As we advance in the year 2017, a lot of exciting technological innovations seem to be available for application to Human Resources Management. These trends mainly lay emphasis on the ever increasing need for employee engagement. Here are some of these new trends that are set to turbo-charge HR functions in the current year:
- Real-time Engagement of the Employees: Businesses are now placing greater emphasis on understanding and improving the real-time engagement of employees. The traditional employee engagement surveys give a historic and a static picture of the situation. New technology tools can gauge the pulse of employee engagement detecting the sudden surge or drop on real-time basis. They can track, analyze and respond to such fluctuations in engagement levels in a dynamic manner.
- Big Data and Real-time Feedback: With continuous and real-time feedback from the employees and the managers concerning the employee and operational activities, big data and people analytics are becoming critical for HR.
- Going Digital in a Big Way: “Digitizing the HR” can be summarized as one of the most important technology trends for HR in 2017. HR and business leaders would rethink the ways of managing, engaging and developing the people using the digital technology, as per a recent Deloitte report.
- Dynamic Approach towards Learning and Development: The technology will make available customized and on-demand learning and development programs for the employees. These will have tremendous impact on the employees’ onboarding and skills development processes.
Over the last few years several online learning sites like Coursera and Udemy have been offering efficient and affordable learning and development programs on the internet. Several organizations have also embedded robust and custom-designed digital learning platforms into their learning and development programs.
- Increased Focus on Teams: Earlier the organizations mainly concentrated on the learning and development programs for individuals rather than for teams. But, the teams are now gaining more prominence. According to a Harvard Business Review report the managers and employees have been spending 50% more of their time in collaborative activities in recent years than in the past decades. Keeping this in view, Google’s research project “Aristotle” is developing ways on building teams which can thrive and become more productive in collaborative activities.
- Increased Emphasis on Candidate Experience: As the talent market is becoming tougher and more competitive, the businesses need to rely on diverse talent sourcing strategies, which include internet marketing with the proper projection of an enhanced employer brand. The organizations, therefore, now focus more on creating outstanding candidate and employee experience so as to attract and retain the best of available talents.
- Growing Demand for HR Talents with Specific Tech Skills: In view of the proper projection of employer brand the businesses are now looking for HR professionals with skills in data analysis, HR analytics, employer branding and marketing.
- The Importance of Organizational Culture: The organizational culture is an important factor in driving the behavior and the priorities of the employees. The organizational culture is primarily indicated in the values, beliefs and the overall mindset that the employees share within an organization. The HR and business leaders are particularly responsible for inculcating and developing the organizational culture. They can shape the positive values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes and practices to be shared by all the members of the organization. A positive organizational culture becomes the ultimate driving force for the performance improvement and profitability of the organization
The HR professionals now have a variety of technology tools at their disposal. However, they face a tough challenge of leveraging these tools in creating optimum outcomes and results for their organization’s business.