How hiring teams are staying ahead

May 2, 2022
Reginald Powell
How hiring teams are staying ahead

It’s impossible to overstate how much the concept of work changed in just two years. 

From the rise of the hybrid workforce to the impacts of the Great Resignation, companies seeking new talent navigate a historically competitive candidate market and a new set of rules when it comes to attracting and evaluating applicants.

HR professionals filling roles understand the need to be proactive during the hiring process to remove bottlenecks that leave some positions unfilled. 

Improving recruitment often means using technology and analytics to streamline and shore up their current processes.  

Rising Investments in hybrid work technology 

We’ve learned through trial and error that hybrid is the future of work.

Though some companies have employees returning to physical offices, these examples are the exceptions that prove the rule. A study by Accenture found that 83% of knowledge workers preferred the flexibility of working remotely a majority of the time.  

Considering the hybrid work model sprung out of necessity, there are many areas of opportunity for improving the employer and employee experience alike.

Companies across industries are making significant investments in communication tools, collaborative software, and people management platforms to meet their distributed team’s challenges. 

With distributed work finding its footing, companies are implementing employee listening tools that provide essential feedback to HR managers and other stakeholders. 

These open communication channels help strengthen collaboration among teams and establish a culture where psychological safety advances company objectives.

No one has everything figured out when building engaged and productive distributed teams. But investing in HR Tech platforms to bridge the connectivity gap between in-office and remote workers is top-of-mind for many HR professionals.

Data’s foothold in HR is growing

Data plays a more prominent role than ever in shaping how companies develop products, market to customers, and establish their online presence. 

Taking the lead from marketing and product teams, HR professionals are leveraging data analytics to improve key people management and recruiting categories. 

Vanity metrics and outdated standards are no longer sufficient for people managers deciding whether a candidate is a good fit for the organization. 

Modern HR departments use data to:

  • Improve recruiting 
  • Enhance the employee experience
  • Highlight areas of opportunity
  • Reduce turnover
  • Automate reporting
  • Share insights throughout the organization 

With business intelligence becoming more than just a buzzword in recent years, HR departments are digging into data mining, reporting, and visualization. 

These processes give managers insight into historical trends and alert them to potential issues with current procedures.  

Investing in cloud-based data warehouses streamlines the initial screening process while providing unprecedented insights for HR departments seeking a competitive edge with exceptional candidates. 

AI makes its impact 

Artificial intelligence has been around for decades, but recent advancements have made the technology more accurate and accessible with lower opportunity costs. 

With these advancements came broader adoption of technology that helps automate the initial stages of hiring and increased fairness in the process.

As the technology matures, HR professionals will simplify procedures and let machine learning handle some time-consuming tasks.

AI tools support HR professionals with:

  • Resume Screening
  • Belonging and culture initiatives
  • Asynchronous training
  • Skills management
  • DEI initiatives

There are some compliance issues to consider when deploying AI in recruitment. HR departments need to consider potential ethical and privacy concerns while navigating employment laws as with AI-powered technology.

However, with growing investments in AI by companies across the globe, the consensus is that AI will continue growing in importance as the technology matures. 

HR departments currently use this technology to create consistency and efficiency within their hiring process.  

Using AI in recruiting, HR professionals reduce their time to complete paperwork and other time-consuming manual tasks. 

Today’s HR Tech vendors focus on AI technology that helps companies in critical areas like increasing fairness in recruiting, improving skills management, and forecasting vital benchmarks for new hires.

Considering the tremendous upside to adding AI to their HR Tech stack, it’s clear the technology will only grow in importance as HR professionals become more comfortable with implementing it in hiring.

Technology is the future of recruiting 

With unprecedented shifts in the job market, proactive HR professionals are bringing new tactics and technology to find, train, and retain the best talent possible.

During the pandemic, the rise of distributed teams forced managers to adapt to a hiring environment constantly in flux.

Some employers struggle with hiring in a less connected, mostly asynchronous workforce. 

Others harness the power of data, AI, and people management platforms, bringing order to a sometimes chaotic process. 

At HiPeople, we believe technology is our best ally in creating a fairer, less complex candidate screening process. Our product provides HR professionals with vital information, taking their hiring goals to the next level.

Visit our website to book a demo and learn how HiPeople can help your organization hire the right people faster.