How The Internet Of Things Will Impact HR

by Patrick Willer for TLNT

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Who would have thought that an Internet of things would be so important for the human resources department? And yet here we are. 10 billion devices give us 24/7 access to anybody and anything. Changing the way we live and work while being only in first gear. Analysts expect between 50 and 200 billion connected devices in 2020.

While humans are still in the center of all these machines, it’s time for HR to up the ante and prepare the workforce for these new waves of technology.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

IoT is one global (currently only limited to our planet) digital nervous system of devices and sensors that can connect devices with each other and with people. Here are a couple of examples. And a brilliant infographic.

Why is IoT important for HR?

I see two major IoT challenges for any organization where HR is the success factor. The first challenge is outside in: Absorbing IoT big data.

HR should have a sound strategy for maximum agility when absorbing the impact of IoT. This primarily refers to having the right workforce composition. The optimal balance in modern core skills, like agility, collaboration, cognitive flexibility, creativity and organizational development. It all comes down to educating and preparing the organization to absorb the big data that comes from IoT.

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