HR Technology

HR Technology

Technology Insights: Yes, Career Planning Software is Hard to Do

HR Technology

We all have a good idea what applicant tracking, performance management and learning management software does. However, at least to me, it is not as clear what career planning software does.

I spoke to Anne Fulton at Fuel50 about this and one of her first comments was that career development was one of the top three drivers of employee engagement.

That pretty much nails half the reason for my interest in the software; the other half of my interest is driven by the knowledge that career planning is incredibly hard to do. The accounting supervisor may look up at the accounting manager job but if that manager isn’t going anywhere then career development may seem to be an idle dream. Read more…

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Tech Insights: How New Systems Help Managers Manage in the Moment

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Part of me still believes that workforce management systems should mirror talent management systems.

After all, both are about getting more productivity from employees. Yet, workforce management systems have evolved into something with quite different characteristics.

One of the important differences is that workforce management deals with high population jobs; another is that workforce management software is tied more closely to operations than talent management software. Read more…

HR Technology, Training & Development

Tech Insights: Balancing Learning Systems vs. Informal Training

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Many organizations have sophisticated training departments with complex Learning Management Systems.

I love that, yet I find myself wondering if it matters as much as it used to.

When the typical Millennial wants to learn something, they turn to the web, often YouTube, and see what they can find. The training may not be as good as what the corporate training department provides, but it may be good enough. Even if the LMS offers a ton of e-learning, employees may default to the ultra-familiarity of YouTube to pick up the tips they are looking for. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Technology

How Is Your HR Department Doing Covering Its … Assets?

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HR departments are the sentries of the office, with access to sensitive personnel records such as health information, I-9 documents as well as salary details, records that can take up loads of file cabinet space, and not to mention, archived data that is located off site.

But what If you suddenly find yourself asking these questions:

  • Is our vast personnel (past and present) data secure?
  • How much time is paper-management costing us? Read more…
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Tech Insights: A Performance App For Feedback on the Fly

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We are all familiar with performance management software, but when I looked at a performance management app it surprised me in, well, a surprising number of ways.

The first surprise was simplicity. Unlike software with many functions, the app — called Katch — focuses on a single thing: better feedback.

I thought I’d need a demo, but realized a couple of screen shots were are all I needed to grasp the basics. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

The Key to Generation Mobile: It’s a State of Mind, Not a Function of Age

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We’re at a turning point with mobile technology.

For many users, tablets and smartphones are no longer a convenience or entertainment tool, but a necessary part of their working lives. A recent survey by Aruba NetworksAre You Ready For #GenMobile? — identifies these users as “Generation Mobile.”

The research, conducted to take stock of mobility’s increasing prominence in people’s working lives, examines survey responses from over 5,000 members of the public across the USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Read more…

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Tech Insights: The Trick in Making Easy-to-Use User Interfaces

HR Technology

Talk to any grandparent and they will regal you with tales of their brilliant grandchild who is a whiz with technology.

This brings us to the inevitable HR question: If their 5-year-old grandchild can master an iPad, why can’t our 45-year-old Director of Operations figure out the performance management software?

The obvious explanation is that many HR applications are inherently more complex than iPad apps. However the more important reason is that designers of iPad software have been a lot more concerned with the user experience than have the designers of HR tools. Read more…

HR Technology, Talent Management

In the Age of Big Data, It’s Good Data That Makes the Business Sing

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Data, specifically good data, drives successful companies.

I call out the obvious with “good data” because a great deal of superfluous and even bad data floats around any company. As analysts often say, “correlation does not equal causation,” but correlation can reveal interesting insights if interpreted through the correct lens.

Discerning the good from the bad, however, is the real trick, especially in this era of big data. Read more…

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Technology Insights: How Big Data Can Help HR Drive Recognition

HR Technology

These days a recognition program in a big company is probably enabled by some kind of web platform.

Want to give an employee something for doing a good job? Go to the recognition platform and it’s easily done.

This kind of manager self-service technology is great! Now that we are used to it we couldn’t live without it.

However, the controversy around recognition has never been around the administrative difficulty. The controversy is around whether it works. Read more…

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Tech Insights: The Push to Embed Expertise Into Software

HR Technology

In the 1970s and 80s there was a lot of interest in “expert systems,” and maybe it is my residual focus on those systems that tweaked my interest when Vestrics talked about embedding their expertise in software.

Back in the day, expert systems aimed to figure out how an expert like a doctor or engineer reasoned their way through a problem and then capture that process in software.

Expert systems never went away but never really caught on either. We are seeing a resurgence with Watson, IBMs new approach to reproducing expert thinking, but your average HR manager is not ready to get involved with that kind of cognitive computing. Read more…