Trends

“Non-traditional work.” “The workplace of the future.” “The gig economy.” “Skills shortages.” “Employee experience.” These and dozens of others labels are applied to the dynamics of the employer-employee relationship. It’s a relationship that constantly evolves along with technology, consumer expectations, societal demands, political pressures and other innumerable factors. Some trends are only about buzzwords, but many reflect fundamental changes in the way organizations use technology to manage and strengthen their workforce.

Mark Feffer: Welcome to PeopleTech, the podcast of the HCM Technology Report. I’m Mark Feffer. My guest today is Ward Christman, founder of HR Tech Advisor and co-founder of HR Tech Alliances. He advises HR technology firms on strategic alliances, partnerships and sales. We’re going to talk about the state...
HR leaders say their budgets have increased between 2020 and 2021, and much of their new-found funding will be invested in technology. What’s not clear is whether newly implemented solutions will be used to expand the scope and capabilities of HR’s work, or simply help practitioners more effectively address...
HR organizations have gained a notable amount of visibility and influence since the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020. Specifically, 87% of senior executives say the function now has a greater voice than it did before, while 72% of HR leaders believe the crisis has increased their value and...
Listen to a podcast of this story. More workers are willing to consider moving as long as their employers offer reasonable remote-work arrangements, and many companies are open to the idea of such a distributed workforce. However, employees aren’t willing to trade compensation for location. In other words: If they...
Finally, there’s light at the end of the tunnel that was 2020. But before we get too excited, let’s remember that New Year’s is just a day on the calendar, and no one’s going to flip a switch to change the dynamics that have bubbled up along with the...
Covid-19’s impact on the workplace is sure to be broad and deep as both employers and workers develop new attitudes toward safety. Organizations, HR departments and HR technology vendors spent much of 2020 pivoting to confront the pandemic and social unrest. ADP, which tracks a wide range of data...
Employers continue to worry about whether their workers will master the skills necessary to help their businesses succeed. In fact, more than two-thirds of HR leaders, 68%, told Gartner that building critical skills and competencies is their top priority for 2021. That aligns with their business-level priorities, which include improving...
New Year’s is just seven weeks away, but already HR technology analysts, essayists and pundits are making predictions for 2021. Forecasting may be a particularly dicey proposition this year, given the uncertainty hovering over most every aspect of life, from public health to politics, the job market to the...
Candidates are asking more questions about mental-health benefits, accommodations for working parents and Covid-19 safety protocols, recruiters say. In addition, a third of recruiters report they’re receiving more questions about diversity and inclusion initiatives than they did last year. According to Jobvite’s 2020 Recruiter Nation Survey, 71% of recruiters said...
Covid-19’s disruption of business operations has also spurred innovation throughout the HR technology industry as vendors revised roadmaps to help employers cope with fundamental changes to how and where work gets done. At the root of the change was employers’ growing belief that HR can’t operate at peak efficiency or...