Can HR tech trends address the problems of remote working?


Whether it’s been creating remote working policies, working out how to run performance reviews via Zoom, implementing online communication policies, or checking in on their employees’ well-being, HR managers have definitely earned the coming holiday break.

The sudden and unprecedented shift to working remotely this year had many benefits for organisations and employees alike. But despite all the positive press about working remote, it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Below are just some of the struggles people are facing and the latest HR tech trends tackling them.


Lack of cohesion and culture

Engagement remains a vital factor in employee satisfaction and retention. Making it important for HR professionals to ensure everyone feels like a valued and included member of the community in their organisation. It can be hard for remote employees to feel like part of the team when they’re in an isolated environment, away from colleagues, and only a computer screen to keep them company.

The solution is to invest in collaboration technology capable of integrating more processes in one place. Employee engagement and experience platforms where employees can go to connect with their company and feel welcomed and supported.

Virtual reality is also rapidly transforming the HR landscape. Virtual reality can aid everything from job previews, onboarding, and even ongoing communication or education.


A crisis in mental health

Social isolation, employment uncertainty, and the virus itself has all affected the mental health of many around the world. A study revealed 44.4% of those working from home believe their mental health has declined. Of those who reported a decline, the top two impacting factors were ‘more stress’ and ‘more anxiety’.

Some organisations have previously only paid lip service to wellbeing, not knowing how to implement effective strategies. Now HR tech trends like gamification and wearables are becoming more prevalent to track and support employees’ physical health. And mental wellness tools are also becoming increasingly incorporated into HR software to help employees with things like burnout, mindfulness and financial wellness.


Restrictions to recruitment

With governments enforcing social isolation, the usual face-to-face interviews and workplace walk-throughs went out the window. Without access to a physical office space to send visual messages to candidates about your organisational values, new technologies offering the same cultural access are a must.

Automated video interviews allow the inclusion of short company promo videos offering this exact organisational culture insight. Their on-demand nature also gives candidates the convenience to take the interview online where or when they are most comfortable. Further alleviating some of the stress and anxiety mentioned above.

The sheer number of job seekers on the market has also been overwhelming. Not only thanks to the higher-than-normal unemployment rate, but remote working has meant candidates are no longer confined to roles in their location. AI software created to expedite the screening process will become an integral part of most new-age HR technologies.


Staying up to date is crucial

It’s clear the coronavirus pandemic has changed how HR departments think about remote working. As the workplace becomes increasingly distributed, and working from home continues to become the norm, keeping up to date with these technologies will definitely help ease many of the burdens remote working has created.