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    June 19, 2024

    Navigating the HR Technology Ecosystem

    The HR technology ecosystem can seem overwhelming in today's fast-paced business environment. Countless solutions promise to revolutionize your HR process, and yet none of them seem connected throughout the employee journey.  

    In this post, we’ll break down this landscape and paint a vision where people are empowered to own their career journeys, and leaders can make informed decisions. It’s time to take control and leverage HR technology to your advantage.

    Understanding the HR Tech Landscape

    The HR technology ecosystem is vast and mature, having evolved over decades. Today, thousands of tools exist for every niche need, from recruitment and onboarding to employee engagement, performance management, and retention. While the intent of these technologies is to improve operational efficiency, make the employee experience better, and empower HR leaders to be more data-driven and strategic, the market is so saturated. A company’s ability to make anything of them is less about optimizing your HR strategy and more about figuring out how to integrate them together. Will this new AI-powered career pathing software really improve our learning process, or were the words of encouragement from my CEO to be more progressive and AI-minded all I needed to buy the next great app? 

    Let’s set the record straight—technology does nothing! As a career business strategist in the tech space, you’d think I was committing career suicide here. But bear with me. Really. What does software do?  It enables us to perform tasks better, faster, and more efficiently with stronger communication. It helps scale human capabilities and streamlines complex processes. It's not a magic solution or silver bullet. The software will only perform as well as the strategy that it supports. There are too many “strategists” out there who think that the technology will lead them to the promised land. I regret to inform you this is not the case. The real value comes from how you use these tools to meet your specific needs.

    When you do have a solid plan, and you start researching the latest HR tech to support it, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t be swayed by the marketing filled with pictures and the promise of never making another bad hire or management mistake again. It’s hard, but stay focused on understanding your unique business needs and how different tools can address them.

    HR Tech Stack Market Map (5)

    Four Steps to Acquiring HR Tech That Works for You

    Step 1: Understand your Needs

    The first step is to define your organization's HR needs. What are your pain points? What do you and your team want to achieve? By identifying these specific requirements, you can narrow down the vast array of tools to those that offer the most relevant and helpful solutions. Remember, plan and process first. Technology last.

    Step 2: Conduct Thorough Research

    Once you know what you're looking for, go to the web and start researching! Visit the websites of potential vendors, read reviews, and compare features. Pay close attention to each program's marketing messages. Many tools will try to market themselves as must-have solutions, but not all will meet your needs.

    Step 3: Evaluate Usability and Integration

    A common obstacle with many HR tools is their lack of integration with other existing systems. Understand the integration capabilities of any potential tools and ensure that they can seamlessly connect with your current HR infrastructure. This program should be helpful, not an integration headache.

    Step 4: Focus on Technological Empowerment

    Again, technology is an enabler, not a magic wand. Its true value is in how it empowers you and your team to work better, faster, and more efficiently. Look for tools that offer clear value propositions and demonstrate how they can enhance your HR processes and improve your team's workflow.

    Consult the Experts


    Here at Lever Talent, we offer dedicated customer success advocates to help guide you throughout the process. Our team works closely with you to understand your unique needs and ensure that you find the best program to maximize the benefits of your chosen HR tools, making the transition smooth and hassle-free. 

    We also partner with leading HR tech providers to offer comprehensive HR support programs. These programs enable us to provide you with the latest insights and best practices, ensuring that you stay ahead in the competitive HR landscape.

    Empower Yourself with the Right Tech for You

    Navigating the HR technology ecosystem can be daunting, but it doesn't have to stop your momentum. By understanding your needs, conducting thorough research, and leveraging expert support, you can take control of your HR tech strategy.

    If you're interested in discussing this topic further or exploring how working with a partner like Lever Talent can help you on your talent strategy journey, let's meet.



    Drew Fortin

    Drew is a people-first, values-driven leader with nearly 20 years of growth strategy and team-building experience across retail, marketing technology, local media, and HR tech. He spent 7 years at The Predictive Index, where he was Chief Growth Officer responsible for the company's strategy to build the world's first...

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