Football is Back!
It is finally Fall which means football season has officially begun. We’re a few weeks in now and hopefully, your fantasy football leagues are doing well.
For those of us who may not be familiar, fantasy football is an online game where you get to be the general manager of your own football team. You build out your fantasy team based on current players in the real NFL. There are public leagues hosted by the NFL, ESPN, or other betting sites, or you can create your own private league with your friends or coworkers.
Taking the time to carefully select your roster is crucial to taking the top spot in the league. The same goes for choosing your HR systems. There are a few lessons to be learned from fantasy football when looking to have the right systems to support your HR team’s functions.
Do your research
The most crucial step to building your fantasy team is draft day, where you get to choose your players for the season. But you can’t just jump into that day blindly, you need to do your research. See what players are available, get to know their strengths and weaknesses. Understand how they have performed on other teams
Take the time to research the options available. Does your organization need a system that can build out talent pools to manage high volume recruiting? Or will a simpler system suffice to support the three to four open positions? Also, look at how those systems perform at comparable organizations. If your network is telling you they’re all switching from one vendor to another, there’s probably a good reason.
Choosing the right players for the right roles
Each week, you’ll look at your fantasy team to make sure your key players are in the right positions. You’ll want to check for injuries so you can rotate new players to your starting line. Might even want to trade players with another team owner or pick up a free agent.
If you need something to manage your candidate experience, make sure you go with a system that can meet those needs. Not all applicant tracking systems are the same and the more traditional systems may not be sophisticated enough. If your organization is experiencing a lot of employee relations issues, you’ll want something that can help track incidents and identify trends.
Make sure the players can work together to support the team’s goals
Fantasy teams receive a score each week based on how the individual athletes perform during the real-life games. The players’ stats get converted to points that add up to create the overall weekly score. So you’ll want a team where each player can carry their weight and bring the max amount of points to achieve the top rank.
The same goes for your HR systems. It’s hard for any single vendor to provide a top-notch tech solution to expertly support all of HR’s functions. This leads to an organization having multiple HRMSs and having seamless integrations will be important. You don’t want your HR team wasting their time duplicating efforts entering data into multiple systems. That’s clean data 101.