Articles tagged 'HR Technology'

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Tech Insights: Simplifying the Recruiting of Hourly Workers

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Most of the innovation we have seen in HR technology has been aimed at professional and managerial employees.

Take recruitment: the typical recruitment application asks a candidate to sit down at a PC and submit a resume. For someone looking for a job as a short-order cook, janitor or cashier, submitting a resume is overkill and presents a barrier to quickly filling the job.

Furthermore, many hourly workers do not have ready access to a PC. That’s another barrier to what should be a simple recruitment task. The recruitment tools that seem perfect for hiring professionals are awkward and ineffective for hiring hourly workers. Read more…

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The New HR: It’s High Time to Truly Get Involved With Big Data

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No discussion of “the new HR” can get very far without running into the business buzzword of the last year: Big Data.

The ability of technology to bring together huge volumes of information from a variety of sources means we can now tackle problems and provide forecasts that would have been too labor intensive to produce just a few years ago. When it comes to Human Resources, that means better workforce planning, better talent management and quicker ability to adapt to changing markets.

So, is your HR team ready? Read more…

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Tech Insights: Watson’s Next Big Step? It Could Be in HR

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IBM picked Fang from Majestyk as a winning app for the mobile application of Watson.

This caught my attention because Fang is an education app. It is aimed at young children, but to my way of thinking, it is not a big leap from educating young children to developing senior leaders.

The essence of what Watson does is match a natural language interface to a large set of data. This is what we saw in the Jeopardy! application of Watson. Fang’s interface is not a screen but a plush toy, and thanks to Watson, kids can ask “Why is the sky blue?” and get an answer. Read more…

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The Neglected Child of HR Technology Evaluations: The User

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Choosing a new HCM solution requires that an HR team go through several stages, including review of products, demos, sales and negotiations and, ultimately, once a solution is chosen, the implementation process.

It’s critical, however, that HR professionals never lose sight of the needs, desires, and capabilities of the myriad end-users in their organization — the people who will be accessing the tech solution on a daily basis.

During all stages, it’s important to remember that training, adoption, and ongoing usage are vital to the success of any project. While we in HR may be driven by a desire to link data to employee performance to business goals, we also need to evaluate our technology solutions through the eyes of our employees and managers. Read more…

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Tech Insights: Measuring Collaboration Is an Important Role For HR

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I bumped into an interesting gentleman at a recent HR analytics conference: Peter Smit. He’s not an HR guy but he did say something of interest, he said he wanted to measure collaboration.

Collaboration is one of those soft and fluffy “HR things.” We’re all for it. It falls within our domain. We might even provide some training on it, but we’ve not gone much beyond vaguely feeling we should encourage it.

Collaboration got a boost from social communication software like Jive and Yammer which often bill themselves as “collaboration platforms.” This new level of investment in collaboration puts pressure on companies to think more clearly about what collaboration is and how to measure it. Read more…

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Tech Insights: The Importance of Real Time Performance Management

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Imagine you’re an HR manager.

It’s March. The head of retail operations comes to your office. She says that smart phone sales are going nowhere, so the sales strategy needs to change. She say she’s going to focus on selling 3D printers.

Is your reaction, “OK, but why are you telling me?Read more…

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HR Firms Are Moving Up on Fastest Growing Companies List

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Human resources firms are among the top revenue-producing sectors on this year’s Inc. 5,000 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

With an aggregate 2013 revenue of $12.13 billion, the 199 self-identified human resource firms cumulatively ranked sixth among the 25 business sectors on the Inc. list.

The group includes HR services firms such as Trinet, the largest company to make the list with reported revenue of $1.6 billion. Its 81 percent growth over three years ranked it 3,821 on the Inc. 5000 list. Read more…

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

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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…