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2017 HR Technology Trends    [Date Added : 12/28/2016 ]
The application of technology to Human Resources requirements is set to get even stronger in 2017, as industry experts predict core disruptions for the future. Deloitte recently published its report HR Technology Disruptions for 2017, and the study indicates some very significant changes. The underlying change will be that HR will become responsible for aligning personal aspirations with the organizational direction.

The outlined trends indicate a significant shift from transactional to game-changing. The new order of culture, values and continuous feedback, will not only overhaul the current processes, but also make way for new ways of working. Employees will now need to imbibe these new regimes, which includes developing an understanding of the new technologies. Here are some of the key HR trends:

Performance Management will be institutionalized: Recent years have seen a number of new performance management paradigms - companies doing away with the Bell Curve and with ratings altogether, agile ways of working, and team-oriented analysis. Yet, there are almost no automated tools to tackle these matters across the organization. They will begin to appear next year.

HR in the cloud: Cloud-based HR platforms will be the next generation HR intervention. While a few solutions are becoming popular (namely, Ultimate Software, Ceridian, ADP Vantage, Zenefits, BambooHR), there is still a lot of scope for new entrants offering unique solutions in the cloud.

Learning Management Systems will be reinvented: Legacy learning management systems (LMS) are a thing of the past. What will differentiate the learning organization from the others organizations is the adoption of new ways of learning - video learning being one promising trend. Some players, such as, Workday Learning, Fuse Universal and SAP Jam, have already started offering it. Also, one can expect a shift from LMS to LEP or Learning Experience Platforms, which is an engaging learning experience and not just a one-time intervention. It basically starts with creating a YouTube-like experience for organizational learning.

Recruitment takes on a new form: Recruitment systems are expected to move away from mere applicant tracking to a more inclusive, marketing, brand-building, social process. Deep integration with sourcing tools, analytics and enterprise and workflow management will happen through new tools. Some of the products in a new age of recruitment are Entelo, Connectifier and Gild.

Mobile tools to dominate: Today, technology success is defined by the end-user experience. The same applies to the HR world - candidate experience and employee experience differentiate progressive people organizations from those which are not. Employee self-service will be delivered on mobile tools and applications, allowing an increasingly global and mobile workforce to connect and collaborate. Organizations will move away from self-service to employee experience platforms, which will provide an all-encompassing avenue for all HR functionalities.

Wellbeing: Technology is expected to penetrate the employee wellness and employee assistance market, delivering a sophisticated wellness experience to the user. Wearables are expected to increase as incentives to stay well and productive. According to Deloitte research, 40% of Millennials will select an employer based on their health and wellness benefits.

The basic idea behind these shifts is not just to focus on transactional aspects, such as productivity and effectiveness, but also to truly create a superlative experience for the employees and make their lives better. Organizations and technology vendors must gear up to cater to these expectations of a knowledgeable and aware workforce, who, if taken care of, will be more than ready to give their all to the enterprise's success.
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