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IoT is Everywhere, Even in HR Processes

By HR Tech Outlook | Monday, September 09, 2019

The massive advancements in the internet of things (IoT) have led the HR teams to rethink over their outdated systems and strategies.

FREMONT, CA: With a massive rise in data, the world has also witnessed a sharp growth of connected devices. Over 200 billion devices are expected by 2020, which will enable us to access anything and anyone across the globe. With the internet of things (IoT) assisting the industries across the verticals, it is time for the HR teams to consider the technology as it has immense untapped potential for the sector.

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Here are the two primary challenges that HR teams have to deal with before they can effectively implement IoT:

Absorbing IoT Big Data

A sound strategy that ensures maximum agility while absorbing the impact of IoT is required. It essentially refers to maintaining the right workforce combination. The right balance in modern core skills, such as collaboration, cognitive flexibility, agility, organizational development, and creativity, is also an essential prerequisite to an effective IoT implementation. Apart from these, unprecedented amounts of data associated with people and their jobs on a daily basis are also important.

Connecting Brainpower for Self-Sufficient IoT Contribution

Paying salary and generating letters is a commodity in HR. However, the major challenge for the HR teams is to connect the workforce and create their own apps to connect with the IoT. Using innovative ways on how IoT can be connected with apps can improve the efficiency of a company’s existing services and products. The ability to innovate enables a company to have the edge over its adversaries.

The four major categories of IoT devices that are already assisting the HR teams are:

Tablets and Mobile Phones

Tablets and phones are the prime hubs in IoT. They allow the users easy access to each other and to their favorite contents. Social media is also enabling people to express their views and concerns. The same can also be used by the employees to access their data and analytics or to share an idea with the colleagues via corporate social collaboration, on the spot. Accessing other applications is also essential such as:

• Continuous Performance Management, which requires a solid digital/mobile culture to establish an efficient connection between an employee and his team. 

• Enabling employees to choose a flex workspace with their phones to adopt flex working.

Fitness and Health Trackers

Vitality is an essential factor for human resources. Healthy people tend to perform well with better levels of engagement. Thus anything that a company does for the enhancement of the workforce’s health is good for business. Heart rhythm trackers, watches, and similar devices can also help to track how the employees are. Moreover, if the information is gathered collectively, it becomes a source of insight for the company. 

Location and Attendance Trackers

Trackers can assist in tracking an individual’s movements and whereabouts. Although privacy is a concern here, the advantages, especially into a few sectors far outnumber the overheads associated with the privacy issues. For instance:

• Trackers can analyze alertness on the job. Truck drivers can be scanned for fatigue and can be alerted to prevent accidents.

• Further, if an employee can be tracked, it is also possible to track a crowd. The benefits of observing movements of crowds in grand events such as sports allow significant insights into the processes. For instance, systems are already in place in healthcare to optimize routes from patient to healthcare personnel. 

• RFID chips can help in automating the systems to a much higher degree. With RFID chips in place, the outdated clocking systems to capture attendance and time will become obsolete. 

Other Technologies Adding to the Cause

The technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will complement IoT and will lead us a thousand steps further in digitalization. In the case of recruitments, employers can improve the assessment of candidates massively by challenging them with virtual situations to test their behavior. Moreover, candidates can also have interviews from home and experience a more immersive environment of their future job. While Skype might already have revolutionized the way we meet, VR/AR will take videoconferencing to new heights. The present time is crucial for HR to work in collaboration with IT and facilities to optimize their processes. The HR department is at a unique level to transform the workforce to adapt to the new working modules while utilizing the big data generated by IoT devices.

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