Techopedia defines the Internet of Things as “a computing concept that describes the idea of everyday physical objects being connected to the internet and being able to identify themselves to other devices.”


In today’s world, anything can be connected and communicate in an intelligent fashion. It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be between 50 and 200 billion connected devices. This fact completely changes not only the way companies will do business but how Human Resources responsibilities can be handled.

Get it Right from the Start

Before integrating the concept of IoT into your Human Resources department, or any part of your business, you must first address the drawbacks.

Since this is a fairly new concept, there are no clear standards or regulations so it is important to clearly outline your company’s stand. With the ability to connect many employees and devices, there is a risk of security breaches. When you make your company information widely available to your employees, there is the opportunity for unwanted eyes seeing protected company information as well. Establishing a strong IT team to monitor your network will be key.

Privacy is also a concern both for the company and employees. With the ability to closely monitor what employees are doing, there must be clear rules set up regarding what is business-related activities for the employee and what is not. Having strong policies regarding privacy will help your employees acclimate to the changes. Once you have the foundation of a good Internet of Things policy, the benefits to both your company and your employees will be endless.

The future is automated and efficient. In order to have complete control over HR processes, custom software is a must in this day and age. With the ability to digitally store and manage employee information including applications forms, automate payroll, track performance and so much more, businesses are realizing the need of introducing HRM software into their operations to go with the ages.

Building a Better Team

For your Human Resources department, the entire interaction with employees from hiring to retiring will be much more efficient. Hiring teams can utilize one network to scan and identify potential job candidates through their smartphones in a fraction of the time. They can evaluate the candidates’ skills through augmented reality testing environments and narrow down the pool with much more precision. This also gives the potential employees a chance to “experience” what the job will entail allowing them to make a much more informed decision on what jobs are the best fit. Once the pool of candidates is narrowed, interviews can be set up and even conducted through connected devices.

Preparing a New Team

Onboarding and training new teams can be handled much more thoroughly using integrated Smart technology. Wearable devices such as Smart glasses can provide employees the opportunity to complete orientation and encourage self-learning. Smart training environments will ensure they get the most out of the time they spend in a classroom environment. Intelligent chairs can track attendance both in training and once on the job. These concepts can make continued education much easier for employees and take less time away from their main job responsibilities once they are productive.

Office of the Future

Once your new team hits the floor, things like wearable tracking devices mobile devices will make the duties of your Human Resources department much simpler. Performance evaluations can be completely automated and provide accurate performance feedback accessible to employees immediately. Employee attendance can be monitored and addressed quickly before concerns arise.

Many people are using fitness trackers in their personal lives to help keep them healthy and help reduce healthcare costs. This concept can be used with your employees too. These types of devices can help human resources and employees stay on top of health concerns and even monitor the stress levels of your employees that could cause problems if not addressed.

Company and employee productivity can be increased with integrated devices. Your employees with be able to access information instantly and be able to reach you with ideas and thoughts they come up with outside of the workplace. Your employees will be able to work from just about anywhere with a strong network and cloud access to company information which will expand on their productive time. For instance, if they are caught in traffic, they will be able to access company resources to make the most of that time.

Although these ideas may sound like magic, they are being implemented in companies across the world. Developing this quantitative work environment will be a learning process at first and seem a bit scary for older members of your team, the benefits and increase in productivity this system provides are worth the dedication.