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HR Tech Trends In 2019

Have you been wondering which HR Tech trends to focus your energy on? We’ve rounded out the most important trends for 2019.

What are HR leaders seemingly thinking about?

Per research from Gartner, here’s a slide about the priorities of HR leaders currently:

If you break down this list into broader categories, here’s what you come to:

Skills of your people Skills of your people Experience of your people Overall organization Digital/tech Talent Talent {Everything} Talent in the context of diversity Talent

You could argue (2) — about building a leadership bench — is also a “talent” issue, as is “building critical skills” (although that’s more about learning and development). Continue reading

Diversity And Inclusion: A Business Case

Are you trying to make a case for diversity and inclusion in your organization?

No organization will actively reject the idea that diversity and inclusion programs are good things for their business.

Once you get past the “OK, no one is outwardly saying no to this idea” phase, you get to more complicated ground, though: what are companies actually doing about diversity?

And then you come to this: can you actually build a business case around diversity and inclusion? What does that look like?

Follow the bouncing ball

The first important situation is simply dealing with standard organizational process. To put anything in play at most companies, you need to present a business case.   Continue reading

The Rise Of AI: How Did This Happen?

Have you been wondering how the rise of AI began to trend and spread across the globe?

The rise of artificial intelligence

Consider the Industrial Revolution, which lasted somewhere from 60-80 years. Some are calling the current period “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Largely expected to be driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis, this Fourth Industrial Revolution will be compressed into the lifespan of a beagle.

This means absolutely massive changes for how we work and design processes within our work. AI, specifically, is already beginning to have a large impact in recruiting and hiring.

It is helpful now to look at where AI has been, where it’s at now, and where it might be going. Continue reading

How AI Improves Hiring In Retail Banking

Wait, is AI actual helpful when hiring in retail banking?

It is, we promise

The Baby Boomer exodus is hitting financial services roles harder than most industries. We’ve touched on the issues around the exodus in the insurance industry, and now let’s look at what’s happening with retail banking. For context, retail banking is what you most often think of when you think of banking: mass-market, customer-focused, and centered on going into a branch and completing transactions.

What roles are typically available in retail banking?

There are dozens, but the big buckets include:

    Account Managers Client Service Reps Sales Reps IT Analysts

The commonality of those roles: communication and customer service. Continue reading

How AI Increases Female Representation in Tech

True fact: it really is possible for AI to increase female representation in tech.

Female representation in tech

Gender diversity in the tech industry has been a major issue for over two decades now.

The numbers don’t add up. The EEOC reports that women currently make up roughly 56% of the overall workforce. However, only about 28% of proprietary software jobs are currently held by women.

Why is it important to have women in tech?

Various reports, including one from Catalyst and one from McKinsey, have shown that companies with more female leadership tend to outperform both their market and their rivals. Continue reading

Why Are You Working More Than 55 Hours/Week? (And How AI Can Help)

How does AI improve work-life balance?

Research has shown that about 55 hours of work per week is a hard ceiling on productivity.

We’ve probably all had weeks where we did work more than 55 hours and we’ve probably all had weeks where we didn’t, but told everyone we did (being “busy” is often glamorized in office settings). Interestingly, in the eyes of actual research, a person who works 54 hours/week is roughly as end-goal productive as someone who works 80 hours/week. Since we all want more time with friends, family, and Netflix, let’s look a little deeper into that gap. Continue reading

Diversity And Inclusion Technology: New Research By RedThread & Mercer

Recently, RedThread Research in partnership with Mercer, published an industry report titled, Diversity and Inclusion Technology: Could this be the Missing Link?

The goal of this research was to address five key questions:

What is D&I technology? Why are D&I technologies coming to market right now? What are the benefits and potential risks? What types of D&I technologies exist? Who are some of the players in the different D&I technology categories?

The report summarizes some of the major benefits and motives behind the increasing interest in diversity and inclusion tech including:

    More consistent, less biased, and scalable people decision-making processes Raising awareness of bias occurring in real-time and at the individual level and enabling a range of people to act on it Measuring and monitoring the impact of efforts designed to improve D&I outcomes Signaling the importance of a diverse and inclusive culture to the organization

The research covers over 100 vendors in the space divided into D&I “focus”, “feature”, and “friendly” vendors in sourcing, selection, performance management, and leadership development. Continue reading

4 Major Effects Of AI On Recruiting & Diversity

While AI for recruiting’s primary function is to streamline or automate some part of the the workflow especially repetitive, time consuming tasks, one intriguing benefit is its potential to minimize unconscious bias.

Here are 4 mechanisms on how AI is reducing bias in recruiting and its effect on diversity.

1. Job Postings  

An AI technique called sentiment analysis can identify exclusionary language (e.g., aggressive, competitive, brilliant) that research has found may turn off certain groups of candidates.

For example, studies by researchers at the University of Waterloo has found job postings that use adjectives like aggressive and competitive attract fewer female candidates. Continue reading

6 Best Workplace Diversity Trends For 2019

A big focus in recruiting in 2018 was workplace diversity.

Workplace diversity is defined as: understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, as well as differences in personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases

So what’s next?

Here are the 6 best workplace diversity trends for 2019.

1. Adopting a more diverse definition of diversity

Although gender and ethnicity are still the major focal points, organizations are starting to invest in multiples areas of diversity.

The most recent HR survey by Harvey Nash asked, “Which areas are your organization actively pursuing to be more diverse? Continue reading

Common Hiring Practices That Are Terrible For Diversity – And What To Do Instead

We can all agree that good intentions aren’t enough when it comes to hiring practices that increase diversity.

Part of the problem is that sometimes practices that seem good on the surface aren’t necessarily effective and can even be harmful in some cases.

Here are 4 common hiring practices that are terrible for diversity and what you can do instead.

Bad hiring practice #1: The Rooney rule

The tech industry faces a lot of criticism for its relative lack of diversity. On the flip side, tech companies are also often the ones spearheading diversity initiatives in the first place.

For example, last year Salesforce implemented their version of the Rooney Rule by interviewing at least one female candidate or underrepresented minority for executive positions. Continue reading