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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

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

How Guardant Health Leverages Procaire by Praisidio for Employee Retention [Case Study]

By Ben Eubanks

In a company staffed with technical specialists, losing even one employee can have an extremely high cost. Software professionals, data scientists, and medical subject matter experts command a high price on the open market, and Guardant Health is prioritizing the retention of these individuals and the rest of its staff through a partnership with Praisidio…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: ChartHop

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Organizational management has traditionally been a broken, manual and time-consuming process. People information is strung together through multiple spreadsheets and it only provides a glimpse into the current state of an organization’s affairs. Leaders, managers and employees outside of the HR department don’t have context or…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Fuel50

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Fuel50 is a transparent talent and opportunity marketplace to meet the business needs for re-skilling, succession, redeployment and leadership development. They continually make enhancements and add features to their platform to combat the biggest HR challenges of today and the future. The past year has seen…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Schoox

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Learning Engagement. Schoox offers an intuitive, social and mobile interface that learners love. While common TDS’s have been built to manage the learning process, in Schoox, they put the employee at the center with a consumer-grade platform designed to help them, learn, grow, and perform—ultimately driving…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Hibob

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Hybrid work has become the new normal and has thrust HR to the head seat at the board room table. The ‘new normal’ is challenging businesses to drive culture, engagement, communication and productivity despite having dispersed, remote or hybrid teams. In light of this, bob’s capabilities…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Tivian

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Most organizations express a firm commitment to equality and inclusion, where all employees have the opportunity to thrive. Despite this commitment, inequalities remain.  In the US today there are significant pay gaps based on gender, race and disability and a dearth of Black and minority ethnic…

2021 HR Tech Awards Case Study: Phenom

By Ben Eubanks

Read the full case study Problems The Technology Solves Candidate Experience Phenom solves candidate pain points by equipping employers with the tools they need to deliver hyper-personalized experiences to job seekers, including an AI-powered career site that helps talent find the right fit faster with: Intelligent search: A candidate’s ability to find the right job…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Waggl

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Waggl is a cloud-based HR management solution that helps organizations streamline and elevate their Employee Voice programs to deliver actionable insight, fresh perspective, and tangible knowledge to leaders and teams around business topics that matter. It comes with a centralized dashboard that enables…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Visier

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves Visier People® creates a unified picture of your workforce with a complete analytics and planning solution designed to bring you insight into your employee experience and organizational effectiveness. Starting with the right questions, Visier People enables HR and business leaders with fast, clear…

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HR Tech Awards 2020 Case Study: Phenom

By David Jordan

Click here to download the full case study. Problems The Technology Solves The Phenom TXM platform focuses on personalizing and automating the four talent experiences; candidate, recruiter, employee, and management. By personalizing these experiences, employers help candidates find the right jobs, empower employees to move within the company, boost recruiter efficiency to identify and engage…

Videos, Interviews, and Podcasts

A More Holistic View for Hiring Talent: Featuring iCIMS on HR Tech Talks

Historically, hiring has been an external activity, and the tools were primarily focused on workflows and candidate intake. The modern hiring technology stack has to be more evolved in order to attract candidates, engage them in the employer brand, and convert them to excited applicants.

In this episode of HR Tech Talks, Ben talks with iCIMS about their evolution to Talent Cloud, a suite of products to help employers hire externally with tools like SMS and internally with their Advance module.

Job Boards and the Human Touch in Recruiting: Featuring ClearedJobs on HR Tech Talks

Putting the Human Touch into Recruiting Technology – When recruiting talent, balancing technology and the human touch is critical. Job boards aren’t new, but many may not realize how versatile they can be, or how to include a personal touch in their recruiting strategy.

Reimagining Talent Management in 2021: Featuring Plum on HR Tech Talks

2020 revealed cracks in our talent systems that many HR leaders already knew were there. In this episode, I will chat with Caitlin MacGregor, CEO of Plum, about 2021 being the year to make meaningful change when it comes to how organizations should think about, invest in, and optimize talent. Because if not now, then…

Democratizing Recruiting Automation: Featuring GoHire on HR Tech Talks

Recruiting automation may seem like an incredibly complex topic, but it doesn’t have to be. Since 2016 when GoHire launched its first recruiting chatbot on Facebook Messenger, they and other companies have been helping to bring employers and candidates together in simple, yet powerful ways. In this episode of HR Tech Talks, Ben will talk…

Let’s Solve Real Problems: Featuring Joyous on HR Tech Talks

One of the most challenging parts of HR technology is that it doesn’t always get buy in from the business. But there are tools available today that help to illuminate performance and productivity gaps, business-impacting issues, and more. In this discussion with Mike Carden, HR technology industry veteran and Cofounder of Joyous, we’ll look at…

Making Culture Tangible and Inclusive: Featuring Questback on HR Tech Talks

One of the biggest challenges people have with culture is that it’s often vague or unclear. Or, as is often the case, there is a gap between reality and what leadership thinks, creating friction for the organization in a variety of visible and invisible ways. This fuels not only innovation and growth, but a critical…

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Engaging A Field-Based Workforce – Lessons From Nussbaum Transportation On We’re Only Human

“You can reconcile accounting, but you can’t always reconcile people.” Jeremy Stickling, Chief Administrative Officer at Nussbaum Transportation We’re Only Human — Episode 104 Turnover in some trucking and transportation companies runs nearly 100% a year, meaning they turn over virtually every employee over a 12 month period. But at Nussbaum, the turnover runs under…

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HR Analyst Day *Podcast Takeover* Featuring Engagedly On We’re Only Human

“Be gentle with yourself. I think we can all afford a little compassion and we’re often able to give that to others easier than we’re able to give it to ourselves. Give yourself time for introspection to understand what truly motivates you and let that be your first step.” Kristin Richter, Engagedly We’re Only Human…

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What Is The Extended Workforce? Insights From Utmost On We’re Only Human

“The way work is getting done is increasingly flexible and it gives the worker the power of choice. That choice serves both the worker and the end enterprise.”  Dan Beck, COO of Utmost We’re Only Human — Episode 106 Quick, your business needs to fill a talent gap you have, but you don’t want to…

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3 Keys to Creating and Becoming a Best Place to Work: Angie Redmon on We’re Only Human

“What different actions can we take going forward? So whether it was an implementation to our benefits plan or whether it was rolling out a new piece to our onboarding process, let’s do an analysis at the end… Is there anything that could’ve made this better? Just one little thing that we could tweak so that we can learn from this.” Angie Redmon, striveHR

We’re Only Human — Episode 107

Today there’s no shortage of employer award programs. Every magazine, business publication, website, and trade association has a version of these programs, and they all look at different elements of how employers support their people. In today’s conversation, Ben talks with Angie Redmon of striveHR about how she works with employers to help them win these awards. As you’ll hear in the discussion, this is about more than “teaching to the test.” It’s about fundamentally changing how you care for and support your people, and the journey towards that end goal is perhaps more important than the end goal itself. In the conversation you’ll learn the three critical components that lead to a winning strategy over time.

Learn more about Angie and connect with her: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angieredmonbestworkplaceadvisor

Find our episode archive, subscribe options on Spotify, Google, Amazon, and more, and learn more about We’re Only Human: http://lhra.io/podcast

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…

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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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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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