What You Need to Know to Plan Your Digital HR Strategy This Year

Digital HR Strategy Planning 2018What will it take to reach your team management goals this year? Does your business plan for 2018 involve changes to your current HR management process or a shift in employee engagement models?

Whatever your goals, it’s not enough to write them out and discuss them in strategy meetings. You also need a plan for making them happen. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite resources on how to achieve your goals this year (and every year).


Analytics and Benchmarking

Before you can move forward with a plan, you need to understand the current state of affairs. In addition to your own HR analytics, it pays to understand broader workforce trends that will help you boost your employer brand and create a better company culture. BambooHR has put together a fantastic rundown of key statistics on performance management, employee wellbeing, job seekers, and workplace culture from sources like Gallup, JobVite, and the EEOC:

58 HR Statistics You Need to Know Right Now


Strategy Planning

Do you know how to get from where you are now to where you want to be at the end of this year? There is a formula and it’s called backcasting:

How Backcasting Put a Man on the Moon—And What That Means for HR


HR Technology Disruptions

Josh Bersin’s list of ten HR technology disruptions for 2018 should be required reading for every HR leader. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap in infographic form:

2018 HR Technology Disruptions


Talent Strategy

Business success depends on hiring the right people. The new year is a perfect time to take a look at your talent strategy and revamp it based on current workforce trends. Recruitment Process Outsourcing firm Hire Velocity has put together a great post on how to build a more effective talent strategy in 2018 including total talent solutions, recruiting technology and finding the right balance of talent and technology: 

2018 Workforce Trends That Will Shape Your Talent Strategy



Onboarding can make a huge difference in retention rates. Successful onboarding helps new employees feel engaged, confident, and valuable. This article from Vibe focuses specifically on onboarding millennials, but these principles can be applied broadly to your total workforce:

8 Tips for Awesome Onboarding of Millennials


Employee Engagement

HR Bartender first brought the X Model of employee engagement to our attention in this post:

Employee Engagement Defined

Explained in a video by BlessingWhite, it’s one of the best visual representations of how employee engagement functions on a practical level that we have found. In fact, we were so intrigued by it that we wrote our own post about how this model relates to your HR technology, which you can read here:

The Anatomy of Employee Engagement: How Your HCMS Keeps Workers Happy and Productive


Wellness Programs

Wellness is a growing element of company culture, and it can give you competitive advantage in terms of employee engagement, retention, and productivity. Here’s a look at how to increase participation (and use your digital strategy to promote wellness): 

Improving Company Culture Starts With Wellness


Start Strong in 2018

It’s a new year, and that means new opportunities. No matter where you’re starting, we’ve got the tools and resources you need to take the next step. Let us help you start the new year strong:

HRIS Comparison Tool

Our one-of-a-kind survey tool designed to help you sort through the many HR software options on the market. Simply answer a list of questions about your software needs and receive a customized list of vendors that match your requirements.

HCM Quick Search

No time for the full survey? Use our Quick Search Tool to narrow down your choices in just minutes.

HR Software Buyer's Guide

This is your comprehensive guide to researching and buying new HR software. From creating your requirements list to choosing a vendor, this guide gives you everything you need to know to make a no-regrets purchase.  

HR Software Information Resources

Just researching at this point? We can help with that too. Check out our library of articles and resources dedicated to all things HR tech.