HR Tech in 2018: The Disrupters to Watch

It’s easy to succumb to candy-cane brain as we roll into December, but that also means that 2018 is creeping right around the corner. As 2017 wraps up and we look to the future, it’s everyone’s favorite time of year to reflect on the “best of” and take a look at new trends up ahead. HR Tech is no exception! We’ve taken a look at several lists, and we’ve gotta hand to Josh Bersin on this one. We think his recommendations are on point! (Particularly number 8… We’re pretty big fans of people analytics here at Echovate.)

HR Technology in 2018: Ten Disruptions Ahead
By: Josh Bersin

1) A Massive shift from “automation” to “productivity.”

For many years the focus on HR technology was to automate and integrate HR practices. This meant online payroll, record-keeping, learning management, resume capture, interview, and hiring, assessment, performance appraisals, compensation, management, resume capture, interview and hiring, assessment, performance appraisals, compensation, etc.

Well, all that’s important, but it’s just “business as usual” now. A wide range of cloud-based HRMS and payroll vendors are now in the market, and you get very little credit for “automating” HR. (You do get penalized if you don’t of course). Our new High-Impact HR (HIHR) research shows that about 45% of companies are still focused on basic process automation, so I understand if this is still top on your list.

But beyond automation, as the HIHR article discusses, the big topic in business today is productivity. We are now working on agile, team-centric organizations, and we are overwhelmed with too much to do. Burnout, focus, and employee engagement are all issues, and we are now dealing with email, messaging from many different systems, and a plethora of communication tools that overwhelm most of us. Can we build HR software that really improves productivity and helps teams work better together? That’s the next challenge.

2) Acceleration of HRMS and HCM Cloud Solutions, But Not The Center Of Everything

In the last five years, cloud-based HR has become the rage. I could list more than two dozen highly successful vendors that offer HRMS, payroll, and many talent management services in the cloud. And in most cases, they are offering financials and other ERP solutions as well. So the question for most companies is no longer “if” you go to the cloud, but rather “when” and “how.”

Well, it’s harder than it looks. Despite these rapidly maturing solutions, only about 40% of companies today use cloud HCM solutions, and my experience with large companies is that the migration often takes 2-3 years or longer. (There is a lot of customized HR software out there.) So we are going to be “moving to the cloud” for a while yet, and the decision of which vendor to select looms large. In fact, most companies ponder their vendor decision for months (or years) and feel the decision will have a radical impact on their entire employee population.

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2017-12-01T14:37:03+00:00 December 1st, 2017|HR Tech|0 Comments

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