According to a recent survey by global talent acquisition and management firm, Alexander Mann Solutions, 25% of senior HR professionals already use robotics in their HR or talent acquisition function.

However, despite the fact that over 70% of senior HR professionals believe that robotics will have a positive impact on their organisation over the next three years, figures from LinkedIn’s 2017 Global Recruitment Trends report reveals that internal teams are only investing 17% of their budget into new technologies. A figure which continues to be dwarfed by investment into job adverts, and recruitment agencies, which combined account for over 50% of their total spend.

Where could tech come in handy?

VR for HR – Learning and development 

While only 3% of people use VR right now, around a third of people think that it will transform their work environments in the coming decade. The headsets allow you to enjoy up to 32 sensors, and 2160×1200 graphics, making an immersive experience where anything is possible. Holiday tours may be shown within a VR headset. Surgeries may be ‘pre-run’ in the msafety of VR. Car sales, promotional wear – there is no limit to what could be shown within the VR space in the future. Already, “Wild Within” is a VR experience that promotes tourism in Canada’s British Columbia allowing viewers to travel through a rainforest via the coastline or mountain, and according to Forbes, 50% of customers in the first year of London dealership’s Audi VR experience pilot ordered vehicles without a physical test drive, basing their purchase decision upon their virtual experience.
Internet for Internal Comms

Another place could be internal comms. One study from Prescient Digital Media highlighted that 31% of employees never use their company intranet, and only 13% use it on a daily basis. Some common detractors are that there are a multitude of ways to get in touch via email or Skype and when it comes to saving files, again there are many options internally… desktop or Cloud based services like Google Drive and Dropbox. If there aren’t any clear rules and it feels messy, you may want to look at Slack. With 2.7 million users, one of the key reasons to Slack’s success is the ability to integrate.
For example, integrating Asana, the task management tool for teams will allow you to send updates to chosen channels when a task is created, completed, or gets a new comment. Another integration – ‘’ – provides one-click video conferences right in your browser without requiring PIN codes oradditional software. This integration
lets your team use the commands to start a video conference in your channel, making it easy for others to easily join the call! On top of that, the integrations and ‘bots’ are well worth looking at. Healthy bot could remind employees to make healthier habits like stretching at intervals or drinking water, whilst ‘Vote’ allows teams to anonymously vote on anything.Make business more efficient with

Amazon Alexa For Rewards 
The RBC has suggested that by the year 2020 Amazon could have sold 60 million Echo / Alexa devices within just one year, making it capable of generating a huge $5 billion in revenue. Obviously, this is a dream for any
stakeholder of Amazon – but what about businesses? Just this year, Reward Gateway launched the first ever Employee Reard focused ‘app’ or programme for the Alexa, so now their clients will be able to ask their Amazon Echo details about the performance of their engagement programme, what company news is trending and which of their benefits are proving most popular, as well as asking Alexa to recite this data within a specified time

This is the first step towards the next generation of technology in the workplace and means our clients will have another tool at their disposal to build a meaningful connection with their employees

Laurie Padua, Director of Technology and Operations Consulting at Alexander Mann Solutions, commented on the need for a greater focus on innovation;

“Not only is it encouraging to see that one in four senior HR professionals is already using robotics as part of their Talent strategies but also that over 70% of department leaders understand the benefits of utilising robotics and automation in their HR functions. Software automation holds significant opportunities for HR professionals, and can augment the repetitive tasks often inherent with talent acquisition, including data migration, sifting and aggregating. In fact, analysis from GR8 revealed that as much as 60% of recruiters’ time is devoted to sorting candidates, and that by automating the top of their funnel process recruiters can gain between three and five hours a day which can be used for truly productive tasks.”

“These tools are not intended to eliminate the role of HR professionals, they are designed to relieve them from repetitive, often mundane tasks that consume valuable time which would be best spent leveraging their interpersonal skills and engaging with candidates.”

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