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  • Course: Blockchain for HR
  • Module: Areas of Greatest Potential
  • Lesson Type: Video
  • Lesson Duration: 3:14

Lesson Content

Identity is a core problem for both employers and employees. Can you trust that someone is who they claim to be on a piece of paper? Do they really have the degree from the University with the grades and achievements which they claim to have earned? Did they really pass the drug screening? Are they a legal citizen of the country your organization is based in?

All questions that sometimes plague you at night as an HR pro.

There are so many hurdles involved in hiring and sustaining employment, all of which are centered around trusting the identity of the person in question. Blockchain technology is built around the idea of establishing trust.

The 2 parties exchanging data don’t need to trust each-other, or even know each-other. They just need to trust the system and the processes at work. If you trust that the Blockchain will work, then you can quickly and safely get the data that you need.

So in the near future, all documentation relating to our identities may exist on various blockchain networks which an employer might be able to securely access to nearly instantly verify the credentials of potential candidates for positions without having to make phone calls or to do research. Universities could make your records available, and then you as the one who earned your degree could toggle on for the employer to “view” and verify that record on an as-needed basis. The same could be done for your medical records for something like a drug test or sharing that you’ve had certain vaccinations before traveling.

Perhaps most importantly, a given industry or field may be able to manage blockchains for the professional work history of registered members to be able to track their career history. So, for example, if a Compensation Specialist is looking to leave an organization and move from say New York to California, they would be able to easily demonstrate to potential new firms that their credentials are legitimate and that they have authenticated work history from their current employer.

Beyond the workplace, when you walk into an airport security line, you might simply do a fingerprint scan to verify your passport in a government database rather than carrying a paper booklet in your pocket. The same passport might be virtually available to you on your smartphone via an app. We keep circling around to a similar mix of technologies, blockchain infrastructure, decentralized cloud access from anywhere in the world, with biometric proof of identity for users. This is the direction that many next-generation advancements are heading in.

Blockchain technology can potentially empower individuals to have more pinpoint control over their own data, while allowing them to more easily share aspects of it with 3rd parties in a highly controlled manner so they don’t need to give access to everything.

In the future, all forms of your identity could be accessible in this way, from drivers licenses and passports to credentials you’ve earned via education and career to the way that apps and services recognize you.

From a business perspective, it will take a lot of the busy work and paperwork out of HR. No more calling for references, doing background checks manually, or any of the other recruitment or on-boarding procedures that you might be obligated to do currently. By automating these tasks and offloading the responsibility to the blockchain network, more of your time can be spent on working with your team as an HR business partner, not as an administrator.

Michael Wilson


Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson works with small businesses to build and protect their brands online. He is an IT Generalist whose primary services include: Web Design & Development, Cybersecurity Consulting & Training,...

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