3 Surprising Stats from the New HR Tech Trends Survey

Alexandra Levit, People Results
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(Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Alexandra Levit of Inspiration at Work). 

Call me a numbers geek, but I was so excited to get my hands on the results of SilkRoad’s newest HR Tech Trends survey. Conducted with HR Daily Advisor, the study asked a variety of technology adoption questions to 500 HR professionals with diverse locations, company sizes, industries, and job titles. On Thursday, I will join the folks at HR Daily Advisor for a webinar to discuss the full results, but in the meantime, I want to share three statistics that especially intrigued me.

 #1: 52 percent search for candidates on LinkedIn

Just a few years ago, a LinkedIn profile was a “nice to have.” Many younger millennials still balk at its necessity, even threatening to start their own professional networks (which no X or Boomer hiring managers are on, by the way). But now that 1 out of every 2 recruiters is searching there both before and after an interview invitation, not only must you have a presence, but your profile must be complete and maximally effective for attracting the right attention and opportunities. This means it must include a thoughtful profile headline, a compelling summary, and a succinct but well-rounded list of skills, previous positions, and achievements. Recommendations are helpful, as are demonstrations of your public visibility like presentations and videos.

#2: 87 percent do NOT use tech for replacement or succession planning

Succession planning is the last frontier of HR technology, and it’s not because the software doesn’t exist. Rather, the issue is that succession planning in general is not on most organizations’ radars. For some reason, companies still seem to think we are back in the recession years, when there were 25 applicants for every open position. The baby boomers did hold off on their retirement, but they won’t live forever, and anyone who knows talented millennials must realize that we can’t just drop them into critical leadership roles. Technology, especially people analytics, can assist with this problem if we are willing to identify it as a priority.

#3: 13 percent track individual employee movements about the worksite

This finding speaks to the rise of what are known as productivity wearables. Today, these devices are usually provided to employees in the form of badges, and they vary in their sophistication and ability to track different employee behaviors. The trend started earlier in the decade, when many organizations offered FitBits to help their people be more active and healthier. In early 2016, I heard that up to eight percent of companies were using wearables to data on employee locations, conversations, and collaboration actions, and developing algorithms to inform their conclusions about engagement. The SilkRoad study illustrates that experimentation with wearables is increasing dramatically, and as the technology improves and organizations can actually use it to objectively evaluate performance, we are certain to see a huge upswing.

Want to hear more about the HR trends that are hot, and the ones that are not? Join us live on Thursday at 2PM EST! You can also download the report here.

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