HRTech Gets a Mindset Shift in 2020

Thomas  Daughtrey our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 1/16/2020 12:15 PM
Recent editor picks on LinkedIn highlight how jobs will change in the future. But as changes come, there are a dizzying array of tech advancements, products, and more in the job market landscape.If you’ve been looking through the telescopic lens of the Digital transformation and wonder, what’s next? Well, we may have a role for you.

If you’re a business and wonder what’s next, we have some ideas to help you identify, hire, and retain top talent within the Data professional industry.

Setting a Mindset Shift


We have reached a time in which simply adding the word “tech” to something has shifted. Thinking digitally, or the Digital transformation combines the why with who, how, and which. Who does our technology impact, how will it change how they work, and which advancement is best suited to answer the call? 

Below are just a few things to consider when developing your:

  • Recruitment is a process, not a transaction. Interaction instead of reaction.
  • Factor in not only human skills, but machine skills as well.
  • Make employee experience a priority. Experience leads to Data which leads to Insights.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have a wider role to play within the recruitment space.
  • Base software selection decisions on user experience. Include everyone who will use the software in both the vendor demonstration and the decision process.
  • Seek references from vendors to foster trust and connect with other organizations.
  • Cloud based solutions far outweigh non-cloud solutions in today’s business climate.

These are just a few suggestions to consider as you rethink your HR strategies. Incorporating technology with the human element is a new road for many businesses and essential for the future of work. 

Design for Data and Insights


Whether you’re talking about the employee experience or the customer journey, it’s important to design the process to generate Data. When you use design thinking, you put people at the center and from there can measure the variables which offer insights into thoughts and feelings. When you know these answers, you can always be improving and optimize for success. 

As you consider what to invest in next, remember to think about the Data first. Use your workforce insights to determine the best way to move forward and understand how people impact your business. Measure effectiveness, but understand workforce insights go hand-in-hand with delivery. Rather than operating individually in a separate silo, everything is interconnected, just like in our day-to-day lives.

It’s this connectedness which is the greatest shift. From our phones, our iPads, our laptops, and so on, we are able to tap into workforce solutions and find at its center a structurally sound HR strategy to ensure next gen talent is identified, hired, and retained.

While we often speak of what you can do to retain your top talent, another focus might be how you communicate with leadership. To ensure everyone is on the same page, it’s important to be sure messaging is consistent across your organization. It’s this messaging along with new systems and strategies in which training and education play an even bigger part than in the past.

There’s so much to learn and it comes so fast, that adoption of new technologies must be thought out in advance. Try to avoid chasing the next shiny object or new advancement and have a plan in place for staff and stakeholders to follow. Setting your top priorities now, as we enter a new decade of Data, can help ensure you’re proactive in your business strategy, not reactive.

If you’re interested in AI, Big Data and Digital or Web Analytics, we may have a role for you. Check out our current opportunities or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to learn more. 

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