Mobile devices and apps are no longer the hot new craze.
The B2C (Business-to-Consumer) sectors have taken care of that. Mobile devices have become an essential item for communication and Internet access, and as Cisco reports, by the end of this year (in three weeks!) the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on Earth.
By 2017, it’s predicted there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita. We’re now seeing companies like Lenovo, now the world’s largest PC maker, selling more mobile devices than PCs. And as you’re undoubtedly aware, smartphones are a huge part of this mobile device equation. Read more…
I am tough on many HR tech companies who are lazy, dismissive and show no love for their customers; however, I do think there are incredible companies out there who believe in the value of people and understand the power of their product.
These companies don’t get enough credit for trying to make work better. I wanted to tell you about some of them without naming names. Read more…
I hear the all the kids love Snapchat!
OK, I’ve been hearing this for over a year now, but never really found any reason to write about the product. I even downloaded the App and tried it out. I still don’t seem to have a need.
I’m an adult. Unless I’m doing something I shouldn’t, there is no need for me to have a message that self destructs in 1 to 10 seconds. I guess it might be something to give your managers who love to say inappropriate things to their staff, but then you’re encouraging them to say and do inappropriate things!
Even though I don’t get it doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea. It just means I’m old. Read more…
The mobile craze has moved beyond entertainment and communication into the human resource function of attracting top talent.
Pressure is on companies to use mobile technology in new ways that improve efficiency and the bottom line. If not approached carefully, organizations can be left behind in the game of attracting top talent.
PeopleAnswers scientists studied more than 8 million people who applied for jobs online in many industries worldwide from January 2011 to March 2013. Read more…
“What do you do?” asked my airport shuttle driver (I’ll call him Ben).
“I work for an HR software company,” I answered.
He nodded. “HR, huh? I remember when I worked in Personnel.”
“Personnel.” That term got my attention — precursor to the “human resources” profession we know today. I asked Ben about his experience, and he told me about his days at Polaroid in the Boston area during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Read more…
I love my friends in human resources, but I am just back from a week in Vegas where a bunch of people told me that HR can be automated.
I think that’s probably right.
When you go to Burger King, it’s a pre-recorded voice that asks you if you’re satisfried. Did you know that voice recognition software can accurately detect your order better than a cranky, distracted employee who hates his job? And it’s not that difficult to whip up a batch of fries. Almost all of the cooking is done through machines and instruments.
Imagine what can happen in your personnel department if we apply that thinking to your job. You’re on borrowed time, yo. Anyone can fill out a payroll change request form. Read more…
I’ve got a lot of things percolating in my brain in the wake of this week’s 16th annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibitionin Las Vegas. Here are some of what seems to have made its way to the top:
I’m on my fourth wedding ring (I’ve only been married once though). I’ve lost a lot of things really important to me (my favorite Portland Trail Blazers hat is in the back of seat pocket 17C on an American Airlines flight, if you ever find it), but the ring thing is always most embarrassing.
Personally, I’ve loved the feel of tungsten carbide rings since my buddy Sam got one when he married. So I got one too, from a traditional jewelry store.
I lost that one a very short time later in the Columbia River just north of where I live now. I went to Zales to get a second one only to have it crack. Read more…
What came first? Human resources or human resources technology?
If you ask some of my friends, they will tell you that you can’t do human resources in 2013 without having an integrated technology platform that addresses workforce planning, talent acquisition, performance appraisals, performance management, goals management, career development, succession management, learning management, social monitoring, employer branding, compensation management, rewards, recognition and payroll.
My buddies also believe that a forward-thinking human resources department must be focused on Saas, the cloud, social technologies, mobile and collaborative work environments, general mobile technologies, project management, online learning, online video, big data, gamification, memory, storage capacity and MOOCs. Read more…
I’ve been in the software business for over 15 years now and I’ve seen first hand the trials that companies go through trying to find the right software solutions.
Often times we will see a company torn between investing in new software, or investing in training and upgrades for their current software. Usually it is easier for staff to convince management to purchase new tools and software than to get them to invest in the updating of current ones.
Now it’s important to disclose that we’ve lost and gained clients on both sides of that coin. The goal here isn’t to push my pretty amazing software, but rather to help companies make an informed decision when it comes to, “Should I stay or should I go?” Read more…