Articles tagged 'HR Technology'

HR Technology

Technology Insights: The Challenging Reality of Managing Multiple Systems

HR Technology

HR people are always sharing technology horror stories such as, “we had 12 different applicant tracking systems” and “we couldn’t share data between our performance management and compensation systems.

These stories always lean towards a longing for standardizing around one vendor and buying full suites. So are we on our way to the nirvana of having one hulking ERP that does everything?

Based on what I see out there, probably not. However much HR may want to have as few systems as possible, there seem to be little devils that are multiplying systems as fast as we consolidate them. Read more…

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Technology Insights: HR Tech That’s Not Really For HR

HR Technology

The most important theme I detected in HR technology this past year is a shift from HR focused applications to business focused applications.

Traditionally, HR Tech was about helping HR do its work — for example an applicant tracking system to help recruiters or a learning management system to help the training department—and in fact, that hasn’t changed. The vast bulk of HR technology is about helping HR professionals do their job.

However, there is something new: HR applications focused primarily on the business. Read more…

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

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Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 44. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Merry Christmas! 

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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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4 Big Workforce Changes That Will Be Driven by Technology

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Editor’s note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 50. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy Holidays! 

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…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: The Rising Tide of “Small” Employee or Business Apps

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I wanted to share an overview of a few of the trends I noticed in HR technology this year. What caught my eye are applications that are simple, small, employee-oriented, or business-oriented.

I did an earlier column (Reducing Technology to a Yes or No Proposition) which mentioned Celpax: a wonderfully simple means for measuring employee mood. However, Celpax was not alone; many vendors stressed their software was simple rather than stressing it was powerful.

In a sense, this is just a continuation of the old emphasis on “user friendliness” or the newer term “user experience.” The difference is that vendors are intentionally minimizing the number of features to get the right user experience. They aim to close the gap between what the software can do and what users actually do with it. Read more…

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Technology Insights: When Today’s Tech Themes Become Everyday Terms

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A year ago it seemed you couldn’t visit an HR vendor without them talking about how they were mobile, social, cloud-based and packed with powerful analytics.

Has that changed? Those themes are still strong, however the emphasis is changing and some new themes are emerging.

Sometimes, themes go quiet simply because they won. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Looking Back at 3 Big HR Technology Trends We Saw This Year

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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…

HR Management

Tech Insights: Reducing Technology to a Yes or No Proposition

HR Technology

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…

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4 Big Workforce Changes That Will Be Driven by Technology

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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…

HR Technology, Recruiting and Staffing

Tech Insights: The Scariest Thing I Saw at the Las Vegas Conference

HR Technology

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…