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The HR tools new technology can offer

The speed with which changes and evolutions have impacted our lives over the past 20 months has been like no other – apart from perhaps the change and advancement of technological tools that have been developed, modified and improved so that we can get on with our lives, even through periods of isolation and small group gatherings for personal or professional purposes. In the field of human resources, technical progress has been an important cornerstone of what is being done to keep companies going and sticking together.

Monica Blackwood, President and CEO of Westsound Workforce

To be fair, many of the advances technology has made in the human resources field began before the pandemic. Yet the programs in use today and the way in which they are used have dramatically changed many aspects of human resource management.

Take, for example, the role of big data in HR operations. As a strategic partner at the executive table, HR has turned to Big Data to provide the latest insights into staffing needs. Big data creates awareness of employee views and enables HR to spot emerging trends. It provides evidence-based information for executives and HR that can be implemented as part of recruiting, retention and performance measurement initiatives. According to a 2020 Inc. survey, 68% of companies use analytics to track employee performance. This may seem like a lot, but in reality there is room for many more companies to move to this useful technological insight.