This week, HR professionals from around the world are gathering in Las Vegas, but it's not to roll the dice. It's to talk about technology—HR technology. While this may not seem as sexy as Sinatra or the roulette tables, how we use technology in the workplace today, and in the future, is on everyone's minds, and probably in our pockets, too.
But great HR technology isn't as simple as creating a snazzy app or adding a few bells and whistles to old systems and services. HR Technology not only has to attract the attention of a wide audience—from interns to CEOs—but it has to keep them coming back to it, day after day.
So, what's the magic ingredient? We know technology can enable us to access incredible insights into our workforces, and improve engagement and alignment, but none of that matters if we can't get anyone to use the system.
Recently, Steven Parker spoke about this very topic on his webinar, Disrupting HR Technology, and laid out three key factors to creating HR Technology that will be worth your time—and investment.
1. It's easy to use
How much time does it take you to decide if you're going to use new technology? Gone are the days of reading a complicated user manual to set the clock on your VCR (remember those?). Smart design with the user in mind means technology has to be intuitive and and easy to use, and HR Tech is no exception.
2. It provides unique value to the user
At any given time, most of us probably have a least five different programs running on our computers, all of them necessary to get the job done. Adding another layer to an already crowded desktop won't go over well with your employees, unless that new layer is making their life easier.
3. It makes the invisible, visible
With all great technology, comes data. Lots of it. That data becomes invaluable when it uncovers trends and information about your workforce you couldn't access through traditional means. Employees and managers alike, should have insights into performance, as individuals and as a team.
There will surely be some great innovations showcased at #HRTechConf, and who knows, maybe HR technology will be giving Sinatra a run for his money. After all, nothing is sexier than success.