Lewis Hamilton and HR software – what’s the link?

July 29th, 2021 | Industry News

Everybody knows seven-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, and his untiring advocacy for better access and representation for Black people. A new report called Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motorsport, might seem to have limited relevance to UK recruiting, despite being a worthy contribution to the debate – it actually it has strong recommendations for all organisations.

Recruitment database software is one of the tools that can be used for good in this area. As the report highlights, Lewis Hamilton was expelled from school for something he didn’t do – and with Black Caribbean students being 1.7 times more likely to be excluded than their white counterparts, one of the recommendations is that employers, especially SMEs – who might be too small to have their own HR teams and therefore use recruiters who in turn use recruitment agency software – should be imaginative in their approach. If Black students are more likely to be excluded, they are less likely to have traditional GCSEs. The best recruitment CRM can be used to look for equivalent skills, perhaps apprenticeship training, perhaps voluntary work, that reveal the true skills and capacities of the individual. The report talks about there being 4,000 UK motorsport companies, mostly SMEs. Where companies have to search through applications by hand, they may easily miss these candidates, while good recruiting software with wider parameters, will find them.

But while better diversity is important, and possibly vital to long term success, it’s not the only reason to consider online recruitment software. Remote working became necessary in the pandemic and many companies have seen how it has reduced overhead and improved morale and productivity. But as life returns to normal, “HR” software is becoming a requirement for many organisations now managing a wholly or semi remote workforce. Recruitment management software can help with recruitment, obviously! But it also streamlines onboarding, can help with training and performance management, allows for feedback and good a CRM, handles compensation and internal communications and can even automate many tasks and enhance engagement for those working remotely. Above all, it frees up actual HR personnel to deal with the things software cannot do – communicate company culture and ethics, and ensure employee wellbeing.