IS HRM technology finally catching up - The HR tech trends to keep an eye on!

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We live in a world where we are surrounded by sophisticated technology that supports us in all aspects of our lives, from the way we communicate to everyday tasks, we expect to use tech that we enjoy and that truly makes a difference.

So, why is it that Human Resources technology has long had a stereotype for being stuck in the dark ages? If dull interfaces, clunky features and a feeling of dread are what first spring to mind at the mention of an HRM Platform, then this is your cue to read on and find out more about how HR tech is changing and the trends that are driving it to the forefront of innovation.

As HR professionals, we’ve all been there, stuck with an HR Platform that was intended to make life easier, but that actually does the complete opposite, holding HR teams back and causing more frustration than operational efficiency.

I think we can all agree the shift away from this has taken far too long and before we can understand the HRM trends of today, it’s important to understand why this change is finally happening. A combination of factors have had a huge influence, including changing workforce dynamics, the rise of remote teams, generational differences and the increasing demand for data-driven insights have meant that legacy platforms just weren't cutting the mustard.

As HR professionals, we want more! and these trends do just that, by helping to shape HRM tech into platforms that truly add value and drive engagement.

Cloud Based HR Technology

One of the most significant developments in HRM technology is the emergence of cloud-based solutions (no, not the fluffy things in the sky). Cloud-based HRM solutions offer greater flexibility, scalability and accessibility compared to traditional on-premise systems. Cloud-based HRM solutions allow HR teams to streamline their HR, from recruitment and onboarding to performance management and employee engagement. Cloud HR tech enables real-time access to data, empowering HR professionals to make more informed decisions, streamline HR processes and adapt to changing business strategy and needs rapidly.

The Rise of AI

AI is changing everything around us and HRM platforms are no exception to this, with the integration of AI (Artificial Intelligence), Generative AI and ML (Machine Learning) Technologies taking HRM platforms to a new level. AI-powered HRM systems can automate those repetitive and time consuming tasks we always leave until the last minute, remove recruitment bias and identify trends and patterns in minutes, freeing up HR professionals to focus on strategic initiatives, whilst ensuring important work still happens in the background.

Remote Engagement

The rise of remote work has accelerated the adoption of digital HR software. With distributed teams becoming the new norm, HR teams are increasingly turning to mobile apps, employee engagement platforms and digital communication tools to enhance the remote working experience. HR technology plays a crucial role in supporting remote workforce management, ensuring that employees remain connected, productive and engaged regardless of their location.

User Experience & Gamification

Never did I think we’d see the day where an HRM platform looks nice AND is also easy to use, but here we are! We are spoilt for choice with the platforms we use on a day to day basis and now many HRM tools are beginning to reflect this demand for sleek and intuitive interfaces. With customisable workflows, easy to use features and gamification to drive usage and engagement, the platforms we see today are a far cry from the out of the box corporate solutions that existed years ago.


What’s better than having tech that you love to use?....Having tech that you love to use all in one place! Integrations within HRM software allow you to connect commonly used digital tools to ensure they fit effortlessly into your existing tech stack , maximising adoption rates and reducing duplication of tasks.

Data and Analytics

Data analytics has emerged as a game-changer in the HRM world, enabling organisations to gain actionable insights into their workforce and make data-driven decisions. Gone are the days of spending hours on excel creating a board report - advanced analytics tools and real time dashboards can analyse employee performance, identify skill gaps, predict attrition risks and measure the impact of HR initiatives. By harnessing the power of data, HR professionals can optimise talent acquisition and drive business outcomes.

The world of human resources is changing and so is our tech… whilst this comes with many positive outcomes, HR tech providers must also address challenges related to employee data privacy, cybersecurity and ethical AI usage. With the increasing reliance on technology for HR functions, safeguarding sensitive employee information and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations are more important than ever.

There you have it, HRM technology is undergoing a profound transformation, catching up with the rest of the tech world and revolutionising the way businesses manage their people. From cloud-based platforms and AI-powered systems to remote working tools and employee experience initiatives, the future of HRM technology is bright and promising. By embracing innovation we, as HR leaders can drive the future of the workplace and in turn, create a company culture that we all want to be part of!

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