HR Tech Talks

HR Tech Talks is a weekly livestream show featuring players large and small, new and established, and altogether impressive in how they tackle the core challenges and issues facing HR, talent, and learning professionals in today's workplace. The 30-minute show happens weekly on Mondays at 9a Pacific | Noon Eastern.

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Episode Archive

Compliance Challenges? You’re Not Alone: Featuring ThinkHR/MammothHR on HR Tech Talks

Since the start of this year, multiple new laws have passed that change responsibilities for employers, and that’s just a small sample of the overall changes in the workplace over the last few years. Even when you’re focusing on those evolving requirements, it can be overwhelming to decipher what applies to your company and how to adopt the new regulations.

In this discussion on HR Tech Talks, I am going to chat with Nathan Christensen, CEO of Mammoth/ThinkHR about why navigating compliance is a critical skill set for HR leaders and how his team supports this need for the business (without breaking the bank).

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Solving Pay Equity and Comp Challenges: Featuring Curo Compensation on HR Tech Talks

More and more companies across the globe are attempting to tackle the pay equity issue, but it’s not always easy if you don’t have the right tools to support the process. In some brand new research at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, we found that compensation technology is not only becoming more powerful, but it’s becoming a staple of the HR leader’s toolbox for navigating pay decisions across the board.

In this episode, I’m talking with Ruth Thomas of Curo Compensation about how this company has exploded into the scene of compensation management tools. We’ll also cover the firm’s priority focus on pay equity and how it is helping employers to create a fair and equitable playing field when it comes to pay.

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Embracing Flexibility in Your Talent System: PeopleFluent on HR Tech Talks

When HR technology first became a “thing,” tools were rigid and structured. Today, some tools are still that way, but others have taken the opposite approach: they allow employers to customize and tailor the settings and capabilities around their unique and specific needs.

In our 2020 research, we found that 97% of firms that say they are adaptable also say that their HR technology plays a key part in that flexibility.

In this episode of HR Tech Talks, I’m going to talk with Stephen Bruce of PeopleFluent about how his firm has adopted this approach and how it results in better customer relationships, stronger capabilities that fit each client’s needs, and deep expertise in talent. We’ll touch on talent mobility, talent analytics, and the need for a flexible system to meet the needs of an agile organization.

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Health Intelligence: Going Beyond Health Analytics with Springbuk on HR Tech Talks

Employers often put little thought into the data wrapped around their health benefits. But what if leaders could use health analytics to connect business metrics with the health of your workforce? In this episode of HR Tech Talks, I’m talking with Amy Brown from Springbuk (a 2020 HR Tech Awards winner!) about how their company helps employers to see trends and insights in the data. Join us to learn how we can get better at using this data for supporting our people.

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HR Tech for Midsize Companies: Featuring Namely on HR Tech Talks

If you’re a large enterprise, there are HR tools for you. If you’re a small company, there are HR tools for you. But what if you’re in a midsize company? In the past, employers with a few hundred up to a few thousand employees were in a kind of “no man’s land” when it came to HR tech. In this episode of HR Tech Talks, I’m going to talk with Larry Dunivan about how Namely tackles this challenge for employers.

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A More Holistic View for Hiring Talent: Featuring iCIMS on HR Tech Talks

Historically, hiring has been an external activity, and the tools were primarily focused on workflows and candidate intake. The modern hiring technology stack has to be more evolved in order to attract candidates, engage them in the employer brand, and convert them to excited applicants.

In this episode of HR Tech Talks, Ben talks with iCIMS about their evolution to Talent Cloud, a suite of products to help employers hire externally with tools like SMS and internally with their Advance module.

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Job Boards and the Human Touch in Recruiting: Featuring ClearedJobs on HR Tech Talks

Putting the Human Touch into Recruiting Technology – When recruiting talent, balancing technology and the human touch is critical. Job boards aren’t new, but many may not realize how versatile they can be, or how to include a personal touch in their recruiting strategy.

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Reimagining Talent Management in 2021: Featuring Plum on HR Tech Talks

2020 revealed cracks in our talent systems that many HR leaders already knew were there. In this episode, I will chat with Caitlin MacGregor, CEO of Plum, about 2021 being the year to make meaningful change when it comes to how organizations should think about, invest in, and optimize talent. Because if not now, then…

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Democratizing Recruiting Automation: Featuring GoHire on HR Tech Talks

Recruiting automation may seem like an incredibly complex topic, but it doesn’t have to be. Since 2016 when GoHire launched its first recruiting chatbot on Facebook Messenger, they and other companies have been helping to bring employers and candidates together in simple, yet powerful ways. In this episode of HR Tech Talks, Ben will talk…

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Let’s Solve Real Problems: Featuring Joyous on HR Tech Talks

One of the most challenging parts of HR technology is that it doesn’t always get buy in from the business. But there are tools available today that help to illuminate performance and productivity gaps, business-impacting issues, and more. In this discussion with Mike Carden, HR technology industry veteran and Cofounder of Joyous, we’ll look at…

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Making Culture Tangible and Inclusive: Featuring Questback on HR Tech Talks

One of the biggest challenges people have with culture is that it’s often vague or unclear. Or, as is often the case, there is a gap between reality and what leadership thinks, creating friction for the organization in a variety of visible and invisible ways. This fuels not only innovation and growth, but a critical…

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Making Culture Tangible and Inclusive: Featuring Questback on HR Tech Talks

One of the biggest challenges people have with culture is that it’s often vague or unclear. Or, as is often the case, there is a gap between reality and what leadership thinks, creating friction for the organization in a variety of visible and invisible ways. This fuels not only innovation and growth, but a critical…

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Exploring the World of Career Pathing and Talent Mobility

Research shows that the number one reason people stay at a job is for development and growth, yet many companies don’t prioritize this because it seems to complex. Companies like Hitch make technology to help create opportunities not just for workers to understand potential career growth but also help employers to see and examine the…

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Go Beyond Resumes to Pick the Best Candidates: Aptology On HR Tech Talks

Since the beginning of time, organizations have tried to match resumes with job descriptions to find the best candidates. The problems with that approach are numerous, and the results are often less than ideal. In recent history, more companies have turned to assessment tools to give structure and objectivity to hiring and talent decisions, minimizing…

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Drive Engagement by Supporting Your Workforce, a Conversation with Kronos

Kronos is a world leader in HR and workforce management technology. In this episode of HR Tech Talks, Ben discusses how Kronos serves its customers, what the technology does best, and how it can help HR leaders tackle pressing business challenges.

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Making Work Achievable for HR and Business Leaders: HR Tech Talks Featuring Workday

Workday is one of the most recognizable names in the HCM technology space, and for good reason. They have a tremendous customer list, an ever-evolving set of features, and a firm grip on the future of the industry. In today’s HR Tech Talks conversation, Ben connects with SVP of Product Management Barbry McGann to discuss…

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Talent Acquisition Insights from Phenom on HR Tech Talks

The world of hiring is very different from what it was a year ago. Yet one thing remains constant: it’s about connecting people with opportunities that fit them in a personalized, easy to use manner. Phenom has been doing this for years, and in this discussion Ben talks with Phenom’s leadership to see how they…

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Voice of the Employee and Why it Matters More than Ever: Featuring Waggl on HR Tech Talks

In the last few months, employers have spent more time listening to their employees than virtually ever before. But things are also changing and shifting faster than ever before. In today’s HR Tech Talks episode, Ben talks with Michael Papay of Waggl about how voice of the employee initiatives allow employers to listen, respond, and…

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Does Mindfulness Matter? A Conversation with Headspace on HR Tech Talks

In the last few years, mindfulness has been a recurring conversation at conferences and events. But what is it and how does it impact work? In today’s discussion, Ben talks with the team from Headspace to understand how this fits into the workplace conversation and why it matters more than you think.

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Rethinking the Job Ad: A Discussion with Cliquify on HR Tech Talks

Job ads look pretty much the same as they always have. In fact, moving to a more digital environment may have even increased their length, because there’s no cost to adding in twenty lines of requirements instead of just 2-3 key points. But is there really no cost? In this discussion with Amit Parmar of…

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