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Ten disruptive HR technology-related trends highlight wave of innovation

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Ten disruptive HR technology-related trends highlight wave of innovation

Innovative human resource applications designed to help employees learn and collaborate, share feedback, set goals and manage teams are among the disruptive trends for 2016.

Imagine software that runs on your phone, delivers on-the-job skills training via video, and integrates with a learning management system that shows a manager how well you have mastered new skills.

This is just one example of the innovations emerging to help employees improve their productivity at work, according to a new report from Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

New technologies are transforming nearly every part of HR.

Human resources software applications are becoming tools designed for employees first, enabling them to learn and collaborate, share feedback, set goals, steer their own careers and even manage other people more effectively, according to Josh Bersin, principal, who wrote the report. By contrast, only a decade ago HR systems were designed primarily to help HR professionals do their jobs. In the report, Bersin underscores other key new trends, including the emergence of enterprise resource planning providers as end-to-end HR technology providers. He also points to the development of the new HR software categories of feedback, engagement and culture management.

"The HR technology market is bursting with new applications that shift the focus toward more consumer-like experience and away from tools created to streamline the work of HR administration," said Bersin. "Imagine an employee application suite that runs on your phone, knows your location, and recommends people with whom to network. It also evaluates time-management aptitude to help improve productivity, automatically assesses work behaviors and offers feedback on improving work-life balance. It even shares exercise and healthy eating tips at the point of need. This is where HR technology is going, and we're getting there a lot faster than you might think."

Bersin added that new technologies are transforming nearly every part of HR – from sourcing to recruiting to talent and performance management to learning. In addition to a focus on technology tools built primarily for engaging employees, disruptive trends include the following:

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