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The research below is drawn from more than five years of industry studies, practitioner interviews, and deep analysis of the most important topics facing talent leaders today.

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Insightful Highlights

Learn How PayPal Maps and Creates Employee Journeys (Podcast)

HR Tech Talks: Does Mindfulness Matter?

Research Reports and Graphics

Report: We Asked 800+ Employers about Virtual Recruiting [New Research]

This year our team is going deep on research. In a world like we’ve seen in the last 12+ months, it’s easy for all of us to feel a little bit adrift and out of touch with reality. The best antidote is information, so we are committing to regular research into the market across all…

New Research: Virtual Hiring, Recruiter Skills, and Internal Mobility

This year our team is going deep on research. In a world like we’ve seen in the last 12+ months, it’s easy for all of us to feel a little bit adrift and out of touch with reality. The best antidote is information, so we are committing to regular research into the market across all…

20+ High Impact HR Technology Acquisitions, Mergers, and More from 2020

In 2020, in spite of the pandemic-related shutdowns and other business impacts, the HR technology industry was within a few M&A deals of the 2019 numbers we were tracking (approximately 50). This represents a vibrant industry full of continuous innovation and providers striving to serve the needs of the HR buyer. It also helps to…

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7 HCM Trends for 2021: Prioritizing People-Centric HR

2020 is going to be the year that the world never forgets, but in a swirling pool of chaos there are some important components that we can’t miss. There are silver linings to every cloud, no matter how dark, and those present opportunities for employers to create better workplaces as time progresses. Below are some…

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Is There a Relationship Between HR Technology and Organizational Agility? [New Research]

In the last few months we’ve seen some incredible stories, both positive and negative, around the impact of HR technology on the business and people. We’ve also heard continuously about the importance of agility as a leadership competency for adapting to change. But what about organizational agility, an organization’s ability to adapt in response to…

What 10+ Studies Say About the COVID and Post-COVID Workplace

Over the last two months our team has been talking with different technology firms and business leaders about what’s happening and what is next. The picture can vary depending on who you talk to and what they do, and we’ve found that there are some sources spreading information that ranges from helpful and informative to…

Job Posting Volume Down, Industry Impacts, and Recession Preparation: An RPO Perspective

One of the areas of focus for us at Lighthouse this year is recruitment process outsourcing, or RPO. This service component of HR outsourcing has become a staple for many large employers in recent years, and though our primary research focus has been disrupted by the current pandemic, we have adjusted course to look at…

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Compensation Technology Landscape and Buyer’s Guide Report [New Research]

Many employers spend more time and effort managing their $100 petty cash drawer than they do planning, strategizing, and managing a multimillion dollar compensation budget. This was one of many surprising findings in our latest research effort, digging into the world of compensation technology and the buyer’s mindset, but it certainly wasn’t the only one.…

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Insights from Cox Enterprises, Emerson Electric, Delta Airlines, and More [Podcast]

When I started writing nearly 11 years ago, I never imagined it would become the tool to reach the large audiences that it is today. Some of that writing happens here on the blog, but much of it now comes in the form of reports, research, and case studies. However, the podcast has become an…

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The Shift from Candidate Experience to Retention and Diversity as Hiring Priorities

Over the last year, a significant shift has happened in how employers look at talent. There have always been forward thinking organizations that considered retention as a recruiting metric, but over the last year I’ve seen significant signals in the market that indicate this shift is more than previously believed. The current hiring market is…

Case Studies

How Guardant Health Leverages Procaire by Praisidio for Employee Retention [Case Study]

By Ben Eubanks

In a company staffed with technical specialists, losing even one employee can have an extremely high cost. Software professionals, data scientists, and medical subject matter experts command a high price on the open market, and Guardant Health is prioritizing the retention of these individuals and the rest of its staff through a partnership with Praisidio…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: ChartHop

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Organizational management has traditionally been a broken, manual and time-consuming process. People information is strung together through multiple spreadsheets and it only provides a glimpse into the current state of an organization’s affairs. Leaders, managers and employees outside of the HR department don’t have context or…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Fuel50

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Fuel50 is a transparent talent and opportunity marketplace to meet the business needs for re-skilling, succession, redeployment and leadership development. They continually make enhancements and add features to their platform to combat the biggest HR challenges of today and the future. The past year has seen…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Schoox

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Learning Engagement. Schoox offers an intuitive, social and mobile interface that learners love. While common TDS’s have been built to manage the learning process, in Schoox, they put the employee at the center with a consumer-grade platform designed to help them, learn, grow, and perform—ultimately driving…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Hibob

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Hybrid work has become the new normal and has thrust HR to the head seat at the board room table. The ‘new normal’ is challenging businesses to drive culture, engagement, communication and productivity despite having dispersed, remote or hybrid teams. In light of this, bob’s capabilities…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Tivian

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Most organizations express a firm commitment to equality and inclusion, where all employees have the opportunity to thrive. Despite this commitment, inequalities remain.  In the US today there are significant pay gaps based on gender, race and disability and a dearth of Black and minority ethnic…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Phenom

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Candidate Experience Phenom solves candidate pain points by equipping employers with the tools they need to deliver hyper-personalized experiences to job seekers, including an AI-powered career site that helps talent find the right fit faster with: Intelligent search: A candidate’s ability to find the right job…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Waggl

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Waggl is a cloud-based HR management solution that helps organizations streamline and elevate their Employee Voice programs to deliver actionable insight, fresh perspective, and tangible knowledge to leaders and teams around business topics that matter. It comes with a centralized dashboard that enables…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Visier

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Visier People® creates a unified picture of your workforce with a complete analytics and planning solution designed to bring you insight into your employee experience and organizational effectiveness. Starting with the right questions, Visier People enables HR and business leaders with fast, clear…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Phenom

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves The Phenom TXM platform focuses on personalizing and automating the four talent experiences; candidate, recruiter, employee, and management. By personalizing these experiences, employers help candidates find the right jobs, empower employees to move within the company, boost recruiter efficiency to identify and engage…

Videos, Interviews, and Podcasts

New Findings on Worker Preferences, HR Jobs, and More #HRTechTalks

Frictionless Recruiting with MapRecruit on #HRTechTalks

Getting Comfortable with Data: featuring Salary.com on #HRTechTalks

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Personalization and Wellness: How AI Supports Wellbeing at Scale

“You need to have a competitive pay and benefits offering. When you go to do that, the employer ends up paying for a lot of things that go unused just because there’s too much to communicate. What’s just amazing about the time and space we’re in now is you can really use personalization to surface…

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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Connecting Healthcare Operations and Recruiting at Mercy on We’re Only Human

 “It’s about understanding that workforce isn’t a recruiting job. It isn’t a leadership job. It’s everybody’s job. If you have needs in the workforce, you must communicate them. And the vehicle to do that is our recruiting team.” Betty Jo Rocchio, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy We’re Only Human — Episode 109 One of the…

Technology Reviews

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HR Tech Awards 2022: Winners Announced

By Ben Eubanks

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,…

Tech Brief: Compensation Tool

By Ben Eubanks

Squirrel is a real-time wage and salary data solution offered by Compensation Tool, an industry-leading benchmarking and salary survey management tool.  Squirrel offers a searchable database of more than 3.5M jobs with real-time salary data in the US, expanding internationally later in 2022.  Unlike traditional salary surveys based on incumbent data, Squirrel is composed of…

Tech Brief: iCIMS

By Ben Eubanks

The iCIMS Talent Cloud is a single recruiting platform that delivers transformative solutions across every stage of the talent journey, empowering organizations to attract, engage, hire, and advance the right talent that builds a winning workforce. With their all-in-one recruiting software, iCIMS provides employers with the tools they need to manage their full talent lifecycle,…

Tech Brief: Gloat

By Ben Eubanks

Gloat is an Internal Talent Marketplace used by the world’s leading enterprises. The platform helps enterprises democratize career development, unlock skills, and future-proof their workforces, by utilizing a powerful AI engine and relying on years of experience and implementation. Gloat enables enterprises to utilize the hidden potential of talent throughout the organization by matching people…

Tech Brief: Olumo

By Ben Eubanks

Olumo helps organizations build a people-focused culture by gathering anonymous people data on a consistent basis, asking questions surrounding over 56 key business indicators that collectively comprise their Human Experience. Olumo sends a short text once or twice a week regarding a specific aspect of the work experience without requiring employees to download an app…

Tech Brief: Utmost

By Ben Eubanks

Utmost, the first Extended Workforce System, offers solutions for the enterprise and its extended workforce – from temporary workers to consultants, vendors, freelancers, contractors and more – to work together seamlessly and efficiently. Utmost provides a Workday-native alternative to legacy vendor management systems and gives enterprises a single solution to source, engage, and optimize spend…

Tech Brief: Alleo

By Ben Eubanks

Alleo enables hybrid and virtual meeting participants to get more work done synchronously during the meeting diminishing after meeting asynchronous work. Meeting participants in Alleo seamlessly work contributing and collaborating, sharing documents and multimedia assets simultaneously in lieu of one at a time, and adding to and editing in digital records. Alleo is a persistent…

Tech Brief: Sorbet

By Ben Eubanks

Sorbet is a fintech company transforming the most broken benefit – Paid Time Off (PTO) – into a win-win for businesses and their employees. Sorbet integrates into a company’s HR systems to analyze data to create tailor-made, time off plans, with a platform that proactively suggests pre-approved breaks and vacations while enabling employers to refinance…

How Guardant Health Leverages Procaire by Praisidio for Employee Retention [Case Study]

By Ben Eubanks

In a company staffed with technical specialists, losing even one employee can have an extremely high cost. Software professionals, data scientists, and medical subject matter experts command a high price on the open market, and Guardant Health is prioritizing the retention of these individuals and the rest of its staff through a partnership with Praisidio…

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2021 Was the Biggest Year Yet for HR Tech: See 30+ of the Top M&A Activities

By Ben Eubanks

Last year one of our most popular posts on the blog was a recap of some of the 2020 M&A activities across the HR Tech landscape. When you juxtapose that with the fact that 2021 was the biggest year ever for the HR technology market in terms of investment, we just couldn’t go without sharing…

See the Latest from Lighthouse Research & Advisory

Employers Turning to Technology to Solve Hiring Woes [New Report]

By Ben Eubanks

In the last 24 months, hiring has gone from a “let’s wait and see” to a highly competitive experience that is leaving employers scratching their heads at what to do next. Today, we’re releasing a new research report based on how more than 1,000 employers are facing these challenges. In recent weeks we’ve shared infographics…

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HR Tech Awards 2022: Winners Announced

By Ben Eubanks

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,…

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Hiring Assessments: Do Employers and Candidates See Eye to Eye? [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

Hiring assessments have gone through many iterations and evolutions since the days I was using them to screen high potential hires during my recruiting days. I remember having to stop the hiring process, send candidates a separate link to create an account and complete an assessment, then bringing in an expert to help evaluate the…

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3 Reasons Candidates Ghost Employers, Plus 4 Things They Desire [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

When you are selling a house in a buyer’s market, you do all kinds of things to try to create the right atmosphere, conditions, and appeal so that you can stand out from the other sellers. Employers today need to have that same mindset when it comes to recruiting and hiring. In the modern marketplace,…

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More Tech, More Headcount, More Budget: Early Findings from our New Talent Acquisition Research

By Ben Eubanks

Hiring isn’t just about talent, jobs, and skills. It’s about finding the right person to solve a business need. And when enough of those jobs are difficult to fill or not filled at all, this conversation begins to rise to the highest levels of leadership. In our brand new hiring study, we found that eight…

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9 out of 10 Workers Would Stay at Your Company if They Had this Benefit [Report]

By Ben Eubanks

For a long time, employers have offered paid time off (PTO) as a way to provide flexibility to the workforce to meet their personal needs. However, new data shows that PTO isn’t as good at meeting those needs as we thought. Why? There are a number of reasons that are outlined in the new report.…

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Cornerstone to Acquire EdCast, Reshaping the LXP and Learning Tech Markets

By Ben Eubanks

As reported by Yahoo Finance, Cornerstone plans to acquire learning experience platform (LXP) EdCast. In our analysis of the learning technology market, we’ve spent some significant time reviewing the various LXP providers. Cornerstone has been fighting its way into that market in recent history, and this move is going to easily move them right into…

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Do People Really Want to Quit Their Jobs? What the Research Indicates

By Ben Eubanks

“What do you mean he’s leaving?” I was in a bit of a panic. We were on the verge of delivering a large project to the customer, and I’d just gotten word that one of our senior software engineers was quitting. He was arguably the sharpest person on the entire team, and I didn’t see…

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Conversational Recruiting: Finding Value in Conversions, Consistency, and Cost Reduction

By Ben Eubanks

Chatbots, also known as conversational recruiting tools, have become an essential component for the hiring technology stack at many organization. Used for everything from capturing information and light prescreening of candidates to scheduling interviews and more, these tools have a variety of applications across the hiring process. But new research shows that usage and value…

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Tech Brief: Compensation Tool

By Ben Eubanks

Squirrel is a real-time wage and salary data solution offered by Compensation Tool, an industry-leading benchmarking and salary survey management tool.  Squirrel offers a searchable database of more than 3.5M jobs with real-time salary data in the US, expanding internationally later in 2022.  Unlike traditional salary surveys based on incumbent data, Squirrel is composed of…

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Can You Really Save 200,000 Minutes of Onboarding Time? [Webinar]

By Ben Eubanks

What’s your take on onboarding? Back in the day, I really enjoyed the opportunity to help new hires set up benefits, meet our team, and get their gear. This really paved the way for a successful employment experience. At the same time, I was always limited in the “fun” parts by the constant checklists, forms,…

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New Research: Employees Score Companies with a Failing Grade on Mental Health Support

By Ben Eubanks

Employers are trying. They really are. In the new report published this week based on responses from 1,000 employers and 1,000 workers, we saw organizations clearly attempting to support the mental health of their people with tools, resources, training, and other approaches. But the workforce is saying it’s not enough. Those changes aren’t being implemented, felt,…

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Do You Want to Retain the Largest Age Group in Your Workforce?

By Ben Eubanks

Data from Pew shows that Millennials make up one in three employees, and based on new data we have from our Great Reprioritization study, we see that this age group has some specific things they crave in an employer that are unique compared to other groups. I have the pleasure of joining Chief Human Resources…

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Tech Brief: iCIMS

By Ben Eubanks

The iCIMS Talent Cloud is a single recruiting platform that delivers transformative solutions across every stage of the talent journey, empowering organizations to attract, engage, hire, and advance the right talent that builds a winning workforce. With their all-in-one recruiting software, iCIMS provides employers with the tools they need to manage their full talent lifecycle,…

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Tech Brief: PTO Exchange

By Ben Eubanks

PTO Exchange is a benefits platform that allows employees to apply the value of their unused paid time off (PTO) to a range of priorities, like contributing to a 401(k) or other retirement account, paying down student loans, covering an emergency expense, donating to a favorite charity, leave sharing with co-workers, funding vacation costs, and…

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