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Future Workplace Technology and what it means for HR

Posted Tuesday, October 04, 2016 by Unicorn HRO

In today’s working world, technology is developing at an amazing speed.  New technological innovations will determine not only how employees do their jobs, but will also influence how they are trained and evaluated; as well as how they interact with their co-workers.  Consequently, HR staff should be aware of any new technological developments and how they can utilize them in the workplace.  Below are some examples of new innovations, as well as how this can help Human Resource Staff to better do its job. 

New Types of Technology

There are many new types of technology which may soon be utilized in today’s workplace.  Many experts have discussed, for example, simplifying employee work stations by providing workers with devices that could effectively replace computers and phones.  Employers have also considered using biometric devices in place of employee ID tags to help employees to better access the workplace.  Moreover, businesses have considered the use of virtual reality platforms in remote meeting settings so that remote employees can feel more engaged with their team members to encourage a more convivial, collaborative approach to achieving company goals.  However, many argue that before these technologies can be utilized by businesses on a wide scale, they first have to go through a phase in which they first become a part of people’s day-to-day personal lives.

What this means for HR

When these technologies do get utilized for business, HR staff should consider the part they will play in this new working atmosphere.  These new devices and platforms can help HR not only to recruit new employees more efficiently, but also could make it easier to evaluate their existing employees.  Instead of having “annual reviews” for employees to see if they should get some sort of compensation, such as a bonus, new technologies can provide HR with immediate data to evaluate employee performance.  These technologies can also help Human Resources departments to better engage with employees, as this immediate data can give HR staff a good idea of what the working environment is like, and if anything, needs to be done to improve it.

Implementing technologies in the work place

To ensure that these technologies can be utilized at an optimum level, strategizing for implementation is important.  The best method for ensuring a smooth implementation is that of training employees in the new technology.  By having a period of showing the employees the benefits of using the technology, as well as teaching them how to use it, companies can allow for a “trial and error” period to ensure that any growing pains that come with using something new can be worked through without causing too much disruption to day-to-day business.

 

In today’s ever-changing business world, companies need to acquaint themselves with new technologies to better implement strategies and achieve their ultimate vision.  HR staff can play a role in doing so, by identifying what technologies could best be utilized to increase company efficiency, demonstrating to employees how these new devices and platforms work and how they can make day-to-day business easier for everyone concerned.   

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