Recently, I ran across an interesting article that summed up some of the predictions HR leaders and technology experts are making about the ways technology will affect HR in the next few years. Some of the points are of particular relevance to HR practitioners in small and mid-sized organizations.
It’s hardly breaking news, but one issue closely tied to HR technology is the number of younger employees joining the workforce. An estimated 10 million Millennials are swelling the ranks of the employed, and with them come expectations that technologies will be leveraged in all aspects of their work lives, just as they are at home.
For HR, those expectations mean that job candidates will expect technology-enabled outreach and the application of online and mobile capabilities throughout the recruitment, hiring, orientation, and on-boarding processes.
It also means that employees will anticipate on-demand access that enables them to change addresses or contact information, update training and certification data, and accomplish other standard record-keeping tasks. They’ll want the convenience of being able to check available vacation time, confirm benefits, and request leave electronically and even more importantly on their mobile iphone or android device. In addition, workers will look to their employers to provide just-in-time reminders, specialized training, and other performance support. Technology is the route that will make that delivery possible.
Joey Price, who heads the Jumpstart: HR consulting firm, observes in the article that “as HR tech continues to collect and display metrics, more and more businesses will be able to make strategic business decisions as a result.” He adds that “HR technology is making our lives as HR practitioners much more efficient – even in spite of the huge learning curve that most of professionals face in adapting to new technology.”
Price is right (okay, you knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say that, right?). HR technology does a lot to enable us to access, collect, and report data more efficiently. And we’ve talked before in this blog about the contributions that accurate people-related information can make to business strategy, operations, and decision-making.
But Price’s comment about the learning curve doesn’t have to be true. And it shouldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of HR professionals who want to see their organizations reap the benefits of HR technology solutions. The answer? Versatile and easy-to-use HR technology. And you won’t find a better fit for small and medium business than BambooHR (but don’t take our word for it; our customers speak for themselves).
The HR leader in a UK computer firm told us, “The amount of time saved has been hugely significant, and the ease of the product is fabulous!” A Canadian real estate company’s HR leader said “Thanks so much for making Bamboo that easy. The product is drawing great comments from our users.” And from our friends in HR at a leading online social site: “We love Bamboo. It is so intuitive and easy to use, it is great!”
Why not make 2013 the year your small or mid-sized business steps out of the spreadsheet dark ages to explore the convenience, efficiency, and power that BambooHR’s cloud-based HR management system offers? See for yourself just how easy HR technology can be.