Technology Directing HRM
Technology has largely affected the way we have been dealing with work. The Field of HR is no exception to it. But where is it heeding to? Vlad Bodi has addressed this interesting issue in this article.
I am amazed sometimes by how technology is impacting the world we live in. For example, SpaceX being so successful in reusing spaceships may not have a great impact today, but it does change the way we look at the future, and what we understand by science fiction.
Human Resource is one of those industries which does not quite make its way into science fiction books, and no kid grows up thinking of revolutionizing the technology inside this particular market. Traditionally, HR was always viewed as a paper-intensive, non-innovative area, where salary decisions are made, people get hired or fired and where team building sessions are organized. But behind the scenes, the industry is changing and incorporating technology at a rapid pace2, even if it wasn’t designed for HR to start with.
In its 2015 report in collaboration with Globoforce, The Society for Human Resource Management identified1 employee engagement, talent retention, competitive compensation, and developing the organizational leaders for tomorrow as major human capital challenges.2
These challenges have sparked innovation inside HR departments across the world. It is already known that social media is used in recruitment, and it seems 92% of recruiters turn to these channels to identify and validate candidates. But what is maybe less visible and more relevant to the human resource innovation conversation, is the 3% of recruiters, which moved beyond LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and are piloting Snapchat as a recruitment tool. Instead of asking themselves if it’s worth pursuing this channel, they engaged the upcoming working generations on their own “ground”.
Therefore, a good question might be: what are the technological innovations that will drive human resource technology trends in the future?