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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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2022 Was Another Record Year for HR Tech: See 20+ M&A Activities that Shaped the Market

Last year one of our most popular posts on the blog was a recap of some of the 2021 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…

What Frontline Workers Care About in 2023 [Infographic]

With all of the news focusing on layoffs and potential economic challenges, it might surprise you to hear that employers hiring frontline staff are still struggling to find enough people to fill all of their open positions. In 2023, these challenges will continue, but employers that understand what the frontline workforce needs will be able…

New Research: What Learners Want Most in 2023 [Infographic]

When it comes to hiring, employers spend a good bit of time learning and understanding what their candidates are looking for. We want to make sure our organizations are appealing and attractive. However, I’ve found that on the learning side, we’re a little less proactive. We don’t always have or gather information about what our…

Employee Burnout and Belonging: Top Learning Trends for 2023 [Infographic]

Employee belonging, burnout/stress, and DEI are all tied together, and they all intersect learning as well. In our brand new research on learning and talent development, we looked at some of the key areas where employee demand is shifting and evolving. In many cases, workers aren’t just asking to be trained to upskill in their…

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,…

Case Studies

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Eightfold.ai 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company With a deep-learning AI platform and massive datasets (on more than a billion careers, representing much of the working world) companies can hire and manage a diverse, global workforce. This is especially important now, given the attention being paid to talent and how rapidly the skills needs of companies are changing; in…

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Lever 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company For a long time, hiring was a transactional process: moving from resume to interview, interview to offer, offer to first day in the office. In this world, applicant tracking systems supported traditional, inbound hiring needs. But today’s talent acquisition isn’t a transaction. It’s a dialog. A network of relationships among people —…

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BrightHire 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company BrightHire is the world’s leading Interview Intelligence platform. We transform the quality of hiring for high-growth companies like Canva, Carta, Attentive, and Salesloft by helping individuals run better interviews and helping teams hire faster with less bias. Our technology rides along on Zoom, Google Meet and phone interviews, automatically records and transcribes…

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Seekout 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SeekOut is an AI-powered Talent 360 platform for Enterprise Talent Optimization that enables companies to quickly hire, grow, and retain talent while focusing on diversity, technical expertise, and other hard-to-find skillsets. SeekOut lets great companies and great people to grow together. Six out of 10 of the highest valued companies in the…

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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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HireEZ 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company HireEZ’s mission is to make outbound recruiting easy. We’re dedicated to helping recruiters proactively bring jobs to people and give them the recruiter-centric tools they need. That’s why we developed hireEZ (formerly Hiretual), an AI-powered outbound recruitment platform. With hireEZ, companies can execute a strategically scalable approach to build their workforce of…

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Enboarder 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Enboarder, the world’s only People Activation Platform specifically designed to inspire action and truly engage employees, was founded on the belief that people are a company’s greatest asset, and that businesses should put their employees above all else –– even investors, customers and other stakeholders. Founder and CEO Brent Pearson discovered that…

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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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Reejig 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Reejig is a leading workforce intelligence platform that enables large-scale organizations to find, retain, and upskill talent at scale. Powered by the world’s first independently audited ethical AI, Reejig acts as your central nervous system for all talent decisions, helping you create a world with zero wasted potential. Reejig provides global executives…

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Fuel50 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company From its humble beginnings in New Zealand in 2013, Fuel50 is one of the leading HCM SaaS solutions in the US and is seeing rapid growth in the UK and European markets, supported by our team of passionate Fuellies who are located across USA, NZ, Australia, South Africa, and EMEA. With years…

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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Eightfold.ai 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company With a deep-learning AI platform and massive datasets (on more than a billion careers, representing much of the working world) companies can hire and manage a diverse, global workforce. This is especially important now, given the attention being paid to talent and how rapidly the skills needs of companies are changing; in…

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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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Lever 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company For a long time, hiring was a transactional process: moving from resume to interview, interview to offer, offer to first day in the office. In this world, applicant tracking systems supported traditional, inbound hiring needs. But today’s talent acquisition isn’t a transaction. It’s a dialog. A network of relationships among people —…

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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BrightHire 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company BrightHire is the world’s leading Interview Intelligence platform. We transform the quality of hiring for high-growth companies like Canva, Carta, Attentive, and Salesloft by helping individuals run better interviews and helping teams hire faster with less bias. Our technology rides along on Zoom, Google Meet and phone interviews, automatically records and transcribes…

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Seekout 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SeekOut is an AI-powered Talent 360 platform for Enterprise Talent Optimization that enables companies to quickly hire, grow, and retain talent while focusing on diversity, technical expertise, and other hard-to-find skillsets. SeekOut lets great companies and great people to grow together. Six out of 10 of the highest valued companies in the…

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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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HireEZ 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company HireEZ’s mission is to make outbound recruiting easy. We’re dedicated to helping recruiters proactively bring jobs to people and give them the recruiter-centric tools they need. That’s why we developed hireEZ (formerly Hiretual), an AI-powered outbound recruitment platform. With hireEZ, companies can execute a strategically scalable approach to build their workforce of…

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Enboarder 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Enboarder, the world’s only People Activation Platform specifically designed to inspire action and truly engage employees, was founded on the belief that people are a company’s greatest asset, and that businesses should put their employees above all else –– even investors, customers and other stakeholders. Founder and CEO Brent Pearson discovered that…

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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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