Technology

Coverage of developments in artificial intelligence, products that address issues from diversity to effective performance management, and developments impacting HCM system implementation and support. Also news and information on the growing market for HR technology solutions that address the needs of small and medium-sized businesses.

HR analysts and commentators might help practitioners and CHROs more if they spent less time talking inside baseball and more time thinking about what employers actually need to get done. Over on the HR Tech Blog, Sarah Brennan argues that too much discussion about HCM strategy and technology is driven by buzzword-driven...
For obvious reasons, communicating with deskless employees is more difficult than reaching those who occupy the same seat every day. And despite the hype, mobile platforms won’t provide the complete solution. Communications is a big piece of the engagement puzzle. When you’re not in touch, warehouse workers, field technicians, drivers...
People Visual Analytics
So far, 2017 seems to be the year of the HCM technology startup. Before the end of 2016, the sector had hit an annual all-time high in deal counts, according to CBInsights, with nearly $2 billion invested. From what we can see, the issues these new companies are trying...
Pymetrics Brain
New York-based Pymetrics is betting that it can minimize bias and improve the performance of candidate-screening by identifying the traits that contribute to a person’s success in a role and applying them to your incoming job applications. Everyone talks about bias in recruiting, and more HR experts are looking to technology...
Human Resource's efforts to integrate itself more fully into business operations and strategy got a shot in the arm last week when an international group of institutional investors petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly traded companies to disclose information on human capital management policies, practices and performance.  The...
Consulting firm Mercer has introduced Mercer Digital, which it describes as an “innovative approach to empowering organizations for the workforce and workplace of the future.” According to its web site, Mercer Digital offers “solutions across the full value chain — from digital strategy to organization design and workforce change —...
Microsoft has unveiled Workplace Analytics, an add-on to Office 365 Enterprise plans that gathers aggregate metadata from Office 365 users and puts it to work generating information that's largely about productivity. As an example, it can crunch email and calendar data to calculate how many meetings workers attend each...
SHRM’s annual conference is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated. This year, 15,415 HR professionals attended 226 presentations and walked more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space showing off the products of 648 vendors. What couldn’t be estimated was how many attendees appreciated the irony...
Less than half of CEOs recognize HR for its capability and competence, and less than 40 percent of HR executives believe they have the right mix of HCM technology applications “to effectively execute against business goals.” That's one of the findings of Mercer's 2017 HR Transformation Study–How HR Needs to...
With the unemployment rate below 5 percent and employers continually bemoaning a talent shortage that is, in the words of ADP Vice President of Strategic Advisory Services Susan Hanold, "lasting longer than anyone expected," HR departments are feeling the pressure to increase both hiring and retention rates. You'd think that...