By Jim Wong, CPA | November 30, 2016

It’s not too early to think about 2017—after all, we’re only a few short weeks away. As usual with each New Year, there are certain transformations that take effect once January rolls around. So, it’s important to be ready for any change that may come your way so that you can start the year off right.

While many new rules slated for the coming year are ones that organizations are already planning for, you can never be too prepared for all of the new changes in store, especially ones that might not be solidified on paper quite yet.

While there are many modifications coming to the accounting and finance industry, for the sake of this blog entry, I want to focus on some of the changes taking place in the information technology space. I recently read an article on that discusses a number of the ways workforce management will be changing in 2017, and I wanted to share my key takeaways from the article with you along with a few of my own thoughts on this topic.

Learn 4 Ways Tech Will Modify Workforce Management in 2017 below.

1. Technology will continue to drive conversations. 
Today, it’s common knowledge just how much technology has transformed businesses on a global scale, and it’s safe to say that the emerging trend of new technologies will only continue. In 2017, many organizations plan to up their efforts to collect and examine important data regarding employee happiness, engagement and organizational structure. Rather than shying away from these analytics, HR departments and recruitment teams will need to focus on them in order to be as effective and efficient as possible.

2. Emphasis on team remains. 
Despite the fact that technology will modify aspects of workplace management, there’s no denying that the “team” aspect will remain an essential part of organizations, especially with the millennial generation becoming a larger part of the workforce. The focus on what keeps teams engaged and satisfied, and what they need as an organization overall will allow the organization to move to the next level.

3. Focus on user experience. 
User experience is extremely important part of workforce management. Often times, people think of user experience as it relates to clients and vendors, however, it’s important to include colleagues in this as well. For many employees, user experience refers to the software, systems and other technologies they use on a daily basis—does it make their role easier? Time-consuming? Difficult? Organizations must be aware of these things plus flexibility in a role, interviewing and hiring processes, and more.

4. Keep an eye out for gig economy. 
According to this writer, “Gig economy is a great way for companies to scale their workforce based on demand, but also for workers who want to quickly add new skills to their resume by taking on short-term projects.” The notion of temporary, contract or project-based positions are nothing new, but are becoming more attractive to more of the workforce. This is likely to escalate in the coming year, and is a worthy consideration for companies who have the opportunity to offer freelance projects.

What are some of the other ways that information technology will change workforce management? Comment below and let us know.

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