13 May 2016

How is technology impacting human resources?

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Technology has been dominating the human resources and talent management space for the past few years, but more so recently.

With these HR technology advancements, there are more opportunities to help recruit, train, retain and engage your talent.

One way in which human resources has been significantly impacted by technology is with recruitment. Human resources and recruiters used to rely on print publications and networking when there was no such thing as the internet – now, we can post one job online and millions of people can see it. With technology and new job search platforms, recruitment is more efficient and less expensive.

LinkedIn is one of the best tools to use to help recruit online. Using LinkedIn you can post a job, further promote your job advertisement, approach a professional who has a profile best suited for the role and much more.

Technology also helps human resources when it comes to training and development of new or existing staff. The ability to add or enhance training programs attributes to the growth and increased knowledge and capability of your staff. This also helps when training a very large amount of staff. Again, more efficient.

Performance management and testing opportunities are now more available and enhanced with technological improvements.

Human resources professionals can use new various software and platforms to assess and examine employee performance. These platforms also allow us to gain, analyse and understand their performance, as well as gain feedback which can be beneficial for an organisation.

An article with Forbes suggests 7 top trends in HR technology:

  1. There will be a move from quantity to quality
  2. The number of so-called breakthrough HR technologies will diminish – look for smart (and often simple) technologies that are user-friendly and deliver targeted results
  3. It’s all about implementation
  4. Analytics is the special sauce
  5. Social media and continuous learning continues to grow in significance
  6. Real time talent management matters
  7. Mobile, mobile, mobile


Recruitment, training, and performance management are not the only HR responsibilities technology can assist with – so human resources professionals must also stay abreast in this digital age.

After finishing University with a degree in Business Marketing, I decided to make a big jump across seas for the first time and move from the east coast of America to Sydney, Australia. I landed my first job in a sales position in the event industry and soon thereafter moved into a marketing assistant role – following I had the pleasure of interviewing with Akolade which got me to where I am today.

Akolade is a fun, innovative company that brings together people from different walks of life to implement change. As the Marketing Manager, I have the pleasure of wearing many hats which motivates me to succeed, reach people in an array of avenues, grow our events to their full potential, and raise our story. As for me, I am a kind dedicated woman who loves to work hard, exercise, cook, be social and have some fun.

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