Upcoming HR Technology Trends for 2018

By Amy N Barkman - Last Updated on July 26, 2018
Upcoming HR Technology Trends for 2018

Blockchain and artificial intelligence are just a few of the trends that will prevail in 2018.

HR technology trends feature a digital, fast-paced, ever changing world. Learn to roll with it, use it to its full potential, or be left behind.

You’ve done it. After five years of working as a human resource assistant in several different positions, you have finally earned yourself the title of Human Resources Director with a growing company. It is your first week on the job in this position, and you have already been tasked with initiating a complete overhaul to bring the company up-to-date and into the 21st century. You take one look around at the outdated time stamp system and stacks of handwritten performance evaluations and employment applications, and you inwardly begin to cringe. One thing is sure, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Just as technology changes almost by the day, trends in human resource management evolve almost just as quickly. The best and only way to move forward when you are saddled with an aging human resource system is to look at the forecast of what the future of HR technology holds and then begin to note how those technologies can be implemented into your current company. If you are going to do major updating of systems and processes, it is best to look as far into the future as possible to avoid repopulating a system that does not work within the next one, three, or five years.

Upcoming HR Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

Many HR trends throughout 2018 are digital. Everything in the world of human resources is being done online or with the assistance of digital automation. If you are not already using apps to track and analyze things such as employee performance, sales, onboarding, and customer satisfaction, then you are not only missing out on efficiency, but you are devoting an exorbitant amount of time to doing things that can more easily and more accurately be done using technology.

Other 2018 HR trends to consider include automated employee self-service programs and advanced drone technology. Yes, that’s right. Drones. These are not just toys for your teenage son or daughter. Drones are now being used to ensure safety, guide marketing, and so much more. In the not-so-foggy future, you can expect that drones will be used in employee recruitment practices worldwide. For now, you should certainly consider utilizing some of the innovative technology that is already readily available for employee recruitment efforts.

Future of HR Technology

The future of HR technology is a vast well of new and exciting tools geared towards creating a safer and highly efficient workplace where employees are happy, sales are at an all-time high, and productivity is on point. Artificial Intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, will likely be used in every HR process, from hiring to retirement and everything in between. These systems will dominate the world of human resources trends and will simplify every aspect of the work environment for you, your employees, and prospective clients.

Online manager and editor for the Society for Human Resource Management, Aliah D. Wright, recently shared an article on the organization’s website, describing The Top HR Technology Trends for 2018 as the following:

  • Blockchain
  • AI
  • Intelligent Apps and Analytics
  • Smart Machines
  • Conversational Platforms
  • Steps for HRIT Success

For those who are new to the world of Human Resources, and even those who have been around a long time, it is imperative that you take the time to do research and to look ahead. HR trends and HR technologies are constantly changing and growing. You can either learn to change with the times and grow right alongside these trends in HRM, or you can continue to use outdated practices that cost you time, productivity, and sales.

Amy N Barkman | Amy works in higher education and has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She loves to read and write, and spends the rest of her free time exploring, fishing, camping, and just being outdoors with her husband and young son. Amy enjoys using her creative talents for writing and graphic design whenever possible.

Amy N Barkman | Amy works in higher education and has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She loves to read and write, and spends the rest of her free time ...

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