Pretty much every HR software vendor on the market uses phrases like “intuitive interface” and “easy to use” to market their solution. These phrases have become buzzwords that often give companies a sense of security-though sometimes that is a false sense of security. While every vendor would like to believe that their solution is easy to use, the reality is that some dashboard designs make it downright complicated to figure out how to use the software to get the job done.
Rely on Your First Instincts
When scouting to find a new software solution, pay attention to your first impression and instincts. If a dashboard looks complicated and seems difficult to use, chances are good that the employees will feel that way, too. When you see one that seems simple and attractive, pay attention to that impression, but make sure that it actually turns out to be as good as it seems.
Keep It Simple
HRIS dashboards should make it easy for users to complete essential functions. There is generally no need for graphics or large amounts of content on main screens and these may bog down the system if they are present. Look for dashboards with simple, one or two words icons that can be easily clicked through to find the needed functions.
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View the Mobile Dashboard
Mobile HRIS is increasing in use and many workers and managers now expect to be able to access and make changes to information from the comfort of their mobile devices. It is more important now than ever before to check and make sure that the mobile dashboard for an HRIS is attractive and easy to use and that functions can be completed simply once the correct area has been accessed. If mobile accessibility is missing or if the design of the mobile dashboard is not optimal, the HRIS adoption rate may suffer.
Test for Mistake Risks
Some HRIS dashboards will seem intuitive and features will be accessible, but then it will be easy to make mistakes. Icons may be too close together or look too similar to one another or it may be easy to make errors when employees request time off or submit personal information. Simple pitfalls such as these may not be immediately obvious, but testers should look for these types of dashboard design flaws during the trial period.
Grand Design Will Inspire Grand Adoption
A well designed HRIS dashboard can make all of the difference when it comes to user adoption rates and subsequent effectiveness of the HRIS selection. It is important to remember that the HRIS solution that is chosen can only be effective if the employees and managers actually use it, so the look and feel of the solution should inspire the employees to want to use it. If employees are excited to use the HRIS and have an easy time navigating through the features, the whole process of HRIS implementation is bound to be simpler and your company is more likely to achieve its HRIS goals.
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