The time is now for mobile HR

February 17, 2012 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

It’s inevitable that HR departments will have to deliver services to employees and business partners via mobile devices. Strategy Analytics reports that 174 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2011 and that number will continue to grow. And it’s not just your young workers who are taking advantage of mobile technology. Almost half of people age 30 to 49 are smartphone owners, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

So dive in before you find yourself trying to make up for lost time and opportunities. From time-and-attendance functions to payroll, recruiting, and training, the opportunities are endless.

The resources, start-up time, employee training, and security issues may seem daunting, but the change is coming. Let’s face it, mobile devices and apps are supposed to be easy to use. Early adopters are using mobile devices to deliver the following programs, according to an Aberdeen Group study:

• Workforce management
• Informal learning and development
• Talent acquisition/recruiting

A blog post from Blogging4Jobs offers some basics for getting started with mobile communications in the workplace. Boost employee engagement and recruiting efforts with text messaging, social media and apps.

Kyle Lagunas, a software analyst for Software Advice, lists a sampling of easy-to-use HR apps. They include technology to measure HR metrics, deliver diversity training to employees, and approve job requisitions on the go.

What are your thoughts on using mobile technology to deliver HR services? Share your questions and ideas in our comments section.


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