Top 5 HR Tech Trends to Watch Out For 

by Klaus on October 23, 2019

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The HR sector is constantly evolving, and new solutions are being rolled out everyday. New tools and techniques are being used to manage personnel, measure production and morale, and help with recruitment and on boarding. Not to mention the move towards more mobility and the increasing use of video conferencing tools. Let’s take a look at some of the top tech trends that are reshaping the world or human resources as we know it.

Online Learning

Online learning not only makes continuing education easier for businesses, but it is bringing more people into the field than ever before. Students interested in HR can get an rmit master of human resource management completely online nowadays. This also allows business owners to either get a formation themselves or encourage some of their in-house talent to do so. This could have serious repercussions in the future, and there could even be a time when most students will have gone through some sort of online education.

Not only that, but companies are becoming increasingly welcoming of people who got their formation online. For one, unless the university focuses most of its efforts on online learning, it’s impossible to know whether an employee got their diploma online without asking. But, the quality of online courses has greatly improved over the last few years, and employees who got their formation online are every bit as competent as any other employees. We can only expect this trend to grow and more people to realise the virtues of online learning. 

Future Proofing

Automation is set to revolutionise all industries, and companies must be prepared for this future. The matter becomes more difficult, as this future is becoming increasingly uncertain.

Future proofing has to be one of the hottest button issues facing industry at the moment and one no business can ignore. As a matter of fact, it has been estimated that about 85% of all positions today will not even exist in 2030. While some positions will completely disappear, brand new ones will be created.

Digital Natives

The first members of generation Z are starting to enter the workforce, and they are bringing with them a new vision and a set of challenges. One of the biggest challeges is that this generation is not only asking for a more mobile and agile workplace, but they’ve actually come to expect it.

This means that companies that won’t be able to adapt to these needs will have a lot of difficulty retaining employees, boosting production and morale, and recruiting people from this generation.

This has led entire companies to restructure their floors and bring in all sorts of agile software and solutions to allow their employees to work remotely and with more autonomy. Designated desks are becoming a thing of the past. Employees can now see from a distance which work stations will be open at any given time before their shift and reserve a spot. 

Bring your own device policies also mean that there will be some risk involved. However, this isn’t something that will stop any time soon, as the future of the workplace will eventually become mobile, and whole departments could be moved completely off the floor. 

Gen Z workers seem to benefit the most from constant coaching as well, allowing employees from different generations to work together and share ideas. While Gen Zers might need more help when it comes to social skills, boomers may learn from their tech savviness. 

The Gig Economy

Outsourcing was a huge scare word not too long ago, but it’s part of virtually all businesses nowadays. And, this is only going to grow bigger due to the increasingly mobile nature of the current workforce. Tools are making it easier than ever to work from across the globe, and they are allowing business to cut costs and limit hours paid.

Not to mention that many employees themselves may embrace the freelance life, as they enjoy the flexibility it offers them. Platforms like Fiverr and UpWork also make it easier for them to find work and do so on their own terms.

Most companies today have a hybrid workforce, with comes with benefits and challenges. However, different workers may not be able to meet or might work with different software for instance. Keeping track of work in progress can also be a challenge. However, new advances in technology and remote project management are making things easier by the day.

Recruitment Tech

Technology is also helping make the recruitment process easier. We’ll soon start seeing AI tools that will be able to analyse thousands of resumes in real time and help find the best candidates. Chatbots will also reshape how support departments will be staffed. 

Candidates hold all the cards nowadays, and unless businesses can use technology to their advantage, they will be overlooked. This is why more businesses are focusing on recruitment marketing. They see the need to optimise job listings to attract the candidates they rewuire and get the most visibility possible on search sites. 

We’re also seeing more automation use to reduce the amount of menial are repetitive HR tasks, which allows companies to free up their HR team’s valuable time. For instance, the on boarding process can be completely robotised, which allows employees to spend more time on the floor than talking with HR employees. 

It has been estimated that about 90% of all tasks performed by HR employees could be automated, which will totally change the way they work in the future. Things like manually creating an employee’s profile, for instance, will become a thing of the past. The same is true with adding employees to the payroll or retrieving employee documentation. When all of these tasks add up, you’re left with an HR department that can focus on things that really matter and work on finding the absolute best candidates for the job.

Conclusion

The HR world needs to adapt to new realities in order to maintain a strong, dynamic, and productive workforce. These trends are set to transform how we handle human resources and how the employees of the future will be managed. 

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