Many businesses have seen their HR departments adopt at least some kind of document management system that allows them to operate more efficiently. When companies haven't moved to create stringent document management platforms centered around a software solution that works for their size and financial needs, they may be at increased risk of falling behind their competitors.

The primary benefit of a comprehensive document management plan, supported by cutting-edge platforms, is that it takes the clutter and confusion out of many internal business processes, according to HR Technologist. After all, any HR department with mountains of paper files to sift through may be leaving multiple man hours on the table every single week as staffers work with inefficient systems.

What's the benefit?
By centralizing document management, HR departments not only make it more difficult to misplace files – remote capture allows them to scan any information needed into a system immediately, and from anywhere – but also increase the ease with which critical information can be pulled up with just a few clicks, the report said. Along similar lines, documents can also be assigned automatically to the people who will need them most, or on an as-needed basis, through workflows.

Building a base
Having plenty of the right information on hand and properly siloed can also be an aid when it comes to the future of the HR department, according to TechTarget. Today, some companies are putting AI-based chatbot programs into place to help funnel HR issues to the right people immediately. These platforms work by collecting data from employees, but they're only as effective as the information infrastructure upon which they're built, and which are unique to companies.

Put another way, chatbots and other efficiency-boosting options may soon be a great way for just about any HR employee to save time and energy, but companies will need a comprehensive document management platform already in place to truly harness their potential.