How Having Tech Expertise Can Give You a Competitive Edge in Any Industry

Regardless of what field you work in, having an understanding of the tech world can give you job security unlike any other. Because so many positions are being switched out with programs that can more or less run themselves, job security is something everyone should be concerned about. A way to make sure that you remain important in your career field is by taking the time to learn computer software. While coding is considered a new language, it’s relatively easy to learn with enough time, and it can provide you with a bountiful future. Here are few reasons why learning computer software could be what keeps you in your field.


Job Cuts


While not every job is going to eventually be given to robots, computer programs, and the like, some inevitably will. Business owners like a large profit and a source of those profits being decreased are having to pay living workers. Hiring robots or programs to perform tasks former humans did is a sure way to fill their pockets even more. It’s a stark view, but it’s the truth. If you want to make sure that your job isn’t cut, or you aren’t out of a job, learning code and other computer techs can make you an asset. After all, someone needs to be able to make those programs and monitor them. Someone needs to be able to fix the robot when it inevitably breaks down. Depending on your strengths, find the niche in computer technology that works best for you and learn it the best that you can. You should find yourself with a job, preferably in your own career field, for years and years.


Pay Raise


Computer scientists make a decent amount of money. In 2011, computer scientists were averaging around $49 an hour. That’s no small amount of change. While salaries vary between computer tech careers, you may be able to find a little boost in income when you can offer additional services to your employer. So, if making a little bit of extra cash sounds good to you, then you might want to sit down and learn some coding for web development. It certainly won’t hurt.


Tech Is Everywhere


As mentioned before, computer technology is being used in virtually every field. From arts to sciences, some form of computer tech is being used. This opens up the playing field for you. Not only can you essentially work in any field that you want, but you could choose to work at home, too. Say goodbye to gas costs and having to wear uncomfortable office clothes. Now you can make a large amount of money all while wearing pajamas or sweatpants. You don’t have to sacrifice doing something that you love for the bigger bucks either. Find a field you enjoy, pursue it, and add your tech experience to it. With enough experience under your belt, employers everywhere will be looking to gobble up into their workforce. For once, you can have employers begging for your employment rather than the other way around.


Become The Perfect Employee


Whether you started out with a computer science degree or not, having that education expands on your skills. Whatever you picked up in your previous jobs or at your current workplace, you can add to what you’re going to learn in computer science. For those who have a strong grasp of both the consumer and customer service world, as well as, the computer world is an enticing blend for an employer. Your well-rounded group of skills makes you an instant-hire for many businesses.


Don’t Be Left Behind


You’re likely not alone in considering a computer science degree or education. You should get started immediately and reap the benefits as quickly as possible. It certainly won’t hurt you in the robot-led future.


How to Integrate Technology into Your HR Department

analytics copyHuman resource is one of the key departments of an organization. It’s the part of the organization that’s responsible for the recruitment of employees. If the staff fails, the company fails. If the HR department fails at its task of making sure that the company hires only the crème de la crème, the whole company is at risk of imminent failure. This is why business leaders should make sure that the company’s HR department is always at peak performance.

Recent advancements in technology have made it possible for organizations to streamline the operation of the human resource department thus increasing productivity and subsequently getting better results. This is through the adoption of software applications that come with a collection of tools designed to help staff members to perform the department’s mindless, but important tasks, giving employees time to focus on the important stuff. With the adoption of such technology, employees can direct all their efforts to come up with recruitment strategies that guarantee only the best employees for your business.

Implementation Challenges

However, the adoption and implementation of new technology in your HR department, just like in other departments, is no walk in the park. From challenges resulting from rolling out the technology itself to skeptical employees, the process can be grueling. Some of your staff members might feel threatened and therefore reluctant to accept this technology. What can you do to guarantee early, rapid adoption? Is rewarding and incentivizing employees who adopt it helpful? What do you do with those who don’t?

The vast majority of business leaders agree that digitizing an organization’s operations is important. The same group of individuals also says that lack of proper communication about the strategic benefits of new technology, lack of urgency leading to slow pace in initiating technological change, and employee skepticism are some of the challenges organizations face when trying to integrate new technologies to their departments. Here are ways to overcome some of these hurdles:

Choose Your Technology Wisely

When choosing HR technology for your business, pick the most intuitive and most approachable technology, whether it’s just a simple employee timesheet management application, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Technologies that come with hefty user manuals and require months of training are a sure way to have stalled adoption and ultimate failure. If your employees find it useful and easy to use, they will definitely embrace it.

Make It Fun

It’s better to reward behaviors you like than to penalize behaviors you don’t like. Figure out which employees are on the forefront of the adoption and come up with a way of rewarding them. It’s a good way to engage and motivate your staff and you’ll have an easier time integrating your tech.

Make It a Routine

In the early stages of adopting new tech, show your employees that this is the way things are going to be in the future. It is a transitioning process. Let them get used to it. Make it a routine. Focus on making it harder not to use the technology.

Get Your Influencers On Board

Recruit a group of the most influential employees and get them to adopt and learn how to use the technology early. Having this group of employees spearhead the adoption will help the company adopt the tech faster and easier.

While rolling out new technology in a company, managers should expect to face these challenges, starting with reluctant employees. There’s always going to be a naysayer with a knee jerk reaction to oppose everything and other employees who are not innately tech savvy. These are some of the Luddites you should expect from the get go and you should figure out a way to work through them.