macbook-606763_1920If you’ve been working in the field of human resources for any length of time, then you’ve certainly noticed the increasing role technology is playing on the HR scene. From recruitment to benefits enrollment to employee health and wellness, we’ve come a long way in improving efficiency through the use of technology. But a recent article on TLNT suggests we’ve still got a long way to go.

According to a recent study by SHRM on “HCM Market Trends,” there are a few HR technology trends that companies need to continue to focus on in order to keep employees engaged, productive, and healthy. Not to mention, these are areas that will also serve to simplify the jobs of HR professionals and make their lives easier as well.

5 HR Tech Trends to Watch

  1. No longer just a “system of record” – HR systems were once merely considered a place to record data and not much else. Today they’re a way to make processes more functional, improve communication, and simplify daily activities.
  2. Becoming more mobile-first – Of the time today’s users spend online, 40% of it is now on a mobile device rather than a computer. As a result, more apps and other mobile-friendly options are becoming more and more important.
  3. Analytics is driving everything – Companies are increasingly using data to improve their decision-making by analyzing the info they collect and presenting it to company leadership.
  4. Keeping current in today’s world – With tons of start-up companies promoting the latest and greatest in HR technology solutions, it’s important to stay on top of trends to keep up with new innovations.
  5. Considering the overall employee experience – The goal of HR software engineers is no longer to merely write code. Today their goal is to overhaul the whole way employees do work. It’s an all-encompassing, holistic approach.

Technology has been and will continue to play a huge role in the way companies attract, retain, and engage their employees. Keep an eye on these and other developments in the coming year.