Bringing business and technology together seamlessly
Together with ServiceNow, Corrections undertook a product review on various factors including ease of use, visibility, security, and efficiency, and ServiceNow scored many positive use cases and met most of its business requirements. “Many of our colleagues across government reported a great deal of value using ServiceNow HR Service Delivery,” says Deirdre.
Corrections started off with payroll and then moved other HR functions, such as expense claims, learning and development, and onboarding and offboarding in stages to ServiceNow. The initial implementation was completed on time and within budget.
“Our partners know what they are doing. We were impressed with their skills of bringing the business and the technology together,” says Deirdre. “They also guided us to deliver best practice and become more sustainable, we are so glad that they were our chosen partner.
“We were also impressed with ServiceNow’s out-of-the-box features and configurability, enabling us to avoid a lot of customization. ServiceNow has been great to work with. That is critically important because there is a safety component in the nature of the work we do.”
Corrections has also upgraded to ServiceNow HR Service Delivery Enterprise to leverage some of the advanced feature sets, such as analyzing trends across case management, tasking for workflows, digitalizing letter and signature processes, and using Lifecycle Event Builder to continually drive better experiences for staff.
“Having ServiceNow HR Service Delivery on the same platform with IT Service Management (ITSM) gives us the agility to continuously improve what we do and meet changing business demands,” says Deirdre.
Managing COVID response quick and effectively
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic was complex for Corrections due to the nature of its work and the relatively small prison spaces. Corrections needed an environment that staff could easily ask questions or make requests for leave or personal protective equipment.
With assistance from Deloitte, Corrections deployed a product called ‘DeloitteRESOLVE’ on the ServiceNow platform in just four days, where employees can submit COVID-19 related requests via the portal. This allows the HR team to take in all requests and triage them to the relevant parts of the organization. The portal enables Corrections to track which requests have been responded to, how many need to be completed the next day, or any urgent input required. During the pandemic, Corrections was able to manage around 800 inquiries effectively and the service for COVID-19 response continues to be available today.
Digitalizing end-to-end assessment and qualification processes
Learning and development also play a vital role for Corrections. They design and provide training programs such as the Certificate in Offender Management to new hires working in the prison environment. To ensure the training is aligned to the standards of New Zealand Qualification Authority, a team of assessors needs to sign off the readiness and capability of up to 700 employees at any one time.
By digitalizing the end-to-end assessment and qualification process with ServiceNow HR Service Delivery, Corrections can easily map the right training unit against individuals and track their qualification progress, such as how many assessments are scheduled or overdue. It also provides the insight to HR teams about the workload for assessors to determine if additional support is required. This visibility helps ensure employees can complete their assessments in a timely manner. For example, if a learner is not progressing through their qualification pathway, Corrections can reallocate resources to support that learner in a more effective way.
“Qualifications are linked to people's pay rises and at the same time ServiceNow HR Service Delivery is helping to lift capability faster across Corrections. This means our staff are able to demonstrate their capabilities and skills which in turn ensures safety and productivity in their workplaces,” explains Deirdre.
With ServiceNow, Corrections can also quickly generate and deliver reports to the industry training organization that helps to process qualifications, and ServiceNow workflows have replaced the previously manual process of entering training details into spreadsheets and sharing them via email.
Corrections has also just started using ServiceNow HR Service Delivery to manage its Accident Compensation and Claims (ACC) process through the payroll system. Historically, the calculation for each claim involved up to 25 steps. With ServiceNow HR Service Delivery, Corrections can now bulk upload claims to Access and automatically kick off calculations, driving efficiency and minimizing the risk of human error.
Slashing over 10,000 hours in administration time
Typically, on-premises software can be expensive and time consuming to configure, which prevents agility and continuous improvement. However, with ServiceNow, Corrections can easily configure applications to meet their unique and critical needs.
“We knew that we needed a technological solution to make our processes easier. We just needed to be clear on what we want to achieve,” Deirdre explains.
Through automating key steps on the employee lifecycle, Corrections expects to save almost 10,500 hours – or 438 days – in administration time over the next 12 months alone. This includes 6,500 hours in onboarding and offboarding requests and almost 4,000 hours in processing other requests, such as resignation, secondments or position management.
Deirdre concludes, “Corrections will be adding lots of feature sets and we are continuing to improve the process of delivering those self-service moments that we must get right for our people. That is absolutely where ServiceNow can help us.”