HR Tools: What the Future of Software Means for Team Anatomy

The field of human resources has been shifting significantly in the last few years. With increased digitization, more advanced AI and analytics, and more diversely structured workforces, the old ways of handling internal talent are no longer sufficient. Change is here, and companies are working to adapt.

HR departments and CHROs in every vertical are having to reimagine even the most basic tenets of the organization. Everything from hiring practices to internal structure and team anatomy is being rethought to accommodate the changing needs of the modern workforce, and technology is at the forefront of this conversation. Here’s how the advancement of technology can help your organization accommodate the new world of HR.

How HR Technology is Changing

Your human resources technology can’t just be a spreadsheet of employee information anymore — to keep up with the new world of work, you need to be adaptable. Modern HR technology is:

  • Seamless: the workforce is getting younger, with Millennials constituting more than a third of the U.S. labor force. With younger employees comes an expectation for more advanced, easy-to-use technology. HR needs to be as nimble and as modern as the rest of the technology they’ve become accustomed to.
  • Flexible: companies are evolving in real-time, changing the way they source and manage talent. Your HR software might need to handle freelancers, contract workers, part-time, and full-time employees differently without struggling to perform the same basic duties.
  • Global: one effect of the increase in remote workers is that you can source talent from a much larger pool — not just those within driving distance of your office, but employees from all over the world. HR systems need to be equipped to deal with employees in different time zones and under different labor regulations.
  • Secure: when employees work from home, it’s much more difficult for their employers to keep tabs on the security of their hardware and network connections. You’ll also need to grapple with differences in how data is regulated in different geographical areas. HR software will need robust security measures to protect sensitive employee information, even in a distributed model.
  • Human: modern employees are fed up with feeling like cogs in a machine. Rather than being clinical and technical, HR software should focus on making employees feel in control of their work lives, retirement accounts, health insurance policies, vacation requests, and other important decisions.

New Trends in HR Technology

As we look forward to the future of HR, there are a few significant technological changes that we’re keeping an eye on:

  • Artificial intelligence in recruiting: AI is a misnomer, but recruiters are using advanced algorithms, pattern recognition, and other analysis to dig into a potential hire’s social media activity, word choice, and even facial expressions during an interview.
  • Digitization: paper is all but a thing of the past. Every aspect of HR, from onboarding to signing forms and payroll management, is handled digitally, usually in cloud-based solutions that can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Performance and wellness management: companies are starting to notice the very real consequences of overworking and burnout. To combat employee fatigue, employers are starting to implement more granular check-ins and performance monitoring to make sure their employees are thriving.
  • Data privacy: as of 2018, a shocking number of HR departments are still using spreadsheets to manage their employee data and payroll information. Not only is this an inefficient practice, but it may be illegal. HR departments will need to accommodate new regulations and best practices around keeping employee information secure.
  • Training and development: with the reshuffling of the labor force has come an unprecedented opportunity to train and upskill new employees to fit your organization’s systems and processes. New HR software will need to be incorporated with onboarding and training tools to help your employees improve.

Talk to Madison Taylor Technology

As the dust settles from the shake-ups we’re seeing in every aspect of business life, your organization will need expert help to navigate your new technological needs and priorities. Madison Taylor Technology can help. We’re a full-service, brand-agnostic technology consultancy, uniquely capable of examining every aspect of your business needs and recommending the technology that’s right for you. Get in touch today.

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