Rethinking Personnel Management with PowerApps

While personnel management is a sub-category of Human Resources (HR) that only focuses on administration, the tasks and responsibilities can outstretch the duties of an HR manager. Personnel managers hold an important role by focusing on hiring and developing employees to become more valuable to the company.  

A few of these areas of interest include: 

  • Job analyses
  • Strategic personnel planning
  • Performance appraisals
  • Benefit coordination
  • Recruitment
  • Screening
  • New employee orientation
  • Training
  • Wages
  • Dispute resolution
  • Other record-keeping duties

PowerApps and Personnel Management 

Now I bet you’re thinking how this could tie in with PowerApps. With the various areas that a personnel manager can be involved in, doesn’t it make sense to have one application where everything exists? So that this busy personnel manager can easily navigate and participate in day-to-day duties with ease, get the job done more efficiently, and have it readily available for other team members to view and analyze.

How bizarre would it be if I told you we could build this application with little to no code and have it ready to be used in less than half the time it would take for a developer to code it from scratch? Not bizarre and very doable. With PowerApps, one can quickly build custom business applications that connect to your business data stored either in the data platform, Common Data Service for Apps, or in various online and on-premise data sources like Azure, SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics, SQL Server, and so on.  

Why PowerApps?

Apps that are built using PowerApps transform your manual business processes to digital, automated processes. Even more good news – these apps will have a responsive design and can run on any browser or your mobile device. PowerApps will potentially alleviate the need to hire expensive custom developers and this will give you the power and tools necessary to move your business forward.

Let’s Take a Closer Look

If a personnel manager is doing the following, this is how PowerApps can be integrated:

Personnel Management Duty: Posting job ads, reviewing resumes, conducting interviews and making a final decision with management.

PowerApps Solution: This can be done through the Business Process Flow. As you can see with the example below, you will be able to ensure that users enter data consistently and are taken through the same steps every time they work through this type of process.

Stages in Business Process Flow

Personnel Management Duty: Analyze salary data and reports to determine competitive compensation rates.

PowerApps Solution: Power BI, a modern data visualization tool that can spot trends in real-time and make better, more informed decisions based on your specified dataset. This example below depicts the various ways to display data using custom visualizations. Imagine the possibilities!

Sales Dashboard

Personnel Management Duty: Develop and maintain a human resources system that meets the company’s information needs.

PowerApps Solution: Using Dynamics 365, an app within PowerApps. Through the unified interface, your organization will have an application that is easy to use with the flexibility to grow.

 Personnel Management Duty

Personnel Management Duty: Continually monitor changing laws, legislation movements, arbitration decisions and collective bargaining contracts.

PowerApps Solution: Dashboard management that Dynamics 365 offers can easily check for recent changes within your system.

Sales Activity Dashboard

Personnel Management Duty: Continually deliver presentations to management and executives regarding current and future human resources policies and practices.

PowerApps Solution: Use the PowerApps Unified Interface to present detailed reports, dashboards, and forms. You’ll be able to demonstrate the versatility of the application on various devices.

 Customizing Applications

PowerApps not only gives you the capability to drive your business growth but it also eases your mind on the ability to change, update, delete, and customize your application as you see fit. Personnel management is not a simple feat but, using PowerApps can make your mission more manageable while also keeping everything in one place.