Anu posted this image of simplicity for user interface designs. While it’s a bit of a caricature on how Apple and Google have designed their UI’s, it’s really quite accurate at a basic level. Everything you need to do is in one single step.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time sitting around on systematicHR disclosing my hope that at some point in the future, we’ll have a fully integrated portal system that includes core HR transactions, talent management reviews, recruiting, multidimensional analytics, worklist item notifications, social medias, etc… But as we add on more functionality to have a one-stop-shop, are we deciding that we also need to have something that looks like diagram number 3?
How do we create intuitive applications like Google and Apple and have the usefulness that managers and business users require from HR? Is there a necessary evolution in HR that forces us to grow functionality and capabilities before we can learn what is really useful to the business and shrink our portal footprint just that which the business user wants? And if not, how can we present a UI that is simple and intuitive enough for the average business user, knowing that if we can’t present it simply, we’ll just drive that user away? The last thing we need is yet another HR technology roll-out that goes unused.