This article examines the many ways employers can gather information on employee actions, interactions and habits, along with the privacy and morale concerns that come with how such tracking is handled.
SHRM India CEO Achal Khanna and Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte offer insights into how HR can and must digitize without losing its connection to people. "As HR practitioners in a digital world, we need to constantly remind ourselves that technology is an enabler and not a substitute for us, as individuals," Khanna says.
Companies have released software programs targeting compensation, garnishment and compliance. Compensation-management software by Ceridian HCM uses HR data to pay employees accurately, ADP's software tool makes wage garnishment easier, and MetricStream has released a governance, risk management and compliance platform.
Technology is helping HR improve wellness programs, employee recognition, learning and development, and employee engagement efforts, writes Joe Burton. "As these four HR technology areas begin to rapidly converge, the HR leaders that are embracing the new, data-driven tech trends are getting back to the reasons they became HR professionals: to not only source solutions, but be connected to employees and truly drive business outcomes," Burton writes.
Chatbots, artificial intelligence and Fitbits enable companies to create better work environments and experiences for their employees. Whether companies make better hiring decisions through HR analytics software, encourage wellness through Fitbit goals, or manage employees' questions and requests via phone, technology is changing how businesses operate.
Use HR data to create a story with "a plot, setting, characters, and conclusion," writes Ian Cook, director of product management at Visier. Doing so will help you communicate the value of HR data to unfamiliar audiences.
To make the most of digital learning efforts, narrow the focus, get support from company executives, include technologies employees already use, and measure the results, write Holly Downs and Samir Mehta. "Getting a return from digital learning experiences on an ongoing basis requires far more than just providing a library full of innovative content," they write.
IHRIM webinar: Emerging Trends in Performance Management on April 26
Over the last few years, we have observed new trends in performance management including companies adopting more frequent and rating-less performance review processes. Adopting these new trends has obvious recruitment, engagement, development, and compensation implications. In this session, Jeremy Spake, principal consultant, advisory services for Cornerstone onDemand, will explore several emerging trends through examining case studies of companies using these new performance management concepts. Discussing specific actions, Jeremy will step you through. Learn more.
IHRIM webinar: What You Need to Know about Negotiating SAAS (Cloud) on May 3
Don't make the costly mistake of thinking only your legal department needs to read and understand any SaaS or Cloud contracts. This is a common mistake many CIOs and IT leaders make. Did you know your contract dictates how secure your data is or if you have any control over system downtime and update schedules? Software contracts are written to benefit the software company, not you. Join Heather Cole as she helps you make sense of software, SaaS and Cloud contract terms, and avoid risky and embarrassing situations. Read more.