10th January 2013
With 2013 approaching quickly, many begin to wonder what the New Year will bring.
We recently asked a number of our customers what changes 2013 has in store for HR technology. Here’s what they had to say:
2013 is going to be the year video conferencing comes into its own
6 out of 10 companies are embracing video interviews in the hiring process. It’s clear that going into 2013 this number is likely to grow as more and more companies learn the benefits of using video in the hiring process. Online video can help cut down the cost of travel, save time, and help employers get to know candidates on a more personal level earlier than in the traditional process.
Move to the Cloud and Constant Updates Changing the Pace
HR technology is changing fast, and moving to the cloud. Major HR software firms such as SAP and Oracle have acquired cloud-based HR software providers. Our product Staff Squared, is gaining momentum, and we are all updating our platforms several times each year. Customers must adapt to this change to take advantage of the latest HR technology. In other words, desktop HR software is going the way of the dodo.
After a Year of Acquisitions, 2013 will see an emergency of Next Generation of HR Tech
We’ve just come out of 12 months of major consolidation in the industry, with the largest players being absorbed by the likes of SAP, Oracle and IBM. 2013 will mark the emergence of the next generation of HR tech leaders. As a result of the declining cost of building and deploying commercial software, these emerging HR tech companies will be lean, user-experience focused firms with pricing models that would have been unfathomable just five years ago. They’ll deliver huge value to their customers, and everyone will be better off for it.
HR will use Consumer Tech for Performance Management
In the New Year, HR will begin to leverage consumer tech to optimise employee performance, with technology saving as a performance enhancer for professionals within an organisation. From a performance management standpoint, rather than old top down performance process, HR will begin to leverage consumer tech (the Facebook “Like”) to support information dissemination regarding progress on work, and to help teams with collaboration, knowledge transfer and concept development.
A Social Renaissance of the Career Site
Career sites will be transformed into active talent communities as employers learn to connect with top talent on the candidate’s terms. The best talent expects respect, transparency and ease as they make critical career decisions. Only those employers that deliver an outstanding candidate experience at the career website will capture the best talent.
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