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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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How to Increase Employee Support by 6,000% [New Research]

In the coming month or two we’ll be unveiling the findings of our new Frontline Worker study, but today I want to share a few statistics that are practical and targeted at a common problem every employer faces today. 15-plus years ago when I got married, I thought I knew what it meant to support…

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,…

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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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…

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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…

Case Studies

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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…

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Your Brain On Change Management – Google’s Travis Hahler On We’re Only Human

By David Jordan

“One of the things that I find most fascinating about using neuroscience in the [change management] work that I do is that there’s a lot of really common misconceptions about neuroscience.” Travis Hahler, Google We’re Only Human – Episode 94 What is neuroscience and why should we be thinking about it as HR and business…

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How Takeda Radically Transformed It’s HR Operating Model On We’re Only Human

By David Jordan

“I think you can’t make the mistake of designing an optimal, or academically perfect HR operating model in a vacuum. It really must be aligned with your fundamental business strategy and the overall operating model.” Lauren Duprey, Takeda Pharmaceuticals This is the first in a fascinating new series of episodes where we interview talent and…

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How To Drive Business Innovation From Within HR On We’re Only Human

By David Jordan

“Human resources is ripe for innovation right now. Innovation is definitely a place of great opportunity within human capital. We should be constantly looking out for how we can leverage what others have done in other areas and apply it to human resources functions.” Karin Wagner, Senior Director of Talent Transformation at UnitedHealth Group We’re…

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Ashley Furniture Saved ~$5 Million With Employee Retention: Featuring Humantelligence On We’re Only Human

By David Jordan

“So you’re about to go into a meeting physically or remotely, you click on the team on the calendar invite and it’ll pull up the culture of that meeting. Imagine EQ everywhere, and you’re delivering emotional intelligence insights where every person can communicate, collaborate, and connect.” Juan Betancourt, Humantelligence We’re Only Human — Episode 99…

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Case Study: Early Talent Hiring with Yello

By Ben Eubanks

The following case study features Yello, a recruiting technology firm that focuses on early talent and college recruiting through a combination of recruitment automation, scheduling tools, and more. This was recorded during the 2020 HR Tech Roundtable series in partnership with HR Tech Connect Summit.

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13+ HR Case Studies: Analytics, Culture, Learning, Recruiting, Technology, and More

By Ben Eubanks

As someone who has worked in the HR profession, I know well the full value of stories, examples, and case studies. At the end of the day, practitioners like us wanted to know that we weren’t the only ones facing a problem and that, just maybe, some other organization had already surmounted the issue with…

Wal-Mart: Our Fastest Growing Business Line is Delivering Experiences [Case Study]

By Ben Eubanks

What if you go out to deliver someone’s groceries to their car and there is a screaming toddler and a frazzled young mom at the wheel? What do you do then? How do you train for that? One of the world’s most recognized companies is Wal-Mart. A behemoth with more than 2 million employees, the…

Videos, Interviews, and Podcasts

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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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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Technology Reviews

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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…

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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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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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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Sense 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company  Sense is a leading AI-powered talent engagement and communication platform that helps recruiting and talent teams to personalize their interactions with talent at every stage of the recruiting process. More than 600 organizations including Sears, Dell, Kindred Healthcare and Kelly Services rely on Sense to help accelerate hiring, strengthen their employment brand…

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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…

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3 Frontline Worker Trends: Salary, Shortage, and Support

By Ben Eubanks

In today’s workplace with the economy shifting and employers looking to slow hiring, we’re seeing some confusing signals. With some firms laying off workers or freezing hiring, others are still going nearly as fast as they possibly can. The last data from the BLS shows that job openings increased to 10.7 million on the last…

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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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Why Belonging is a Critical Aspect of DEI Success

By George Rogers

Most researchers believe the annual voluntary turnover rate for U.S. employees will rise this year, with a heavy percentage of that being voluntary. After all, the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the quit rate that we’ve become accustomed to is still at record high levels when compared to historical numbers (see…

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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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Recruitment Process Outsourcing: Services, Value, and Buyer Intent

By Ben Eubanks

This week I had the pleasure of serving as the opening keynote for the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA) annual conference, sharing some new findings from a proprietary study on how employers and talent leaders see value in their RPO relationships, what services they want, and how many are planning to change providers. If RPO…

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HR Tech Connect Summit 2022: A few tickets left

By Ben Eubanks

Over the last few years, one of my favorite events has been the HR Tech Connect Summit. This year it happens on November 16-18 in Tampa, FL. This is a smaller, more intimate event than many in the industry. The best part? It allows talent and HR leaders to build deeper connections, see some of…

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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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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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3 Reasons People Quit (and 3 That Make them Stay)

By Ben Eubanks

Research shows that managers believe 70% of the reason people leave a job is due to pay. However, actual data points indicate that nearly 70% of the reasons people quit a job have absolutely nothing to do with pay.  This has been true for many years, but it’s been turned upside down in the last…

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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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How to Increase Employee Support by 6,000% [New Research]

By Ben Eubanks

In the coming month or two we’ll be unveiling the findings of our new Frontline Worker study, but today I want to share a few statistics that are practical and targeted at a common problem every employer faces today. 15-plus years ago when I got married, I thought I knew what it meant to support…

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Sense 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company  Sense is a leading AI-powered talent engagement and communication platform that helps recruiting and talent teams to personalize their interactions with talent at every stage of the recruiting process. More than 600 organizations including Sears, Dell, Kindred Healthcare and Kelly Services rely on Sense to help accelerate hiring, strengthen their employment brand…

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

By Ben Eubanks

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,…

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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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