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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate dipped to 3.6 percent in the month of April, the lowest it’s been since December 1969, when it dropped to 3.5%.   The most recent figures show that for 13 consecutive months now, the number of available jobs are greater than the number of people

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Technology is revolutionizing the HR world, as HR professionals have many solutions to the numerous HR processes that include: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, compliance, and more. Here are some of the latest and greatest trends shaping HR:   Mobile Optimization We live in a mobile world, and unlimited information is in the hand of every

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The HR Tech space is flooded with new solutions and possibilities, and the continuous growth of technology like AI can make systems that were purchased 6 months ago essentially outdated. The choices for HR professionals can be overwhelming, and many times, even confusing.   If you’re still using record-based systems for your compliance, onboarding, and

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AI continues to shape our world as a whole, changing how we interact with just about everything around us. The HR world is experiencing a quantum leap in technology that leverages intelligent automation, robots, chatbots, paperless forms, and numerous digital solutions to important processes.   From Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” to iRobot, and

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The Art of Simplifying HR

Posted by Ben Olson at 31 Jan 2019

The daily responsibilities for today’s HR professionals reads like a grocery list for a family of 10 who hasn’t been to the store in 2 months. Recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, assimilation, and retention are the larger points to the iceberg of the underlying responsibility in each area. HR has to make sure that all federal,

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According to the 2019 HCM Trends report from The HR Federation, global HR technology venture capital topped $3.1 billion in 2018, more than triple the amount invested in 2017. While there are a wide-range of technologies coming on to the scene, none are more exciting and promising than artificial intelligence and automation. There is a tremendous shift happening

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To be an effective in human resources today, one has to be well rounded and proficient in several areas. HR professionals need insight into human behavior, legal knowledge that maintains strict compliance, and an ability to understand numbers and data. It’s the equivalent of having to be good at English Literature, Social Studies, Math, Science,

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HR professionals are focused on building the best team they can, with the budget they have, in order to propel their company to the best that it can be. Hours are spent recruiting, hiring, training, and “putting out fires”, a never-ending cycle of work. The HR tools available in the industry are wide-ranging, and with

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We all have 24 hours in a day, and we want and need to make the most of each minute. As HR professionals, what we really want is to spend more time dealing with paperwork, and less time dealing with people. Stop…reverse that. We want to spend less time on paperwork, and more time leading,

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Spreadsheets, emails, PDF forms, paper forms, file shares, post-it notes, and passing conversations in the hallway…each of these things make up the process of communication and documentation used by many businesses, in an attempt to meet local, state, and federal compliance requirements. The undertaking for maintaining compliance is pressure point number one for HR professionals

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Compliance in business today is a non-negotiable. When compliance fails, and errors occur, the cost of fines for companies can be exorbitant. From I-9 forms, to FMLA tracking, to ACA compliance, benefits administration and much more, there is a tremendous risk for HR professionals trying to protect their company and their employees.   The key

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We’ve all heard the phrase “There’s an app for that.” In a world increasingly dominated by technology, there are more solutions being presented to us daily, and sometimes there are proposed solutions for problems that we don’t have. The HR Tech space continues to explode, providing solutions to HR professionals in an industry that is

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HR professionals today have some serious pain points. You have a cadre of responsibilities that include recruiting and hiring, along with finding ways to get your employees engaged so that they are productive for your company. Then there’s the whole challenge of retention. As unemployment is reported to be at record lows, you have to

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As technology shapes the present and future of HR, the role of HR professionals around the globe continues to evolve and grow. The role of HR has always included the recruiting and hiring of qualified candidates, but today’s businesses demand more, far beyond recruiting and hiring.   A consistent onboarding process has moved to the

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There’s no question that the employees you hire will either make or break your business. For HR professionals, there is an enormous amount of time, money, and energy put into recruiting and hiring top candidates. Job security for the HR professional is dependent on their ability to recruit, hire, and ultimately retain the “right” employee.

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A friend of mine shared a story with me about a business owner for whom he once worked. During weekly staff meetings, department heads would give their updates, and as the information was given, the owner would mark his notes with either a smiley face or a frowning face. While some may leave a smirking

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If you’re an HR professional who is tired of the constant cycle of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and assuring training, only to turn around and have to restart the process time and again for the same position, maybe it’s time to evaluate the onboarding options for your new hires.   As technology continues to influence our

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Another layer of precision and compliance surrounds your employees who require certification, or some type of license in order to perform their job legally. There are all kinds of job roles that require or benefit from certification, including: CIO, IT security analyst, security engineer or architect, information assurance program manager and senior IT auditor, among

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Last week, I wrote about the best technology onboarding practices for your employees in Unleashing the Power of Technology On Your Employee Onboarding Process (Part I). But wait, there’s more!   PRE Boarding As we’ve written previously, one of the most often missed opportunities of effective onboarding is found before a new hire’s first day

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Can you believe it? We’re in the homestretch of 2017. Businesses who still perform annual performance reviews are either already evaluating, or are about to begin. Budgets for 2018 are being devised and finalized for approval. Massive effort is being put into finishing the fiscal year on a high note, and mastermind sessions are creating

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Just as fast as technology continues to evolve, so come the statistics that overwhelmingly support the role of effective onboarding for businesses and organizations. With a pervasive skills gap throughout the global workforce, an increasing movement toward remote workers, new health care initiatives, and ever-increasing compliance requirements, it’s a daunting task to recruit, hire, and

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Let me start by saying that I’ve got nothing against grandma. In fact, I love her. She had an amazing work ethic, she was loyal, she was smart, passionate, and she was resourceful. She knew how to work the phone lines to recruit, and she could write copy to place in the local newspaper ads.

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A human and a robot walk into a bar. And well…there’s no punch line. It’s amazing what robots can do these days. As the AI (Artificial Intelligence) industry continues to innovate otherworldly products, it’s time we get comfortable with the ever-growing abilities of those pesky little robots.   Today, one of the biggest concerns about

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We’re all familiar with the image of robots in manufacturing. These large industrial machines are purpose built to automate highly repetitive, and potentially, dangerous tasks. The fact is, these robots are the result of over 100 years of innovation in the manufacturing process which we typically call the “Industrial Revolution”. It seems business professionals are

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