mobile phone userWorkforce Institute board members Sharlyn Lauby and John Hollon joined me for a discussion of how quickly mobile technology is transforming HR.  John is Vice President for Editorial at ERE Media, the go-to source for information and conferences in the human resources and recruiting industries; and Sharlyn is the HR Bartender and President of ITM Group Inc., a training company focused on developing programs to retain and engage talent in the workplace.

Increasingly, HR leaders are grappling with the proliferation of mobile devices and the need for mobile applications for their employees.  And as John notes in our conversation, Gartner has recently predicted that more than 50% of organizations will require their employees to bring their own devices to work by 2017.

According to Gartner, "BYOD drives innovation for CIOs and the business by increasing the number of mobile application users in the workforce. Rolling out applications throughout the workforce presents myriad new opportunities beyond traditional mobile email and communications. Applications such as time sheets, punch lists, site check-in/check-out, and employee self-service HR applications are just a few examples."  

Is your organization moving in this direction?  How prepared are you for the practical (device support, security) and policy (overtime, privacy) implications of more mobile devices in your environment?  If you'd like to hear our discussion of the questions below, you can listen in on our discussion here:

 

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As I mentioned in a recent post on the difficulty I had staying out of Outlook while on vacation, unplugging from the digital world is increasingly difficult for a lot of people.  We're constantly connected via increasingly sophisticated mobile devices.  These pocket sized devils bring us lots of fun and pleasure, as well as making it all too easy to check out on the real world around us as we submerse ourselves in the digiverse.    Being able to check the work email remotely has untethered a lot of us from the bricks-and-mortar office of the past and enabled better work-life balance.  And it's also made it tougher to draw lines between work and life.

So what's the answer?  Our board members Sharlyn Lauby and William Tincup have a lot of experience navigating the boundaries between healthy flexibility and digital addiction.  You can listen in on our conversation on this topic in our podcast titled "Taking a digital vacation".

We're interested in what you have to say on this topic, too.  What's your solution to drawing boundaries between work and life?  Do you ever truly unplug?

If you are chillaxing this weekend and are looking for some reading material, here are a few recommendations from this week's happenings inthe digiverse...

5 Productivity Lessons Learned From My Treadmill Desk http://ow.ly/oUsjp via @hrbartender

The HR Skills Gap: http://ow.ly/oWBvr via @jrkuhns #HR #Skillsgap #hrtechconf

Introverts: How to Unleash the Powers of Thinkers in Your Workplace http://ow.ly/oWCtA via @TLNT_com

What are some common themes, attributes & characteristics that make an HR-technology solution awesome? http://ow.ly/oZ1B6 #hrtechconf

Moving #HR Forward http://ow.ly/oZ2id via @HRExecMag

Simplicity Is the New Black http://ow.ly/p12Fm via @hrbartender

Beyond Projects: Building a Skills-based System http://ow.ly/p14H7 via @HuffPostImpact

A Great Customer Experience Depends On More Than Just Empowering Your Employees http://ow.ly/p163w via @Forbes

#AffordableCareAct: Your Delays and Deadlines Update http://ow.ly/p177x #ACA

Countdown To the Affordable Care Act (#ACA) http://ow.ly/p3eZf via @hrbartender

Kronites are talking about:

Businesses Use New Apps for Workplace Scheduling http://ow.ly/oU6qW via @WSJ, @laurenweberWSJ

Have you registered for #KW2013 yet? Sign up before 10/4 & save $100! Still not convinced? Watch this video: http://ow.ly/oWAT1

Find the right mix of FT/PT employees to support your #ACA compliance strategy. Download our FT-PT Analysis Report: http://ow.ly/oWB8X

#Kronos is a partner of #NHITweek. The most advanced, clinically focused workforce management suite available today http://ow.ly/oWCTJ

KnowledgePass is a great option for Cloud customers - 24/7 access to the latest project team & end-user training. http://ow.ly/p1bkK

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon for #NHITweek: http://ow.ly/oU7fn #healthcare #IT

RT @SmarterCafe: US #DOL #EBSA? That's alot of letters, but they're having 2 #ACA webinars this week to explain. http://ow.ly/oUNEG

Is The UK A Sick Nation? http://ow.ly/oZ2dZ via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK

A Lighter Look At Workforce Management http://ow.ly/p3fIO via @simonmacpherson

Whether “skedjule” or “shejule,” get it right http://ow.ly/p3fP3 via @SmarterCafe

Grilled Python with Ruby on Rails SaaS http://ow.ly/p3fRX via @SmarterCafe

Biometric technology is cool - it's official! http://ow.ly/p3fVX via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK

 

 

 

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