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Why HR Teams Need To Utilize Knowledge Management

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Why HR Teams Need To Utilize Knowledge Management

Nov 09, 2021   |  By
KMI Guest Blogger Amanda Winstead

There are many companies out there with employees who don’t see Human Resources as their friend, especially when they have to reach out to them for help. For example, an employee may reach out to HR for clarification on a policy and not get a response for days. Or, within the HR team itself, members may find themselves obtaining the same information repeatedly from employees because they don’t have a central system to refer to.

If these struggles sound familiar and you’re ready to mitigate the harmful effects on your team’s productivity, collaboration, and communication, knowledge management can help.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept, experts say that “HR knowledge management is the practice of centralizing all HR documents, policies, information, and knowledge, and making that vital information easy for anyone in the company to access and update from anywhere.”

HR departments can use knowledge management to keep everything HR-related in the same place and accessible, which, in turn, betters the workflow across the organization. 

Let’s explore seven reasons why HR teams need to utilize knowledge management.

Standardize HR Policies and Practices

First, knowledge management can help you regulate HR policies and practices. You can keep your HR team on the same page with how they conduct themselves and go about their specific job roles.

Also, you can keep all of your company’s HR policies in one place and make them accessible to all employees. That way, when they need to refresh themselves on a specific policy or find out if a particular policy exists, they can access accurate information about those things.

Better Communication Practices

Unfortunately, there are various reasons why employees don’t share knowledge. For instance, they simply don’t have the time to get the information out because they’re busy with their primary job responsibilities.

Or, there isn’t a designated platform for sharing knowledge, which results in employees spending way too much time searching for information they need, so they just scrap looking for it altogether.

However, with knowledge management, you can create an environment that encourages better communication practices. You can set a standard that information sharing is not only encouraged but required for the effective communication and collaboration of the team.

Better communication practices make it easier to share information and develop a strategy for sharing knowledge across your organization effectively.

Get Information Faster

Knowledge management allows you to find the information you need faster. For example, employees don’t have to wait for a response from HR to find out information. Instead, they can access the same data themselves and find the answers they’re looking for whenever they need to. 

Also, a quicker turnaround can be especially beneficial for fully remote or hybrid teams as we trend in that direction for all workplaces. These employees don’t have the luxury of stopping by HR to get a quick question answered. So, knowledge management becomes that much more critical to how well your team works together remotely.

Learn More About How Employees Use HR Information

With knowledge management, HR teams can learn how employees are accessing and using HR information. For example, you can find out what kind of information they’re seeking the most and how they get to that information. 

Also, studying how employees use HR information can give you insight into which functions and features employees aren’t using, but should be because it would make their jobs easier. Armed with information like this, you can highlight opportunities for further training. 

Highlight Opportunities for Further Training

When you see how employees navigate your knowledge management system, you can pinpoint where more support and training may be beneficial.

For example, let’s say you’re getting consistent requests for information readily available in your knowledge management solution. You can then create specific training for finding this information in the system and offer it to all employees.    

Simplify the Onboarding Process

These days, a packet of information about their job responsibilities and your company’s history just won’t do for the employee onboarding experience. Instead, HR can improve the onboarding process by moving it to a knowledge management system.

Adding and updating employee information is a lot easier. Employees have access to all of their HR documents and information should they need it. They can also complete any paperwork, pieces of training, or provide any other necessary documentation right in the platform, minimizing the time and money spent on the onboarding process. 

Improve Employee Well-being

This benefit probably doesn’t come to mind right away, but a knowledge management solution can improve employee well-being.

For instance, burnout is real, especially during the holidays. It’s so easy to get consumed with completing projects before the year’s end and keeping up with customer demand during this time. But, with knowledge management, you can identify employees who’ve yet to use their vacation and sick days and encourage them to do so to avoid burnout and better the chance of them having good morale when they return.

You can also find out more about the personal lives of your employees through knowledge management. You can use what you learn about their passions, interests, family background, and other information to improve their motivation and, ultimately, their productivity.

For example, if you find out an employee’s been having a tough time, you can decorate their office space with motivational quotes, beautiful artwork, office plants, and other decors that they would love to lift their spirit.

Conclusion

HR teams need to utilize knowledge management to encourage consistent communication and accurate knowledge sharing across the organization. Knowledge management can also help you define how your teams work together and streamline their efforts.

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Amanda Winstead is a writer from the Portland area with a background in communications and a passion for telling stories. Along with writing she enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and going to concerts. If you want to follow her writing journey, or even just say hi you can find her on Twitter.
 

 

 

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