Research Library

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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.

Feel free to use the categories below to find what you are looking for, or you can search for content that matters most to you.

Insightful Highlights

Learn How PayPal Maps and Creates Employee Journeys (Podcast)

HR Tech Talks: Does Mindfulness Matter?

Research Reports and Graphics

New Research: The Evolving Employee Communications Technology Landscape

Are You Ready for Changing Workplace Communications? Click here to get the research In today’s world, communicating in the workplace is more challenging than ever. The sheer number of ways to connect and interact with others continues to expand, and that means critical communications from employers can get lost in the shuffle. On top of…

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New Report: Career Planning as a 2019 Talent Imperative

Today’s workers have more transparency and choice of jobs than any generation before, which means retention is a critical component for employers across the globe. A variety of mechanisms have been deployed to keep people engaged at work, but research shows that one of the most valuable options of all is career management. A variety…

2019 HCM Trends: Market Size, Investment Priorities, and More

As we edge closer and closer to 2019, I’m receiving more and more questions from employers and vendors in the community about what trends I’m seeing. What will define the coming year? Obviously AI is going to be a big part of that, especially with my book coming out just before the new year starts,…

20+ Onboarding Hacks to Improve the Employee Experience [Free Report]

One of the talent areas that most businesses can improve is onboarding. In some cases the experience is poor, but even for those doing a good job, it’s always fun to pick up new ideas and concepts that help to align new hires with your culture and approach. Despite some advanced practices happening in some…

The Practical, No-Kidding View of Artificial Intelligence for HR

[Update 2019: The book is now live and is receiving rave reviews! Check it out here.] I’m in the middle of writing a book. Yes, a BOOK! I’m writing a ton, but I’m also looking for a little help. See, I need some examples from vendors and employers to help me fill in a few…

What We Know About HCM: 2017 Edition

This has been a year of discovery for us at Lighthouse Research, and 2018 is going to be a year of growth and expansion in both our coverage and company. If you’re curious about working with us, feel free to reach out to start a conversation. Want to download a high-quality version of this research…

The ROI of Video in the Candidate Experience

What’s the ROI of video? While it seems like a challenging question to answer, I’ll start you off with two scenarios: Your talent acquisition team partners with the marketing team and creates a beautiful, scripted ten-minute video exploring your company’s history, culture, and operations. The cost is $20,000. Your talent acquisition team visits with hiring…

The Value of the Employee Experience [Free eBook]

Think about your life. Most of the memories that immediately come to mind are based on powerful, emotional experiences. The idea that experiences form a connection and add value for employees is a relatively new idea. Based on what I’ve seen over the last year, many employers are still unsure about how to define the…

[New Research] Radically Rethinking Your Learning Content Strategy [Free Report]

Anyone who believes that yesterday’s learning content can engage today’s modern learner is sorely mistaken. More than ever employers need to think about how to offer learning content that not only delivers value for the learner, but value for the business as well. Frankly, it can be tough. Creating learning content is a tough game.…

4 Research-Based Insights: What Candidates Want from Video Interviews

In some ways, hiring looks very similar to what it did twenty years ago. People search for positions, indicate interest, and are filtered down until the most promising candidate is offered a job. However, the technology we use has upgraded considerably over time. Today employers have tools to increase efficiency and efficacy, including video interviews,…

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

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…

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…

Tech Brief: IntelliHR

By Ben Eubanks

intelliHR offers leading edge cloud-based People Management Software-as-a-Service with advanced big data collection and analytics capabilities at its core. The platform allows organizations to maintain a real-time handle on performance, create a culture aligned with business strategy and contribute to strategic decision-making with data-driven insights. Featuring real-time analytics, best practice people management tools and workplace…

Solution Provider Review: Immedis

By Ben Eubanks

Immedis delivers touchless global payroll that is secure, compliant, accurate and timely. Processing payroll in over 150 countries, the Immedis Platform provides a unified view of global payroll operations, real-time data analytics, and advanced reporting capability, while ensuring legislative compliance and data security. Check out the full Solution Provider Review and video overview

See the Latest from Lighthouse Research & Advisory

Talent Mobility: The Key to Engagement, Retention, and Performance [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

Our research over the last six years has indicated several practices that set high-performing employers apart from the rest. One of the big ones? Talent mobility. This focus on not just hiring someone for the job they can do today but also for the success they can achieve over time is powerful on so many…

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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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Two Out of Three Employees Want this Talent Practice Right Now

By Ben Eubanks

I recently spoke for IAMHR, an event that Phenom put on, and they did a writeup of the session and some of my research. I’m reposting here because 1) it’s valuable and 2) it answers a question you are probably wondering about, which is “how in the world do we keep our people right now?” …

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

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HR technology mergers 2021

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…

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Frictionless Recruiting with MapRecruit on #HRTechTalks

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

By Ben Eubanks
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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…

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Mythbusting AI: A Year in the Making

By Ben Eubanks

Last year I had an idea. I wanted to host a session and call it “mythbusting AI” after those awesome mythbuster guys on TV. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved breaking the things we know to be “true” by challenging conventional wisdom and pushing back against preconceived notions. It’s one of the things I…

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The Power of a Single System to Manage, Track, and Report on Employee Skills

By Ben Eubanks

Years ago a storm came through the town where I lived and damaged a building on my father’s property. He needed it repaired, so I volunteered for the task. I’m not very handy at building and repairs, but I wanted to give it my best shot. So I showed up with my tools and found…

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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…

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New Data Show the (Surprising) Buyer Priorities for Compensation Management Systems [New Research]

By Ben Eubanks

Companies often spend more time managing their petty cash drawer than they do thinking about the strategic importance of their compensation systems and structure.  That quote from a previous iteration of our research on compensation data, technology, and buyer behaviors was one of the big takeaways we had after interviewing dozens of HR and compensation…

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Missed Our State of Hiring Event? Get it On Demand

By Ben Eubanks

Last week our team put on a virtual event for 500+ HR and talent leaders called The State of Hiring in Today’s Talent Market. It was an amazing opportunity to look at how to innovate within the hiring process during this dynamic and disruptive time, and we had speakers sharing insights about: selection and screening practices…

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How Internal Mobility Solves for Risk, Cost, and More

By Ben Eubanks

Talent mobility can help your company tap into the trillions in GDP growth coming in the next 25 years. That’s a big claim, but the connection is real. Research shows that as the world’s population grows and consumer demand grows along with it, the global GDP will increase to approximately three times its current size.…

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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…

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