Even before the recent pandemic upended everything about the way we work, HR departments already had a difficult job.

Not only are HR departments charged with developing and implementing pandemic safety protocols, onerous budget and personnel reductions, and the rapid transition to remote work, but they must also support a workforce that’s stressed out, less productive, and off-site.

This problem predates the pandemic, but it’s taking on renewed importance as companies fight to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. According to a 2019 survey, more than half of HR personnel reported challenges with identifying, acquiring, and retaining talent ready with the skills and temperament to succeed in an increasingly digital work space.

Moving forward, it’s clear that HR personnel will exert considerable effort to equip, oversee, and empower a hybrid workforce composed of on-site and remote workers. HR technology, including employee monitoring software, helps facilitate these efforts, and leveraging these investments is a critical component of highly effective HR departments.

Here are three ways HR technology can support these efforts in the months and years ahead.

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