Everywhere you look today there is some form of technology. We’re on our cell phones and not always having a conversation. We use them to surf the Internet and take pictures or videos. Our cell phones remind us of appointments and tasks.

Every facet of our lives has some form of technology involved. The tagline from a phone company many, many years ago “Reach out and touch someone” has gone way beyond what Alexander Graham Bell had intended.

And cell phones aren’t the only form of technology that is anywhere and everywhere today. With wireless services, the global economy has spawned new ways to work in businesses, develop commerce, and to educate us.  It has also taken the “human” out of the Human Resources. 

Where Is The Human Part Of Human Resources?

With all the quick changes that have been happening with various types of technologies, it can be and is difficult, even impossible, to keep up with it all. Even for the most tech-savvy person that heads an HR department.

These changes that have come with the development of different technology have affected businesses in so many ways. The workforce has gone global and organizational tree has had to adjustment accordingly.  Employees are seeking ways to work remotely, and some positions require employees to have mobile opportunities. As such, the HR department has had to quickly adapt to keep up.

And if the HR department desires to continue being a critical role in a company, each and every person in that department must embrace and learn technology. This is in part caused by the number of Millennials that are coming into the workforce. 

It has been predicted that by the year 2020, the Millennials will be three-fourths of the workforce.  That’s just a little over 3 years away! And we all know that this generation is all about technology. So if a company is going to recruit, hire and retain these “kids”, the HR department has to get on board and embrace today’s technology now. This is a must so they can meet the expectations of both employees and the business itself.

The talent analytics and the workplace analysis are going to become more the routine. And the data that will be available to companies is going to become more competitive. And all this data is acquired by using the technology that is available to us today.

Big Data Makes HR Departments Smarter

Along with increasing technology, there are also increases in compliances, an essential principle for any HR department. Each and every function or task that the HR department is responsible has underlying issues that make for more time-consuming duties. And those time-consuming duties will crease the amount of paperwork.

But with all of the different technology that has been released and more to be released, that monotony has started shifting. There are HR portals and HR platforms that have digitized most of the HR information that is processed today.

Because of the technology that is available today, the HR department can access that all powerful Big Data. That big data that helps a business understand customers and reach out to new audiences can also help HR communicate with the existing employees and reach out to prospective employees.

When Big Data is combined with technology, the insight that HR departments gain is tremendous. It helps the staff make better-informed decisions with concrete information that they wouldn’t have had before.

Will Businesses Ever Get Technology Ready?

Regardless of the possible impact of not being technology ready yet, there are still a lot of companies that are dragging their feet on changing over to a modern HR system. As the world keeps rolling into new technology for the workplace, though, more of them will see the benefits they’ll have. 

Such as cloud computing and better insights as well as easier storage and greater transparency. The cost savings it will offer, the efficiency it will offer and the fact that the employees of tomorrow are going to expect it, it will become clear that they can’t keep ignoring technology.