HR Technology Archives

For Recruiting, Is There Life After Automation?

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation — they’ve been the talk of the recruiting town for months. But what will they ultimately mean for recruiters, recruiting, and the whole hiring process? Jason Roberts, from Randstad Sourceright, and I talk about it all in the podcast below, including: What we’ve learned about the computer…

Remember You Read It Here! The Next Big Surprise in Talent Management Is ‘The March of the Robots’

Should You Hire an Employee, a Robot or an Algorithm? You have been warned: a robot is about to take not just your job, but most jobs! Few in talent management or HR are prepared for the robot takeover, and in most cases, the issue is completely absent from the agenda of executives….

Talent-Tech Is Hot … But Without a Vendor Assessment Checklist, A Bad Purchase Is Likely

Everyone is excited about the new technology options that pop up nearly every day in talent management and recruiting. Unfortunately, along with all of the excitement and the new capabilities, there are also many perils. One of the most common problems is when talent leaders or ad-hoc tech purchasing committees buy technology impulsively,…

Talent Tech Is Hot … But Without the Right Foundation, It Will Likely Disappoint

There is a revolution currently occurring in talent management and recruiting. Many firms are following Google’s lead and shifting to a data-driven model throughout all of the talent management functions. But an equally hot and exciting area is the development of talent technology, or talent tech for short. New vendors in the talent…

There’s Something Missing in Some of the Recruiting/HR Assessments and Technology

Each year I attend the HR Technology Conference, I brace myself for abundant change that resides on the exhibit floor. I am constantly amazed at how each trend is represented by so many vendors’ interpretation of how to “do it right.”  Last year was the year of employee engagement, with most vendors demonstrating how to…

IBM Is Launching a Much-awaited ‘Watson’ Recruiting Tool

For many months IBM has gone to recruiting-industry conferences to say that the famous Watson will be at some point used for talent-acquisition, but that it hasn’t happened quite yet. It’s here. IBM is first using Watson for its RPO customers, and then rolling it out as a product for the larger community, perhaps next spring. One of my…

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: The Next Frontier

It’s early, but virtual reality is showing some promise as a recruiting tool. Employers ranging from the British Army to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia are using it to give candidates a preview of their facilities and the experience of working there. Further along in using virtual reality are colleges engaged in recruiting athletes. Football programs…

Leveraging HR Analytics: Better Productivity From Some Telltale Donut Bags

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the book It’s All About Bob (bie): Strategies For Winning With Your Employees, published by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. By David Creelman When we hear the phrase “HR analytics” it sounds very, well, very uninteresting. You may also think it’s a technical subject, suitable only for people who find statistics fun….

Bad HR Tech Implementations — It’s not the Tech, It’s You

It’s funny what causes people to write articles. This one is based out of frustration given recent pieces I have read online, plus comments in social media threads. In short, there is some pretty shitty advice being handed out from people who have never implemented a complex CRM or ATS solution. This is also…

Four Important Ways That Technology Is Influencing HR

Over the last 10 years, new technology has practically made the concept of “traditional workspace” a thing of the past. Today’s employees can work from anywhere, on any platform, at any time. Web-based software, SaaS, and social media have allowed employers to recruit talent in locations once considered completely inaccessible. And today’s new…

23 Industry & Candidate Insights Every Tech Recruiter NEEDS to Know

In January 2016, Stack Overflow (one of the biggest online platforms where tech professionals can ask and answer questions of each other regarding all aspects of programming), undertook the most comprehensive developer survey ever conducted. They asked over 56,000 coders in 173 countries to share who they are, where they work, what they…

Tech Insights: With a New HR Initiative, How Will We Know If It Works?

The classic model for HR analytics is that you have some kind of data warehouse and you use it to answer a business question. In other words you start with the data at hand and then you find the answer. However, a big part of analytics works in the opposite direction. You don’t…

Tech Insights: Can Analytics (or Culture) Really Trump Politics?

Ten years ago, one retailer was far ahead of the curve on analytics. It built a skilled analytics team the likes of which most of us would envy today. However in the end the team was disbanded. The organization’s leaders felt their deep expertise in retail trumped anything analytics could tell them. Furthermore,…

Tech Insights: On-Demand Talent Comes to the Aid of Recruiting

One of the most important new categories of HR technology is the talent platform. These are the apps that connect clients to on-demand labor. In almost any field you can imagine, there are skilled people eager to work on short-term projects. Of course, you need to find those people and that’s why this…

Tech Insights: Turning Our Conception of a Job Ad Upside Down

I had a chance to meet with Maury Hanigan of Sparc (formerly Match-Click) at Talent Tech Labs in New York.  Her company produces a solution for creating recruitment advertisements. I’ve written about this area before (GlideHR) and noted how badly written most job ads are. But whereas GlideHR aims to take terrible advertisements…

Five Ways HR Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

If you’ve been in the industry for long enough, you’ve no doubt noticed a lot of evolution in the world of human capital management technology. We now have more sophisticated solutions than ever before for completing all sorts of HCM tasks. There’s new technology for performing core functions like handling payroll and benefits,…

OK, You’re an HR Leader and Have HR Data. Now What?

It’s no secret that HR organizations traditionally have lagged their finance and sales brethren in their use of data analytics. According to analyst Josh Bersin, only 4 percent of companies currently are using predictive analytics due to two primary challenges: Many companies are distracted by efforts to replace outdated HR systems (which, ironically, may…

The Top 4 Talent Management Trends You Should Watch For in 2016

As companies prepare for the year ahead, business leaders and HR professionals might want to consider four key talent management trends in 2016: A rethinking of the annual performance review; Improving corporate culture and employee engagement; Finding new methods to source talent; Using analytics to drive better talent decisions. 1. A new approach…