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“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.

As HR technology professionals look toward 2019—and wade through the predictions about the coming year’s Next Big Thing—we think it’s worth considering the developments we’ve seen take place over the last 12 months. From our point of view, these are the five top stories of 2018. AI Jumps Shark; HR...
Nearly 75 percent of U.S. and Canadian workers are either actively looking for new jobs or would consider a new position if they were approached, according to Ceridian’s 2018 Pulse of Talent report. That’s a stark sign for employers and hints that, barring unforeseen developments, the labor market won’t...
Kronos introduced an enhanced Workforce Dimensions HCM. The new package includes responsive design, embedded analytics, an AI engine and the extension of the D5 platform’s capabilities across the employee lifecycle. The launch was one of a flurry of announcements that came from this week’s KronosWorks conference in Las Vegas. Built on...
While employers give increased attention to attracting and managing part-time employees, a report from the Conference Board suggests that the growth of “non-traditional” workers, such as contingent and gig workers has, in fact, barely grown since the mid-1990s. That’s particularly striking here in the HR technology world, since the impact...
Employers should consider the fact that people in general are becoming more socially active and one way or another, their activism is likely to bleed into their workplace. But as importantly, heightened social awareness is now leading workers to want more from their companies. A report from Globoforce’s WorkHuman Analytics...
Despite a plethora of offerings intended to foster collaboration among scattered workers, the growth remote employees is merely inching along. According to Owl Labs’ 2018 Global State of Remote Work Report, 56 percent of employers now offer remote work opportunities of some kind. That’s down from 85 percent last year....
As businesses of all sizes begin to take advantage of technology solutions covering everything from finance to operations, marketing and, of course, the workforce, vendors with strong HCM components may find themselves in an increasingly advantageous market position. The reason’s simple: Alone among organizational functions, HR touches every corner of...
Conversations with several job board leaders and a look at a number of new tools indicate that services such as Dice, Indeed and ZipRecruiter are adjusting their strategies to focus more on matchmaking, education and candidate loyalty than simple job-posting and database building. For example, ZipRecruiter is “really focused right...
Relatively low prices and the integration of increasingly sophisticated analytical tools will drive growth of the U.S. market for applicant tracking systems to a steady CAGR of 9 percent by 2021, according to a report by research firm Technavio. Vendors are offering low- and medium-priced systems that allow different types...
By now, most everyone involved in HCM technology has been involved in some kind of discussion about “digital transformation” and “digital business,” not to mention the pressure from employees to have access to simpler, consumer-like self-service tools. However, according to the process-automation company Nintex, HR isn’t even among the...

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