Some of the most inspirational companies suffer from notoriously unhealthy work or company cultures. The most famous one in recent times is Tesla. I’m not just being negative either, the CEO Elon Musk has said himself that they’re a “money losing company” and reports usually show that factory workers feel stressed out or painful.
SuccessFactors is a cloud-based HR management platform that aims to resolve or improve that. It is used successfully by some of the biggest company names. There’s even a huge list of success stories you can check out right on their site!
One of the biggest examples is Allstate Insurance. The biggest problem facing the globalizing and expanding company was long-term operating costs. Allstate achieved that goal with flying colors.
It took a combination of technological and consulting assistance from SuccessFactors and IBM. Allstate’s HR Director Brett Winchell commented on the effort. He credited Allstate’s success to that the rapid integration of SuccessFactors and its scalability.
The key platform that makes a difference for most companies using SuccessFactors is its Human Capital Management (HCM) suite and its respective subprograms. Let’s take a look at some of the more relevant subprograms that make a big difference when it comes to designing a healthier work culture.
Work Culture in General
We want to set an actionable goal as a company. In this case it’s to build a healthier work culture. In order to do that, we need to understand the basics of what a work culture entails. How does a work culture develop? How does a work culture function? To look at it another way, you can’t improve work culture if you don’t know what to look for when you say “work culture.”
One interesting thing to note is that companies are distinguished by the differences in their work cultures. When you really think about it, companies are groups of people. Sure, according to some laws companies are “people” but the important part is that a company is also a community.
Workers often approach their jobs different based on company culture. Take Uber and Lyft, for example. Although both are ride-sharing companies, workers take different approaches to both organizations, which illustrates the impact and presence of “company culture.” In contrast, Uber’s company culture isn’t so healthy according to a survey from its own employees.
This next idea isn’t surprising given the example we just discussed. But company culture has a lot to do with engaging and motivating employees towards that company’s bottom line. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, corporate culture “refers to the way that the values and actions of managers and employees create a unique business environment” (Dizik).
There are several ways to get inventive with these HCM tools. Are you worried about your employees not being engaged enough? You can address that with advanced payroll and timesheet software logging. The comprehensiveness and targeted purpose of these organizational tools are crucial for the healthy development of culture at any company.
This further emphasizes what we’ve already assumed. Since companies are made up of people, the unique interactions between a lot of different people are what actually makes a company. The blending together of those personalities and abilities within the context of a work environment creates culture.
How Does SuccessFactors Build Healthy Company Culture?
First and foremost, we need to point out the main service that SuccessFactors offers to companies facing internal organizational troubles or simply looking to improve: the HCM suite.
Let’s take a brief look again at exactly what features the suite offers businesses.
- Core Human Resources and Payroll
- Learning and Development
- Performance and Compensation
- Recruiting and Onboarding
- Time Management and Attendance
- Workforce Planning and Analytics
Ordering the entire suite itself would be a huge boon to the development of a healthy company culture. However, individual parts of the suite can also make a huge difference alone. I’ll stress the point again, a company is made up of people. So what those people are feeling and thinking with in relation to each other, their roles, and the work of their company creates culture.
Once you acknowledge this idea, SuccessFactors’ role in maintaining or creating a healthy work culture becomes obvious. Let’s say your company is small but successful. It’s currently expanding but having some issues with integrating and onboarding new members. With the Recruiting and Onboarding feature of SuccessFactors, you’ll never be in the dark about these possible issues.