8 Top HR Mobile Workforce Trends to Watch

Running a mobile workforce has its advantages and disadvantages.  But most of the disadvantages can be whittled away with eight top HR trends to watch in this sector. According to the 2016 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Report, HR is slowly improving, while also expanding beyond the normal focus on transactions, management of talent and process. The report noted that respondents to the survey said that HR skill readiness has improved by 14 percent since 2014. The report also notes that companies rating their HR teams as “good or excellent” have increased by 6.2 percent.

The following 8 HR mobile workforce trends to watch have exploded onto the scene in 2016 and continue to help companies improve operations.

The Cloud Continues to be of Importance

The cloud is not going anywhere, no matter how much you try to escape it. The cloud continues to be of importance for companies, especially HR departments, when it comes to a mobile workforce. HR companies are slowly moving to the cloud.  But the switch is becoming easier because almost every major software vendor is offering their product in the cloud. With this, companies will save money and time upgrading to a new system every couple of years because it will be done automatically by the vendor in the cloud.

HR Mobile Apps Increasing

It is still in its infancy, but the HR mobile app industry is expanding as more SaaS and cloud-based apps are created. HR workers with the most hope in this area of the industry are millennials, who want to be able to conduct a large portion of their work on mobile devices. As mobile apps in HR continue to improve, companies will be able to ease the burden on administrators within HR departments by easing the use of self-service.

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Millennials, Millennials, Millennials

If you haven’t figured it out by the headline, millennials are an important trend to watch in HR this year and beyond. Millennials are applying for jobs on mobile devices.  Which is why companies need to begin moving their job ads and information to mobile devices. Since millennials will account for close to half of the global workforce in four years, it is a smart idea to make their hiring and onboarding processes as simple as possible.

Recruiting Driven by Data

Access to data continues to get easier and better because of professional network platforms and advances in technology. Access to data has also gotten cheaper, and will continue to get cheaper, because of these reasons. Talent evaluators will be able to build a talent pool better by using data because they will understand the market and have a better grasp on it.

Prioritization of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is beyond important today, which is why companies are prioritizing it more than ever before. Companies hope that better employee engagement will drive better performance from those employees. Research conducted by Gallup found that employee engagement is directly related to customer engagement, productivity and profitability. The research also found that employee engagement remained stagnant in 2015, but is still above levels from 2011-2013. Watch for this trend to take hold in 2016 and beyond.

Rise of Software as a Service (SaaS)

Software as a Service (SaaS) has risen in recent years and it is taking off in the HR world. The Hackett Group conducted a survey that found SaaS application use will double in the next two years.

Anthony DiRomauldo, a senior director at The Hackett Group, told HRDive the following: “Hundreds of new service vendors are coming into the market, and this means more choices, greater variety, and products that are more specifically designed to address HR pain points.” He also believes that almost every HR application will be delivered using SaaS, including payroll, training, recruiting, benefits and analytics.

A Change in Overtime Rules

The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) released new overtime rules in the United States that take effect late in 2016. The new rules make more people eligible for overtime pay that might not have been eligible in the past. The government changed the salary limitations from $455 to $913, almost doubling the salary eligibility. Some 4.6 million workers in the United States could become eligible with this new rule. Over the next 10 years, due to automatic increases, another 500,000 employees could be eligible for overtime under the new rule.

Integrated Workforce Management Systems

Integrated workforce management systems are a trend to watch in 2016 and beyond because of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA changed enrollment periods from annually to monthly for companies with 50 or more full-time employees. This means that companies need to track and report data extensively on a monthly basis. Gathering this data from multiple systems could be difficult, which is why companies need to consider an integrated workforce management system.

Mobile Workforce Trends To Watch

The eight HR mobile workforce trends to watch are important ones.  Especially if your HR department wants to streamline processes and make hiring new employees easier for everyone involved.



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