Technological advances have become a very major part of our society. For instance, it isn’t a stretch to say social media has modified or completely changed the corporate world. When looking at the corporate world, Human Resources is one of the last departments to integrate change; this is because the department relies on maintaining procedures and order within a corporation, but even Human Resources isn’t immune to social media’s impact.
The first major change is that a corporation must assume if one employee knows of upcoming changes, then everyone will find out. This is because most people impulsively write new information on some form of social media. Whereas before, employers communicated to one person via meetings, emails, memos, and office mail where privacy is somewhat more likely.
Another change deals with the recruiting aspect. HR recruiters used to rely on printings like newspapers to post job openings. This proved to be time consuming and financially costly, and sometimes didn’t even produce the desired results. Now though, HR recruiters can freely and efficiently find applicants through innumerable websites.
Newer technology has made it possible for human resources to train new staff members efficiently. Social media has allowed for better access to different training programs and eliminates the need for trainers to work directly with new hires on all training. Utilizing virtual classrooms has made it possible to train more people than ever before.
Lastly, technology has enabled us to perform job tasks quicker. Payroll can now use an Excel Spreadsheet to plug and fill-in all the tedious information that was once hand written. . Human resources professionals can use computer technology to assess employee performance and also to get employee feedback to be used for the betterment of the organization. Various software programs make it possible for human resources professionals to examine employee performance using metrics to ensure that employees are meeting performance standards.
Created by: Erin Zimmermann