With rapid changes in technology in HR and business as a whole, professionals need to be on the lookout for the latest trends and adapt to them quickly to keep their organizations ahead of the competition and at the forefront of innovation. That being said, here is a roundup of the top 6 emerging HR tech trends that professionals should take note of this coming 2020.
Remote work is an ongoing trend that isn’t going away anytime soon, as Fast Company’s report on the future of work points out that remote working arrangements will continue to dominate business. This is mainly because of the productive results it delivers to business owners. As such, remote work is well on its way to becoming the norm across countries and industries. It is also becoming one of the most sought-after employee perks, which means HR professionals should take the lead and make sure that leaders can effectively manage and motivate remote teams. One way to do this is to provide them with the right tools to succeed — and fortunately, there are several collaboration tools like Slack, Trello, and Zoom that can help you do just that.
Migration to the cloud
As with several other new applications, there are more and more cloud-based Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) being introduced. An Information Services Group survey reveals that over half of all enterprises will be moving HR to the cloud by 2020 — a testament to the importance of adapting quickly to technological changes to benefit from new features. With cloud-based HRMS, HR professionals can work easier and faster with real-time data.
Increased Data Security
Despite its benefits, migrating HR systems to the cloud — which include highly sensitive data like employees’ social security numbers, payroll information, and even medical information — highlight the need for better data security now more than ever. In this regard, Marcus’ list of fundamental cybersecurity tips notes that keeping systems up-to-date and securing internet connections are the simplest yet most effective ways to protect your data. These can be done alongside initiatives for better security practices like stronger passwords and spreading awareness concerning phishing and other attacks. These basic practices can do a world of good, but only if they are cascaded within the HR teams and across company departments. Look to hold seminars that will help the whole organization have a higher level of data security awareness to help protect themselves, and the company as well.
The overall well-being of employees affects the company in subtle, but profound ways — especially in terms of team productivity and employee morale. And as such, wellness apps that measure employees’ health will be used by more and more HR departments next year as part of their wellness programs. Companies that utilize wellness apps have a higher chance of ensuring that their employees thrive in their roles and in relation to each other, helping ensure a healthier, happier team overall.
Employee Experience Platforms
2020 will be the year of employee experience, with the emergence of a new category of HR and workforce productivity software — the employee experience platform. To help employees take charge of their HR needs, many companies are adopting employee experience platforms, which give way for online information gathering, as well as directed interactions with workplace specialists. This allows employees to get answers or explanations to any HR-related queries faster, through a portal designed to direct them quickly to the resources they need.
Artificial Intelligence in Recruitment
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) being one of the top HR topics this year, AI applications and solutions like the Chrome extension Emma, which analyzes LinkedIn profiles to ascertain a person’s ability to do a job, are already in the earliest stages of use. These are great tools for reducing recruitment timelines, finding the best talent, and helping teams plan future hiring. HR professionals should be aware of these emerging AI applications and solutions to help them save more time, screen candidates faster, and have a more unbiased selection of applicants.
By Thea Brad