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By the end of 2013, most U.S. employees were fed up with work and had started searching for new jobs on their smartphones. In 2014, across the workforce, more employees used mobile applications, mobile devices and mobile phones to get their jobs done.
These trends dominated the top five most-read
SHRM Online HR technology articles from 2014:
That’s It, I Quit! Where’s My Cellphone?
Jobvite’s online survey of 2,135 adults, conducted in December 2013, found that 71 percent of the U.S. labor force was “willing to wander.” That figure included unemployed people and the 51 percent of employed workers who were actively looking for or open to new positions.
“People are now looking for jobs all the time, and they’re using their mobile device to do so,” Jobvite President and CEO Dan Finnigan told
SHRM Online. “They’re doing it throughout the day. They’re doing it in bed; they’re doing it while eating; they’re doing it in the bathroom”—and at work.
Mobile Apps at Work: A Definitive Trend for 2014
In a webinar, HR software developer PeopleMatter reported that mobile applications were the No. 1 workforce trend that would be good or bad for brands in 2014.
Why mobile apps? Well, for one, more and more people are tethered to the Internet from the palms of their hands. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 56 percent of American adults have smartphones. Most cellphone users (67 percent) check their phones for calls, messages or alerts—“even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating,” Pew reported.
Using Social Media to Hire? Not so Fast
There are so many legal pitfalls to avoid when using social media in the candidate sourcing and screening processes that some HR professionals might wonder whether it’s worth all the trouble.
The answer is yes—if it’s done carefully. Social media can significantly expand the universe of applicants and shed valuable light on job candidates when recruiters use a disciplined approach, experts say. Laws and regulations tend to lag behind changes in social media and HR, but sound social media policies can help keep hiring and screening practices viable. And social media can help organizations remain competitive for top talent.
States Crack Down on Social Media Snooping
In an age where people often share their most private thoughts online—without first considering who will see them—lawmakers and experts say states are leading the charge to safeguard individual privacy rights since the federal government has yet to step in. New Hampshire became the 18th state in the country—the sixth in 2014—to bar employers from requesting access to the personal social media accounts of present or prospective employees. Similar legislation has either been introduced or is pending in at least 28 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Telecommuting Grows, Despite High-Profile Defections
Yahoo’s controversial move in early 2013 to bar employees from telecommuting and Best Buy’s subsequent decision to limit its work-from-home options may have created the impression that telework is losing favor among U.S. employers. Yet several forecasts in recent years have predicted continued vigorous expansion in telecommuting.
Aliah D. Wright is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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