Roundup: Young Workers Are More Ambitious; Skillsoft Partners With GoodHabitz

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The pandemic years made young workers more ambitious, even as their older colleagues grew less ambitious, according to new research from Qualtrics. In a study of 3,000 working Americans, Qualtrics found that more than one-third (35%) of workers overall say their career ambitions decreased over the past three years. However, younger workers – Generation Z and young millennials – are growing more ambitious, with 35% reporting higher career goals than they had pre-pandemic.

Skillsoft entered into a content partnership with GoodHabitz, a provider of online skills training and professional development based in the Netherlands. Through this, the companies said they will provide customers and learners with a content library to support mental health and well-being in the workplace, as well as a broad range of skills including personal productivity, leadership development and communication.

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While the impact of a potential recession and rising inflation dampens the hiring outlook, U.S. employers continue to report upbeat hiring plans, says ManpowerGroup. IT remains the strongest sector, despite headlines about tech hiring and layoffs. The weakest outlooks were predicted by employers in communication services (18%), goods & services (15%), transport and logistics & automotive (5%).

HR and benefits software company Ease unveiled Simple Setup, its payroll solution for integration of benefits and payroll. With this product, Ease employer groups can connect to preferred payroll providers including ADP Workforce Now, ADP RUN, BambooHR, Paycor and Paylocity in a few steps.

Some 88% of companies worldwide are already using AI in some form to streamline their hiring, onboarding and upskilling processes. However, the talent platform Clapself said the level of automation in HR continues to lag other business functions such as sales and marketing. “Overall candidate experience, hiring costs and time it takes to fill a position continue to be major worries for hiring managers,” said CEO Anuj Kanish. 

FoxHire announced they will begin providing global Employer of Record (EOR) services in more than 80 countries to their customers effective immediately. This offering covers six continents, while ensuring local employment law compliance and streamlining the global expansion and hiring process.

The workforce management market size reached $6.66 billion in 2021 and is expected to register a CAGR of 9.7% in the following years, according to latest analysis by Emergen Research. Rapid adoption of cloud-based workforce management solutions as well as rising demand for workforce optimization and mobile applications with growing demand for reduced operational costs are key factors driving the market revenue growth.

Shift-based workforce management software company When I Work has appointed Blake Adams as its chief executive officer.

Learning company Udemy announced two new additions to its leadership team, welcoming Karen Fascenda as its chief people officer and Nathan Blain as general manager of cohort learning.

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