In our daily work with talent leaders and solution providers, we run into some incredible technology. Some of the tools available to organizations right now help them hire, develop, and retain their people, and the platforms and systems are amazing in their ability to support intelligent decisions, personalized actions, and more.

According to some sources, the number of HR technology firms is more than 4,000 providers. We estimate that at 5,000+ due to the simple velocity of new companies entering the space in recent years. This year, we are recognizing approximately 1% of those firms for their focus on creating solutions that solve problems their customers care about. 

This isn’t just about recruiting tools or just about learning systems. It cuts across the entire journey of an employee today. In the program we saw systems that:

  • Help employers see, understand, and leverage the skills of each individual in the business
  • Support workers in the use of flexible benefits, giving them more choices and autonomy
  • Guide training and learning decisions, providing a more developed and capable workforce
  • Support a truly valuable employee experience across core HR, payroll, and other critical areas
  • And so much more!

As someone who is a vocal advocate for HR, talent, and learning technology, it was tremendous to see the breadth and depth of the tools in the market, and our judging team was overwhelmed by the number of entries we received this year.

Today we announced the winners and touched on some of the highlights from each category that each one brings to the table in terms of value, innovation, and/or service.

For the first time ever, we’re sharing some of the comments from judges on each of the providers so employers that are looking to buy technology can see what each brings to the table.

2024 HR Tech Award Winners

Below is an listing of winners for 2024 attached to their appropriate category. For more details on the program, please visit HRTechAwards.org to learn more.

You’ll be seeing more of these companies in the coming weeks and months both on the HR Tech Talks livestream show as well as through a series of published case studies here on the blog.

Congratulations to the winners! If your organization wants to compete in 2025, simply let our team know by emailing us.

Category: Core HR/Workforce

Company Category Subcategory Judge Comments
Experian Employer Services Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Employees are more than their job titles. They are consumers, family members, and more. When their employers offer them tools that make their life outside work easier, it benefits both the individual AND the company. Not only that, but providers like Experian Employer Services give companies a competitive advantage, helping them verify worker employment, complete I-9 documents rapidly, manage hiring-related tax credits, and more. It’s a win for everyone involved.
Papaya Global Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Global payroll, while advertised as a seamless process, is typically made up of a messy patchwork of service and technology. Papaya Global is changing that by delivering an end-to-end, integrated experience that allows employers to hire, manage, pay, and support their workforce in more than 160 countries around the world. Papaya’s recent addition of cross-border payment capabilities makes it a highly capable tool that adds value for any global employer.
Paycor Inc Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market The dirty secret of the HR technology industry is adoption. No matter how much employers pay for technology, if it’s not adopted by the workforce and leadership, then there’s no real ROI. Paycor’s solution has some of the highest adoption rates that we’ve ever seen, and that’s not just by admins and HR, but by leaders and the workforce as well.
Mitratech Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best DEI-Enabling Solution: solution that supports critical diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives Lighthouse Research reveals that employees who trust their hiring manager are more likely to stay in contact longer, highlighting the powerful impact of trust in fostering long-term employee retention and the potential for individuals to remain with a company for an extended period. Circa provides solutions that support critical diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, helping organizations build more diverse and innovative teams. It’s important to be transparent for all hiring candidates to foster trust, build a positive employer brand, and ensure that diverse candidates feel respected and valued throughout the hiring process.
Harri Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Frontline-Focused Solution: solution that solves challenges for employers and workers in a frontline or high-volume context When popular restaurants like Hawksmoor, Shake Shack, and Jersey Mike’s need to make sure they are supporting their workforce with relevant, innovative technology, they turn to Harri. Harri is a technology platform focused on hiring, supporting, and managing the lifeblood of any economy–the frontline worker.
G-P Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Global Solution: solution that supports the unique needs of a global employer, such as languages, localization, and other key priorities Hiring employees in other countries isn’t as simple as finding and paying them. There are complex legal requirements, localized employment restrictions, and other limitations that can easily get an employer in trouble. G-P is one of the leaders in helping companies to grow on a global scale, offering employment advisory, pay and benefits help, and even comparisons of countries where growth might be most achievable.
HiBob Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Global Solution: solution that supports the unique needs of a global employer, such as languages, localization, and other key priorities When employers operate on a global scale, they typically give up visibility and clarity. Often times HCM systems can support a local country or global, but not both. HiBob’s platform gives employers a full, comprehensive view of their entire workforce, and it does so in style. From the first touch of onboarding and performance management to employee engagement and compensation, HiBob’s robust platform gives employers what they need to support a distributed and productive global workforce.
Papaya Global Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Global Solution: solution that supports the unique needs of a global employer, such as languages, localization, and other key priorities Hiring, paying, and managing employees is hard. Accomplishing those tasks on a global basis is multiple times harder! Papaya Global was built to solve for those unique challenges, giving employers proactive compliance recommendations, country-specific payroll, and more. This modern platform has a lot to offer.
Rippling Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Global Solution: solution that supports the unique needs of a global employer, such as languages, localization, and other key priorities Used by more than 15,000 businesses, Rippling is a core HR and payroll system that connects in with finance and IT needs to provide a single source of truth. Employers that have global workers can manage and pay those staff through the same interface they use for their other workers, giving companies a streamlined process and a more holistic view of their entire workforce.
AbsenceSoft Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way The regional and national patchwork of leave laws is getting more complicated every year, and employers often don’t have a set mechanism to support their compliance. AbsenceSoft has been offering this through a robust technology that isn’t just helpful for admins–it’s easy for employees to use, too. Instead of worrying about compliance, employers can spend time creating a workplace culture that drives results.
BLR Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way Ask any HR leader, and they will tell you they didn’t get into HR for compliance. They got into HR to make an impact on the people. However, compliance is a critically important aspect of successful human resources operations. BLR is one of the industry’s leading, trusted partners for companies that want to ensure that decisions are compliant every day. Our judges also liked the HR Hero materials from BLR that help HR leaders to rapidly create training on critical topics like inclusion, safety, and more.
DailyPay, Inc. Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way Our research on frontline workers shows that choices in how or when they get paid is one of their top priorities when it comes to flexibility. DailyPay has provided this exact service to employers directly and through influential partnerships with leading payroll providers, helping millions of employees have flexible access to their own earned wages.
Springbuk Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way As a multiyear winner of the HR Tech Awards, Springbuk’s value as a tool that guides employer benefit decisions at a strategic level to reduce costs and improve care is well-proven. But a critical step in that process is finding suitable, experienced, and proven partners to assist the employer with solving the problems identified. Springbuk Activate matches employers with trusted partners to help them rapidly move from identifying problems to solving them.
BambooHR Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Midsize Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of midsized businesses (200-2,000+ employees) When it comes to HCM providers, many of them lean into the value of their payroll engine or some other fundamental compliance aspect of HR. However, BambooHR prides itself in a technology that also adds value in critical areas like onboarding, employee experience, and talent management. Today’s midmarket employers need a solution that can solve more than just pay–it needs to be a flexible hub for all employee-focused activity, and that’s exactly what BambooHR provides.
Paycor Inc Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Midsize Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of midsized businesses (200-2,000+ employees) Lighthouse research shows that midsize businesses are in a sort of “no man’s land” between the enterprise HCM providers and those that don’t scale up very well from the smallest organizations. Paycor has a technology that helps employers with 200 to 2,000 employees and more with their complex HR needs, allowing HR leaders to use the basic elements or more advanced, robust feature sets as they grow into them.
GoCo.io Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Small Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of small businesses (1-200 employees) There’s never enough time for busy HR leaders to get everything done, but GoCo has an answer to that. With a robust HR platform focused on small businesses and their unique needs, 100% of GoCo clients say the system saves them time each week. Most importantly, those employers are turning that newly freed up time toward creating workplaces that engage and support the workforce in a powerful way.
Mineral Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Small Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of small businesses (1-200 employees) Small business leaders need to know that their attempts to run the business won’t be blindsided by HR compliance issues. That’s where Mineral comes in. As the backbone of compliance for multiple HR platforms and services, Mineral is THE trusted name in HR compliance resources and education.
Paychex, Inc. Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Small Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of small businesses (1-200 employees) Small businesses need HR solutions that don’t add complexity or additional tasks to their schedule. Paychex Flex does just that, saving clients anywhere from dozens to hundreds of hours every year, allowing business leaders to spend more time working on the business, not just in the business.
When I Work Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Small Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of small businesses (1-200 employees) Lighthouse research shows that when frontline employees have access to mobile technology for shifts and scheduling, they are more likely to rate their treatment as equitable with nonfrontline staff. When I Work is enabling that sense of fairness and respect for millions of workers via their platform. However, employers are also benefiting from the technology, receiving critical insights into frontline labor costs and more consistent show rates for employees who are scheduled to work.
EY Core HR/Workforce (HRIS, payroll, time and attendance, employee help desk, and other related technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions The concept of skills-based organizations has taken on a frenzied pitch in recent years, and Lighthouse research shows that employers are adopting this methodology both as a way to personalize the work experience as well as to help close organizational skill gaps. EY Skills Foundry targets that problem by leveraging AI, assessments, and advanced benchmarking to give every employee a clear path to the skills and career they desire. Employers and government entities using EY Skills Foundry are seeing a level of clarity and actionable insights when it comes to the skills of the workforce like never before.

Category: Talent Acquisition

HireLogic Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business Interviews are one of the most complicated, variable-filled aspects of the hiring process, yet most companies have little insight into what happens within each of those conversations. HireLogic has taken on that challenge with its platform that tracks interview content, evaluates interviewer compliance, and generates relevant insights. Employers that want unparalleled clarity into interviews at a micro and macro level should take note.
HiringBranch Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business What if your company could predict which candidates would be high quality before they ever got through the front door? This is the hope of most employers, but many haven’t figured out how to make it happen. HiringBranch doesn’t just claim this–they offer a guaranteed improvement on employee KPIs, which proves that their AI is about results, not hype. Companies with high volume needs should definitely take a look.
Mercer Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business Lighthouse research shows that finding qualified candidates is one of the top challenges in hiring today. Mercer has developed Skills Edge, an innovative, AI-driven technology that helps to align employer roles with specific skills, giving them a clear, data-driven picture of what a great hire should look like. Practical use cases for this platform extend beyond hiring into retention, succession, and more.
SeekOut Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business The easiest job to fill is one where you don’t lose someone in the first place. In other words, internal hiring is a powerful retention tool, helping employers to decrease risk and cost while increasing the likelihood of success. SeekOut’s Grow and Career Compass solutions target this, giving employers a chance to see their internal talent not just by job title, but by skill and ability, helping them tap into those existing team members. It’s a winning combination for talent teams and the workforce as well.
Icims Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market The latest Lighthouse talent acquisition research shows that most organizations believe their ATS is more administrative than strategic. Yet a modern ATS with robust features like candidate communications, internal mobility support, and other critical capabilities definitely falls into the strategic column, and that’s exactly what iCIMS has developed over the last two decades. Enterprises that want a proven technology should definitely give it a look.
SucceedSmart Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business Talent acquisition has seen a lot of innovation in AI, but executive search has been one area that’s been lacking. SucceedSmart brings a fresh new perspective and platform that gives employers a faster, less biased, and more transparent selection process, helping employers to bring in the right leadership talent to propel the business forward.
Pinsight Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution: solution focused on helping customers measure results and outcomes When an organization makes a mishire for an entry level role, the overall impact to the company is minimal; however, hiring the wrong executive can create long-lasting negative effects to the organization and potentially the bottom line. Pinsight aims to help employers reduce that risk by offering modern leadership selection tools that drive higher quality, lower bias, and greater retention overall.
SmartRank Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution: solution focused on helping customers measure results and outcomes Our research at Lighthouse indicates that only one in four employers today say that their ATS is a strategic tool that enhances team performance. SmartRank aims to change that with its intelligent screening capabilities tied in with the typical ATS features employers expect. More than just collecting resumes, the system helps to narrow the candidate pool using proactive questions that align with talent acquisition best practices. If your organization is fed up with screening difficulties, SmartRank is worth a look.
iCIMS Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Enterprise employers need more than just an ATS to track resumes–they need intelligent tools, robust features, and relevant insights to solve their biggest hiring challenges. iCIMS has steadily developed its platform over the last 20 years to have leading capabilities that employers can use to hire faster and more effectively.
Mitratech Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market When employers are screening candidate backgrounds, they have to do so in a compliant, speedy, and candidate-friendly way if they want to keep them in the hiring pipeline. Mitratech AssureHire accomplishes that with low dispute rates, rapid turnaround times, and impressive time savings for busy HR and talent teams.
Sense Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Lighthouse research indicates that many employers using CRMs and other tools are not getting the full value that they offer. Solutions like Sense offers can help. Not only do enterprise employers get an intelligent CRM, but they also get additional value from chatbots, scheduling tools, powerful automation, and analytics that make talent teams smarter and more capable.
Sterling Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market For many companies, the term “background screening” means long wait times, low visibility, and high frustration, especially when trying to bring on highly qualified candidates. Sterling breaks that stereotype, closing approximately 90% of its searches within 24 hours, offering transparency and scale for even the largest hiring volumes. It’s a win for candidates and for employers.
Symphony Talent Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Getting jobs in front of candidates is a critical talent acquisition challenge today, and Symphony Talent has a set of capabilities that serve a dual purpose. Not only does it help put the relevant information in front of candidates–it also captures candidate information in a CRM for tailored outreach campaigns. As a bonus, the team also has extensive employer branding expertise to help talent leaders define an employer value proposition that matters to the modern candidate.
SucceedSmart Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best DEI-Enabling Solution: solution that supports critical diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives In today’s ever-changing business world, talent acquisition leaders see the value in a modern, affordable, and inclusive executive search as well as a DEI-enabling solution that supports critical diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. SucceedSmart helps companies streamline their executive recruitment process and identify the best-suited executives, making their search more efficient and effective.
Fountain Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Frontline-Focused Solution: solution that solves challenges for employers and workers in a frontline or high-volume context Our research at Lighthouse shows that frontline workers have different expectations than other types of workers, and technologies that don’t take those into account will fail to reach and engage this critical segment of the workforce. Fountain has developed a mobile-accessible frontline solution that speeds up hiring, increases candidate conversion, and drives more predictable hiring funnels for employers. It’s a powerful, winning combination of outcomes for organizations with high volume hiring needs.
AppVault Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way For a long time, employers have struggled with the traffic that arrives and leaves their career pages without completing an application for a job. AppVault has developed its Motivator tool to enhance career sites and make the experience more personalized for candidates and trackable for employers. One client even began using Motivator data for retention prediction to ensure that people who were hired ended up staying at the organization long-term, which is something most recruiting technology companies couldn’t even fathom.
ERIN App Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way For over a decade, research has shown that employee referrals deliver high-quality candidates. Yet many companies struggle to operationalize that process, often taking a more ad hoc approach. ERIN is a solution that helps employers to automate employee referrals and create more predictable hiring pipelines. One client is seeing an average of 13,000 referrals a month over a two-year period, which is simply incredible.
Findem Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way Lighthouse research shows that if given a better option, many employers would give up on resumes and use other, more predictive tools for searching out candidates. Findem’s Talent Data Cloud is an innovative solution to that problem, using “3D data” to see candidate experiences at a company at a point in time. That search enables employers to reduce risk and increase confidence that they are considering the right individuals for an open role, ultimately speeding up hiring and increasing quality of hire. Simply incredible.
JobSync Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way The latest Lighthouse talent acquisition research shows that employers struggle with candidate throughput and disconnected systems. JobSync was founded in 2011 to solve those and other problems, giving employers more predictable hiring funnels and an unprecedented level of data clarity. Their satisfied clients span industries including logistics, healthcare, retail, and others–proof that positive hiring outcomes are possible with the right technology partner.
LiveHire Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way While time to hire isn’t the only metric that employers care about, Lighthouse research shows that it’s one of the top priorities for employers today. LiveHire users are filling jobs faster than other sources like job boards and referrals, giving those companies access to the highest quality candidates before they can get snapped up by a competitor.
Phenom Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way When employers look at adding AI-powered solutions to their talent acquisition processes, they prefer solutions connected into their existing systems, not bolt-on additions. Phenom X+ is a great example of a native AI solution that makes hiring faster, more predictable, and more personal for every candidate in the pipeline. Let’s skip the hype–this adds real value for businesses, recruiting teams, and candidates as well.
Qualifi Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way We all seek simplicity and ways we could save our team time to be more efficient. Qualifi’s innovative software offers organizations a faster and simpler way to screen, schedule, and interview candidates. By reducing administrative burdens, streamlining hiring processes, and providing a top-notch experience to candidates, Lighthouse study shows how AI and human intelligence is impacting and improving the hiring process. Qualifi helps companies successfully attract and hire top talent, driving their business forward.
SucceedSmart Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way Our research shows that leadership talent has an outsized influence on the workforce and the success of the business. SucceedSmart is committed to helping employers find, screen, and hire the best executive talent for their organizations with its innovative technology that creates value through speed, transparency, and a high-touch experience.
Arca24 Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions Professional staffing organizations can’t survive with basic recruiting technologies. They limit revenue, slow hiring, and can damage the organization’s chances of success. Arca24 provides both the foundational and higher-level hiring technologies these organizations need to identify, attract, and hire the best candidates for their clients.
Our research shows that large employers are struggling with new candidate expectations and a shortage of qualified talent. Arca24 is helping these organizations to overcome those challenges with innovative technology that tackles those challenges head-on.
Leoforce LLC Talent Acquisition (sourcing, matching, candidate experience, assessments, onboarding, and other relevant technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions Finding candidates takes time, effort, and attention. However, busy talent teams often struggle to invest enough time into this activity. Arya can help to streamline sourcing processes through automation, and one client even saved up to 12 hours of sourcing per job using the platform.

Category: Talent Management

fitt Talent Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution: solution focused on helping customers measure results and outcomes Fitt is a game-changing talent management tool that addresses the need for accessible and high-quality talent assessment. Through its platform, Fitt combines various assessment methods, such as video interviews and psychometrics, in an intuitive and engaging way, making it easier for organizations to conduct thorough assessments at a reasonable cost. By bridging the gap between assessment and learning, Fitt provides a comfortable and enjoyable candidate experience, while also dispelling any skepticism towards traditional assessment methods.
Betterworks Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market When employee performance is aligned with the needs of the business, amazing outcomes are possible. Betterworks enables those types of outcomes–increased sales, employee retention, agile cultures, and more–for enterprise customers around the world.
Paycor Inc Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market One critical differentiator that sets some providers apart from the rest is a deep understanding and feature set aligned to specific industry needs. It makes logical sense: healthcare isn’t the same as manufacturing, so why do most technologies act like they have the same HR needs? Paycor’s industry-specific capabilities are aligned with the needs of employers. For instance, manufacturing employers may have unique overtime calculations or shift scheduling needs, and Paycor can support those with both technology and advice, giving those clients a leg up on the competition.
Mercer Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best DEI-Enabling Solution: solution that supports critical diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives Mercer equips organizations with a powerful tool to proactively identify and address potential pay gaps, fostering transparency and accountability in their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Lighthouse research reveals the impact of companies that prioritize things like pay transparency. By leveraging this solution, companies can ensure fair compensation practices, cultivate a culture of transparency, and build a workforce where every individual is valued and rewarded equitably.
Fuel50 Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way We can discuss the implementation of a system that empowers employees through personalized career opportunities, projects, and mentorship tailored to their specific skills and values, while also providing organizations with valuable insights for strategic decision-making, ultimately fostering transformative and empowering experiences that drive career growth and development within the organization. That’s what Fuel50 does. When it comes to mentorship, having skillsets aligned with what an employee does, and working at a place they feel valued this all aligns with our recent research at Lighthouse. When employees feel valued and are provided with opportunities for growth they stay and are more productive.
Phenom Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way Lighthouse research shows that the one of the top priorities for workers today is growing and exploring new roles within the business. Phenom Career Pathing and Talent Marketplace tools give every employee a chance to visualize their future at the organization in a practical way, weaving in mentoring relationships, skill gaps to close, and other information to make talent mobility a practical reality.
15Five Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Midsize Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of midsized businesses (200-2,000+ employees) In a world where talent management is more than just a metric, 15Five rises above, empowering HR leaders to ignite an authentic culture of growth and purpose where employees thrive, turnover fades, engagement soars and managers become the beacons of inspiration they were meant to be. Early adopter, customers have seen impressive results within just 30 days of implementing the Flywheel, with one key one being that 74% of managers improved one or more manager effectiveness competencies.
Engagedly Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Midsize Business-Focused Solution: solution that targets the unique needs of midsized businesses (200-2,000+ employees) When it comes to being dynamic, Engagedly, a talent management platform powered by Marissa AI, integrates performance, learning, and employee engagement. Engagedly helps businesses foster a high-performance culture for their employees, and our research at Lighthouse proves that the outcome of a healthy culture is more likely to have a healthier employee engagement, which drives success for both the individuals and the organization.
Cornerstone Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions Lighthouse data indicate that training can’t exist in a vacuum. It has to tie to employee growth, company objectives and priorities, and tangible skill development. Cornerstone’s TXP platform not only gives every single employee a chance to grow and hone their own skills, but it also gives leadership teams a better and more fundamental understanding of their organizational skill sets and progress. This takes the common skills conversation today and makes it highly practical and actionable.
Mitratech Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions Lighthouse research shows that performance management has continued to shift in importance over the last few years from a single touchpoint to multiple over the course of the year. Mitratech’s Trakstar Perform solution gives employers a simple, straightforward system for capturing performance notes over the course of the year. One higher education client points to the insights generated from the system as a powerful mechanism for keeping individual, team, and department performance aligned with the overall strategy of the organization.
Paycor Inc Talent Management (performance, OKRs, succession, engagement, diversity, career planning, and other relevant technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions When employers think of payroll, they often think of Paycor. But their talent solutions are surprisingly robust when compared to many other payroll providers. Paycor talent solutions touch on everything from onboarding and career management to engagement and development. Perhaps most exciting for me: Paycor knows that many employee actions are initiated by their leaders, not just HR, so the manager experience is clean, intuitive, and action-oriented.

Category: Total Rewards and Wellbeing

Elevate Total Rewards and Employee Wellbeing (compensation, benefits, perks, recognition, wellness, mental health, and other related technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business Every HR leader knows that it’s important to give employees benefits that meet their needs. But all too often the mechanisms around selection, usage, and reimbursements are clunky, slow, and off-putting. Elevate solves that by creating an intuitive, employee-friendly interface for employer benefits like FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs. Not only is it more secure and accessible, but 90% of claims can be approved instantly with intelligent AI technology. Wow.
Alight Solutions Total Rewards and Employee Wellbeing (compensation, benefits, perks, recognition, wellness, mental health, and other related technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Enterprise organizations need sophisticated technology to support all areas of their workforce, including their benefits. Alight has a proven technology and track record to make that a reality. In one client story, an enterprise organization saved over half a million dollars through an AI-enabled benefits outreach campaign.
Salary.com Total Rewards and Employee Wellbeing (compensation, benefits, perks, recognition, wellness, mental health, and other related technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Salary.com has had one of the industry’s leading compensation solutions for years, but the recent acquisition and incorporation of CompXL’s comp planning features has helped to cement that status. Historically compensation planning has been done primarily in spreadsheets, but now it can be incorporated alongside salary surveys and pay data. This gives employers one destination to manage and make pay decisions from both a strategic and tactical perspective.
Kudos® Total Rewards and Employee Wellbeing (compensation, benefits, perks, recognition, wellness, mental health, and other related technologies) Best Culture Building Solution: solution that strengthens and enables corporate culture Most companies are looking to create a better workplace by recognizing and valuing their employees. The Lighthouse P.E.A.C.E Research study states that a healthy culture will boost engagement, reduce turnover, and improve performance by fostering a connected and motivated team. With Kudos, employees can grow personally and professionally, while businesses see greater success and profitability through collaboration and motivation.
Rain Total Rewards and Employee Wellbeing (compensation, benefits, perks, recognition, wellness, mental health, and other related technologies) Best Innovative or Emerging Tech Solution: solution that brings new features and capabilities to the market or solves an old problem in a new way Employers that want to give employees a fighting chance in their personal finances are looking at tools that provide earned wage access. Rising inflation and other costs have created financial constraints on a large portion of the overall workforce, but companies like Rain are working to remedy that. Rain provides a technology that enables workers to access their earned wages before payday, giving them flexibility and a way to cover their personal expenses without taking costly loans that steal from their financial future.

Category: Talent Analytics

Hive Learning Talent Analytics (data visualization, business intelligence, dashboards, KPIs, metrics, and other related technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business Can you imagine having a personal coach for each employee, guiding them through fun and tailored learning experiences that are directly related to the company’s goals. By using this approach, employees feel empowered to grow their skills and knowledge, while companies benefit from a more engaged and skilled workforce. Hive Learning combines cutting-edge technology with human-centered design to empower employees, nurture continuous skill development, and drive impactful outcomes for both individuals and the company as a whole.
Praisidio Talent Analytics (data visualization, business intelligence, dashboards, KPIs, metrics, and other related technologies) Best Advance in Practical AI: solution that leverages AI, machine learning, robotic process automation, and/or natural language processing for practical impacts to people and the business Of all the tasks that HR executives have on their plate, dealing with analytics and reporting can be one of the hardest. Different systems, diverse stakeholders, and changing requirements can make it difficult to hit a moving target. Praisidio simplifies all of that by making people analytics fast, easy, and intuitive. By connecting to existing systems and generating answers to questions written in natural language (such as ‘how many high performers have we hired in the past 24 months?’), Praisidio’s platform helps companies quickly move from insight to action.
Activ8 Intelligence Talent Analytics (data visualization, business intelligence, dashboards, KPIs, metrics, and other related technologies) Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution: solution focused on helping customers measure results and outcomes Our research at Lighthouse shows that when employers have more HR systems, they say they are more productive, but they also say that they lose track of the truth since data are scattered across multiple platforms. Active8 solves that by bringing data sources into a single people analytics platform, creating a foundation that HR and business leaders can use for consistent, data-driven decisions.
EDLIGO Talent Analytics (data visualization, business intelligence, dashboards, KPIs, metrics, and other related technologies) Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution: solution focused on helping customers measure results and outcomes Lighthouse research shows that employers today are more data-rich yet insight-poor than ever before. They need decision support tools, and EDLIGO Talent Analytics is giving that kind of insight into millions of employees for its clients, helping them understand employee skills, performance details, workforce strategy, and more.
Visier Talent Analytics (data visualization, business intelligence, dashboards, KPIs, metrics, and other related technologies) Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution: solution focused on helping customers measure results and outcomes How does 200+% ROI sound? That’s how much the average Visier customer benefits from the analytics and insights the platform generates. One of the world’s leading HCM analytics providers, Visier has continued to innovate its product with Vee, an intelligent digital assistant, and Workplace Dynamics, which helps optimize how people work together for optimal results. It brings people data to life in a powerful way.
isolved Talent Analytics (data visualization, business intelligence, dashboards, KPIs, metrics, and other related technologies) Best Talent Intelligence Solution: solution that enables employers to leverage data and insights for more strategic talent decisions When I worked as an HR leader, one of the hardest things was getting enough useful insight from our HCM systems to be able to make decisions. isolved has delivered this for employers with its Predictive People Analytics functionality, giving companies a chance to see historical trends, future projections, and the current state of dozens of different types of metrics. And best of all? It doesn’t require a separate platform or system–it all happens right in the same technology where employees are paid, performance is managed, and attendance is tracked. This is going to make HR leaders more strategic business partners–period.

Category: Employee Experience

Explorance Employee Experience (voice of the employee, surveys, employee feedback, employee engagement, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Our latest study on employee experience shows that a key priority for the workforce today is a company that both hears their needs and takes action on them. Explorance offers a suite of tools for enterprise employers to solve that exact issue for employers in a wide variety of industries. Additionally, the insights form the platform can be tied back into existing destinations like the LMS, HRIS, and other talent systems, helping employers see their workforce in a holistic way.
HR Acuity Employee Experience (voice of the employee, surveys, employee feedback, employee engagement, and other relevant technologies) Best Comprehensive Solution: solution that solves the core challenges of businesses in the enterprise market Work doesn’t always go as expected, and when employers need to investigate an issue, allow employees to report concerns, or document ongoing problems, they often do so on paper, in spreadsheets, or other unsecure and stale methods. HR Acuity’s platform offers a streamlined option for enterprise employers that want to not only address these challenges but also see the data for trends and actionable insights across the organization.
Bonusly Employee Experience (voice of the employee, surveys, employee feedback, employee engagement, and other relevant technologies) Best Culture Building Solution: solution that strengthens and enables corporate culture Bonusly is an exceptional tool for enhancing employee experience, as it fosters high-performing cultures through an intuitive recognition and feedback system that not only amplifies wins but also cultivates team connectivity and valuable insights, resulting in a workforce that is highly engaged, motivated to perform, and vested in driving business growth; with its exclusive, real-time feedback features, Bonusly empowers managers to take their team leadership to new heights and facilitate better collaboration among employees. Our research at Lighthouse aligns with these outcomes from Bonusly. High-performing cultures reflect leadership that respects, accepts, and appreciates their team.
Quantum Workplace Employee Experience (voice of the employee, surveys, employee feedback, employee engagement, and other relevant technologies) Best Culture Building Solution: solution that strengthens and enables corporate culture When organizations prioritize employee engagement and leverage the right tools, they can unlock the full potential of their workforce, driving exceptional performance while cultivating a positive and thriving workplace culture. Our research at Lighthouse, we see dynamic of healthy cultures vs dysfunctional cultures. Creating a culture of engaged and fulfilled employees who are motivated to stay is crucial for organizational success, as it encourages them to exceed expectations, drive innovation, foster strong interpersonal connections, and ultimately boost productivity, profitability, and the overall work culture. Quantum software plays a pivotal role in facilitating this transformative employee experience.
Schoox Employee Experience (voice of the employee, surveys, employee feedback, employee engagement, and other relevant technologies) Best Frontline-Focused Solution: solution that solves challenges for employers and workers in a frontline or high-volume context Lighthouse research shows that managers are one of the biggest factors in frontline worker retention, so anything that takes busywork off of their plate is an investment in a better employee experience overall. Schoox’s learning technology does exactly that, and one enterprise customer said that their managers gained about two hours a week of additional productivity due to the platform, a savings estimated at more than $2M. What company wouldn’t want that kind of positive impact on their people?