Technology was one of the top trends in HR this year

HR will need to harness technology to equip employees for the future of work.

From talent to trends to thought leadership, technology has dominated conversations in businesses across all sectors.

This year, CHRO South Africa became intimately involved with the challenges and solutions that technology provides for a new workforce that is agile, tech-savvy and able to prioritise.

Take a closer look at the top articles on our tech list.

Top five reasons you’re missing out on tech talent
OfferZen's Stephen van der Heijden says that finding and retaining tech talent has always been a problem in South Africa, and the increase in digital activity is making it even harder.

He shares insights from OfferZen’s hiring data report based on a survey of over 3,500 local developers, on why it’s so hard to attract and retain software developers, including the top five reasons companies are missing out on hiring top developer talent.

Read more: Five reasons SA companies are missing out on top tech talent - CHRO South Africa
Top 10 tech trends that will affect your life

Garsen Naidu, general manager of Cisco for sub-Saharan Africa, shares 10 technology trends soon to be affecting our lives. This after almost two years of living and working during a pandemic that has brought about a new world of work with new experiences and new priorities.

Read more: Cisco’s GM, Garsen Naidu, shares 10 technology trends soon to be affecting our lives - CHRO South Africa

Top three defining tech moments
The smart use of technology is one way to tackle current and future challenges. From supporting employees working from home, managing compliance and cash flow to duty of care obligations, there are many ways technology can support businesses and their staff – now and in the post-Covid-19 world.

If 2020 has taught businesses one thing, it’s that they can take decisive action when pushed to do so, especially when it comes to implementing new digital tech to help forward-thinking organisations to thrive in unforeseen circumstances.

As many are now beginning to realise, these new tools have become critical to streamline processes, automate tasks, and remote work.

Read more: Three defining tech moments that have helped businesses face Covid-19 - CHRO South Africa

Thought leadership on embracing technology
One of the themes at this year’s HR Indaba Conversation was ‘talking tech’, which saw a panel of HR experts discuss the challenges and opportunities being faced by organisations as bots and other automation platforms take over day-to-day functions.

In this session, Lexis Nexis HR director Gcobisa Ntshona highlights that Covid-19 showed us that the environment we work in can shift and change, and that you can’t always mandate productivity, but you can provide your people with tools to be their best.

Panellists also discussed how HR can be a catalyst for helping people on the automation journey.

Read more: Spotlight on HR’s role in people embracing technology at HR Indaba Conversations - CHRO South Africa

Top tips for a digitally transformed workforce
Associate consultant, digital advisory at Dimension Data, Danielle Barber says seismic changes like the pandemic have accelerated the digital transformation of the workforce and organisations have needed to shift to being people-led and technology-run.

She shares the workforce transformation we have to adopt for 2022.

Read more: Preparing for the digitally transformed workforce in 2022 - CHRO South Africa.