By Wendy Dessler

No matter what industry you’re a part of, things are moving fast. Thanks to technology, companies all over the world are learning new ways to achieve more, faster. The same is true of the Human Resources community. This is an area that’s seeing major changes thanks to technology, new company cultures, and changes in productivity.

What HR technology can we expect to see (if we haven’t already) in 2018? And what disruptions can we expect them to introduce across management lines?

Keep reading to learn more about the future of HR, and what we can expect from tomorrow.

1. Rise in Productivity

A lot of HR professionals worried their jobs would become automated just a few years ago. With online payroll and record-keeping, this seemed like it was a possibility for a while. Luckily, these automations are here to stay and they don’t seem to be taking anyone’s jobs anytime soon. Now, instead of living and dying by automation, the focus has shifted to productivity.

HR managers are finding new ways to make this automation work for companies. They’re responsible for finding new ways to introduce automation into new areas, and they’re helping every team work together more collaboratively.

2. Cloud-Based HR

The cloud is no longer an optional part of business today. This goes alone with automation seamlessly, and it’s introducing new challenges. For one, migrating large companies to cloud software is no easy feat. This could take upwards of years. HR professionals are at the forefront of this push, and they know how much more efficient systems like Google Drive are for company collaboration.

3. Analytic Tools

As there’s a push for more positive workplaces across the country, we’re seeing more analytical tools. This is a good thing for both employees and HR professionals who want to see problems solved efficiently. This explosion in transparency is good for business as a whole, and we should all continue to push for more tech tools that make it easier to express feedback and data.

4. Learning Tools

Employees of today are expected to keep learning in the workplace. This is a sign that employers expect to invest in their employees, and new tech tools are reflecting this. Experience learning LMS systems are utilizing artificial intelligence to help employees learn new skills that are useful for their daily tasks.

5. Performance Management

More companies are creating ongoing processes for setting goals, providing feedback, and helping employees succeed. Research suggests performance management is worth investing in, and it doesn’t mean micromanaging employees. It can transform a company from the inside out, and it builds stronger connections between managers and team members.

6. Increased Employee Flexibility

The traditional 9-5 workday is becoming a thing of the past. This is because of employee scheduling platforms like Humanity that let employees take control of their own schedules. More freedom in the workplace builds trust, and it also is shown to lead to higher motivation. Things like remote work, more vacation days, and flexible hours are the new normal. This is something we can all get behind.

7. Recruitment Marketing

Branding and recruiting are tied strongly together today. This is, in part, thanks to the demand for cultural fit amongst new hires. Millennials look into the culture of a workplace more than any other generation of the past, and this is presenting a new challenge.

By allowing employers to market themselves as a unique brand on online recruiting platforms, it’s easier to understand what to expect from a work environment. This attracts higher-quality candidates and leads to less loss of funds from a bad hire.

8. Human Workplaces

People no longer are willing to work long hours without recognition. We’re saying goodbye to the overworked employees of the past, and hello to a new generation of mindful teams. HR tech tools are starting to campaign not only for productivity but for the wellbeing of employees. These tools use artificial intelligence and research to suggest ways to boost our own health and mental wellness.

9. Contract Labor

More employees are going freelance, and this industry is booming. HR professionals recognize the potential in these candidates, and they’re bringing companies into the gig economy with a push for new tools. Digital management platforms make it possible to stay on top of large projects with remote employees from all over the world.

10. Big Data

Finally, thanks to platforms like LinkedIn and Glassdoor, data is being used in a lot of different ways that affect the employee recruiting process. Now, companies need to be mindful of their own online appearance, employee reviews, and hiring process as it’s likely to appear online on these platforms.

Similarly, companies can utilize data from these engines to make smarting hiring decisions. HR professionals are finding new ways to utilize these platforms to develop the best hiring strategies.


As you can see, human resource professionals are charging ahead in the industry. They’re champions of change, and they see the value in trying new things. These disruptions might not all be mainstream yet, but they’re slowly and surely becoming the new normal.

Written by:

Wendy Dessler
Outreach Manager on behalf of