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5 HR Technology Market Disruptions for 2018

The HR Technology Market Disruptions - Top Trends for 2018
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With over 3 billion people in the global workforce, the market for HR technology is enormous.

Manage HR challenges better with the latest in human resources technology and top HR tech trends for 2018.

Technology continues to grow and change, all in ways that are meant to make our lives better and our work easier and more efficient. So, what are the top HR tech trends for 2018? And how will they affect HR departments and operations? Here are some of the areas we’ll see technology change and improve HR processes.

Being Selective About Software

One of the top HR tech trends in 2018 will be the idea that more technology is not necessarily better. The real key is finding the right solutions for your organization. There are plenty of disparate tools that help to complete tasks – from email and messaging to CRM and project management tools, all meant to increase productivity in one way or another. A focus of 2018 will be simplifying solutions and streamlining productivity wherever possible to prevent employees from becoming overwhelmed or taxing HR departments with constant trainings and product rollouts. Companies are learning that it’s not about chasing after all the latest HR trends, but about picking the ones that will most benefit their business.

Evolving Evaluations

More companies are moving away from one annual evaluation and using HR technology to create a way for employees and employers to both have a more natural and continuous dialogue and feedback process. This ongoing process will help facilitate better employee communication, direction, and training. Many solutions exist to help make this a part of corporate culture, including employee-engagement specific HCM software.

Analytics and AI

HR management software and recruitment programs already exist and are being utilized widely in the industry, but there are several ways that it continues to improve recruitment. A new HR trend will be using new technology, like AI software, analytics programs, and other data gathering software to create better recruitment processes. Some companies have even adopted video interview software as a first step in their overall screening. Using simple AI programs in the initial steps of recruitment help to automate certain parts of recruitment, and advanced analytics that evaluate resumes and applications can help to really narrow down the field to qualified candidates.

Focus on Wellness

Wellness is important to HR because it relates to both employee morale, productivity, and engagement, as well as their health, which can all have an impact on a company’s bottom line, and even their reputation. More companies are integrating digital resources into their wellness plans, including wearable tech that tracks healthy habits and online portals with health assessment surveys and recommendations, all to help companies take a more active part in their employees’ wellbeing through HR technology.

Hiring to Handle Technology

One interesting way tech disruptions and trends will affect HR centers around who HR departments will have to hire to handle the increased technology, both related to human resources and used in other places within an organization. Implementing technology, like AI, might require hiring individuals with specialized knowledge in these areas, rather than having current employees undergo new training and manage these additional responsibilities. As any HR professional knows, having the right person in place can make all the difference in the world when it comes to systems and departments running smoothly.


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Marianne Chrisos
Marianne Chrisos
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, growing up outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently living near Dallas, Texas, Marianne is a content writer as a company near Dallas and contributing writer around the internet. She earned her master's degree in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago and has worked in publishing, advertising, digital marketing, and content strategy.

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