The challenges and opportunities for HR and Leadership teams have never been greater. Potential hires have more job screening tools and work choices than ever before. Meanwhile, organizations must contend with an employment pool that is global in scope. If things weren’t daunting enough, technology is evolving faster than our ability to process and adapt to it. Well, almost. So, how does someone in HR select the right technology for their organization? Here are five things to consider:
1) Find the Best Talent Regardless of Geography: Companies that select top talent will have the brainpower to adapt, innovate and manage technological change. Today, professional social networks are fast becoming the go-to source for quality candidates. As a result, companies need global recruiting software systems that can share job openings with multiple social networks, screen candidates and streamline the interview process. In the old days, job seekers came to you. Today, you must market your company’s brand to potential hires. This is the new landscape. Get used to it.
2) Employee Engagement and Talent Analytics: Smart workforce systems can help organize workflow, enhance internal communication and evaluate performance. Put simply, software that can analyze employee profiles (including skills, interest, and performance metrics) will help organizations better forecast employee potential, build more cohesive teams and provide more timely feedback. Companies need to measure and track employee performance. Too many employees fail to appreciate how their performance directly aligns with their company’s goals. HR technology can make the connection between employee accomplishment and corporate success more explicit. In short, talent analytics helps improve employee engagement, which is directly tied to a company’s performance.
3) Collaboration: Today, the workplace is anywhere the connected worker is. Organizations need to accommodate mobile devices and enable collaborative platforms. In this regard, Cloud technology is indispensable. Employees need an interface that is intuitive, a great experience and seamless with all the devices they use on the job. Whether it is communicating internally with management or remotely with peers across the globe via video, workers need tools that foster collaboration.
4) Maximize Flexibility: Value flextime, telecommuting and tools that allow your employees to collaborate across distances. Technologies that enhance flexibility will motivate employees and attract the right talent.
5) Going Global: The workplace of today is global. Geography is no longer a barrier to working at the company of your choice. Working remotely is becoming routine. Consequently, HR departments need to cope with a variety of regulatory requirements governing payrolls, hiring practices, and the like. Systems that can safeguard and automate these functions will help HR departments do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.
Technology is disruptive, but it is also essential to solving the challenges businesses face today. HR departments need to harness the most promising technologies in order to identify and attract the brightest talent, to improve workflow, foster collaboration and manage change in a global environment. Getting technology to work for your company is essential; otherwise it will be working against you.
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