Just as HRIS technology is constantly changing so are the words our marketplace uses to explain it. Sometimes keeping up with the new lingo can be a challenge, so we thought we would share the top 10 new and interesting buzzwords we are hearing from key influencers about HRIS.
We think you will hear these terms start to become a part of our industry vocabulary in 2016.
We've provided an explanation in as few words as possible of all the terms we’ve been noticing, and if you want to dig a little deeper on that buzzword or trend, you'll find a recent article or reference link for further reading about the term and how it applies to people management.
So without further ado.
10 HRIS terms that you’ll hear more of in 2016
1. Consumerised HR Technology
This term refers to building solutions that are easy for your employees and managers to navigate so they can easily find, enter or update their information, and collaborate with their team.
Instead of designing HRIS software and applications solely to make the jobs of people management professionals easier, applications are now being designed with the end users in mind – managers and employees.
Mobile apps are the future of HRIS – and they are different and more powerful than typical browser-based web systems. As an example, progressive companies are already starting to utilize culture and feedback apps.
Further Reading: HR Technology for 2016 by Josh Bersin
3. Boomerang Employees
A boomerang employee is one that leaves a company only to return later. With social interaction platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook it makes it easier for former employee’s to stay connected with former employers.
More and more companies are rehiring former employees as they are familiar with the company culture and take less time to onboard, allowing them to be productive team members quickly upon their return. Further Reading: Workplace Trends in 2016 via Forbes
4. Predictive Analytics
Adding predictive analytics to your people management reporting takes data beyond simply reporting numbers – predictive models take patterns found in historical and transactional data to identify potential risks and opportunities, and predict future outcomes and trends for your business. Further Reading: A Primer on Predictive Analytics in HR via Tata Consultancy
5. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology (also called wearable gadgets) is a category of technology devices that can be worn by employees and often include tracking information related to health and fitness. Other wearable technology include devices that have sensors to collect data or images and sync with mobile devices or databases.
Further Reading: Wearable Tech in the Workplace via Bloomberg
This term refers to turning aspects of information into computerized data, then transforming this information into new forms of value. In HR, one example of datafication is the increasing ability to use Talent Analytics to understand more and more about our people, HR practices and processes, and external demographics.
Further Reading: Important HR Datafication Questions via Visier's Blog
7. Performance Feedback
Performance management is evolving from something that was typically completed by managers in a set time frame to a more frequent feedback system that includes employees manager, peers and clients.
Further Reading: Accenture CEO on Overhauling Performance Reviews via Washington Post
8. Employer Branding
This terms reflects promoting a company, or an organization, as the employer of choice to a desired target group, one which a company needs and wants to recruit and retain. Often a joint effort between the HR and Marketing teams.
Further Reading: Employer Branding via VentureBeat
9. Social HR
Social HR is the name given to the practice of using social media platforms for HR functions. Social HR is often used for recruitment, but is now used to boost employee engagement, improve employee development, and facilitate internal discussions.
Further Reading: What to Expect from HR Tech in 2016 via SocialMediaToday
10. HR Content
HR can get buried in the content avalanche—which includes paper, video, recruiting materials, employee communications, total rewards, email, social media, portals and other formats.
Further Reading: Staying Ahead of the HR Content Challenge via HRE and OpenText
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