Your organisation might consider itself to be at the forefront of the developments that will come to define the 21st-century workplace, much as the Industrial Revolution profoundly shaped the working environments and conditions of the 19th century.

However, a backdrop of ever-more sophisticated artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning technology is presently taking the world closer to what some have declared will be a Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Here are just some of the trends that, as leading ATS providers here at Webrecruit, we expect will need to be carefully factored into your own firm’s thinking as you recruit, train and prosper over the decade or so ahead.

 

The expected and slightly lesser-expected impacts of automation

It has long been predicted that a more automated workplace will exert downward pressure on wages at the same time as heightening competition. However, it is also thought that automation could bring about a significant shift in the skills that workers use from one day to the next.

The increased automation of tasks is expected to bring about a greater demand for technical skill-sets, and lower demand for less technically-oriented skills such as basic data input and processing. The latter type of work’s focus on ever-more redundant tasks helps to make it ripe for automation.

 

The continued prominence of the cloud

Automation will hardly be the only big story of this century’s digital workplace; after all, even this technology cannot thrive without the right platform of complementary technologies.

For employees to achieve the maximum levels of collaboration and productivity, for example, they will frequently need to access workplace resources beyond their bounds of their office.

This helps to explain why the cloud is certainly not going anywhere anytime soon; indeed, Daniel Newman has said in Forbes that “the cloud is arguably the number one factor in the changing modern digital workplace.”

The cloud’s ability to save space, time and money, not to mention its high level of customisability in accordance with a business’s most specific needs, will help to keep it an immensely relevant technology during the coming century.

 

The wide range of possibilities that Applicant Tracking Systems can bring

Recruitment software is now far from just an add-on for the most forward-thinking HR teams; it deserves the status as a staple and central feature of a firm’s online recruitment efforts.

With the premier Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) on the market today serving up such key functionalities as the ability to move candidates between stages with the click of a button, the efficient sharing of vacancies across social media, and the scheduling of interview appointments, now is the time to start comparing the offerings of the leading ATS providers.

We would be delighted to serve as such ATS providers for your own organisation here at Webrecruit, giving you the benefit of a user-friendly, feature-packed and web-based platform that could significantly bolster the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of your hiring.

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