When people talk about the human resources management sector, they don’t normally associate it with the use of powerful technology. People who work in this particular sector are imagined to be wrestling with large stacks of paper. They are often involved with hiring or firing people, organizing activities for employees, determining salaries, and other similar tasks.
But the tides are changing. We are now seeing this sector of the workforce utilizing technology.
There are plenty of tools that can be used in the management of human resources. The following examples show where the trend may be headed.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
This technology is not entirely new and has been on the market for a number of years. However, the use of VR and AR devices has currently been limited to video games. There is plenty of potential for VR and AR machines in human resources. For one, the technology can be used to train new and existing employees. Employees can also use the device to access information that will help them in their line of work.
In October 2016, during the HR Technology Conference and Expo, Oracle gave away free demo units of their VR headsets. Along with the headset, the company has also developed the HCM Cloud. Although the company has not confirmed developing technologies that can be used in managing human resources, the company has hinted on its possible applications. One of their ideas is using the technology to allow employees to create and customize workspaces. Saved into the cloud, these customized settings can be applied to any smart office that the user visits.
Robots with a wide range of built-in abilities and capacities can be used inside the company to provide information when needed. These autonomous machines will allow employees to access the data required to perform their tasks more efficiently. These gadgets can assist employees in making critical decisions or when communicating with other employees. Applications of this type of technology can run the gamut from interviewing potential job candidates to conducting boardroom meetings.
Although wearables are commonly promoted as fitness trackers, the technology can also be applied to HR systems. For instance, Oracle’s UX Lab is looking into the possibility of developing a wearable device that can be used as a workforce tracker. An employee wears a smartwatch or a similar wearable that activates whenever the employee is in the designated area. The wearable will then send the information to the HCM Cloud and start tracking. An employee’s work hours can be determined by establishing when an employee has entered and left that specific location.
Internet of Things
In addition to creating more customized workspaces for employees, the Internet of Things can also be used by human resources to streamline their efforts. The technology can be used to keep track of employees’ work times and patterns. As these elements are now automated, HR staff members are free to shift their attention to other tasks such as finding ways to improve productivity in the office and aligning the workers’ goals with that of the company’s.
Different Types of Human Resources Tech
The above tools are only a handful of possible applications for technology in the human resources management sector. There are dozens of technologies that are already available on the market. Human resource technology has several types, including the following:
Core human resource management
The tools under this group can help automate tasks that are traditionally seen as paperwork-intensive. This includes hiring and dismissing employees, managing payroll, keeping track of tax information and similar processes.
Recruiting and staffing
Tools under this category are developed to promote the company and bring employees to their doorstep. They are designed to scour the market for the best candidates and determine which ones have the right skills the company needs.
Software and technologies developed for this category can also be used in the recruitment of staff and management of payrolls. In addition, they can be used to train and track the performance of employees.
Workforce management tools can include a variety of features such as management of payroll, attendance and leave, among others. They can be used to manage teams and get people to work towards specific goals.
Hiring an individual for the job is not the end of the story. Companies strive to find ways to retain employees and develop their skills to perform specialized tasks. Learning management tools are developed to help train employees, create a curriculum and training program, track the progress, and list their results.
As technology continues to evolve, we will find more ways of integrating them into the workplace. Figuring out which technology would suit a company’s needs can get tricky and complicated. As you can see, there are categories with similar or overlapping functions. This is why it is important for a company to outline what their needs are before looking for tools.
Perhaps we can help. Contact TechLoc Technology today to learn more about how we can use technology to streamline your human resources tasks.