March 18, 2019
Organizations that have analytics talent, whether it's a dedicated team or just a single data-loving person within the HR function, often struggle with how to leverage the expertise they bring to the table. In today's discussion, Ben interviews the team at Cox Enterprises: Debbie Morris, Sr. Talent Management Consultant, and Hal Halbert, Reporting Manager, to talk about how the HR/talent function can align and work with the analytics team.
The conversation is a short one, but it is full of insightful comments and ideas on how to pair the best insights and efforts that each brings to the table. It's not just about doing your job--it's about supporting each other and the needs of the business.
If you enjoy the conversation, please share the episode with a friend that might find it valuable. Also, if you're interested, you can connect with Debbie and Hal on LinkedIn:
Download the new research Ben mentioned on reskilling and upskilling employees: http://lhra.io/reskill
March 6, 2019
Okay, you've selected your HR tech solution. You've signed the paperwork. Now it's time for implementation--are you ready?
Technology implementations, regardless of whether you're using Oracle, SAP, Workday, or someone else, are challenging. That's because the average HR leader only gets a chance to do this maybe once or twice in their career. It's easy to miss the mark, and a bad experience can have career-impacting consequences. That said, a great implementation can make you look like a star to your team and your leaders.
In today's episode, Ben interviews Caleb Fullhart about the key mistakes HR leaders make when implementing HCM technology, including everything from rushing the testing process to failing to fit the technology to their unique business rules. It's a fun conversation and Caleb brings a ton of expertise to the table.
Vendor demo makeovers podcast episode: http://lhra.io/blog/hr-tech-vendor-demo-makeovers-conversation-george-larocque/
Connect with Caleb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cfullhart/
February 20, 2019
Last week Ben and his closest 40,000 friends visited San Francisco for the 2019 IBM Think Conference. The event, despite the rainy weather, was a smashing success. HR Track sessions were standing room only and the customer panels, featuring world leading firms such as UnitedHealth Group and AECOM, were fantastic.
In this episode, Ben is joined by Madeline Laurano of Aptitude Research to talk about the event and some of the key takeaways from the event. Additionally, Madeline digs into some of her new research on quality of hire and how to measure it.
IBM announced some major partnerships last week, but one of them is a new partnership with Skillsoft to bring the best of content and IBM's talent frameworks together. The announcement link below shares insights into how this is working for Sprint and some of the other pertinent details.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
February 12, 2019
Welcome to our 50th episode! In today's show Ben takes a different approach with a solo show to catch up on some happenings at Lighthouse Research, some of the key activities coming up on the research agenda, and some personal reflections now that the book is out in the market. Listen in to hear from a handful of special guests that are very "close" to the show.
This is a lighthearted discussion to celebrate 50 episodes and to highlight fun topics coming down the line in the coming months. Check it out and be sure to subscribe and share with your HR friends!
February 5, 2019
Talking about D&I is nothing new for HR leaders, but what are you actually doing to measure and improve your firm's approach? For some time the need was there to help people see why diversity mattered, but now the conversation has shifted to how to improve results.
In today's discussion, Ben talks with Stacia Garr of Red Thread Research and Carole Jackson of Mercer to explore the duo's latest research on diversity and inclusion technology in hiring, development, analytics, and more.
If your firm is thinking about D&I from a practical standpoint, today's discussion is for you.
Learn more about the report and the research by visiting: http://info.mercer.com/dandItech
January 23, 2019
Hackathons are often seen as a tool for creating new software products, but did you realize that they could be used to create a more engaged workforce as well?
In today's show, Ben interviews Toni Eberhart, Executive Director for Urban Engine. In the show, they talk about how things like coworking nights, hackathons, and other social activities can help to crosspollinate ideas and create more satisfaction for technical talent.
In a time where it's harder than ever to attract and retain highly qualified technical workers and engineers, is a hackathon the secret ingredient to employee engagement?
Toni recommends that employers look for places, platforms, and programs that allow employees to practice creative autonomy. It's not just about creativity for its own sake, it's about learning, connecting, and collaborating.
Connect with Urban Engine: http://urbanengine.com
Check out the Artificial Intelligence for HR book
Case study of ADTRAN for using hackathons for employee engagement
If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out episode 8 (enterprise HR innovation) and episode 10 (your employees aren't innovative enough).
January 14, 2019
Recent research from CLO Media shows that the number one performance metric reported by Chief Learning Officers for learning initiatives is employee engagement. But is this the right metric? Does engagement truly encapsulate how people learn, the impact on the business, and other critical factors?
To answer this question, host Ben Eubanks sits down with Sam Herring, VP and General Manager for Intrepid by VitalSource. Sam has a long track record in learning technology and services and a well-rounded outlook on the profession. In the conversation, Ben and Sam talk about the pros and cons of engagement as a learning metric, how mission-focused learning can lead to better results, and the importance of learning journeys.
If your team is thinking about how learning can partner more closely with the business this year and in the future, Sam's insightful takeaways at the end of the show offer some spectacular guidance to that end.
Follow Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samuelherring
Check out Intrepid Learning online: https://www.intrepidlearning.com/learning-library
Check out Ben's newly released book, Artificial Intelligence for HR: http://aihrbook.com/buy
December 18, 2018
Today, everyone is fascinated with talking about the "future of work." But who is the future of work? That's right--students. The kids (we're old enough to call them kids, right?) that are coming up behind us are going to truly BE the future of the workplace.
In today's episode of We're Only Human, Ben takes the opportunity to sit down with a long-time friend, Matt Stollak, to talk about these ideas. Matt teaches HR courses at St. Norbert College, and he takes a very different approach to the classroom than most professors.
If you are hiring new HR professionals or if you're looking for ways to train some that you've recently brought on staff, Matt has some great ideas for how to go beyond the academic approach and make it very practical and real. This is *real* learning. Get ready to take notes, because class is in session.
Connect with Matt on Twitter: http://twitter.com/akabruno
November 30, 2018
Ask almost any business leader, and they'll tell you that they want their organization to have a culture of learning. However, in today's discussion, Mark Onisk points out that firms often fail at that "squishy" dream because it's not well-defined. Simply setting up a learning portal won't lead to improved results, says Onisk.
In this episode, Ben talks with Mark about the development of learning as a discipline and how it has changed over time. Mark is the Chief Content Officer at Skillsoft, a company that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In the discussion, Ben and Mark look at how to create durable skills for workers, the biggest mistake to avoid when setting up a learning strategy, and how to get business leaders to prioritize skills development.
If your organization is looking for ways to build a more competitive workforce that is ready for a digital future, this is the episode for you.
Read Mark's blog on how learning will change in the next five years: https://www.skillsoft.com/blog/2018/11/5-ways-corporate-learning-will-change-in-the-next-20-years/
Get the 2019 HCM Trends Report mentioned in the introduction: http://lhra.io/blog/2019-hcm-trends-market-size-investment-priorities/
November 7, 2018
Companies are putting more focus on helping people grow and develop not just for engagement purposes, but to field a workforce with greater potential and possibilities.
-John Taylor, RiseSmart
Talent management is a process that many companies struggle with. Why? Because it's often burdened with legacy approaches, opinions, and concepts. Taking a more agile approach can help companies to not only survive, but thrive, in today's fast-paced business environment.
In today's discussion, Ben talks with John Taylor from RiseSmart about how employers can be more intentional about creating a talent approach that helps people perform at their best. The conversation touches on everything from recognition to the importance of agility, highlighting the key points today's talent leaders need to know to update and modernize their more conventional approaches to talent management.