The HR tech stack has been consistently evolving for decades. From moving to the cloud, to the rise of mobile and video, to big data, we’ve been following this evolution for quite some time. Successful businesses are constantly optimizing new automated processes to further a world-class talent management strategy. In fact, 65% of employers globally believe HR tech will free up workers to focus on more knowledge-intensive tasks.

HR tech has already come so far, so where is it going? Long story short - systems are evolving just like we are. Searchers and job seekers aren’t browsing the way they used to, and it’s time to update not only how we reach out, but how we make ourselves available as well. This means making our processes easier, faster and better than they have ever been before to grab attention, keep that attention and get the talent we want.

It’s no secret that the market these days is candidate-driven, 86% of recruiters and 62% of employers actually feel this way. Here are some key areas of HR tech that are leading the way to a better, more sophisticated recruitment future.

Natural Language Process

Natural Language Processing (NLP) consists of AI technology that many feel may be on the verge of thinking and speaking just like us humans. Before you go all “Terminator,” it’s important to understand how this may help in multiple aspects of HR - not just hiring. NLP technology works to actually speak our language instead of simply translating it through computer code, making it possible to distinguish specific emotions.

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Not sure how you could ever use a system like this? When applied to leadership incentives including employee feedback surveys or even chats, NLP tech can be used to gain a deeper look into what employees think and feel about their workplace. NLP provides an unbiased look at your employees that allows you to take immediate action to help the experience of both them and your candidates.

This system is best used with:

  • Voice-activated systems
  • Consumer digital assistants
  • Amazon Echos
  • iPhones
  • Google Homes

Not only is this a great way to ensure that your employees are satisfied, but you can also use this system to ask specific questions about data within the business. NLP may include PTO inquires, payroll information or even budget spending. The possibilities are endless.

Virtual Reality

If you’ve followed the latest video games or training seminars, then you know that virtual reality (VR) is taking over. A 2017 study found that only 18% of their respondents displayed no interest in VR. This means 82% are interested and shows just a fraction of the amazing growth this technology is experiencing. Simulations are starting to bud in every corner of the world - HR included.

This technology makes it easier than ever to put new employees in real world scenarios without the risk of them miscommunicating with a customer, messing up a client order or anything else that could only work to cost a company both time and money. Instead, through the use of VR, they can run through everyday tasks that they will be responsible for in order to get the hang of them before working with the real thing.  

Analytics

Chances are you’ve used some form of analytics before, but they have never been more important than they are now. Using the latest in HCM solutions, employers can now dive deep into employee information to better understand important aspects of their employee lifecycle such as turnover statistics and reasons, performance and the overall effectiveness of leadership strategies. This insight may also help you identify underlying issues within the company such as inequality and hiring biases.

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Today, this information is being used to go one step further, not only to identify issues but also to prevent them. Through predictive analytics, companies can better pinpoint talent metrics and risks that may arise based on a new hire, leadership methods and more. According to data from Predictive Solutions, workplace injuries can be predicted with accuracy rates as high as 97%. With the help of AI and machine learning, this technology is going above and beyond in order to help you strategize and improve before the issue is even there.

HR technology has, and continues to, advanced rapidly over the years. There are a number of systems companies can utilize to better track, influence, attract and analyze both candidates and employees. Need a whole solution that helps you every step of the way through the employee lifecycle? Check out ClearCompany’s Best of Breed Talent Management Solution and see how we can help your team today!

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Sara Pollock
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As the head of a department in the midst of a sustained period of rapid growth, Sara has spent hundreds of hours interviewing, hiring, onboarding and assessing employees and candidates. She is passionate about sharing the best practices she has learned from both successes and failures in talent acquisition and management.

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