Understanding HR Trends; an incomplete list of Techy words (part I)

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From my experience it is hard to exchange visions or brainstorm about the future when certain nouns and verbs are being used incorrectly. Sometimes they are not even known at all. Yet we all talk HR. So based on trending HR articles I made a dictionary of 60 words that possibly cross your path when you are rethinking your HR. It might help understand each other.

Agile HR

Designing HR to support and organization that works according to agile methodologies. Designing the people practices to support agile ways and methodologies of working, the agile organization model and the agile cycles. … We can use Scrum, Kanban, Lean Startup or SAFe as a philosophy and methodology. (Source: Peoplegeeks)


Analog probably became the word of choice after its use in analog recording (as opposed to digital recording technologies such as CDs) and analog watch (as opposed to digital watches). In both cases it was appropriate because the smoothly varying analog signal was a direct contrast to the quantized digital experience. (Source: English stackexchange)

Applicant tracking

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs. An ATS can be implemented or accessed online on an enterprise or small business level, depending on the needs of the company and there is also free and open source ATS software available. (Source: Wikepedia)

Application suite

A application suite is as a group of different but interrelated software programs that are combined and packaged together. … An application suite is also known as a software suite, utility suite or productivity suite. (Source: Techopedia)

Artificial Intelligence

The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. (Source: Google search)

Augmented reality

A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. (Source: Google search)


A digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. “we can actually have a look at the blockchain and see evidence of what’s going on”. (Source: Google Search)

Candidate Attraction

“Candidate attraction” refers to the tools and techniques that an employer uses to attract potential applicants to fill a vacancy. (Source: Xperthr)

Candidate Experience

The Candidate Experience is the collective result of ALL the interactions you have with candidates in the recruitment marketing and hiring process. (Source: Smashfly Blog)

Career Owners

Career ownership is defined as an ongoing process involving self-trust, responsibility, and personal accountability.” … In viewing themselves as managers of their own careers, your employees will increase their value as employees as well as enhance their own career success. (Source: Careerinsiders)

Cloud solutions

Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on shared computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. … The services are delivered and used over the Internet and are paid for by the cloud customer on an as-needed or pay-per-use business model. (Source: Webopedia)


Collaboration in the workplace is when two or more people (often groups) work together through idea sharing and thinking to accomplish a common goal. It is simply teamwork taken to a higher level. Teamwork is often a physical joining of two people or a group to accomplish a task. (Source: Study.com)

Consumerisation of HR

Consumerisation of HR refers to creating a social, mobile, and consumer-style experience for employees inside the company. … The lines are blurring between HR and marketing, real estate, communications, and IT. (Source: Forbes)


Information, especially facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and used by a computer. (Source: Cambridge dictionary)

Design thinking

Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients. … Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systematic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be—and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer). (Source: Creativityatwork)

Digital Employee Experience

Digital employee experience is the sum total of the digital interactions between a staff member and their organisation. (Source: Steptwo.com)

Digital HR

Digital HR is the foundation for organisational transformation to make it future-ready. Digital HR is a technology-enabled way of work that leverages new age sciences to make HR transactions and decisions intuitive, informed and inspiring to enable organisational effectiveness. It is an integration that embeds HR activities with business on a real time and real impact basis. (Source: DigitalnewsAsia)


Electronic assessment, also known as e-assessment, online assessment, computer assisted/mediated assessment and computer-based assessment, is the use of information technology in various forms of assessment such as educational assessment, health assessment, psychiatricassessment, and psychological assessment. (Source: Wikepedia)

Employee Advocacy

Employee advocacy is the promotion of an organisation by its staff members. A business may ask employees to actively promote the organisation, often through social media, as an element of their jobs. However, the most compelling employee advocacy consists of freely-offered communications on the part of the workforce. (Source: Techtarget)

Employee centric

Creating an employee-centric workplace does not have to be complex, however, it should be based off data-driven observations and assumptions. A company can improve by simply listening, taking action, and letting their employees be people. (Source: Business.com)

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. This emotional commitment means engaged employees actually care about their work and their company. (Source: Forbes)

Employee Experience

The Employee Experience is the sum of the various perceptions employees have about their interactions with the organization in which they work. (Source: Decision-wise.com)

Employee Experience Design

Employee experience design is the application of experience design in order to intentionally designing HR products, services, events, and organisational environments with a focus on the quality of the employee experience and organisationally relevant solutions. (Source: Wikepedia)

Employee Happiness

The happiness that workers feel when they are satisfied with their job and work conditions, used as one way of measuring a company’s success. (Source: Cambridge dictionary)

Employee wellbeing

That part of an employee’s overall wellbeing that they perceive to be determined primarily by work and can be influenced by workplace interventions. (Source: Personalltoday)

Employer Branding

Employer brand is the term commonly used to describe reputation as an employer, and its value proposition to its employees, as opposed to its more general corporate brand reputation and value proposition to customers. (Source: Wikepedia)

Enterprise Social Networks

Enterprise social networking focuses on the use of online social networks or social relations among people who share business interests and/or activities. (Source: Wikepedia)


Information or statements of opinion about something, such as a new product, that can tell you if it is successful or liked. (Source: Cambridge dictionary)


The application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service. Source: Google search)


Human capital management (HCM) is a set of practices related to people resource management. These practices are focused on the organizational need to provide specific competencies and are implemented in three categories: workforce acquisition, workforce management and workforce optimization. (Source: Gartner)

HR analytics

Human resource analytics (HR analytics) is an area in the field of analytics that refers to applying analytic processes to the human resource department of an organization in the hope of improving employee performance and therefore getting a better return on investment. (Source: Techopedia)


Did you recognise any of these words? Good!

These were the first 30, there are still 30 more to come. In part 2 I will start with HR automation and end with virtual reality. In the meanwhile please tell me which words do you think are missing in this list.

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