As the new year begins, Total HR Management offers 5 HR predictions about the ongoing evolution of human resources management in 2014. Given the recent predominance of technology and the growing influence of internet resources and mobile tools, these predictions focus on how such changes are affecting the HR outsourcing industry in both positive and negative ways.
Although the positive push forward by the internet offers more options and greater flexibility, the same technological celebration is diminishing certain essential elements of human resources management and HR outsourcing. In line with other perspectives about the future of human resources, these 5 HR predictions reveal both a step in the right direction and a backlash that uncovers a desire to make sure the baby is not thrown out with the bathwater as change is embraced. In the end, human resources will always be about the human part as well as the resources needed.
5 HR Predictions For 2014
1) Mobile Apps Will Continue To Grow In Influence, But They Will Still Need An Experienced HR Professional To Be Properly Optimized
With the rising power and influence of mobile technology, it is not surprising that mobile apps for HR outsourcing solutions are growing in influence and power. What is important to realize is these apps and tools are only an extension of the craftsperson putting them to use. As a result, experienced HR outsourcing professionals will be able to do more when on site with client companies, but they will need to be the fingers optimizing the potential of these mobile apps.
2) There Will Be A Greater Reliance Of Recruitment And Selection On The Access Provided By Social Media Platforms
HR outsourcing professionals first resisted social media recruitment and selection options because theses options seemed limited to Facebook and Twitter. Although both platforms possess certain value, they pale in comparison to the recruitment and selection importance of LinkedIn and Google+. As business-oriented social media platforms continue to grow in influence, HR outsourcing professionals will need to rely on the access and precision available.
3) HR Outsourcing With A Human Face Will Rise Beyond The Faceless Offerings Of Internet-Based Solutions
Although all HR outsourcing companies need to employ internet solutions to modern human resources challenges like recruitment & selection and mobile access, it is not enough. The rise of HR options that rely only on the faceless offerings of internet-based solutions will falter in 2014. In contrast to such mass cookie-cutter approaches, the specific tailorings of HR outsourcing professionals with a direct and ongoing connection to the businesses of their clients will be favored.
4) Education And Training Options Will Experience A True Renewal As Specific Skills And Technological Expertise Become Necessities
When companies look to cut the overhead of their HR departments or staff members, they often reduce the resources directed at education and training. Given the rise of new technologies, such education and training will become a greater necessity both for HR outsourcing professionals and their client companies as well. In order to take advantage of the new mobile tools and remote opportunities, HR specialists will again be favored over HR generalists. Such specialists will need to have the specific skills and technological expertise required to succeed in the new HR arenas.
5) HR Data Will Move Off The Server And Into The Cloud
As cloud options for data storage become more reliable and cheaper to access, information technology specialists will shift company HR data off the server and into the cloud. Cloud storage is safer, ensuring data security and business continuity in the face of modern hacking and virus threats.
The Human In Human Resources
Total HR Management wants to emphasize the key point behind all of these 2014 HR predictions for human resources management and HR outsourcing. If 2014 is the year of HR technology, the backlash will be a desire for HR outsourcing professionals that also provide a human face and voice as opposed to the cookie-cutter internet-based offerings.
After all, beyond access to the latest tools and technological offerings, people will always need people. This is why it is called and will continue to be called human resources in 2014 and well beyond.
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