FirstDibs by Amor Maclang • Published 08 August 2019


The Philippines is at the heart of a technological revolution as more industries find themselves immersed in disruptive technology. With more technology available at their fingertips, certain departments that were seen as siloed-off and standalone are now progressively making their impact on businesses.

In the world of human resources, here are six major trends that push manpower management beyond it is limits. Salarium CEO Judah Hirsch enumerated these at Peeptech: Teching Up in HR, People, and Culture, FinTech Philippines’ monthly mixer held last July.

Big Data

The Philippines is up for a big data revolution. As more data becomes available for consolidation, the next big step is to use data analytics and insights to find trends and patterns in human behavior.

For HR, this can enhance and oil the wheels of the hiring process to take it out of the medieval-age practices of job role misfit and hit-and-miss culture fit. This works especially well for industries with flexible arrangements, as they can build their own practices and insights on what works best.

Mobile Apps

In the right hands, a few key mobile apps can change the world. As everything becomes connected through technology, the way one uses mobile apps can be the difference between progressive practitioners and the tech-nosaurus.

Take Salarium, for example. Salarium is a two-pronged system that lets HR manage tracking and payroll systems of employees and enables employees to take charge of their own payments and transactions through SALPay. For one software system, a company can provide its employees with a unique and handy tool that streamlines processes in one go.

Social Media Use

Social media used to have a bad rep in the workplace—which is not a surprise when your employee spends half their time updating their profiles and browsing through their feeds. Now, this is a practice that’s not only common, but also expected to stay in the competition.

For HR, social media use can work on many levels. On the hiring side, it can be a source of recommendations and clarifications (because yes, HR managers still diligently check candidates' profiles and social media activity). On manpower policing, more companies are increasingly lenient, especially when they understand how to utilize employees’ social media footprint that is relevant to the company’s own goals.

Cloud Technology

Cloud technology may still feel like a backend utility in terms of its use in company practices. However, one way that it’s making itself felt and seen in workplaces is in investments in SaaS tools and apps.

SaaS, also known as Software as a Service, has tools that make certain services available to customers via the Internet. HR can take advantage of it with tools like Salarium, which streamlines operations on the cloud and adapts application to other mediums besides desktop applications, making it perfect for the flexible workspace.

Bring Your Own Device

A brewing tech issue in the Philippines is the Data Privacy Act, which shapes company policies and protocols when it comes to devices that can be used and utilized by employees. This highly affects a trend seen in many flexible spaces—bring your own device.

Having and using your own device, especially in work environments that don’t have employees glued to their tests 9-to-5, can bring a sense of freedom that works as an incentive. With the right adjustments, HR departments can better streamline operations and make use of appropriate monitoring apps to ensure that data protection doesn’t come at the cost of employee benefits.

Wearable Tech

Thanks to the advent of Fit Bits and health tracker apps, ensuring employee safety became a lot easier. As more employees start taking their own steps to monitor their health, HR can also take advantage of these to better monitor and aid employees for any health concerns. It’s a value-added experience that paves the way to employee satisfaction.

These six technological trends are slowly weaving their way into Filipino startups and businesses. How they adapt these may depend upon the initiative of HR departments as decision-makers for the manpower. Whether it is in improving and making efficient existing operations or adding more value to employee experience, HR holds the key to unleashing greater potential and jumpstarting innovation with the company’s’ lifeblood.