It’s Saturday morning. Or 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. Or the first day of your long-overdue vacation. Regardless, it’s time you should be spending doing something other than work. Instead, here you are again, in front of your laptop, iPad or smartphone trying desperately to pull together the report your CEO wants. What’s this one? Oh right, an analysis on the top wage earners in the company – their role, location, certifications, performance review and compensation history.

“How does he/she expect me to produce one report that shows all of this?” you think. Some of the data is sitting in your HRIS; some is in your payroll system; some is in your talent management system; and the rest, well, you aren’t even sure where it is. Speaking of performance reviews, Open Enrollment starts in a week. Crap.

As you struggle to pull data from multiple systems and crunch the numbers in Excel, you remember the Daddy Daughter dance is tonight or your son’s Little League game is that afternoon and, oh right, dinner with the in-laws tomorrow night.

Sound familiar? For many HR professionals, juggling is all part of the job and life.

In a recent blog post, Josh Bersin refers to “The Simplification of Work,” one of the biggest new trends identified in Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 report. According to the survey, more than 60% of companies believe their work is too complex and it is time to make life easier at work.* PeopleStrategy could not agree more.

There is a reason why engagement, retention and culture are the top issues facing companies today. People want more “life” in their work-life balance, especially Millennials who are quickly becoming the largest population in the workforce. And who are companies relying on to address these issues? HR of course.

So how are you, the overwhelmed HR professional, going to attack these challenges when you are already spending your “free” time pulling reports, answering questions or making sure the company stays compliant with the latest regulatory requirement? Not to mention, trying to make it home in time to get the kids to bed. You totally get needing more “life” in your work-life balance!

The first step is to follow the new big trend – simplify. Take a long, hard look at what is consuming a majority of your time and you will find it is administrative. In today’s technologically advanced world, administrivia is the first area most companies can streamline and simplify through automation. Perhaps your company has already taken that step but instead of having a single solution, you are working with myriad point solutions that don’t play well together. Either way, you are wasting a lot of time and resources.

Cloud technology has opened up the door for small and mid-market companies to enjoy the benefits of enterprise-level technology that previously only the largest companies could afford. So if you thought an integrated, end-to-end HCM (HRIS/HRMS – whatever you want to call it) solution wasn’t an option for you – think again.

The next step is to imagine. Imagine all of the ways you can spend the time you gain back – professionally and personally.

At PeopleStrategy, we believe work-life balance is more than a buzzword and we are doing our part to spread that belief – one client at a time.

* http://www.bersin.com/Blog/post/Engagement2c-Retention2c-and-Culture-now-the-1-Issue-in-Talent-and-HR.aspx