Mobile Applications – The new HR Technology Trends (Part 1)

 

The transformational changes taking place across the HR technology landscape have the potential to provide CIOs with better tools for managing the people side of their IT organizations. Companies today are sailing in a “new world” super-technology that requires a radical change in HR policies. The year 2016 will push the trend even further, by upsetting part of HR processes, such as how companies recruit, manage careers and talents.

According to Josh Bersin, of Bersin by Deloitte, only a decade ago HR systems were designed primarily to help HR professionals do their jobs. HR management systems (HRMSs), applicant tracking systems (ATSs), learning management systems (LMSs), and most payroll and benefits applications were created to streamline the work of HR administration, improve record-keeping, and help redesign HR processes. Although employees were considered the “end-users” of these systems, they typically used them as little as possible, and mainly as replacements for the paper forms developed by HR.

Today the market has radically shifted. Many HR applications are becoming tools for employees first, enabling them to better manage people, learn and develop, and steer their own careers. Today’s HR applications should be fun, gamelike, and designed to help improve our productivity at work. Look at recruitment, for example. Traditional ATSs were used to store, score, track, and manage resumes. Today’s talent acquisition systems are often called “recruitment success platforms,” designed to enable applicants, managers, and recruiters to do a better job. These more integrated systems allow applicants to apply for jobs through mobile devices and interview through online video, as well as help managers make sure they are selecting the best candidate.

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There are now more than 2.1 billion smartphone users on the planet.

 

About people looking for jobs in the US

“Some 28 percent of Americans–including 53 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds—have used a smartphone in one way or another as part of a job search,” reports the Pew Research Center in its study, Searching for Work in the Digital Era. Job websites, as well as the job application itself, need to support mobile users, writes Luke Siuty for Workforce. And a Data based on a Glassdoor survey estimate that 45 percent of all candidates
 now apply for jobs using mobile devices, and LinkedIn reports that
social networks have become one of the top global sources of high- quality hires. Some vendors, including TINYpulse, Culture Amp, and BetterCompany, tell us their mobile apps can dramatically improve engagement.

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Consider learning management systems

Once intended to help manage the administration of learning, today’s online learning systems are
truly “learning experience platforms,” designed to help people explore learning opportunities, learn online, find certification and testing programs, and collaborate with experts. In the area of performance management, most traditional HR software has become overly complex and time-consuming. Today these systems are being reimagined as tools for employee check-ins, self-assessment, as well as for feedback between managers and employees.

 

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This shift—away from HR and toward the employee as the user—has had a huge impact on the market. Vendors that focus only on back- office functionality and which don’t have any compelling mobile apps are likely to lose ground. Many companies are ripping out decades of investment in last-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, replacing them with tools that can directly empower managers and employees. Startups that are born on the web are often displacing companies that have been selling HR software for years.

We see a whole new market of mobile- and cloud-first apps starting to emerge, giving us a sense that most of our HR solutions will be running on our mobile phones, offering built-in location awareness, sensors, and even bio-monitoring tools. Imagine an employee application suite that runs on your phone, knows your location, and recommends people to network with. It provides continuous onboarding and transition assistance, evaluates time-management aptitude to help improve productivity, automatically assesses work behaviors and offers feedback on improving work-life balance, delivers on-the-job skills training, and even shares exercise and healthy eating tips at the point of need. As companies look to upgrade and replace their HR technologies, they should consider vendors and tools that offer this consumerlike experience, and allow employees to test them for ease of use—rather than focusing exclusively on features and workflow capabilities.

Mobile technology has become nearly ubiquitous, and many consumers are looking for video, not just text, in their mobile experience. It follows that to reach employees around the world, companies may need to “appify” their HR tools. Mobile technology is also a new mode of computing, requiring different usage mechanics, different features, and different user dynamics. Mobile apps should be simple and easy to use—users can swipe and flip, rather than tab and scroll. Effective mobile apps should be social, use location data, and take advantage of different services.

Mobile User Experience in The UK in 2015

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What are the top apps?

A mobile app can make it easier to access your employee data. Access your employees right at your fingertips- request and approve time offs, check balances with the top-notch mobile apps right in your pocket. Native iOS and Android app will change the way you work. Here is a list of some of the best mobile apps that will make dealing HR easy. The apps lets you create job openings, publish job openings, LinkedIn integration, Schedule interviews and also manages resume databases. All small, mid-sized and giant businesses are now adopting these highly flexible mobile apps to make the work of Human Resource Management more efficient and right at their fingertips.

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BambooHR is Designed for every level. It’s easy to use interface lets everyone from naïve people to the top IT professionals connect easily. Serving almost all the industries, it makes managing the Human Resource tasks just a game of few taps.

 

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ShiftPlanning: Time Clocking, Payroll generation, employee scheduling all of these are made easy with the advanced ShiftPlanning mobile app. Thousands of organizations such as restaurants, call centres, hotels, public services, hospitals have already adopted the mobile app and made the Human Resource management convenient.

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Namely is a Human resource Information System that consolidates all HR and employee needs at one platform. The app is ideally suited for small and mid- sized organizations. The app efficiently manages and monitors all employees’ databases, assigns and keeps a track of tasks.

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Cezanne OnDemand is designed for the cloud, this app is highly adaptable to all the HR needs. Whether your organization has 50 employees or 500, your offices are located in one country or across the globe. The high end mobile efficiently manages all HR requirements, making your Human Resource Management as flexible as you always wanted to be.

 

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WebHR: Facilitating all the functions of Human Resource in an organization, WebHR is a cloud based application. Acting as a bridge between Human Resource Management and Information Technology, it allows organizations to automate many aspects of human resource standardizing HR operations.

 

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NimbleSchedule is an online employee software shrinking the tedious HR processes just in minutes. The versatile and easy to use application is used for scheduling and assigning tasks and track people.

 

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CRG: Tracking and monitoring your employee performance made easy by CRG emPerform mobile app. This is one of the best online talent management solution that serves all functionality to efficiently automate and streamline employee reviews. With capabilities such as SMART Goal Management, Comparison Management, Integrated Reviews, Social Feedback, etc. It offers effective solution to HR Management Tasks.

 

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BreatheHR: Keep all your employee database and information at one central place with breatheHR mobile application. Easy to implement, intuitive and highly flexible for all your needs, the software tool easily lets you manage people across your organization.

What about the French?  Two examples: Urban and Talentsoft

 

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Urbans helps to improve the efficiency of HR-related activities by providing daily support, and appropriate responses to various HR needs (employee profiles, planning, working hours, interviews, evaluations, forms, contracts, documents, training, GPEC, holidays…) Urbans allows all HR professionals to have on tablet and terminals all the necessary tools to monitor employee information, management of human resources of the company and reporting of all HR indicators. Synchronization to the information system, the development of the mobile application, data security, through the management and delivery of mobile terminals.

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Another French example: Talentsoft and its application allowing companies to manage external recruitment and internal mobility. Research deals in the application form. Available for Android and iOS, this mobile application, which can be personalized with logo and colors of the company, offers traditional features of a career site, including the creation of alerts to be notified in real time of new opportunities working, multi-criteria search and geographic location of jobs, and the possibility of APPLY through a conventional form or from its Viadeo or LinkedIn profile in order, reducing the risk of abandonment of mobile users. With a peculiarity: since the mobile application is synchronized with the career site candidate area, applicants can find on their smartphone, saved jobs from their computers. The announcements by companies on their careers site from the Talentsoft recruitment solution are also directly displayed on the mobile application. The application of location-based features allow candidates to visualize on a map, franchises looking for new candidates in their geographical area.

In fact, just about everything that falls under the HR umbrella can be reconceived as an app, a phenomenon we’re likely to see a lot of it in 2016. There’s a good chance that mobile will become the predominant platform for most information applications during the next few years, meaning HR professionals would need to find vendors that offer great mobile apps as a core part of their services.

 

In the second part, we will have a focus on mobile feedback and mobile mhealth applications.