There was a time — and not too long ago — when punching the clock literally meant punching the clock. Inserting a time card into a machine and getting it stamped was once the height of HR technology. The punch-clock, along with the steam whistle that signaled the end of a shift, reigned for decades as among the most ubiquitous and technology-forward workforce management tools. Payrolls were still kept in paper ledgers and applicants all handed in resumes on paper, only to be filed away (if they were lucky) into sprawling cabinets. Fortunately, HR technology has reached a pinnacle of sorts, with innovation occurring in almost every facet of human resources.
Technologies to Watch
There are a number of innovators in the HR space, both from established companies making new forays into mobile apps, and from scrappy start-ups with much to prove. Here are some of the hottest areas for technological growth in the HR space:
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