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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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HR technology mergers 2021

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.…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 hr trends

7 HCM Trends for 2021: Prioritizing People-Centric HR

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

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

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

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

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

Case Studies

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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…

Hackathons Solve for HCM Issues: Learning, Recruiting, Retention [Case Study]

By Ben Eubanks

“This message will appeal to people in our recruiting process who gravitate towards a culture of hackathons and innovation. It will also turn away others that don’t fit.” Gary Bolton, Vice President of Marketing at ADTRAN I recently had the pleasure of connecting with a handful of key staff members at ADTRAN in Huntsville, Alabama,…

Case Study: How One Healthcare Agency Uses Appreciation to Improve Business and Patient Outcomes (#greatness17)

By Ben Eubanks

This week I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Dana Ullom-Vucelich, Chief HR and Ethics Officer with Ohio Living, speak about her company’s employee recognition program and how it has evolved over time. Additionally, she focused heavily on data that proves the ROI of the company’s investment in employee appreciation and recognition. (Full disclosure, the…

The Talent Slow Fade: A Case Study of Motley Fool’s Approach to Engagement

By Ben Eubanks

The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial services company supporting clients with stock market trends and information. The firm is based in Virginia, has more than 300 employees, and was founded in 1993. More importantly, the company has an amazing culture that is widely known for its unique elements. Recently the Chief People Officer, Lee Burbage,…

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…

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…

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…

Read More

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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