Today I’m going to share 5 major trends in the HR technology world and what they mean for HR managers and C-Level executives in Africa.
1.Making Sense of HR and People Data.
Over the last few years the #1 trend has been an increased use of People data and analytics in the practice of HR and talent management. Interestingly, the adoption of this trend is still in its infancy with many Nigerian and African companies. A great example of a Nigerian company that’s pioneering the use of technology and analytical approaches to improve HR processes and talent management decisions – is Diamond Bank.
As analytics and data driven capabilities become more accessible and available in modern HR solutions, It will be increasingly important for HR managers and C Level Executives to stay up to date with these developments – But most importantly: to learn from early adopter successes – to position their organizations correctly and to prepare for what’s coming next.
2. Engaging and retaining talent.
Everyone agrees that Engaging and retaining the best and most talented employees is a huge challenge globally – and even more so in Nigeria. It is also recognized that Skills mismatch is a common issue that has led to an increasing demand for technological solutions to aid better talent management practices. The good news is, This specific problem has already been successfully met, head on through the adoption of Predictive Analysis by a number of leading HR technology providers.
3. The continued impact of marketing on HR and HR Technology
It is widely recognized that your Employer Value Proposition (EVP) or why someone wants to work for you, should be clearly defined by your organization’s culture, employee experience, employer brand and work environment. What was once owned by the marketing and communication departments is now under the HR and talent acquisition functions. This radical shift in roles and functions has resulted in many new HR tech solutions for managing content marketing, crafting, shaping, and communicating the employer brand, and helping employees to effectively share their unique career stories with the world.
4. Succeeding with Modern HR Technology
The trend that has already seen many large, mid sized organizatons move from traditional on-premise applications to SaaS based delivery models will continue. This is mainly due to certain aspects of implementation, deployment and adoption becoming simpler and faster. However, there are other challenges to succeeding with HR technology that HR managers and C Level executives should be aware of. These include:
- Practice / Strategy
- Detailed Scope
- Communication Planning
- Change management strategy
5. Design and the User Experience
Ever since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, the importance of design, usability and user experience has increased in both our personal lives and the workplace. It is the responsibility of all Modern HR applications to step up and meet these high standards by combining features and design excellence to match or exceed the quality of the overall user experience.