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October 16, 2022

10 Innovations That Excite Today's HR Industry Leaders

In an evolving digital world, no matter where or how we work, technology continues to play a vital role. User-friendly automation puts more control into employees' hands, allowing them to monitor their personal data and projects. This enables HR teams to provide more time to brainstorm strategies that will move the business and its employees […]

In an evolving digital world, no matter where or how we work, technology continues to play a vital role. User-friendly automation puts more control into employees' hands, allowing them to monitor their personal data and projects. This enables HR teams to provide more time to brainstorm strategies that will move the business and its employees forward.

Career Town asked10 HR experts to share their thoughts on what's new and exciting about the latest technologies, concepts and innovations. Here's what they had to say.

1. Digital Communication Platforms

The ability to check in instead of checking up on people through leveraging technology and helping managers understand what to do with that data is one of the most important things happening in the HR digital space. Consolidating data with AI and making sure that managers are equipped to frequently understand and care for the workforce in this quiet quitting era is a must now more than ever. - Jason Averbook, Leapgen

2. Virtual Assistance For Recruitment

The Great Resignation continues to affect the HR industry. Whether it’s where or how we work, technology will play a vital role. As we move forward, data science such as AI and machine learning will continue to transform how we recruit, compensate and interact with our workforce. As a result, the technology will help HR leaders make better hiring decisions that create more equity and equality in the workforce. - Kathryn Petralia, Keep Financial

3. HR Compliance Software Updates

HR compliance software is essential because employment laws are changing daily at the federal, state and local levels. It is great to see some reliable technical solutions that can provide real-time advice and updates to HR professionals that need strong compliance support. These solutions are also more cost-effective than meeting with outside counsel. - Ayesha WhyteDixon Whyte LLC

4. Automated Employee HR Data Management

Impactful HR technology is putting control into the employees’ hands. For example, automating processes are available to enable employees to manage their HR data and tasks, as everything from hiring to retirement can be found in a secure database. This allows everyone to benefit. Effective HR technology provides employees with a transparent and user-friendly experience. This gives HR teams more time to focus on strategies that drive the business. These benefits also improve retention. - Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom

5. Skills-Based Data Sources

A skills-based people strategy is becoming critical to understanding how organizations can deliver their business strategy and help guide career growth. Nearly all functions of an organization’s people strategy—recruiting, upskilling, talent management and more—are connected to employee skills. When skills data merges with HR data, it gives leaders greater insight to achieve strategic initiatives. - Tia Smith, Collaborative Solutions

6. Remote Work Management Technology

There wasn't much need for technology to manage remote work prior to 2020 since a small employee population worked remotely. Now, many employees are working remotely and don't want to return to the office. Topia’s Adapt survey found that 96% of employees say work flexibility is a key factor when finding a new employer. Remote work tech is crucial for employers to remain compliant and retain talent. - Shawn Farshchi, Topia

7. Mobile Apps For Employees

There's a mobile app for just about every HR, payroll and talent management function these days. You can give your employees much more autonomy and flexibility by investing in the best apps and using them well across your company. Enable employees to trade shifts, access their pay early, access all information regarding their employer-provided benefits and more with a few swipes and taps. - Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter

8. Mental Health And Wellness Tools

Providing mental health support is a hot topic. We recently began a partnership with Modern Health to offer mental health and wellness tools to our staff. The tools are all contained in an app that staff can use to access therapy, coaching, support circles and self-care options. The implementation is facilitated through Modern Health, which gives staff a sense of privacy and security.- Brandy Marshall, Franklin Pierce School District

9. Virtual Onboarding Solutions

With the shift to remote work, virtual onboarding is increasingly important. Companies need to work out how to onboard new employees who can be living in many different locations through virtual onboarding tools. This will range from delivering and setting up IT equipment to working out how to best integrate new hires into your team and helping them bond with their new coworkers. - Sarika Lamont, EverCommerce

10. Career And Strategic Workforce Planning

Talent marketplaces that make it easy for employees to align professional ambition to company needs and plot career paths are key. Investment in true strategic workforce planning capabilities can transform how the business projects, models and meets its talent needs while also addressing the future of work. - Russell Klosk, Accenture

Article written by:  Orville Lynch, Jr.
Mr. Lynch, a member of the legendary two-time Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Award winning Lynch Family. Mr. Lynch is a nationally recognized urban media executive with over 20+ years of diversity recruitment and serial entrepreneur with numerous multi-million dollar exits.

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