Though the internet is full of articles advising HR departments to quickly adopt technologies such as automation, a new study released this year by LIMRA, a professional development, consulting and research firm, is showing that 70 percent of employers have adopted technology for payroll, but only a meagre 25.5 percent use technology other HR functions.
Even as 2018 is fast approaching, it is obvious that employers are still not taking full advantage of the technology available to them. For smaller companies, one of the greatest issues is the cost involved. It is understandable that, as technology rapidly changes, employers find it difficult to keep up. Nevertheless, much of this automation technology has been around for a few years by now.
Human Resources Losing Touch With Millennials
Millennials are the largest workforce since the Baby Boom generation. Nonetheless, a study was released that reveals Human Resource technology is gaining ground at a very slow pace among many businesses, especially SMBs. This is causing HR departments to become disconnected with Millennials who expect user-friendly software.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 million Millennials were born between 1976 and 2001. By 2014, they will make up 36 percent of the U.S. workforce, and by 2020 nearly half of all U.S. workers (46 percent) will be Millennials, Gen Y expert and author Amy Lynch wrote in a 2008 report.
The fact is, Millennials are so connected to technology in almost every actor of their lives, that those companies that do not embrace new tech tools, they will find themselves at a huge disadvantage.
And being that Generation Y workers will be the next powerhouse to enter the workforce in the next few years or so, this gap generation gap will only continue to get worse for those companies and organizations that don’t get in gear.
Where Will HR Be With Half the World’s Workforce Gone
While the number of searches for the best job website may have increased, the number of jobs threatened by automation and robots has severely increased. In an article by Forbes, by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be totally replaced by either robots or software. Furthermore, Oxford University believes that 35 percent of existing jobs in the UK are threatened by automation.
This year in 2017, it was estimated that 3.9 percent of employees work from home at least half the time. And this number is predicted to grow until eventually, most people will work remotely by 2030. “The impact of remote work is changing; employers really need to pay attention to it and not ignore it any longer,” Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs.
The Great Recession played a huge role in changing the scope of today’s workforce. It was something no one was really ready for. We all kind of fell into where we fit in. And as this trend continues to grow, HR will continue feeling more left out in the cold. So many things are being done online now, from looking for the best mattress to looking for the best job.
After all, when most of a company’s workforce operates remotely or is made up of machines, who really needs Betty from HR anymore. It’s time for companies to stop stumbling into position and start planning where they will be in the future.
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