As we look back at the most popular HR trends and topics covered in 2014, a few issues rise to the top.
1. Affordable Care Act
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), compliance was and remains a hot topic.
Key employer mandates will hit in 2015, and avoidance is no longer an option. Companies are looking for help to understand the challenges of ACA and for vendors to help them. Read more…
One of themes in this years’ HR Tech conference in Las Vegas was that vendors were more inclined to say their software was simple rather than say it was powerful.
The winner of my “simplest in show” award is Celpax whose product is a pair of buttons: “Yes” and “No.” When employees leave work they are asked “Did you have a good day?” and press the appropriate button.
This is assessment is reminiscent of the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion where evil space aliens insisted on asking the simple Yes/No question “Are you an effective team?”
Of course, Celpax isn’t run by space aliens, it’s run by Swedes, however the company has hit upon the same powerful idea: That a single critical question captures most of what you need to know. Read more…
HR professionals everywhere have been eager in recent years to find innovative new ways that technology can improve what they do in human capital management.
Whether it’s managing the daily grind of payroll and benefits or devising more comprehensive workforce plans, there are no doubt plenty of ways that more mobile and cloud-based platforms can make a difference.
Of course, it shouldn’t just be HR offices benefiting from the rise of modern technology. Read more…
There is a lot to report from the recent HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas, and I’ll start with the category “Scariest in Show” — and the winner is Gild.
Gild Source is, on the surface, just a really good tool for finding software developers. It scours the web for information about passive candidates and presents it to recruiters in a useful way.
What makes Gild special is that it uses algorithms to assess the programmer’s expertise, the likely demand for someone with those skills, their social media footprint and their likely availability. Gild is not just finding people, or finding data about people, it is making sense of that data. Read more…
Project management allows companies to oversee and forecast completion dates for each phase a project or initiative so they end on time, within budget, and within scale.
Using project management methods and tools, it’s possible to:
- Identify failing aspects of a project;
- Track and manage progress;
- Visualize allocated time and resources. Read more…
Recently I was talking to The Gap about their innovations in performance management.
They are working hard so that performance management really is about helping people perform better, based on research around the importance of a growth mindset. It’s a big shift from focusing on the appraisal/review stage of the process.
I mentioned this shift in focus to Connie Costigan, Director Marketing Communications at Halogen Software. She said that this kind of shift would not be a problem for them; a modern performance management module has all the tools needed to reform how the process is done. Even if you never do appraisals, the software stills supports the broader goal of helping people perform better. Read more…
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…
Second of two parts
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…