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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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Research Reports and Graphics

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

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

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

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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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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Killing the Traditional Performance Management Approach

By Ben Eubanks

In the last few years, there have been tons of stories about how companies are ditching performance management as it has long been practiced and replacing it with a variety of approaches. Just a few of the many recognizable names: Sears SAP Adobe At the same time, there have been a large number of companies…

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Predictive HR Analytics (In Plain English)

By Ben Eubanks

One of the challenges of talking about predictive analytics, big data, and other similar concepts is that it quickly becomes complex, causing the audience to tune out the conversation. This is especially relevant for HR leaders, where competencies in these areas are somewhat weak in general. By the way, that’s not an indictment on HR…

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How to Use Recruiting Funnel Metrics for Talent Forecasting

By Ben Eubanks

You’ve heard me talk about some of the trends in recruiting measurement recently, and today we’re going to continue the conversation. However, I’m going to target some specific metrics companies can use to evaluate their recruiting funnel and talent forecasting efforts. While these involve simple math, they offer valuable insight into your recruiting process and how it…

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Quality vs Quality of Candidates

By Ben Eubanks

While interviewing a talent acquisition leader for an upcoming podcast, I realized that part of our conversation was a direct tie-in to other discussions I have had in the past week that focused on the importance of candidate quality over quantity. It made me wonder just how often we focus on getting tons of candidates…

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Using Source of Hire Data to Validate Talent Acquisition Efforts

By Ben Eubanks

What if you had a way to not only see what sources your candidates were coming from, but which ones delivered you the best people that you ended up hiring? This isn’t just possible–it should be a regular activity you perform as an HR/recruiting leader so that you can validate your hiring efforts and expenditures.…

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3 Trends Impacting Talent Acquisition Measurement

By Ben Eubanks

Note: I have an upcoming report detailing these issues in more detail and would love to send it to you. Just sign up here to receive your own copy of the research report The Modern Measures of Success in Talent Acquisition. Thanks! Today, more is demanded of the talent acquisition function than ever before. It…

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Building a Business Case for HCM Technology

By Ben Eubanks

Talent leaders that are attempting to select, purchase, and implement HCM technology are often challenged by a lack of experience with the process of selling the idea internally before seeking a solution. When we think about making an investment into a technology offering of thousands or millions of dollars, that seems like it would be the…

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#Inforum2016: Data, Machine Learning, and IoT

By Ben Eubanks

This week I’m honored to be a guest at the Inforum 2016 event in NYC. The Infor team has put together a great event and there are more than 8,000 people here to learn about new developments and share best practices. What I really like about this event that I don’t always see at more HCM-focused…

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Defining Talent Acquisition Measurement Priorities and KPIs

By Ben Eubanks

In our recent Modern Measures of Talent Acquisition study, we asked talent leaders what their most critical priorities are when it comes to measuring talent acquisition performance. More than the basic details around attracting talent and focusing on the candidate experience, we dug into six specific areas to fully plumb the depths of these organizational…

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Delivering a High-Quality Employee Experience

By Ben Eubanks

As I traveled home from yet another conference last week, I reflected back on the many conversations I had with talent leaders and vendors and how they formed a common theme. For years we have been talking about employee engagement and its value, but the drive to create a more holistic approach has expanded the…

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Building a Skills-Based Organization

By Ben Eubanks

I’ve had numerous conversations in the past week about skills in the workplace and their impact on how work gets done (or doesn’t get done). From a software solution that measures skills and keeps a running tally of strengths and weaknesses across the organization to platforms that use skills to tell a compelling, verifiable story…

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How to Measure Candidate Experience Metrics

By Ben Eubanks

Candidate experience matters. Despite companies saying it is increasingly difficult to find and hire quality candidates, many of them are not measuring or attempting to influence the candidate experience in a positive way. That’s like saying it’s important to eat healthy while you continue to pile up your plate with junk day after day. It’s a…

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Recruitment Marketing & Talent Analytics: The Future of Talent Acquisition

By Ben Eubanks

Important things are happening in talent acquisition as we begin 2016, for sure: More companies see the competitive edge gained by providing a positive candidate experience, more companies are focused on building authentic employer branding rooted in a compelling EVP, more companies are getting serious about recruitment marketing as a highly effective method of attracting…

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Enough with the Big Data BS

By Ben Eubanks

If I have to sit through another bullshit presentation, session, or webinar on “Big Data” and its supposed implications for HR, I’m going to lose it. And I don’t mean making passive aggressive comments on the Twitter stream – I really mean I’ll have to stand up and say something, starting with, “You really have no idea what you’re talking about.”

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Legacy HCM Systems Beware: The Talent Acquisition Platform Cometh

By Ben Eubanks

Is there a single system in the world of HCM that’s more widely hated than the applicant tracking system? According to Key Interval’s Optimal HR Tech Stack, no there is not. If you haven’t read the full report (and you should), their survey of hundreds of leaders in human resources, talent management, and talent acquisition…

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