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August 16th, 2023 · 6 min read

A practical guide to navigating HR digital transformation

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Understanding HR digital transformation

The benefits of digital transformation for HR

  • Boost efficiency and productivity: From chatbots that engage with prospective job candidates to algorithms that make personalized learning recommendations, technology has the ability to lessen the load of HR departments spread thin, while saving money for the company and getting employees the info they need faster.
  • Provide access to more data: Most modern HR solutions automatically collect, analyze and report on data, which can provide a treasure trove of information and drive better decision-making based on numbers you can trust. When it comes time to have budget discussions, this data can be instrumental in helping you make the case for your HR initiatives.
  • Simplify recruitment and hiring processes: Recruitment technology allows you to reach wider populations, connect more easily with prospective job candidates and onboard them more smoothly once hired. Some tools even use AI to match candidates to available positions, expediting the screening process.
  • Facilitate learning and development: With the help of technology, L&D has made the transition from in-person learning to self-paced online learning that gives employees the flexibility to learn on their own schedule. Other notable advancements include AI-powered solutions that make personalized learning recommendations based on individual employee needs, as well as the use of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) for job-specific training.
  • Enable DEI: Done right, technology can help ensure transparency and consistency for key touch points like recruiting, compensation and talent pipeline management, resulting in more equitable opportunities for growth and advancement throughout the organization.
  • Improve performance management: Digital tools allow you to track employee goals and performance in real time, increasing visibility and enabling managers and direct reports to have more frequent and meaningful performance conversations.

Challenges of HR digital transformation

  • Promoting the adoption of new solutions: Prior to rolling out a new solution, take the time to analyze employee skills gaps and ensure you have a proper training plan in place. Without effective training and resources, employees may grow resistant to adopting new technologies.
  • Establishing processes for continuous learning: Constant changes are difficult to keep up with, even for the most tech-savvy employees. Foster a learning culture within your workplace that facilitates and normalizes continual updates. This takes time, but it can make digital transformation smoother and more successful.
  • Keeping track of performance: Make sure you have a strategy in place to review the impact and value of a new solution regularly and assess whether it’s serving its intended purpose. When the time comes to renew, take time to review competitors to ensure you're getting the best tool for your needs.

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4 emerging trends in HR digital transformation

Talent marketplaces

Gamification for employee engagement

Using data for a better view of ROI

Immersive learning

Key ingredients for successful HR digital transformation

Define your needs

Identify key stakeholders and outline responsibilities

Develop an adoption strategy

Launch and scale

Track and monitor progress

Digital strategy for the future of HR

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