Article (August-2017)


The Future of Digital HR: Exploring HR App-lications

Asif Upadhye

Designation : -   Director & Chief Fun Officer

Organization : -  Never Grow Up, Mumbai


The fact that technology has blazingly made its grand entrance into the domain of HR is no secret. What remains unexplored, however, even by the greatest experts in the industry, is the sheer scope of the potential of digitalisation in the HR sector. The more one thinks about it, the more this fact makes sense. The rapid advancement of technology is quite an elusive thing, nearly impossible to completely catch up with, especially when it involves reimagining scenarios that have firmly placed themselves in our collective professional conscience as 'standard procedures'.

Firstly, can we take a moment to acknowledge the greatest opportunity that we - the HR industry - is missing out on, even as it glares at us every day from our bright, lit-up screens? Applications or as they are better known, apps! According to a Deloitte study, there are over 7 billion devices in the world, and it is these devices that are driving more than 40 percent of the Internet traffic! While most sectors and industries have been quick on their feet to exploring the options that this opportunity entails, the HR sector is only just catching on to this trend, and is likely to continue doing so.

Apps have the potential to convert people practices and HR processes previously conducted on pen and paper, in uncomfortable rooms, working under the assumption that a fair share of work time would grudgingly need to be set apart for the purpose, into high-tech, real-time, convenient, user-friendly tools that are, before everything else, much, much more effective than anything we've previously accomplished. What a glorious time to be alive!

Simply put, the need of the hour in digital HR is efficient, user-friendly mobile apps that make processes such as collecting information, providing feedback, or stating/updating reports a norm of the professional world. For more opportunities, imagine applications that keep track of meetings and briefs, even attendance, aid in sorting and managing projects while helping one stay ahead of the productivity curve day-in and day-out and more importantly, imagine the scope of the automated data that these apps could possibly generate, being of the greatest aid to organizations during reviews and appraisal processes!