19 May
2016

Recruiting, Onboarding and Analytics: How the Cloud Is Changing HR

The extraordinary growth of cloud computing and social media has swept away the old methods of discovering, recruiting and onboarding employees and replaced them with a data-driven and flexible HR model. IT consulting firm Appirio’s vice president Neil Jensen claims that recruiting will continue to get smarter as we approach 2020 and beyond. He says: “Big data, mobile and social will expand their reach and enable recruiters to better source the right candidate pool for a role.”

 

Recruiting Candidates

In today’s world, cloud-based apps like GlassDoor and social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter provide recruiters with a detailed profile of a candidate and encourage data-driven decision making. These tools also level the playing field between employer and employee, and many skilled professionals conduct their own research on organizations and their corporate culture before applying for a position.

The ability to discover and attract quality employees via the cloud has translated into a huge saving of time and money for employers. For example, Monster’s Cloud Search combines its talent pool with employer’s social network profiles, candidate databases and job postings into a searchable, cloud-based database. HR departments can narrow down their candidate pool with Monster’s 6Sense feature, which lets them compare and rank candidates based on the context of their search terms, and then check out their social media pages for a closer look at their professional and personal lives to see if they’re a good match.

 

Onboarding Talent

While the recruiting aspect of HR surely has been disrupted by technology, it’s in the management and onboarding processes where real change is highly visible.  Every day, tools are being developed to analyze performance and monitor employee wellness at a fraction of what it would have cost in years gone by.

Retaining talent has always been a huge issue, and never more so than today when many employees work remotely. It’s vital for new employees to be integrated into the culture quickly and easily. Many companies use cloud-based services like Slack and Yammer to empower their employees to collaborate, chat, send documents and praise each other for their hard work or success.

 

Analyzing Resources

However, according to accounting giant KPMG, the improvements cloud computing is providing HR departments isn’t just about the latest tools. Its “Rethinking Human Resources in a Changing World” report concludes that the insights gained from collecting and analyzing HR data and creating forecasts based on this data is key when it comes to HR departments shaping their organization’s resources.

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