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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)

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Research Reports and Graphics

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

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]

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.…

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

“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…

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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…

Data Preview: The Great Resignation? Nope, It’s The Great Reprioritization (New Research)

The Great Resignation Reprioritization The video overview below, hosted by Lighthouse Research & Advisory’s Chief Research Officer Ben Eubanks, dives into our brand new research, offering a peek at just how much is wrong about what we’re hearing in the news and why we need to be looking at this problem in a different way.…

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The Candidate Experience: Perspectives on Video Interviews, Assessments, and Hiring

[Updated July 2021 with new insights] 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…

These are the Learning Technology and L&D Skill Gaps that Exist [New Research]

When situations change and people can’t change fast enough, everyone turns to the learning team for answers. But what if they have questions of their own? In the first of a series of reports from our newest research study, we found a number of surprising insights from the audience of 2,000+ learners and learning professionals/executive…

Case Studies

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Namely

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Mid-sized businesses need a centralized platform to manage their HR needs, as well as one source of truth for employee information. Namely makes it easy to get employees onboarded, enrolled in benefits, and paid in one solution. Namely gives HR professionals full visibility…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Fuel50

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Fuel50, powered by next-gen artificial intelligence, is a multi-faceted talent experience platform that helps organizations to build a truly agile workforce through a foundation of talent matching, continuous learning and employee-driven workforce re-skilling. The Fuel50 platform enables organizations to inspire its employees by…

3 Simple Secrets to Better Employee Experience: A PayPal Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

In the last couple of years, “employee experience” has become this ubiquitous term that is a catch all for pretty much everything related to employees in the workplace. But I love getting more specific and concrete, because vague terms and theory don’t lead to better results and impact. Recently I had a chance to talk…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Leadx

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Leadership is the #1 driver of culture and employee engagement. Gallup research indicates that over 70% of the variance in engagement is tied to who the manager is (i.e., people join companies, but leave a boss). Conference Board research shows that “developing the…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: HiringSolved

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves 40-60% of known candidates for open jobs already exist in internal talent pools for companies with significant hiring needs. Yet, in the war for talent, recruiters often find that they have to invest in more tools and solutions to see more candidates to…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: 15Five

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves What organizations need most from their people now are aligned with what these people want for themselves. People want to work in an environment where they can truly thrive and put their unique strengths and talent to work for a mission they believe…

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We’re Only Human 77: Implementing The Agile Talent Acquisition Methodology At BBVA

By David Jordan

Agile talent acquisition? What’s that? Many of the talent leaders we encounter have heard of agile as it pertains to the software development industry, but what lessons does this methodology have for today’s talent leaders? Agile, at its core, is about prioritizing (ruthlessly) on the things that need to get done. In agile talent acquisition,…

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We’re Only Human 82: Hiring For Neurodiversity – A Case Study

By David Jordan

“We are wasting talent. We can’t afford as a nation, as a society, to waste talent.” Brenda Weitzberg, Founder and Executive Director of Aspiritech When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we often overlook the concept of neurodiversity, which encompasses the broad range of intellectual capabilities that individuals have. In today’s episode, Ben interviews…

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Compassion And Connection: Keys To A Better 2020 On We’re Only Human

By David Jordan

“This year has really redefined what compassion means to me. The need to have compassion for others, whether it’s wearing a mask for those at high risk when I’m going into a store or what role I can personally play in social injustice, it really is all just coming back to compassion.” Lesley Lyons, PeopleStrategy…

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Groundbreaking Research On Organizational Agility With Oracle On We’re Only Human

By David Jordan

“What we’re telling customers is that we can help make work more human. First is really putting empathy at the forefront of the employee experience. It’s up to HR to work with leadership and create this human experience.” Munjal Munshi, Oracle   We’re Only Human – Episode 93 Organizational agility is a critical part of adapting…

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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