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HRExaminer v8.17

On April 28, 2017, in Anna Johansson, Editorial Advisory Board, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Anna Johansson looks at the latest studies on the connection between positive employee experience and customer success in her article, Catering to the Employee Experience as the Future of HR.

Equifax is getting excited about data that shows how credit risk and employee engagement are linked. John Sumser has all the news from the Equifax Forum 17 event.

On episode 118 of HR Tech Weekly: HiQ labs, LinkedIn’s new privacy policy, Monster-TalentBin class action suit, Teamable raises $5 million to widen talent pool by tapping into social networks, Google Hire, and Workplace by Facebook.

John Sumser talks with Kristin Lewis, from Equifax Workforce Solutions, where she leads the innovation and architecture of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Management Platform. Lewis has gained national recognition for her thought leadership around the ACA. Listen to Kristin Lewis on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 17 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser talks about data driven recruiting with Hung Lee, the founder and CEO of - a recruiting platform for Software engineers. Hung has been at the forefront in developing and promoting new ways in which companies can connect with talent. Listen to Hung Lee on Big Ideas Radio.

HRExaminer v8.16

On April 21, 2017, in Editorial Advisory Board, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Maren Hogan, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Maren Hogan returns to HRExaminer with a new look at artificial intelligence. This time, Maren wants to contrast how business and government are using AI compared to recruiting and HR. Read this week’s feature article, AI and the Future: How Business, Government and HR See It Differently.

We know what works when it comes to selecting the best candidates from those being considered. Yet, we’re still ignoring the data from 85 years of research findings. Tom Janz explains more in, Candidate Selection: What Works and Why We Ignore It.

On episode 117 of HR Tech Weekly: SmartRecruiters Update, 2017 LEHRN HR Tech Expo Update, Chatbots and AI in HR technology, Beamery raises $5 million, United Airlines fallout, Paycor Workforce Insights, and Qualtrics raises $180 million.

Mervyn Dinnen is a Talent Acquisition Analyst and an award winning blogger who works with recruitment and technology companies on content marketing strategies. His co-authored book, ‘Exceptional Talent,’ will be published on May 28th. Listen to Mervyn Dinnen on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 16 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser talks with Heather Bussing. Heather is an employment lawyer, writer, and photographer who tries not to believe everything she thinks. Listen to Heather Bussing on Big Ideas Radio.

HRExaminer v8.15

On April 14, 2017, in Editorial Advisory Board, Felix Wetzel, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Scenario Planning: “It doesn’t matter how great a manager you believe you are: if you are not aware of the external environment, if you don’t anticipate the changes, you will struggle to fulfill your potential.” Read more in Felix Wetzel’s feature article, Scenario Planning: Lessons from Brexit that could save your organization.

With 400 clients in the audience, SmartRecruiters unveiled its expanded Enterprise functionality. Guess what? They’ve redefined the state of the art in Recruiting at the Enterprise level. John Sumser explains in, SmartRecruiters: The New State of the Art.

On episode 116 of HR Tech Weekly: TalentBin class action settlement, Wells Fargo Must Rehire Whistle-Blower and Pay $5.4 Million, $1 Billion Sale For CareerBuilder Could Be Near, MOVE Guides Acquires Teleport, Multiples Invests in PeopleStrong, India’s Leading HR Technology Player, Decisely Receives $60 Million, and Ceridian Announces Dayforce Compensation Management.

Mary Kaylor is the manager of public affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management. She is the managing editor of the SHRM Blog and the creator and producer of #Nextchat, a leading global Twitter chat on HR trends. Her career in HR and communications spans from recruiting to technology management to external affairs and public relations. Listen to Mary Kaylor on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 15 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser talks about New Organizational Types with Felix Wetzel, the founder and MD of zyx associates. zyx focuses on developing and implementing people to people (P2P) strategies for businesses. Felix regularly speaks and blogs about topics that always have people at its core but draw from different topics such as nation branding, sports, and politics. Listen to Felix Wetzel is on Big Ideas Radio.

HRExaminer v8.14

Susan LaMotte writes, “We can’t shy away from embracing openness and honesty in HR. If you think Google, Facebook, Netflix, or Zappos have been consistently lauded for their HR practices because they’re quiet, think again.” Susan has more in, Running Scared: Why HR Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Honest Communications.

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, locks on to the U.S. workforce participation decline where he notes we have a serious problem. John Sumser has the story in, Workforce Participation Decline.

“Platform and artificial intelligence are where the industry race is. Ultimate is leading in both in some very significant ways.” Read, Ultimate Software 2017 by John Sumser.

Imo Udom is the CEO of WePow, a leader in video interviewing and talent selection. Imo started the Silicon Valley-based organization in 2011. He hails from London, lives in San Francisco, and holds engineering degrees from UPenn. Listen to Imo Udom on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 14 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser speaks with Steve Browne about the role of the positive in culture building. Steve is the Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa’s, Inc. - a regional pizzeria restaurant chain with over 1,100 team members. Listen to Steve Browne is on Big Ideas Radio.

HRExaminer v8.13

On March 31, 2017, in Editorial Advisory Board, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Jamie Resker, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Jamie Resker makes a case for Why Eliminating Performance Reviews isn’t Just Another Trend.

Why is it so hard for marketing people to understand that any surveys they generate will always be suspect? John Sumser has the story in, Survey Sez.

On episode 115 of HR Tech Weekly: Using a satnav switches off part of your brain, Ultimate Conference Connections 2017, Apple purchases iOS Automation App Workflow, and Jellyvision Secures $20 Million in Funding for Employee Communication Platform.

Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify Talent, a boutique agency that helps companies like Hootsuite, NPR, and SpaceX re-imagine the intersection of culture, talent, and brand. Listen to Lars Schmidt on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

Episode 13 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, covers Data Driven Organization Design. John Sumser chats with Rupert Morrison, an economist, recognized author, and leader in organization design, human capital management, and analytics. Listen to Rupert Morrison on Big Ideas Radio.

HRExaminer v8.12

On March 24, 2017, in Editorial Advisory Board, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Jason Lauritsen, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Jason Lauritsen writes, “We are all drunk on the possibility of technology. It’s hard not to be.” Is your organization Drunk on Technology?

So, you want to install analytics in your HR Department? John Sumser outlines, The Conversion Experience.

HRTech companies are caught in a dilemma. SaaS companies suffer stock price declines when they give their customers adequate support. Read, Software Is Not Service, from John Sumser.

On episode 114 of HR Tech Weekly: Oracle earnings and acquisitions, Vancouver software heavyweights score venture deal for Visier, Ultimate, Workday, and SAP on the Fortune Top 100 company list, and the Insperity fiduciary lawsuit.

Stephan Millard is a senior product marketing professional with over twelve years experience in working with leading HR & sales performance management (SPM) technologies. Listen to Stephan Millard on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.


HRExaminer v8.11

On March 17, 2017, in China Gorman, Editorial Advisory Board, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Gallup’s State of the American Workforce report shows we’ve failed to move the needle on employee engagement. And spectacularly. Despite this, some companies are getting it right. China Gorman has more in, Employee Engagement Isn’t an HR Issue.

John Sumser writes, “Arm-waving, prognostication of simple answers to complex questions feels like the holy land. We want our seat at the table, with cushions, bonuses, and no critical thought.” Data Cleaning IS Data Analysis.

“Every HR professional reading this article spends his or her time covering the gap between standard HR practice and what is needed in the company.” Read, HR Now from John Sumser.

On episode 113 of HR Tech Weekly: Researchers correct robot mistakes with their minds, Microsoft authentication issue, Google caught spreading fake news, Uncertainty about fiduciary rule changes could affect HR tech, Sage announces agreement to acquire Fairsail, and IBM’s Watson Meets Salesforce’s Einstein in New Partnership.

Dawn Burke is the VP of People for Daxko. Dawn is a national speaker, a writer for, and hosts the talent management video series “No Scrubs.” Listen to Dawn Burke on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 12 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser talks with Kyle Lagunas about the five most interesting recruiting tools available today. Kyle is the research manager and principal analyst for IDC’s emerging trends in talent acquisition and staffing research practice. Listen to Kyle Lagunas on Big Ideas Radio.

HRExaminer v8.10

On March 10, 2017, in Editorial Advisory Board, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Paul Hebert, Radio, Weekly, by John Sumser
Paul Hebert writes, “We live in a world of speed. First movers are lauded. Faster internet is better. Faster computers, faster phones, faster updates. Faster. Faster. Faster. We are obsessed with speed. And I think it is killing our ability to get things done.” Read, HR and The Red Queen’s Race.

John Sumser is searching for work that describes all of the facets of the employee-company relationship. Without an overall picture, how can you tell what’s important? What’s the Model?

On episode 112 of HR Tech Weekly: Amazon outage is breaking the internet, Saba Software Announces Agreement to Acquire Halogen Software, SAP Q1 Updates, Cybersecurity Skills Gap To Widen To A Massive 1.8 Million Worker Shortfall By 2022, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gives up bonuses following security breaches, and news from Uber’s CEO and SVP of engineering.

Craig Fisher leads employer branding at CA Technologies. His digital branding methods have been adopted as best practices by companies like Linkedin, Zappos, YUM! Brands, and Hootsuite. Craig created the first Twitter chat for recruiters, and partnered in the first Linkedin certified training company in North America. Listen to Craig Fisher on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 11 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser talks with Ben Waber about people analytics. Ben is recognized worldwide as an expert in people analytics, collaboration, and wearable technology. He is the leader of Humanyze, a behavioral analytics company that uses wearable sensing technology. Ben is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his PhD. Learn more about People Analytics with Ben Waber.

What’s the Model?

On March 8, 2017, in HR Technology, HRExaminer, by John Sumser
“I can’t seem to find any good work that describes all of the facets of the employee-company relationship. I am tempted to think that a comprehensive model of that relationship (and some method to prioritize it) would be the heart of the HR profession.” – John Sumser

HRExaminer v8.09

In this week’s feature article, Mary Faulkner writes, “Once we accept that we are a peer to “the business” and have a voice in helping make the right decisions for OUR organization, we can start focusing on how to wield our real power and influence. If HR is so powerless, why do we get blamed for everything?

You may not know what they’re called but word vectors have transformed the Google search results you see every day. In the next two years word vectors will do the same thing for recruiting and HR. AI in HR: What Are Word Vectors And Why Do They Matter?

On episode 111 of HR Tech Weekly: Oracle HCM Cloud Summit, SAP court victory and data rights, Koch company invest $2 Billion in Infor, Irreconcilable Differences: eHarmony and Elevated Careers File for Divorce, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to probe allegations of sexism.

Will Staney is the founder of Proactive Talent Strategies and the former head of global talent acquisition at Twilio and Glassdoor. During his career as a recruiting leader, he developed a passion for building what he calls, “modern recruiting machines.” Listen to Will Staney on HRExaminer Radio - Executive Conversations.

On Episode 10 of HRx Big Ideas Radio, John Sumser talks about recruitment marketing scorecards with Chris Brablc, an industry expert in recruitment marketing and Director of Marketing at SmashFly Technologies. Learn more about Recruitment Marketing Scorecards.
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