The Employee Life Cycle & The Role of Technology

Aug 3, 2023

Understanding the life cycle of an employee can make organizations stronger. From the first interaction an employee has with your company up until their last, being intentional about these touch points helps create a positive company culture and can boost productivity and employee retention.

However, organizations can go one step further than simply understanding the employee life cycle by taking active measures to improve it. And that’s where technology comes in.

Read on to learn how to leverage technology to promote a positive employee experience and drive organizational success throughout each stage of the life cycle.

What Is the Employee Life Cycle?

Let’s start with defining the employee life cycle. TechTarget explains that it’s, “A human resources model that identifies the different stages a worker advances through in an organization and the role HR plays in optimizing that progress.”

In other words, the employee life cycle model captures how an employee engages with your organization and the potential challenges they face along the way. It encompasses everything from the onboarding process to the exit interview and everything in between.

By taking the time to understand this model, organizations can take measures to improve the employee experience to reduce turnover while improving engagement, productivity, and overall company culture.

Using Technology for Employee Life Cycle Management

While you’ve likely seen plenty of employee life cycle graphics, what they don’t show you is how they can be improved with technology. 

Every organization may identify different stages in the employee life cycle. However, many condense it into 5-7 employee life cycle stages. 

Let’s explore the 7 stages of the employee life cycle and the role of technology in each one. 

1. Attraction

Indeed explains that the employee life cycle begins the first time a potential hire hears about an organization. A potential hire may learn about the organization through a job post or general research. 

Organizations can utilize technology like social media and strategic posts to attract top talent. You can also share important information like benefits and awards.

2. Recruitment

Data can be your best asset to recruit top talent. The value of using data to make more educated hiring decisions is undeniable. Technology can help guide important recruitment choices to optimize this process and ensure long-term talent retention.

3. Onboarding

The onboarding stage is critical to set new employees up for success. Streamline the onboarding process with technology to eliminate redundant manual processes and paperwork.

4. Development

Employee development ensures your team members feel valued and can see a future at your organization. Helping them grow their strengths and skills ensures they can excel in their role and grow into new ones. A learning management system (LMS) puts all the tools and learning content your team needs to grow at their fingertips. 

5. Retention

It’s no secret that retaining top talent is more efficient (and less costly) than hiring new talent. Many effective employee retention strategies can utilize technology to easily collect employee feedback, share goals and objectives, and create an engaging culture.

6. Offboarding

The offboarding process should be just as seamless as onboarding. Use technology to collect honest feedback or conduct an exit interview. 

7. Support

It’s important that employees feel supported even after they leave your organization. When an employee leaves on a positive note they may recommend your company to others. 


iTacit’s digital workplace app for employee communications connects front-line teams to improve nearly every aspect of the employee life cycle. Learn more about the benefits of an employee app today.

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Teri Maltais
Teri Maltais

Specializing in digital marketing programs for industrial and commercial technology solutions.

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