Most savvy companies have already implemented an HRIS, but of course the world of HR software is ever-evolving. With a new year on the horizon, we can expect to see some shifting trends in the way that HR software is used and the functionality that’s offered. While we’re not fortune tellers, the following are a few things that we predict for 2018 based on emerging trends and new technology.
Virtual Reality Training Programs
Virtual reality is making waves in the gaming realm, but we may see it start to creep into HR in 2018. Many companies and employees could benefit from virtual reality training programs that simulate actual on the job experiences. Some of the industries that are expected to be first on the list in implementing virtual reality training programs include healthcare and architecture.
Increased Integration of Systems
There are benefits to being able to cross reference company financials with labor and overtime data, attendance information with productivity numbers, and so forth. While many vendors are offering all-in-one HRIS solutions that handle all HR functions and systems that integrate disparate software, we will likely see an increasingly holistic focus that drives further integration through 2018.
Continuous Performance Management
Annual performance appraisals are getting more flack than ever before and many companies are moving away from them entirely in favor of more consistent and frequent feedback schedules. A popular approach is continuous performance management, in which goals are set, performance is tracked, and projects are evaluated by management on a continuous basis.
Since feedback and performance management are extremely important no matter what company or industry you operate in, there is a high probability that HR software vendors will begin offering continuous performance management and other types of creative feedback functionality. We may see some interesting options gracing the new systems in the year ahead.
Even More Automation
Automating repetitive HR tasks like payroll, benefits management, and onboarding makes sense, and that’s why many companies have moved in that direction. 2018 may introduce us to more advanced HR software automation, however. Some vendors have integrated artificial intelligence into their offerings, like chatbots that conduct interviews and smart programs that review resumes for organizational fit after the filtering programs are finished.
While these are the newest ways in which we can expect to see HR add more automation, there will likely be more options introduced as the year goes on. Who knows, one day we may even have an algorithm that assists with fair workplace conflict resolution.
Creative Approaches to Wellness
Benefits management is a standard HRIS offering these days, but many employers have begun to think outside the box when it comes to wellness. Since work/life balance is an important aspect of wellness and the lines between work and home life have become increasingly blurred, some employers have implemented programs that limit what employees can access while they are off the clock or enjoying PTO.
Other employers have started to work financial management and mental health programs into their HRIS functionality in order to help mitigate employee stress and offer a hand in these areas. By truly focusing on wellness instead of just health insurance benefits, employers may see fewer absences and higher productivity. That’s future we can all look forward to.