Technology & Tools Archives

The Robots Are Coming. What Are You Doing About It?

I hope you didn’t miss yesterday’s post about the World Government Summit and its full day Global Dialogue for Happiness. I know it sounds like one of those subjects that if HR brings it up to the CEO, it’s back to the kid’s table for you. Yet, the Summit’s Happiness Dialogue was a…

Gamification Is Changing Assessments For the Better

Even for successful candidates, the recruitment process can be a dizzying rollercoaster ride. There’s the high of that first call with the recruiter — and the realization that, hey, this job might be ‘the one.’ And then there’s the frustration of slogging through hour-long assessments that make you second guess every professional decision…

Your Guide to the More Popular Pre-Hire Assessments

Personality tests are a growing industry. Though recruiters have differing opinions on personality tests as an indicator of  fit, according to a 2011 report, the use of personality assessments was then increasing by as much as 20% per year. Part of the reason pre-employment personality tests are on the rise is because of…

There’s More to People Than Being An “Owl”

I just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said, Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it? The call…

Deloitte Report: Technology Is Changing All the Rules

Deloitte’s annual human capital report was just published. I look forward to this one every year because it’s backed by a massive amount of data collection and analysis, it’s easy to read, it always throws at least one curve ball, and there’s a TON of useful information. This may be the most on…

The Rush to the Cloud Is Putting HR In Charge of its Tech

It’s a good time to be in the HR technology industry. Last year over $1.96 billion was invested in HR tech startups across 13 categories, including recruitment, career development and automation. There’s also a dizzying number of mergers & acquisitions taking place, with analytics poised as the next big category. But for the…

The Case For Junking 9 Box Assessments

The “9 box” is one of the most popular assessment methods in talent management. I first encountered the 9 box in the 1990s when it was a key part of GE’s highly influential Session C performance management method. Since then I have seen 9 boxes used by many organizations with varying degrees of…

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…

Mobile Learning: Not Just E-learning on the Phone

Mobile learning (or m-learning) is much more than enabling users of your LMS to access existing course materials via smartphones and tablets. It is a rethink of how and when learning is managed by your learners and employees. M-learning, also called micro-learning, empowers employees to pick suitable times to learn, and gives them…

Recruiting, Branding, Culture and a 7-Year-Old

The story of how an intrepid 7-year-old from the agricultural city of Hereford in the U.K. boldly wrote Google for a job has been told around the world. In case you missed it, Chloe Bridgewater addressed a letter to “google boss” asking for a job when she grows up and gets “bigger.” She…

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,…