Absolutely, strategic HR stands for many things, but certainly not for manual report generation. The creation of survey-rounds and reports belongs to the past and doesn’t fit into a strategic approach. Evaluation tools enhance strategic HR in general. Though, if the processes are not automated, even strategic HR can slacken more than it accelerates. Manual report generation is very time-consuming and discouraging. Not a very good base given that reports exist to cultivate development.
When developing employees, teams and therefore whole organizations, one needs to know the best starting points. That’s when evaluation surveys step in. Whether they are assessments or 360° is not of great importance. The main thing is to run surveys regularly in order to track progress. One will only be able to intervene at the right time and at the right place, if current measurement reports are available.
The set-up of an environment where regular measurements are done is the first step. Given that manual work is very time consuming, such an environment requires automation. Automating processes such as sending out survey links, reminders and most importantly the report generation is the key, because time needed for development is freed-up.
Automate what can be automated
Usually, survey automation includes the whole evaluation process meaning that surveys are set-up once and from then on everything is automated. In the end, one simply has to click "download report" to see the findings and to see the starting points for improvement.
Only a regular monitoring of improvement measures will be successful. To have one survey every year is not representative and it doesn’t show any tendencies. It is only a snapshot of the moment.
Become strategic and start developing where development is needed. Do it the whole year round. Automate.