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.

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Insightful Highlights

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Research Reports and Graphics

3 Keys to Creating Engaging Learning Experiences

By now you’ve most likely heard about and begun thinking about the employee experience, because you can’t turn around without reading an article or hearing someone speak about it. In essence, it’s a deeper look at the practices you use across the board to create lasting value for employees in the workplace. Within that conversation,…

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Global HR Practices: Compliance, Growth, and Productivity [New Research]

Today, we operate in a global business environment. Companies are expanding, growing and reaching new talent around the globe in order to meet the needs of their customers. But it’s not all sunshine and roses, as you might expect. That growth can be challenging, and there are definitely some issues that need addressing. That’s the…

2017 Talent Acquisition Priorities (High and Low)

Each year brings new opportunities and priorities for HR and talent leaders. This year we began the inaugural Global Talent Acquisition Sentiment Study. With more than 400 votes, we at Lighthouse are excited about breaking down the data and showing what talent acquisition priorities matter most to businesses today. The infographic below is the first…

New Research: 2017 Workforce Analytics and Strategy Report

We recently completed some very interesting research here at Lighthouse focused on workforce analytics and strategy, a powerful combination for today’s HR and talent leaders. Here’s a selection from the report: It seems we can’t turn around today with hearing about “big data” and “predictive analytics.” But who is really offering these tools, and what…

The Future of Work: A New Paper

This past week I was notified by my client, Ultimate Software, that the paper I cowrote with Trish McFarlane is now available. Titled “The New Realities of Work,” the white paper explores some of the more interesting aspects of HR and talent today, including: Strengths-based talent practices The power of social influence How to tap…

Case Studies

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Eightfold.ai 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company With a deep-learning AI platform and massive datasets (on more than a billion careers, representing much of the working world) companies can hire and manage a diverse, global workforce. This is especially important now, given the attention being paid to talent and how rapidly the skills needs of companies are changing; in…

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Lever 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company For a long time, hiring was a transactional process: moving from resume to interview, interview to offer, offer to first day in the office. In this world, applicant tracking systems supported traditional, inbound hiring needs. But today’s talent acquisition isn’t a transaction. It’s a dialog. A network of relationships among people —…

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BrightHire 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company BrightHire is the world’s leading Interview Intelligence platform. We transform the quality of hiring for high-growth companies like Canva, Carta, Attentive, and Salesloft by helping individuals run better interviews and helping teams hire faster with less bias. Our technology rides along on Zoom, Google Meet and phone interviews, automatically records and transcribes…

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Seekout 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SeekOut is an AI-powered Talent 360 platform for Enterprise Talent Optimization that enables companies to quickly hire, grow, and retain talent while focusing on diversity, technical expertise, and other hard-to-find skillsets. SeekOut lets great companies and great people to grow together. Six out of 10 of the highest valued companies in the…

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Sparrow 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Sparrow makes it simple for employers to care for their people with the first true end-to-end leave management solution where innovative technology is coupled with a world-class leave specialist team. This enables mid-market employers to reduce compliance risks, enhance the employee experience, operate better, and contain costs. The technology integrates with HRIS…

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Enboarder 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Enboarder, the world’s only People Activation Platform specifically designed to inspire action and truly engage employees, was founded on the belief that people are a company’s greatest asset, and that businesses should put their employees above all else –– even investors, customers and other stakeholders. Founder and CEO Brent Pearson discovered that…

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HireEZ 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company HireEZ’s mission is to make outbound recruiting easy. We’re dedicated to helping recruiters proactively bring jobs to people and give them the recruiter-centric tools they need. That’s why we developed hireEZ (formerly Hiretual), an AI-powered outbound recruitment platform. With hireEZ, companies can execute a strategically scalable approach to build their workforce of…

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Socrates 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Socrates.ai is a leading employee experience platform that builds on humanity in the best way possible – via real conversations in real-time – to deliver consumer experiences in the workplace. Socrates.ai leverages artificial intelligence to construct the conversational answers and information employees need. The omnichannel virtual assistant can be used on SMS,…

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Reejig 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Reejig is a leading workforce intelligence platform that enables large-scale organizations to find, retain, and upskill talent at scale. Powered by the world’s first independently audited ethical AI, Reejig acts as your central nervous system for all talent decisions, helping you create a world with zero wasted potential. Reejig provides global executives…

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Guild Education 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Guild Education is a social impact company that empowers American workers to unlock life-changing opportunities for personal and professional advancement through education, skill-building, and coaching. As a certified B-Corp founded to bridge the gap between education and employment for working adults in the U.S. in need of upskilling for the future of…

Videos, Interviews, and Podcasts

Lighthouse Listens: 6 Innovative Talent Acquisition Technologies

As part of our ongoing research efforts, our team meets with technology providers across the HR, talent, and learning space on a regular basis. Last month we held a special set of briefings as part of a talent acquisition deep dive we called Lighthouse Listens. In it, we met with six different providers touching on…

Predicting Pay and Skills From Job Market Intelligence Data on #HRTechTalks

In today’s world, things change and evolve so quickly. Take pay for instance. It’s changing faster than the surveys and other data sources can keep up. So what do we do? One area of emerging data comes from labor market intelligence tools. In this episode of #hrtechtalks, we chat with Cary Sparrow, CEO of Greenwich.HR,…

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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Technology Reviews

6 Technology Providers Supporting Culture, Engagement, and Employee Experience: Lighthouse Listens 2023

By George Rogers

As part of our ongoing research efforts, our team meets with technology providers across the HR, talent, and learning space on a regular basis. Last month we held a special set of briefings as part of a culture, performance, engagement, and employee experience deep dive we called Lighthouse Listens. In it, we met with six…

Lighthouse Listens: 6 Innovative Talent Acquisition Technologies

By Ben Eubanks

As part of our ongoing research efforts, our team meets with technology providers across the HR, talent, and learning space on a regular basis. Last month we held a special set of briefings as part of a talent acquisition deep dive we called Lighthouse Listens. In it, we met with six different providers touching on…

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Eightfold.ai 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company With a deep-learning AI platform and massive datasets (on more than a billion careers, representing much of the working world) companies can hire and manage a diverse, global workforce. This is especially important now, given the attention being paid to talent and how rapidly the skills needs of companies are changing; in…

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Talroo 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Talroo is helping organizations like Uber, McDonald’s, UPS, The Home Depot, Target and more, find and hire their essential workforces. Our data-driven job and hiring event recruiting platform turns the Internet into a help wanted sign. With a pay-for-performance model, we enable customers to maximize efficiency and their budget to hire employees…

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Lever 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company For a long time, hiring was a transactional process: moving from resume to interview, interview to offer, offer to first day in the office. In this world, applicant tracking systems supported traditional, inbound hiring needs. But today’s talent acquisition isn’t a transaction. It’s a dialog. A network of relationships among people —…

The State of Voice of the Employee and Enterprise Employee Feedback Survey Platforms

By Ben Eubanks

In the last few years, the workplace has transitioned from a focus just on employee surveys to a more continuous listening approach. This transition has also been branded in some cases as “voice of the employee,” since it opens a direct channel from the workforce to company leadership, giving workers a voice like never before.…

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BrightHire 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company BrightHire is the world’s leading Interview Intelligence platform. We transform the quality of hiring for high-growth companies like Canva, Carta, Attentive, and Salesloft by helping individuals run better interviews and helping teams hire faster with less bias. Our technology rides along on Zoom, Google Meet and phone interviews, automatically records and transcribes…

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Seekout 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SeekOut is an AI-powered Talent 360 platform for Enterprise Talent Optimization that enables companies to quickly hire, grow, and retain talent while focusing on diversity, technical expertise, and other hard-to-find skillsets. SeekOut lets great companies and great people to grow together. Six out of 10 of the highest valued companies in the…

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Sparrow 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Sparrow makes it simple for employers to care for their people with the first true end-to-end leave management solution where innovative technology is coupled with a world-class leave specialist team. This enables mid-market employers to reduce compliance risks, enhance the employee experience, operate better, and contain costs. The technology integrates with HRIS…

isolved Connect 2022: A Case Study in Customer Engagement

By Ben Eubanks

Nearly 40% bigger than last year, the isolved Connect 2022 user conference was held in Nashville and demonstrated that in many ways, client events are back from the COVID-required limitations put on many events. For those not familiar, isolved offers an HCM platform that supports employers from SMBs through enterprise, though their core market success…

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Biased, Burdensome, and Burnt Out: The Unlimited PTO Story [New Research]

By Ben Eubanks

Not too far in the past, a company that offered its workers an unfettered amount of paid leave would have seemed illogical at best. After all, the typical method of accruing paid leave over time was commonplace and widely accepted by employers and employees alike. But then a small minority of companies began to offer…

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HR Tech Awards 2023: 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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Newsflash: The Wellbeing of Your Workforce is Your Business [Infographic]

By George Rogers

The last month has held a lot of travel for the team here at Lighthouse. From Unleash in Las Vegas to the HR Technologies UK event in London to the Responsible HR Forum in New York City, it’s been a whirlwind. It’s easy in those times to try to focus on productivity at all costs,…

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Critical Success Factors For Attracting and Hiring in the Modern Environment [New Report]

By Ben Eubanks

Hiring moves quickly. That’s true in a practical/process sense, but it’s also true from a broader trends perspective. What works today is different in some ways from what worked two or five years ago. As we’ve been drawing insights from our new talent acquisition research (our first infographic on Pay Transparency, Ghosting, and Other TA…

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3 Learning Trends for 2023: Talent Shortage, Manager Enablement, and Mental Health [New Report]

By Ben Eubanks

At the Learning Technologies UK event last week, I found in many conversations with learning professionals that they can get bogged down and frustrated by the continuous treadmill. Identify a need, build/acquire training, develop skills, measure outcomes, and repeat. That’s a simplified version of what our friends in talent development do every day. It’s not…

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6 Technology Providers Supporting Culture, Engagement, and Employee Experience: Lighthouse Listens 2023

By George Rogers

As part of our ongoing research efforts, our team meets with technology providers across the HR, talent, and learning space on a regular basis. Last month we held a special set of briefings as part of a culture, performance, engagement, and employee experience deep dive we called Lighthouse Listens. In it, we met with six…

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Lighthouse Listens: 6 Innovative Talent Acquisition Technologies

By Ben Eubanks

As part of our ongoing research efforts, our team meets with technology providers across the HR, talent, and learning space on a regular basis. Last month we held a special set of briefings as part of a talent acquisition deep dive we called Lighthouse Listens. In it, we met with six different providers touching on…

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Women are 50% Less Likely to Have Visibility into Internal Career Opportunities [New Research]

By Ben Eubanks

Recently, the Japanese multinational Fujitsu was commended by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry for its efforts to encourage the success of women across its 100,000-plus workforce over the last year. This story is like many others, and employers around the globe are working to advance the number of opportunities for women in…

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First Look at 2023 Talent Acquisition Research: Pay Transparency, Ghosting, and More

By Ben Eubanks

Of all the aspects of human capital management, talent acquisition has seen a tremendous upheaval in the last three years. From a full stop in 2020 to full speed in 2021 and 2022, we’re now seeing some mixed signals about what the future holds. The essential piece is that small and midsize employers are hiring…

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IAMPHENOM 2023: Back and More Innovative than Ever

By Ben Eubanks

In our latest talent acquisition research study (join our upcoming livestream to be the first to see the findings), we see a dramatic growth in the number of employers that are not just comfortable in using intelligent automation in hiring, but that also say recruiting automation technologies are adding real value to their talent and business…

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Is Mentoring Outdated in Today’s Workplace?

By George Rogers

The workplace is where people go to earn a living, be productive, and learn new skills, so why not use it as a way to develop your employees at the same time? Mentoring someone in the workplace can help them grow professionally while also benefiting their manager with stronger ties to the organization. By the…

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49% of Employers with Recruitment Process Outsourcing Relationships Plan to Change this Year

By Ben Eubanks

In our partnership with the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA) in 2022, we jointly published a research report that examined how hundreds of RPO buyers were prioritizing relationships, types of services, and more. In a world where recruiting and talent shortages were a constant reality, business leaders told us some incredible things about how they…

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It’s HERE! My New Talent Scarcity Book is ***Free*** For a Limited Time

By Ben Eubanks

Over the last year as companies struggled to find good people to hire and fought at the same time to keep their best staff, I knew there had to be a story there. I began digging into the data and found some surprising and potentially alarming details: there is a real talent shortage globally, and…

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How to Manage Frontline Employee Turnover

By Ben Eubanks

Frontline Workplaces: Experiencing High Turnover? The Cause May Be Your Manager It’s no secret that industries with frontline workers are struggling to hire and retain talent. Frontline positions require workers to perform their job in person, which talent may view as a drawback in a competitive labor landscape where many industries offer hybrid or remote…

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Heads Up: These Employees Have Zero Interest in Learning and Career Growth

By George Rogers

We often hear that learning and development is one of the keys to retaining employees, because they value it so much. But what about those employees who have virtually no interest in learning? In our new learning research, we see that employees who score themselves as low on the belonging spectrum are eight times more…

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