Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent is now available .This is the latest release in the Dynamics 365 range. Since Microsoft announced its purchase of LinkedIn, we have been waiting on the tech giant strengthening its HR offering but now it is here.

Talent is a standalone cloud-based HR application that is part of Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 range for businesses. The solution has a range of functionality offering; workforce planning, recruitment, onboarding and a range of admin and back office functionality.

The solution originated from much of the functionality found in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation but don’t worry you won’t be losing access to the tool if you are using the ERP system, Microsoft will look to develop them in parallel and they will share most of their functionality. For more information on the Dynamics 365 range, click here.

There will be two new modules added to the tool, candidate engagement and employee onboarding that will look to leverage LinkedIn.

  1. Candidate Engagement – Connecting directly to LinkedIn Recruiter, Dynamics 365 Talent will offer a complete human resources profile that also connects Office 365 to make the hiring process more transparent for HR professionals. Using LinkedIn Recruiter, teams will define the criteria for a job role which can include location, skills, spoken languages and job titles to find prospective matching candidates. Within the Dynamics 365 Talent interface, hiring managers can easily see what their internal or external recruiters have been doing thanks to new integration with LinkedIn.
  2. Employee onboarding – New workflows allow you to standardised and manage all the steps the new employee needs to complete as part of joining the company, from sharing information, to getting forms from the candidate this can all be managed in Talent. Again they have linked this to LinkedIn and you are able to Introduce the new employee to people they might already know within the organisation based on school, university or previous employment as well as their new team.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Microsoft’s Talent functionality here is a quick overview.

• Develop a strategy for managing your human resources As you work with Talent, you’ll decide how to structure your organisation, using elements, such as departments, jobs, and positions. These are among the foundational elements that you’ll configure. Individual employees are assigned to positions which are associated with jobs within the structure

• Retain and motivate employees You can set up plans to effectively and equitably manage compensation, as well as manage items, such as computers or phones, that your organisation lends to its employees. You can create fixed and variable compensation plans, as well as define rules that apply the compensation plan to meet the criteria for that plan

• Develop and train employees To help your employees reach their career objectives while delivering critical business needs you can set up goals, create performance reviews and track feedback. To help employees develop needed skills, you can also set up instructors, course types, courses, course descriptions, agendas, tracks, and sessions before you assign an instructor to a course, or register someone for a course. Instructors must already exist as workers, applicants, or contacts.

• Create and maintain benefits In addition to compensating your staff with wages, salaries, and bonuses, you can develop benefit programs such as health insurance and retirement plans. You can also manage benefits such as loan programs, in which your company lends items, such as computers or phones, to its employees.

• Maintain workplace safety and compliance Talent can help you maintain a safe work environment that’s in compliance with applicable laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and immigration and naturalisation laws, among others. For example, you can manage the physical requirements for specific jobs, as well as track requests for accommodations that can help your organisation optimise the skills of its workforce.

• Gather information using questionnaires You can design and administer questionnaires to gather information that’s used for a variety of purposes. The Questionnaire feature lets you design and create questionnaires. When a questionnaire is ready, you distribute it broadly or to a specific set of respondents to complete. After the respondents provide their answers, you can review and analyse the results.

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