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Never Slack on Your Office Communications

“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other.” – Bill Gates

Technology tools that encourage effective communication and collaboration in the workspace also ignite employee engagement and businesses agility and the ability to scale more easily.  If your team is stuck in meetings with each other all day, it’s hard to focus outward and grow your business. A service like Slack can help your team break the focus away from the everyday conversations that can take away from true productivity, and spend more time on growth strategies. A recurring question we hear is, “in today’s global economy with dispersed and often remote workers, how can we practice transparency and keep employees engaged?”  Peoplescape Consulting doesn’t endorse one particular communications tool brand, but if you’re looking for a quick overview of the most popular workplace communication tools and our experience implementing it,  keep reading. Read more

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The Shocking Revelation about Candidate Communication: Human versus Machine

Mark was the CEO of a Stage 3 successful internet startup and was having sleepless nights about his employee relations issues. He knew he was only one employee away from a wage and hour claim, his team had grown from 1 to 100, they were passionate about their business and driven to meet demanding schedules.  They didn’t want a corporate feel of policies, procedures, handbooks, but the prospect of financial ruin from noncompliance stalked him daily. He needed a Director of HR, preferably yesterday, but his informal networks yielded very little and the quality that flooded in via monster.com was not up to par.

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Security in a virtual world

With the shift in data technology and streamlining processes for HR leading us towards cloud software, mobile apps, and electronic files versus actual paper trails, organizations will undoubtedly have to move towards security for these various avenues as well. Protecting data, employee confidentiality, and ensuring safekeeping of sensitive data is all in the job description for those of working in HR. Technology should not change any of those priorities. Read more

Wellness – there’s an App for that

Much of what we are discussing this week centers around technology in HR, because we hope to start conversations and open up dialogue about the tools at our fingertips at this year’s HR Tech Conference #HRTechConf in Vegas. But when you take a minute to think about how much technology influences your day to day life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that technology, AI, and apps for everything are infiltrating the way we work too. Read more

Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

Machine learning uses human reasoning process as a guide to determine job performance, and artificial intelligence is a tool that companies can use to predict a candidate’s fit for a particular role. By utilizing AI for recruitment, you’re also giving the candidate a more improved experience due to the efficiency and speed added to the entire process. By giving some of these more mundane, administrative tasks to the machine rather than the HR professional, you’re freeing your HR team up to do more analytical and strategic work. But what’s the down side? Read more

Compensation Technology Tools

Narrowing the gender pay gap is a hot topic these days. One of the ways to combat wage inequity is through banning the salary history question most candidates are faced with. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico are states that passed laws banning salary history. Cities like New York and Philadelphia have followed suit. More so now, recruitment teams must rely on software applications to provide real-time and market-driven view of compensation.

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Tech Communication Tools

It is no secret that technology in the workplace allow businesses to scale and function efficiently. Use of video technology, integrated networks, and telepresence robots are expanding the workplace boundaries. These types of innovation advances work place interactions. Tools that enhance and encourage communication and collaboration are becoming vital in the every day lives of employees. Read more

Mobile Technology in HR

Mobile devices will account for 75% of global internet use in 2017, according to Zenith report. As businesses trend towards “consumerization of HR”, where the objective is to enhance employee engagement, one of the ways they can put this into practice is by introduction of mobile technology solutions.

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People Analytics

People analytics is a data-driven approach towards HR. The role of HR is continuing to shift from the traditional operational function to a strategic business unit. Data provided in people analytics reduces the guesswork for managers. Rather it is used to better understand business operations and guide decisions. HR data is no longer limited to measuring retention and engagement but instead used for a bigger purpose of workforce planning, resourcing, and success metrics. Read more

Consumerization of HR

There’s a lot of buzz around “the consumerization of HR” but what does it mean? Jeanne Meister, an expert in HR technology, described it as how companies are creating a social, mobile, and consumer-type experiences for employees inside the company. Think about your most used mobile apps and how they make life is easier i.e. Postmates recommends what you may want to eat, Netflix suggests what movies you may be interested in and Instagram knows which stories may interest you. Imagine this type of personalization in terms of employee experience. Read more