Last week, the little dude asked me to “download” a volcano Lego set. As you can imagine, the mom in me was confused. Was he asking me to search YouTube Kids for a video of this Lego set? Or was he asking me to “stream” it from the T.V.? With a little more conversation, we were able to clear the confusion. The little dude was asking me to “download” this epic Lego set from you know where? Amazon. The term “download” has taken on a whole new meaning in my dictionary! After some further thought, the hubby and I discovered a teaching moment for our little dude, called, “Earning” (this will be a future blog post). So for now, we’ll just say that life takes hard work, and hard work pays off in rewards. Like the ole’ saying goes: Work hard. Play hard.
Now back to the term, “download”. When a five-year old uses the term “download”, he means “purchase” from Amazon. We’ve hit an evolution, the Technological Evolution.
This got me thinking; we’ve all reaped the benefits of the technological evolution, Human Resources, especially. Let’s take a closer look at three transformations that have expanded the world of human resources:
The Cloud – a little known game changer!
What is the cloud? Specifically, cloud computing? PC Magazine breaks it down in the simplest terms: “cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. It goes back to the days of flowcharts and presentations that would represent the gigantic server-farm infrastructure of the Internet as nothing but a puffy, white cumulus cloud, accepting connections and doling out information as it floats”.
How has the cloud changed human resources? Well, when it comes to workforce management, tools such as human resource management systems (HRMS) have helped professionals like me become more efficient, so that I can focus on matters that require my undivided attention. I’ve implemented HR technology in the organization I support, and for those who haven’t, are in for a wild ride! I learned so much from these implementations. One thing is for sure, there’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s amazing how with HR technology, accessing information we need has become so easy. More importantly, it’s allowed us to get out and do what we do best, meet with our employees!
Employee Training – a new way of learning has arrived.
Training is no longer limited to work hours. In fact, it wasn’t long ago where classroom training was the primary method for educating employees and professionals, who use continuing education to keep abreast of trends in their field of expertise. Today, podcasts, online learning, e-learning, learning management systems (LMS), etc. have become the new way in training and developing employees.
If you are looking to obtain a certification in your respective field, there is more than one way to gain the knowledge to accomplish such prestigious goal. The opportunities to learn are becoming endless. One way of learning that has become widely popular for professionals like me is on-demand training. With mobile devices and apps, employees and professionals can access educational materials anywhere, at anytime. On-demand training allows employees and professionals to learn new skills, or even keep old ones in tip-top shape. It’s really made learning and development a continuous process, and for the working professional, this new learning is an almost saving grace!
Now I’m not saying the instructor-led employee training program has gone away, or is going for that matter. In my opinion, there will always be an instructor-led role within the training environment. It’s just that technology has allowed learning and development to evolve, and that is a benefit we can all get behind!
Social Media – the people connector!
Gone are the days of finding a job through a newspaper ad. There is a new tool in town, one that is more powerful than ever. Social media has changed how people look for jobs and employers recruit for their positions. Platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter are being used as recruiting tools. For the job seeker and the perspective employer, both can get to know one another before actually meeting for a face-to-face interview. The job seeker can learn about the organization’s culture, while a perspective employer can view an online resume of their perspective employee!
Social media has expanded the world of human resource departments in how they engage with employees. It has become a primary source for organizations at reaching their engagement goals. Organizations and professionals alike are able to reach an enormous audience through pictures, blog posts, and little tweets of information. Social media has become a phenomenal professional development tool for human resource professionals like me. It’s one tool that keeps us informed of changes and trends in the world of human resources. LinkedIn and Twitter have fostered and nurtured professional relationships, while giving us the ability to collaborate and share industry knowledge.
And finally, when it comes to personal branding, social media has become the marketing tool of the century! A connection of mine on LinkedIn, Page Kemna, was recently featured on The Muse. Her story proves how powerful social media can be, and how taking risks can pay off. Here is Page’s video:
As I mentioned above, the term “download” has a whole new meaning, and the conversation with our little dude had me thinking of all the wonderful ways technology has advanced us all. Everyday, I learn something new form our little guy. It’s another little “chelle” for my “pocketful of chelles”.
Reference: What is Cloud Computing. https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372163,00.asp.