Five Ways HR Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

If you’ve been in the industry for long enough, you’ve no doubt noticed a lot of evolution in the world of human capital management technology. We now have more sophisticated solutions than ever before for completing all sorts of HCM tasks.

There’s new technology for performing core functions like handling payroll and benefits, of course. There are also tools for recruitment, talent management, employee self-service, gauging engagement and productivity and even enhancing corporate health and wellness, and if you’re lucky enough, you may have a tool that does it all.

$40 billion per year spent on HCM technology

We’ve come a long way, definitely. But according to Josh Bersin, founder and principal at Bersin by Deloitte, we’ve still got a long way to go.

A recent SHRM report pointed to the results of “HCM Market Trends,” a market study performed by Deloitte in 2015. Bersin found that companies are spending more than $40 billion per year on HCM technology, and that figure is only increasing every year.

Bersin noted:

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As most of us know, it’s nearly impossible to be an HR leader without getting deeply involved in technology. Not only does HR technology automate, store and improve almost everything we do, our companies are now flooded with technology – so we have to buy, integrate and simplify technology just to get our jobs done.”

The world of HR tech is fast-paced and pressure-packed, but it’s also exciting. It enables companies to reach entirely new heights in employee engagement, productivity, wellness and more. And internally, for those of us who work in HR every day, it’s making our lives easier as well.

5 HR tech trends to watch

Bersin looks at five (5) trends happening in HR technology that are creating a brighter future for HR pros:

  1. Going beyond the “system of record” — For a long time, HR solutions were seen as “systems of record.” They were places to record data and not much else. We’re now moving toward a new paradigm – HR technology is increasingly viewed as a way to make work life better. It’s now about adding functionality, improving communication and making daily processes quicker and easier.
  2. Adapting to a mobile-first mentality — As Bersin noted, people today spend about 40 percent of their online time using a mobile phone rather than a computer. It’s high time the HR industry adjusted to this new reality! The community is starting to think mobile-first, designing new apps for expediting HR processes.
  3. Diving headfirst into analytics — Companies are becoming increasingly analytics-driven, using data to improve their decision-making as often as possible. For precisely this reason, HR offices are adopting new solutions that compile data and analyze it to assist corporate leaders.
  4. Staying current in the corporate world — The HR tech business is loaded with hot startups that are eager to push new high-tech solutions to the market. This in turn pushes every HR office to work hard and keep up with new innovation. Every company wants to stay current.
  5. Redesigning the employee experience — No HR software engineer is merely a programmer. Today, they view themselves more as “experience designers.” The goal is no longer simply to write code – it’s to remodel the entire process of doing work. Today’s HR tech is holistic and all-encompassing.

Jayson Saba is Ceridian’s Vice President of Market Research & Industry Relations. He leads Ceridian’s market research, competitive intelligence and industry analyst relations. Prior to joining Ceridian, Jayson was the lead analyst covering core HR, Workforce Management and Outsourcing at the HCM practice of Boston-based Aberdeen Group. During his tenure, he wrote and published over 100 research papers and benchmark reports.


2 Comments on “Five Ways HR Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

  1. I fully agree with these trends. One note is that most of them are driven by the shift to mobile, since there the input is more likely to be measurable (that is you’re more likely to obtain a reply from a multiple-choice than from a free text question). This fuels analytics that will hopefully will help HR systems take the lead over the “system of record” and the employees are already glued to their mobile devices.

  2. Companies are becoming increasingly analytic-driven, using data to improve their decision-making as often as possible. I agree with this statement and also all the trends mentioned. However, I would really like to know how do you influence rigid and outdated thinking management to rope in such analytic based tools for data-driven insights? Not everyone is open to refurbish old practices of manually doing all tasks where as better results can be achieved in less time with right set of tools?

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