Workforce Technology
August 15, 2016

Impact of Technology on Human Resources

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 tosurf the Internet and take pictures or videos. Our cell phones remind us ofappointments and tasks.

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

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

Where Is The Human Part Of Human Resources?

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

These changes that have come with the development ofdifferent technology have affected businesses in so many ways. The workforcehas 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, theHR department has had to quickly adapt to keep up.

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

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

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

Big Data Makes HR Departments Smarter

Along with increasing technology, there are also increasesin compliances, an essential principle for any HR department. Each and everyfunction or task that the HR department is responsible has underlying issuesthat make for more time-consuming duties. And those time-consuming duties willcrease the amount of paperwork.

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

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

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

Will Businesses Ever Get Technology Ready?

Regardless of the possible impact of not being technologyready yet, there are still a lot of companies that are dragging their feet onchanging over to a modern HR system. As the world keeps rolling into newtechnology for the workplace, though, more of them will see the benefitsthey’ll have. 

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

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