Despite great organizational benefits of workforce management for education, many institutions still rely on manual processes for their daily administration.
Perhaps this is due to the already tight limit on resources, but manual processes still come with significant risks and costs that can be avoided by implementing newer workforce management (WFM) solutions.
Designed to improve organizational efficiency and visibility into performance data, workforce management technologies can empower K12 administrators at the campus and district levels. Here are three distinct benefits these technologies offer school systems.
Streamlined Resource Management
With modern workforce management for education, faculty can take a more active role in their day-to-day administrative tasks through self-service capabilities. Staff at every level, from classroom teachers to custodial and food services, can see their own time-off accruals in real-time to schedule their PTO in advance and allow for greater substitute resource planning. Human resource managers can be relieved of the burden of overseeing personal accrual inquiries and are given the tools to react more quickly in managing short-term needs.
Balanced Benefits & ACA Compliance
While manual processes create difficulty in oversight, technology-based WFM solutions help institutions improve accuracy and verifiability in workforce performance. The clarity this provides can help ensure organizations aren't over- or under-compensating in employee benefits and uncovers the data needed to validate compliance with employer responsibilities laid out in the Affordable Care Act.
One huge operational advantage WFM offers is through automation of important communications. The cloud-based nature of these technologies allows staff to access features on-the-go and sends instant notifications and updates to their administrators to approve or respond to in an instant. Though emails can still be a part of this process, the mobile capabilities of modern WFM can help unclutter email inboxes, simplifying these communications into push notifications and consolidated online procedures. No need to draft an entire response unless there are extenuating circumstances regarding employee requests.
Each of these advantages can help school administrators focus on what matters most — preparing future generations with the knowledge they need to succeed. In a profession where every available resource counts, it's time to weigh the risks of slow, manual processes against the efficiencies workforce management solutions now offer to keep our educational systems strong.