Human Resources is a tough field: it demands a substantial depth-and-breadth of expertise in areas that are constantly changing. Faced with changes in technology and rising competition when it comes to finding and retaining talent, HR workers and leaders who don’t stay sharp and evolve along with the HR industry run the risk of falling behind. Fortunately, you can find plenty of resources for helping you stay current on trends, educate yourself on applicable laws, and find tools that can help you in your day-to-day. Here are some of our favorites:
1: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
With hundreds of thousands of members worldwide, the SHRM continues to offer a robust community with plenty of services and, quite likely, a local chapter near you. The SHRM is one of the best places to read about current news and guidance in HR; they also offer conferences, publications, surveys and training opportunities for HR pros.
2: VR meets HR
New technologies can also assist HR managers in their roles. Consider Virtual Reality (VR). Once the province of gaming, VR is making inroads into the workplace. Using VR, organizations can create immersive, automated experiences that reduce human workloads during recruitment, onboarding, training, and more. Boeing, for example, uses VR to train pilots. VR is definitely an interesting new resource for HR that hails from the future.
3: Your Professional Employer Organization (PEO)
PEOs, like CoAdvantage, exist to serve you, and that includes providing answers to your questions, tools for your use, and resources to help make your job easier. PEOs supplement and complement your own work, acting as your partner in reaching your organizational goals. Plus, more organizations than ever are turning to PEOs, which altogether provide services to between 156,000 and 180,000 small and mid-size businesses, employing between 2.7 and 3.4 million people.
4: Natural Language Process (NLP)
Text Analytics, or NLP, is a voice activated system allowing employers, especially HR teams, to analyze employee and customer data, survey satisfaction, and ask questions about PTO inquiries, payroll info, as well as budget spending. NLP is already going mainstream; it’s how services like Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa communicate and interact with users. SAS, a leading NLP company, says the loop of feedback from customers has enabled some companies to improve employee and customer satisfaction significantly. If HR managers want to improve the quality of their business decisions, advanced technologies like NLP can help.
5: HR Technology
HR technology provides HR managers with the ability to keep accurate employee data, automate processes, engage employees, maintain control, and ensure compliance. With predictive analytics, organizations can make the most of the workforce data they collect, and HR leaders can shift from reacting to issues to proactively getting ahead of HR needs.
CoAdvantage, one of the nation’s largest Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), helps small to mid-sized companies with HR administration, benefits, payroll, and compliance. To learn more about our ability to create a strategic HR function in your business that drives business growth potential, contact us today.