Navigating the complex world of Talent Acquisition technology


Posted by Bill Cleary and Bhawna Bist on January 18, 2019.

With more than 2000 vendors in the space, the Talent Acquisition (TA) technology landscape is large and complex. No single end-to-end solution exists, so organizations must evaluate a variety of solutions from various vendors to address different stages within the TA life cycle (i.e., sourcing to onboarding). To make matters even more complex, the TA technologies are evolving rapidly. In light of these challenges, how should TA organizations approach this crucial decision?

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The conundrum at the core of ratingless performance management


Posted by Kathi Enderes and Peter DeBellis on January 17, 2019.

No one likes traditional performance ratings very much. Most people find the rating process opaque and question its objectivity and fairness. Managers don’t want to spend their time shoehorning people into fixed categories, defending their choices, and communicating ratings that disappoint more often than they thrill. Even HR doesn’t like ratings very much, as the process often involves chasing down managers to complete ratings and enforce guidelines. To respond to this, 14 percent of organizations we surveyed have gone “ratingless,” abandoning performance ratings altogether.1

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Learning as a reward?


Posted by Julie Hiipakka and Peter DeBellis on January 15, 2019.

If you believe that access to learning and development (L&D) opportunities in your organization is democratic, this next statement might feel like a splash of cold water: it never has been. Aside from the most basic of offerings—like choosing your own adventure from a learning management system catalog or required compliance training—formal learning opportunities have historically been a de facto performance-based reward in most organizations.

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Talent sourcing solutions: Offering improvements beyond efficiency


Posted by Matthew Shannon on January 11, 2019.

Healthy economic growth in recent years has spurred talent markets in which job openings currently outnumber job seekers.1 Yet, recruiters still spend an average of more than 12 hours per week seeking new candidates.2 The challenge many talent acquisition (TA) organizations face is finding additional resources that can help them identify and engage top candidates before their competitors. Fast-changing technological advances position the TA function to benefit from new tools to augment the time-consuming task of sourcing talent. Our new research assessing different talent sourcing solutions provides insights into which next-generation capabilities can streamline the recruitment process, improve recruiter productivity, and enhance candidate experience.3

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Perks have lost their luster? No kidding!

There’s a better way to shine as an employer


Posted by Melanie Langsett, Garry Spinks, and Naomi Bradley on January 9, 2019.

We’ve seen a flurry of articles recently describing why perks are becoming passé. That’s not to say workers no longer value compensation, benefits, and the extra things that employers offer and do for their workforce; it’s just that often the rewards being offered aren’t meaningful to workers and organizations aren’t seeing enough return on their investment—no boost in worker engagement or retention, nor upticks in their employment brand. We couldn’t agree more. Making rewards more, well, rewarding for the workforce and organizations means evolving beyond the too-common practice of throwing perks at the wall and hoping they stick.

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Mind-set over matter

One of the four shifts for the future of HR


Posted by Garth Andrus, Dana Swanson Switzer, Arthur Mazor, and Michael Stephan on January 8, 2019.

It’s a changed world out there, and the future of the enterprise, the workforce, and how work gets done demands a new future of HR. We’re exploring each of the four shifts HR needs to make to step into the future: mind-set, focus, lens, and enablers. Today we’re tackling the mind-set shift needed to adopt new traits, behaviors, and ways of working for thriving in the digital age. It’s more than just doing digital things like creating apps or adopting digital technology and automation. It’s about reshaping an enterprise’s culture to act with agility and collaboration.

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What gets in the way of a learning culture?


Posted by Julie Hiipakka and David Mallon on January 3, 2019.

Business leaders, think tanks, and HR experts—not to mention all of us at Bersin and Deloitte—have stated time and again that being a learning organization is critical to driving innovation and generating business results. High-performing organizations have what we call a learning culture, which we define in our 2010 study on High-Impact Learning Culture as “the collective set of organizational values, conventions, processes, and practices that influence and encourage both individuals and the collective organization to continuously increase knowledge, competence, and performance.”1 We have since described the leading practices of learning cultures in multiple High-Impact Learning studies2, and have just released Fostering a Learning Culture: Why it Matters Nowresearch findings piece that connects data across these studies to our most recent High-Impact Learning Organization research.

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The future of HR is built on a digital mind-set


Posted by Arthur Mazor and Michael Stephan on December 21, 2018.

We’ve been having many discussions in recent years about various disruptions affecting all businesses—but what does this all mean for HR? Now more than ever, HR is being asked to take the lead on behalf of the enterprise in making shifts and changes to thrive amid constant disruption. One of four major shifts HR must make to prepare for the future is to help the enterprise build a digital mind-set—from doing digital to being digital. Why? Because it’s critical to addressing three very different futures affecting all of us: the future of enterprise, the future of the workforce, and the future of how work gets done. Nobody is better positioned than CHROs and HR leaders to take the lead in preparing themselves—and their enterprises—to thrive in this new world of work.

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