The Internet of Things (IoT) allows connections between people and things (devices) through one network. The data exchanging between the two provides useful information regarding the people using the device. Thus, IoT brings together a company’s HR department with those searching for work. Then after hiring, IoT helps HR to increase the agency’s efficiency and productivity.

The Internet of Things and the Hiring Process

No doubt the smartphone is well-known. Through IoT, the user can do more than making a phone call. The right app can help with scheduling, monitoring health, and even aid in controlling television channels.

Even though the IoT started out in the health and automotive industries, this technology is seen in smart homes and smart cars as well. With people relying so much on digital connections, it only stands to reason that hiring practices become associated with the digital world also.

However, before worrying about desirable qualifications, an HR professional needs resumes. The HR department should make the company appear progressive, especially for future employees who are technologically savvy. It can be hard to do this while finding the perfect candidates who are specialized in the needed field. When struggling to find qualified candidates, consider using a hiring agency, like an IT staffing agency, to ensure the new hires are specialized enough.

Preparing for the Internet of Things

An athlete measures a variety of variables, such as the distance of a run, how much weight he lifts, and so on. Doing so creates a competitive advantage over his competitors. Research suggests that like athletes, the corporate world deals with lots of issues – decisions, emails, and attending meetings that overtake the time necessary to complete work.

IoT also helps the everyday consumer through wearable devices, aiding the user to understand patterns of exercise, diet, pulse, or whatever helps to create the quantified self. An estimated 45 million such devices were bought in 2015, and this number is expected to have an annual growth upwards of 45 percent by 2019. Plenty of information exists about wearable devices for employees, giving the HR professional ways to change the work environment. However, this could be difficult to implement; who wants their boss having total access to their lives? Nevertheless, analysis shows that employers want to be innovative.

For a company to find its edge, it must realize the flexibility of IoT. This technology is wearable, is found as security measures in homes and offices, and is utilized by many industries. Analysis reveals that almost 60 percent of IoT will represent applications in the corporate world. Read more here.

Utilizing the Internet of Things for Efficiency

Any mechanisms that turn on and off and can each connect to the internet created the idea behind IoT. Big Data just keeps growing due to IoT’s network expansion. So, how do companies use their collection of Big Data for efficiency?

Let’s look at a few industries and how they use IoT. Retailers use tiny radio transmitting sensors (RFID) in their products. The sensors tell a story for management: for instance, which items get purchased the most and the store’s demographic shopping preferences.

As for the health industry, IoT allows for long-distance patient care and monitoring. Recently, this field created a new device–the KardiaMobile. It provides heart rhythm data to the user’s doctor and can be used anywhere at any time.

So, taking a hint from the health industry, HR can create its own apps for the company’s needs: job training, evaluation, and tracking attendance. However, HR professionals should be careful not to invade their employees’ privacy. Also, as more information is gathered, HR should concern themselves with not breaching company security.

Thus, with increasing efficiency, productivity also increases. Just remember, introducing such technology is better done as slowly as possible; increased IoT could send some employees to the unemployment line and even create workplace confusion if not used properly.


Author Bio:  Jeremy is a tech and business writer from Simi Valley, CA. He’s worked for Adobe, Google, and himself. He lives for success stories, and hopes to be one someday.