Digital revolution has allowed human resource departments worldwide to shift their focus from workforce management to improving the bottom line of their organizations. Source: Shutterstock.

Digital revolution has allowed human resource departments worldwide to shift their focus from workforce management to improving the bottom line of their organizations. Source: Shutterstock.

How technology is redefining human resources

IN the digital age, futuristic technology and smart solutions have rendered the concept of traditional workspace obsolete.

Modern-day employees are empowered to work remotely and connect with their colleagues at any time.

And along with the transformation of the traditional work environment, technology has also helped to completely redefine every aspect of the human resource department or HR in companies all around the world from hiring process, all the way to employee management and tracking.

The digital revolution has made available numerous tools and solutions to aid their workflow and increase efficiency while also empowering the shift their focus from managing the workforce to improve the bottom line of the organization.

Here are four trends in tech that are driving the massive transformation in human resource management worldwide:

# 1 | Emergence of big data

One technological trend that has enabled HR professionals to understand their customer better and create marketing strategies tailor-made to their audience, as well as enhance communication with their potential customer, is big data.

Along with other technologies such as AI and machine analytics, big data delivers insights that help HR professionals make informed, data-driven business decisions.

HR managers are always fed with the latest data in and a dashboard view of the workforce, which allows them to see a pattern or trends that can be used further improve their operations.

# 2 | Mobile apps on the go

As employees are increasingly working on the go, smartphone apps and other mobile tools are expected to feature heavily in the HR landscape in the coming years.

Companies are seeking to integrate their HR systems with mobile apps, to grant access to their workforce via mobile devices, enabling the mobilization process of HR functions.

The trend of developing mobile apps also streamlines the ever-evolving nature of HR functions, that will improve efficiency and eliminate redundancy in the workflow.

# 3 | Harnessing the power of social media

Social media is a powerful tool for HR, especially in recruitment, a fact that more and more companies are realizing.

And accordingly, businesses use social media platform such as Facebook and LinkedIn to engage and reach potential employees with targeting the right demography or individuals to fill specific positions.

Similarly, companies could also use these platforms to engage with their current workforce, to share the vision of the organizations and foster a productive culture.

# 4 | Game changing cloud solutions

Regardless if it is a web application or native application, software as a service application or SaaS is already taking the HR department by storm.

As data collection and storage was an immense challenge for companies, cloud-based solutions have now become a must-have feature in every business environment.

And as more HR department are migrating to the cloud, it allows increased access of relevant file and documents on top of storing it in a more organized and secured system with appropriate back-up measures.

In brief, the advent of technology promises enormous potential to transform HR operation and practices that can immensely benefit businesses.

While this may be true, the technology itself may not be sufficient, without the human workforce and the culture that complements the transformation. HR managers should be bold in tapping into the latest digital solutions in driving value to their businesses.