HR Technology Archives

The “Smarts” In the Systems You Have Can Make You Really Smart

We are rapidly moving from a world where HR analytics was a dream to one where it’s a well-understood tool. One illustration of this is the evolution of analytics software from general purpose tools to systems that have HR smarts already built-in. This matters a lot to companies that are not making fast…

Feedback By Tech Or Face-to-Face?

A common concern raised by HR and managers when they begin using a feedback tool is what kind of impact it will have on face-to-face feedback. Will it actually disrupt communication flows in the office, rather than improve them? As with all new technology, the benefits can be significant when integrated in a…

Smart or Dumb? How Your Office is Wired Makes a Difference

How do you picture the workplace 20 years from now? Do offices still exist, or have we completely traded in headquarters for personal quarters? Is the workforce more collaborative or more siloed? More productive or distracted? Is it even human? According to the 2016 Dell and Intel Future Workforce Study, it’s clear that…

Here’s What’s Keeping You Up At Night

From concerns about how to motivate employees to meet company goals to worries over how to gain a “big picture” of company talent through data and analytics, a host of work-related issues haunted HR professionals in 2016, according to SilkRoad’s latest “What Keeps HR Up At Night?” report. Each year, SilkRoad aims to…

How Secure Is Your Employee Information?

All recruiting and hire platforms store data that is considered to be something called PII, “Personally Identifiable Information,” or information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person. It is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity…

Technology is Turning Reference Checks Into Assessments

One of the biggest challenges of recruiting is quality of information. We all know that resumes tell us relatively little and doing structured interviews is expensive. As I discussed in “Using References as a Screening Tool,” technology has given the old sport of reference checking a new life. Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey,…

The Bots and Apps Are Taking Over!

Academia is getting into HR tech development. Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business school have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to…

Performance Management Goes to the Apps

Academia is getting into HR tech development. Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business school have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to…

Keep Your Recruiting Job Despite Technological Advances And Economic Downturns

Warning: if you want job security as a recruiter, start preparing now Listen up. If you are a corporate recruiter, you need to be worried about your job security! Recruiters need to realize that the march of recruiting technology is inevitable and unstoppable. No, it won’t be in the next few months, but…

What Workforce Planning Technology Can Do

Employee turnover is extremely expensive, costing up to 1.5 to 2 times an employee’s salary, and those numbers are rising. Finding and training a replacement can be an arduous process. In an effort to recruit and retain employees, companies do everything from offer free, chef-cooked lunches to employees to regular retreats in fun…

We Are All Tech Newbies, So Train For It

In Kevin Kelly’s book The Inevitable, he observes that we’ve hit an era where we are forever technology ‘newbies’ (i.e. an inexperienced user). You’d like to master your smartphone or PC, but apps and operating systems update so frequently that you never know when a feature will be added, removed, or changed. You…

The Future of L&D Is More Different Than You Think

Every year, the Deloitte Human Capital Trends report is a treasure trove of insight into organization behavior and opportunities for success. You can go back to it multiple times and get something new each time. This is true for the 2016 report as it was for previous reports. I was re-reading the chapter…

Latest ADP Buy Is Bet That Analytics Trend Will Accelerate

The big vendor news this week was the acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) by ADP. It’s not so much the size of the deal — TMBC is a boutique performance management consulting and services firm; no price was announced. Instead, the significance of the deal is two-fold: It continues ADP’s march…

Latest ADP Buy Is Bet That Analytics Trend Will Accelerate

The big vendor news this week was the acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company by ADP. It’s not so much the size of the deal — TMBC is a boutique performance management consulting and services firm; no price was announced. Instead, the significance of the deal is two-fold: It continues ADP’s march to become…

Is Your HR Technology Controlling or Enabling?

HR processes can be divided into two categories. The most traditional are “control” processes used to ensure employees are working in a way that supports the goals of the company. Things like time tracking, organizational hierarchies, certification tests, and annual performance reviews tend to fall into this category. These can be contrasted with “enablement”…

HR Data Alone Won’t Make You Strategic

Embedded analytics — defined by Gartner as analytic capabilities that are “easily accessible from inside the application, without forcing users to switch between systems” — are one tactic that has been heralded as an effective approach for facilitating data-driven decisions. For HR leaders, the promise of embedded analytics is especially appealing, due to…

Is Your Small Business Ready For HR Tech?

When we talk about talent strategy, we’re talking about a responsibility full of moving parts. HR professionals are tasked with finding talent to match a business’ momentum, which means they are constantly scaling programs up and down, looking back while thinking ahead, and keeping a close eye on the culture and morale of…