How Will Wearable Devices Impact HR?

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Wearable devices are taking the world by storm. I caught the craze over the summer and purchased a pair of Google Glass for the team. We have probably utilized the device for no more than 40 hours total. It is not that it is not cool, its just not meaningful at the moment. And people give you that weird dumbfounded look when you have the on in public.

We acquired a pair of Glass to gauge of how wearables will impact HR. Since we provide companies with recruitment software , we are investigating what the future might look like. Here are my 3 quick thoughts on what wearables could be used for!

1. Wearable Glasses will be utilized to record and assess in-person interviews. Once someone passes their interview through HireVue or TakeTheInterview, an in-person interview will be established with a recruiter or hiring manager. By equipping themselves with a device, such as Google Glass, the interviewer could record and gauge the applicants responses to questions. All types of data can be measured and stored for current and future purposes. Simple reactions to certain questions could alert the recruiter to whether this person is a good fit for the position or not.

2. Wearable watches or beacon enabled phones could allow for accurate time tracking of employees. Are they where they are supposed to be? Can an employer cut down on fraud my having a second time clock gauge? I think so.

3. Wristband or Bracelets, think FitBit, could monitor the health of employees while working at strenuous jobs. Imagine a HR manager monitoring 200 carpenters at a worksite. If the heart rate of one of the employees is dangerously high, why not send them a buzz to take it easy? Might cut down on a potential heart attack and worker’s compensation.

Once again, these are just a few thoughts and ideas that I have.

– Alex

5 Quick Steps to Take Your Hiring Mobile

I was published in a recent article in FranchisingUSAMagazine and thought the topic was very valuable to our readers so it’s posted again here:

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The days of the PC are numbered and mobile devices are to blame. The decline in PC sales, nationally and globally, has been well documented for quite some time now. We see companies like Dell, at one point the largest PC maker, doing their best IBM impression while scrambling to restructure its organization and develop new services. At Hewlett Packard, CEO Meg Whitman has the daunting task of cutting 24,000 jobs by 2014 due to the slump in PC Sales. Needless to say, PC makers are in trouble.

Conversely, people are consuming more data than ever. I formerly worked in the television industry and we always relied on TV being the number one medium. That trend is coming to an end. In 2013, eMarketer estimates that adults will spend more than five hours consuming digital media every day. This will eclipse the four and a half hours that we spend each day attempting to become a crispy Frito Lay – and signifies the end of an era. Mobile accounts for nearly 50 percent of the time spent consuming digital media, proving that it is one of the driving forces behind the decline of the PC. Read on