Traditionally, HR closely monitors employees through survey feedback or built-in monitoring software. However, these methods do not provide accurate data and objective evaluations, leading to reduced employee engagement and misunderstandings. To excel in this department, HR managers need a way to track employee performance, behavior, and well-being without these consequences. This is where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in. It can provide accurate monitoring results, which makes HR tasks much more efficient. Let's see how professionals can use IoT technology to improve human resources.
Benefits of IoT for HR
#1: Employee well-being
The health of employees is a major concern for employers. They want to be sure that their employees can achieve results without compromising their health. Otherwise, an employee with health issues will lead to more sick days, reduced productivity and less revenue. Here, HR teams can closely monitor employee health with connected devices.
For example, wearable devices provide data such as walking distance, steps, vital signs, and food intake. The department can identify health problems and identify dangerous situations based on data. For example, some wearable devices can identify specific locations of infected employees and create a map of security zones and pre-cleared areas. This technology can make the workplace safer and improve efficiency.
#2: Recruit better
Recruitment is one of the most important processes in human resources. The IoT now allows HR to track employee responses during hiring. Thanks to this technology, the HR department can make the recruitment process more efficient.
For example, recruiters can create virtual experiences for job interviews. By integrating augmented reality into the environment, HR can improve candidate assessment and track responses through wearable technology. On the other hand, IoT equipped with artificial intelligence can improve the selection process by eliminating biases and increasing employee diversity.
#3: Improved employee productivity
The IoT has eye tracking technology to detect eye movements using sensors. By tracking these movements, HR employees can identify factors such as specific work hours or background noise distractions.
This information helps HR gather insights into employee productivity at work, especially for remote and hybrid workers. In return, they can help employees improve their time and stress management through meetings to ensure they are more active during working hours.
Additionally, IoT sensor technology can identify the most productive employees, allowing HR to provide professional support. For example, a tag in a keyboard can detect keystrokes per minute. Suppose HR determines that an employee is better at typing than handling calls. In this case, HR could move this employee to the back office to increase productivity. It doesn’t stop there, smart light bulbs and other devices like smart locks can also be used to increase productivity.
#4: Comfort at work
Research shows that two-thirds of companies report that their employees feel overwhelmed, leading to psychological and physical distress. The Internet of Things has the potential – with the help of AI – to detect symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses in employees.
For example, cameras can click images of employees at certain times of the day - extracting patterns of behavior and comparing them to images of people suffering from depression. In this way, technology can help determine if an employee is suffering from mental health issues. If IoT results indicate that an employee is depressed, it can alert HR staff and allow them to arrange counseling sessions. As a result, employees can reduce burnout and feel more comfortable at work.
IoT & the future of HR
The Internet of Things enables organizations to make concrete decisions. It allows HR to connect with the workforce, solve problems and achieve goals more effectively. With this innovation power, the IoT will improve HR response time and agility, helping organizations stay ahead of the curve while attracting potential employees.