At the 2013 Leadership in Technology session in New York on May 14, Rite Trehan, senior executive and HR thought leader, offered details about how first-rate tools impact many HR professionals regularly. By implementing performance, talent, succession, learning, workforce analytics and workforce planning solutions into their daily operations, Trehan stated that HR specialists can help their organizations thrive. In addition, Trehan acknowledged that the long-term role of the typical HR professional continues to evolve, and how HR specialists utilize technology could affect their companies for years to come: “I guess the question becomes what will it take for us to get to that stage where it is the function that is driving the discussion around organization – not the owner of it, not necessarily being fully accountable, but driving and initiating that discussion, of asking the right questions, of using all of this data that we’ve heard about, using some of the great applications that we’ve heard about in the right way to make our businesses successful.”
Trehan said that virtual learning may prove to be critical for many HR leaders in the near future as well. Because digital tools can make it easier for HR professionals to teach remote employees how to complete everyday tasks, Trehan acknowledged that many workers could benefit if companies invest in state-of-the-art systems to help HR professionals.
Meanwhile, Trehan also stated that innovation is crucial for today’s HR professionals. By considering ways to optimize productivity and efficiency with first-rate tools, many HR specialists can overcome myriad hiring and recruitment issues without delay: “I think there’s some real sparks of ideas around innovation, about what the function can do going forward. Think about a new approach to an old problem. Think about that change piece. When you tick something off and it’s kind of fun to think about doing something different, [think] about the problem in a different way, and think about the HR function and what you’re trying to do with your function in a different way.”