Economic recovery in the UAE is looking strong. A recent report showed that consumer confidence in Dubai is at an all-time high in the second quarter of 2021. Businesses in the area have risen to the challenge of transforming in a world of constant change.

Yet many HR departments are running on systems that are truly outdated.

Part of the problem may be that HR has historically been viewed as a “cost centre, not a profit centre.” It has been underused as a contributor to strategic growth and therefore has struggled to obtain investments in its growth from company leadership.

However, more and more businesses are now recognising how crucial it is to simplify and modernise their HR processes in order to maximise the value of HR in strategic planning.

In honour of National Simplicity Day, here are 6 ways you can simplify your HR processes to empower your leaders:


1. Review and update your HR policies

When were your HR policies last updated? If it was longer than a year ago, you’ll need to check your legal requirements for compliance. Not only that! Your policies may no longer match your processes, which can create confusion for your employees. Or they may be convoluted and difficult to understand.

While reviewing and updating your HR policies, consider agile policies. They allow for ease of understanding and the ability to shift and adapt to the changing needs of your company.


2. Remove unnecessary approval steps

Consider whether you truly need all of the approval signatures in your current process. What would it look like to empower your frontline leaders and trust them to make certain decisions?

Not only will this simplify your HR processes, it will also empower your employees to grow their leadership skills. This improves their longevity with the company and gives you a pool of potential higher management leaders to recruit from in the future.


3. Say goodbye to the annual review

Annual reviews are tedious and time-consuming. Their effectiveness has long been in question. And they create a heavy drag on employee morale and energy.

Instead, consider scrum meetings or regular catch-up conversations to make sure everyone is on track and getting the support they need to do their jobs.

Smaller, regular catch-ups also allow leaders to assess their progress more often, shift more quickly and celebrate wins more frequently. All of which is key to high morale and retention.


4. Automate repetitive operations

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) exist to automate run repetitive processes in the background so that your HR leadership can focus on more high-level goals.

These systems keep track of workflow steps and statuses while your HR team devotes its time to analysing data, identifying important issues and contributing to company strategy.


5. Simplify by creating templates

If you don’t have the funds to invest in an HRIS, you can create powerful dashboards out of Excel templates.

A little up-front time developing useful tracking sheets can save you time and money in the long run and free up your HR leaders to take on higher-level tasks.


6. Seek help from external experts

Companies like OLAM Group exist to cover any HR challenges your company has, whether that be creating policy manuals, running a compliance audit or even creating an entirely outsourced HR team specifically for your company’s needs.

The team at OLAM understands the financial challenges of small to mid-sized companies and can offer HR solutions on a budget that are surprisingly impactful.

Whether you’re looking to update your HR policies, boost your HR capabilities or create an HR department from scratch, contact OLAM Group here to see how we can work with your specific company needs.