is Big Data’s Next Frontier

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HR professionals may be willing to dip a toe in, implementing basic analytics functions as part of recruiting, applicant tracking, training, and compliance systems. However, data is typically siloed and often provides conflicting information, and the technology that collects it is unwieldy and inflexible. And, even good data is subject to the fact that, per Deloitte, more than 80 percent of HR practitioners score themselves low in their ability to analyze it.

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SilkRoad conducted a survey to find out what HR Professionals thought about Millennials and what programs their organizations had in place for them. One of the most consistent issues HR professionals had was retaining their Millennial employees after they trained them and they developed their skills.

Calculating the ROI Learning Management Solution

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