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Past, Present, and Future of Technology and Social Media in the Workplace Over the past 3 years, we’ve highlighted technology and social media trends in this column that were having a large impact in the workplace. Those key trends included big data, adaptive training, virtual reality, gamification, simulations, and social media, as well as virtual communication and teamwork. Every so often, we find it’s important to step back and reflect in or- der to learn and prepare for the future of the field. This issue will cover the trends we’ve seen since the inception of The Modern App that we believe are here to stay. We also provide suggestions for how you can learn more about these topics! Application of Modern Technology and Social Media in the Workplace Nikki Blacksmith The George Washington University Tiffany Poeppelman LinkedIn #1 SIOP Trend of the Future: Big Data In our October of 2013 issue, we wrote about big data, ex- plaining how organizations were beginning to use big data to recruit, retain, and manage employees throughout their journey at a company. In addition, we explored how big data was being leveraged to create customized, and personalized learning experiences based on one’s knowledge or skill set. Our research and experience in this area has shown that the availability of big data is changing the way I-O psychologists are thinking about the next generation of selection and train- ing. For more information about adaptive training trends, be sure to check out our April of 2015 issue. When looking at the trends today, we feel confident to say: Big data is here to stay! By examining the #1 SIOP workplace trend this year “Leveraging and Maximizing Big Data and Applying the Correct Analytics to Make Better Business Decisions,” we can see other I-O psychologists would agree with this assess- ment. For the full list of 2016 workplace trends, check out the official SIOP list. Excitingly, this year at #SIOP16 there are eight big data pre- sentations and workshops alone. These sessions will highlight the use of big data and how it will continue to advance our thinking on many topics such as recruitment, retention, per- formance management, and even leadership, which is typically characterized by smaller data (Wiita, Dollwet, Harrell, Rodda, The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist 83