Innovations in HR technology will let workers access information when they need it, provide analytics so employers can make good staffing decisions and improve recruitment and workforce diversity, experts predict.
HR will play a greater role in cybersecurity and making sure privacy laws are followed, attorneys say. HR should set clear policies, provide adequate training and establish procedures for handling employee data.
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To increase the pool of candidates for jobs that require science, technology, engineering and math skills, HR should emphasize how STEM is related to more industries than people think, writes Angie Keller, vice president of recruiting at Randstad Engineering. Add some flair to STEM job descriptions, don't limit the search to applicants who specialize in STEM and create workplace programs that promote technology skills, she writes.
Unusual job titles such as rockstar, ninja and genius can be confusing and even lead to fewer applications from minorities and women, experts say. If you want to give people an idea of what your company culture is like, include videos, photos and other descriptions on your career pages.
The use of people analytics can reduce turnover by determining who's most likely to leave and how the company's top talent succeeds at their job, writes Littal Shemer Haim. "While organizations must train HR professionals in new data science techniques, they must also cultivate a data-driven ethos throughout the company, making it routine for employees and managers to input relevant information," Haim writes.
Corporate wellness programs in 2018 will become more holistic and continue to tap into consumer technologies, such as wearables and virtual reality, to improve employee health, industry experts said. Some companies are offering DNA testing kits and more will use incentives and gamification to increase wellness program participation.
Senior executives and their support staff are among the top targets of hackers. Reducing the likelihood that they will become entry points for cyberbreaches requires steps such as making them aware of risks, securing email, offering protection during business travel and bolstering IT infrastructure security.
Chief learning officers plan to make significant investments in new learning technologies, surveys suggest. Systems that support electronic learning and workforce dashboards are the most popular choices, and many companies also plan to spend more on instructor-led training.
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