2019 HR TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

Implementing HR software in your organization will help your organization engage employees and increase productivity. The premise around this concept is that software can be leveraged in ways that help organization achieve this. At the recent HR Technology conference held last week in Vegas, there were workshops centered around employee’s well-being and specifically key drivers for a happy workforce. It is estimated that happy employees are 25% more productive. One driver was that employees need to feel a sense of belonging. Another was inclusion. The conference featured technology solutions that are being leveraged so organizations achieve this objective.

The HR technology conference is a well attended annual event held in Las Vegas. I always enjoy going to this conference, as it covers the latest emerging topics in HR and how technology is being utilized to address them. It offers a great opportunity to talk with vendors and gain insight into the latest technology trends and product roadmap. As we know the biggest asset and differentiator in a company is its employees.

While organizations have been focused on employee’s well-being for a number of years now, the trend professionals are noting is that belonging, and inclusion are shifting to the forefront. Employees are seeking companies they can feel a part of and where their voices are heard. Technology is helping provide that platform. Perhaps influenced by the social apps we use today in our personal lives; vendors are incorporating a more employee centric design to their software. The user-friendly, easy to navigate design is geared to provide a better employee experience. The software is giving them easier access to policies and procedures and information on what’s happening in their organization. This all from a web portal or a smart phone. Organizations are seeing the mobile access as a big hit with employees. This is especially where employees are less stationary in their roles, as a result of the adoption of more flexible working options such as flex hours, compressed work weeks and use of home offices. This shift, while positive in many ways, brings another element with it, as it may be more difficult to foster strong working relationships. This can lead to employees feeling isolated or disconnected from the organization. The use of social threads, community groups and leaderboards technology with HR software is hoping to bridge that gap, where employees can interact with others, plus have a forum to voice their opinion.

Another trending technology that continues to make an impact to HR is artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning within solutions. As the technology continues to evolve, we are seeing it is used more within software. Areas such as recruiting and talent acquisition. AI ability to quickly use data to analyze and predict is a powerful tool when embedded into HR applications. Organizations are hopeful that greater use and development of AI will provide great efficiencies in administrative functions and benefit the overall organization. It will also process mundane tasks resulting in HR personnel more time to engage with employees and provide a higher level of services to meet the needs to their employees.

We are likely to see the evolution of HR technology continue to revolutionize HR department and have an overall impact to an organization. The adoption of HR software continues to be a prevalent trend in organizations.  This is particularly true in the construction industry.

Adoption is quickly gaining momentum. With many of the pressures facing organization today, they are looking for better ways to manage data and their employees. Navigating the HR solution market can be a bit overwhelming as there are many factors to consider before committing to a particular software. Burger Consulting has been providing trusted consulting services for over 20 years should you company be considering implementing or updating your current HR solution footprint.


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