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HR Technology Leading trends in India
 

By Kailash Sahani

Human resources is concerned with optimising the relationship between employers and employees while simultaneously ensuring that both groups positively contribute to the functioning of the businesses or organisations. Nowadays, technology is transforming a complex web of HR functions, and not just recruiting, scheduling, employee training, etc.

Technology has transformed the way HR work. It has remodelled HR working in two ways: First, it has offered numerous tools to better manage and engage the talent in organisations; Second, it helps HR managers to shift their focus from managing the workforce to driving profits to the company.

The following interventions have ushered in major shifts in human resources management practice:

Big Data

One technological innovation that has transformed HR working is Big Data. It has brought efficiency in HR working by providing them accurate information on their customers, prospective customers and target audience. When integrated with other technologies, Big Data helps to gain a deep insight of your business interests and allows HR professionals to make decisions powered by vital information.

Big Data gives HR managers a fact-based view of the current workforce and helps them to identify emerging trends. Moreover, analytics helps recruiters assess potential employees and let them make better risk management decisions.

Mobile Apps

The smartphone is likely to dominate HR technologies. As the workforce across various operations seeks access to mobile applications, companies are considering HR systems adept at this new age technology. Delivering this kind of functionality implies that organisations will consider mobile-based HR applications. Today, mobile apps have become essential for every application that a company develops.

Social Media – A Powerful Tool

Social media plays an active part in HR working today, especially when it comes to recruitment. Around a quarter of employers are using social media channels like Facebook and LinkedIn to recruit staff. HR departments use social media for recruitment as well as employee engagement. It is a good vehicle for many of HR functions. Organisations use social media channels to reach their target audience in no time. Organisations use various social media channels to share their success stories, news, hiring, etc. Social media channels of organisations show what their current and potential employees say about the company.

Social media offers countless benefits to HR professionals and lets them keep up with the news, technology and trends in their industry. For this reason alone social media channels have become the ideal platform to engage with the employees, prospective employees, build relationships and bolster communications in the workspace. Given their popularity, more companies will consider integrating applications with LinkedIn or Facebook instead of developing corporate applications in the future.

Cloud-based HR Systems

Be it a web application or a standalone application, SaaS apps play a key role in every sector, including the Human Resource Department. Cloud-based applications are inevitable in today’s business environment. Collection and data storage was quite difficult until the evolution of cloud. With the advent of cloud technologies, all the information such as documents and other pertinent information can be easily stored and accessed online. Employee information can be archived and organised in a secure location.

However, before deploying cloud-based solutions, it is required to understand whether the technology fits well for your current requirement and if it can add a real value to your business. One needs to weigh in potential challenges against the benefits to understand whether cloud can overcome the business risks. Also, it is important to consider whether the business procedures can migrate to cloud applications. By centralising the data, the workflow and operations can be streamlined across the enterprise. Implementing cloud solutions can have a positive impact on various streams of operations ranging from product development, workforce management and business integration. Therefore, most enterprises are switching to cloud-based applications.


Kailash Sahani is the founder of Munmai-based Morpheus Consulting

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