Clearly, technology has made major strides in most industries. It’s helped reduce errors in emergency rooms, enhanced process flow in production facilities, and created incredible opportunities for retailers. When it comes to HR technology, the past few years have been focused on automating all the paperwork that used to be quite cumbersome to manage manually. Now that we’re entering a new year, we’re also entering a new era of HR technology—one where the focus will drastically shift from process improvement to people.
The following are five trends the human resources field will likely see in 2018 and beyond:
1. Subscription-Based Services
Gone are the days when HR’s main role was ensuring proper hiring procedures and entering the right data into payroll spreadsheets. Today’s HR world is a dynamic place, filled with ever-changing regulatory requirements and ongoing issues that could cause problems for businesses if improperly executed.
For small and medium-sized businesses, it’s almost impossible to employ a team of full-time human resource professionals who are certified and skilled at their trade. Besides the impact another full-time employee will have on the bottom line, many small business owners simply wouldn’t know where to start if they needed to hire that one person who’s meant to be responsible for everything HR encompasses.
Outsourcing will be the way of the new world when it comes to HR technology. Subscription-based services such as HR. Solved.SM allow leaders to gain access to skilled, knowledgeable HR pros who are specifically dedicated to all things human resource-related. Outsourcing removes expensive overhead while simultaneously ensuring access to the best and brightest in the people-managing industry.
2. Productivity- & Performance-Driven Innovations
In an effort to get people out of their inboxes and into their team-focused environments, HR technology in 2018 will attempt to shift from automation to team and workflow management.
Managers should expect to see apps and software that optimize productivity and enhance employees’ experiences with the hope of reducing burnout and overwhelming staffers while simultaneously improving the network of workflow among teams.
3. Performance Management
Wise leaders have been pushing back against the annual review for quite a while now, but there haven’t been a ton of tools to help facilitate this revolution until now. While annual reviews remain important for some companies, managers who wish to have a better measurement of their teams’ pulses will look toward HR technology that enables them to better track goal setting, feedback, evaluations, and coaching on an ongoing, predictable schedule.
Eventually, the data from individuals will be fed down the workflow pipeline, allowing managers and leaders to assess successes and opportunities at various levels of the organization.
4. Feedback Will Fuel HR Technology
How do you know how well you’re doing in the eyes of your staff if you don’t ask?
2018’s HR technology will introduce methods in which leaders can more accurately understand their employees’ concerns and their own role as a manager. Employees will be invited to share their feedback in brand new ways, ushering in an evolution of communication allowing managers to gain greater insight into the things that make their employees tick.
5. Recruitment Gets Rock Solid
Most of the time, awesome candidates are far from a dime a dozen. Companies need to be able to weed through the garden to find the rose—often, that means finding candidates who aren’t even on the hunt for a new occupation.
2018 will engage recruiters in new technology with new recruitment systems, video assessments, and culture-compatibility tools to ensure everyone is on the same page from day one.
Don’t fall behind on 2018’s HR technology trends. If you’re ready to get started on tomorrow today, reach out to our team at Insight Performance. Our specialized team will be happy to get you on your way to a more effective way of managing your most important asset.