HR Industry Trends In 2019

Digitalization Technology Impact For The HR Team

Many companies understood the importance of automating processes in HR departments, whose activity was often blocked by repetitive tasks. The decision to invest in a human resources software allowed the HR specialists to focus more on the essential aspects of the activities carried out, thus reducing the time dedicated to repetitive processes particular to human resources management.

Some of the companies choose an all-in-one solution, such as KY&Y HR Software, a complete HR platform. It integrates processes such as organization management, recruitment and onboarding personnel management or employee assessment. KY&Y HR Software also includes modules for time and attendance, payroll, training management or internal communication, along with employee self-service features and HR analytics and reports.

Many organizations chose to automate the processes requiring high energy and attention input from employees, given the legal implications and their repetitive nature, such as staff management, timesheets and payrolls.

The advantages of automation also relate to the observance of GDPR standards, to which HR software platforms such as KY&Y HR Software have already aligned.

Last but not least, digitization goes hand in hand with the adoption of cloud technology. Cloud-based HR software offers many benefits, including flexibility in use, scalability depending on the number of users and business needs, immediate access to data more details in this material dedicated to the benefits of cloud based HR software.


The strategic role of the HR team adds to the classic functional role  

The HR department is going through a set of deep changes, including as regards its role. If the classical role was a functional one, relating to payroll, staff management, recruitment, etc. The past years have marked a change towards a more significant role in the business strategy of the modern company.

Data digitization and workflow automation play a part in this change, by taking over repetitive tasks. HR employees are therefore able to contribute directly to the organization’s development strategy the title of HR Business Partners is being used increasingly, for a position dealing with consulting and shaping HR strategies in a company.


A different approach for recruiting the best candidates  

The classical recruitment channels posting on job-boards, job fairs or career events, are more often supplemented by new channels. Social networks, particularly LinkedIn, are used more often to identify talent; new concepts have emerged lately such as for instance, employment branding potential employees, especially those belonging to the Millennials and generation Z, are more susceptible to the reputation of the company that they will be working for, or to the compatibility of its values and mission to their own, hence the need to establish and consolidate a strong and fair employer brand.



Many of the candidates, especially those belonging to the last generations having entered the employment market, will consider the possibility to work from home in accepting the employment offer from a certain company to the disadvantage of another this facility could also lead to employee retention.


Ongoing efforts to align to GDPR requirements

The regulation on personal data protection GDPR was implemented in 2018, but companies continue their efforts to align to the standards set out by it.

The HR department is managing, due to the particularities of its activity a significant amount of personal data, and therefore it is important that its aligning efforts should continue.


Potential to increase wages weighed down by the fear of recession  

Staff shortage, which is a trend in the last years largely due to migration, put constant pressure on wages which continued their upward trend, also encouraged by the favourable economic data in the past years. The later period marked a decrease in this trend, as the number of experts forecasting a crisis in the following years has increased.


The experience continues to be significant, but employee attitude is increasingly important  

When discussing talent recruitment, it is notable that organizations place more and more value on a certain attitude, in line with the company culture and the way it operates.

Experience is also important however a company will appreciate a candidate willing to learn and contribute to the development of the company, who has initiative and ideas that can be put into effect. This profile is frequently sought by recruiters for many positions, the lack of experience can be quickly recovered by positive, forward-looking attitude and desire to learn.



2019 will certainly be an important year for HR industry, considering the increasingly quick evolution of technology leading to unburdening the department members from repetitive tasks and the possibility to involve them more often in the companies development strategies.

1. Employee Engagement