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Mobile technology is transforming our approach to HCM

mobile HCMAs many in the human capital management industry have come to understand, a key part of the job is looking for ways to better manage employees with technology that is constantly advancing. Business success is all about efficiency – if you can get more done and save more time, you make more money. Business success is all about efficiency – if you can get more done and save more time, you make more money. When you find an opportunity to help your organization improve using new HR tech, you have to explore it.

Nowadays, the name of the game is mobile. People today are glued to mobile technology – smartphones, tablets and the like are omnipresent in our lives. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, that trend is here to stay, and it can have a profound effect on our work lives. Josh Bersin, principal at Bersin by Deloitte, believes this movement will only gain steam in the years ahead.

Mobile has taken over HR
Bersin noted that mobile technology has taken over our whole lives, not just at work – there are more than 6 billion cellphones currently in circulation today, and more than 93 percent of HCM solution providers are making mobile applications a part of their portfolio.

“On a mobile device, we typically view a screen vertically, we swipe and pinch rather than browse, we use our thumbs and we expect location information, sound and photos to be integrated into the apps,” Bersin explained. “What this means is that when we rethink our HR apps for mobile use, we have to rethink them from the ground up.”

Personal computers are powerful devices, but smartphones and tablets offer intuitive interfaces that many people find easier and more convenient to use. This means there’s a unique opportunity to offer employees self-service mobile applications that will have no problem integrating into their daily work routines.

Finding new uses for apps
Bersin elaborated that for HCM leaders looking to redesign the employee experience for their staff members, there will be no shortage of ways to use mobile apps.

“Look at the sensors and information available to mobile devices,” Bersin advised. “Consider apps for time and attendance, employee learning, collaboration, phone directories and health and wellness. Employees’ phones know where they are, how much they’re traveling and, of course, which other employees are nearby. Why wouldn’t we rethink all these apps to take advantage of these services?”

All in all, this represents a chance to transform daily life for the modern employee. Employee self-service applications are in demand, and if it helps make your business more efficient and ultimately more profitable, why not dive in headfirst?

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