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Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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For the past 5 years or so, big data, human resources (HR) analytics, and predictive analytics have been new concepts floating around the HR world. Of course, with technology changing at a mind-blowing speed, two new approaches are creeping into the HR profession – artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Let’s look at the benefits and pitfalls of these new techniques. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

How Thought Leaders Kill HR Credibility

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HR fads have been around a long time. Snake oil vendors have peddled everything from empowerment to job loyalty, to employee engagement, and just wait for the next one … agility! These have all been breathlessly presented as must-haves for the HR department to chase around.

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The Employee Survey: A Strategic Tool vs. Engagement Barometer

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Are you simply using your employee survey to measure engagement? How do you demonstrate the ROI from that approach?

Money-Mouth Guarantee for HR Investments

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Is this you? A charge from upper management to reduce turnover – check. Your survey vendor gives you stacks of survey results – check. The vendor provides a snazzy PowerPoint presentation – check.

When Social Media Meets Employer Branding: Your Guide to Doing it Right

A strong and authentic online presence can mean big things for your company’s employer brand—from driving employee engagement to showing potential candidates how awesome your culture is. We created this quick and easy guide to help get you started.

Another SMD Prediction Validated: Bad Analytics Leads to Bad Business

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At the end of last year, we developed a “Crystal Ball” prediction series about predictive analytics in HR, and how this approach will impact you, your organization and the HR field in the future. Our first prediction came true in February (see here ).

New & Improved Action-Planning Tool, ActionGenius

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of ActionGenius, our patent-pending, cloud-based action-planning tool linked to business outcomes that enables compliance and shows return-on-investment (ROI) impact. Our patented tool, SMD Link, has always had an action-planning component but ActionGenius is a more robust version that includes best practices that have been proven to deliver improvement, and an even more in-depth post-assessment ROI analysis.

Millennials – Why all the Fuss? Part II

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Part II: The Scientific Community’s Stance. Not Truly Generational. Part I of this series dove into the firsthand research we’ve conducted at SMD. Let’s take a look at what the scientific community has published on the topic.

Millennials – Why all the Fuss?

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Part I: Firsthand Research. With so much hype about millennials, we set out to determine if they truly behave in the workforce differently than other generations. Like any good scientists, we needed facts and data. We turned to our own client research.

Creating the Ideal Candidate Experience

Modern job seekers have high expectations when applying for jobs. Download Newton’s guide for creating the ideal candidate experience to learn how you can attract top candidates and drive them to apply to your positions.

Groundhog Day: A Comment on Gallup and Other “Annual Employee Engagement Reports”

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It’s that time of year again—when we get Gallup’s Annual Report on Employee Engagement—and many others too. At this point, you can pretty much predict what the key themes are going to be: Engagement scores aren’t very good. Engagement is pretty much flat again this year. Engagement hasn’t moved in the past 16 years. Gallup tells us what the key drivers of engagement are. Companies with high engagement scores happen to have decent business outcomes. Let’s start with the last bullet first.

Predictive Analytics in HR: Our Crystal Ball Says …

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Part V. This is what you’ve all been waiting for: our last prediction! We saved this one for last because it’s very personal to you and your development in the future. #5 5 Demand for Analytics Skills will Continue to Grow. We are already seeing an increasing demand for HR analytics skills.

Predictive Analytics in HR: Our Crystal Ball Says …

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Part III. We foresee our next prediction because it will be a direct result of our last prediction, which was “Adoption and Change Will be Slow.” HR organizations that do analytics the right way will have a significant competitive advantage because few will do so quickly. #3

Predictive Analytics in HR: Our Crystal Ball Says …

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Part IV. We are continuing to take a look into our crystal blog with our five-part predictions series. This fourth prediction is probably the most important for you to consider as you develop analytical capabilities in your organization.

The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

Predictive Analytics in HR: Our Crystal Ball Says …

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Part II. We are continuing on with our predictions for predictive analytics in HR blog series. Now on to #2. #2 2 Adoption and Change will be Slow. Adoption of predictive analytics in the HR world will be relatively slow. This may not seem like a bold prediction, but it’s certainly worth discussing.

Predictive Analytics in HR: Our Crystal Ball Says …

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Part I. If you’d heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Predictive analytics in HR.

SMD’s Prediction Comes True: More Colleges & Universities Offering Advanced Degrees in HR Analytics

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At the end of last year, we developed a “Crystal Ball” prediction series, including the blog detailed below. Turns out, it’s coming true per a recent Human Resource Executive’s article. Read here. Stay up-to-date on all our insights by receiving our blog series straight to your inbox. Sign up here. Demand for Analytics Skills Will Continue to Grow. We are already seeing an increasing demand for HR analytics skills. Actually, there is already a shortage of these skills in the job market.

Benchmark Myopia and the Need for Business Drivers

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It is a typical practice in many industries to be curious about, and focus on, benchmarks to get an idea of “where you stand” on a particular metric. To be clear, benchmarks are a good piece of information to know when examining your performance—but when leaders, particularly in HR, live and die (i.e.,

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.

HR Analytics: What’s Your Current State? Try Our Check-Up

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Are you leveraging HR analytics to truly improve business metrics? If you’re not utilizing HR analytics in your role, why not? Maybe it’s because you don’t even know where to start.

And the Survey Says …Study Examines Impact of Engagement on Business Results

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Employee engagement is, without a doubt, one of the top buzz phrases in the world of HR. Has anyone stopped to look at the actual research to see if this singular focus on engagement is warranted though?

How to Remain Union-Free with Employee Surveys

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Organizations must be proactive about remaining union-free because the NLRB has made unionization attempts a question of WHEN and not if. The employee survey is the perfect opportunity to assess your level of readiness but, keep in mind, not all surveys are created equal.

What’s Trending in Healthcare HR Analytics?

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You’re probably hearing “data” and “analytics” tossed around frequently but not sure which trends are meaningful or beneficial. We’ve cut through the clutter for you and boiled the trends down to the top five, along with the risk/challenge and benefit of each.

Newton’s Guide to Mobile Recruiting

In recruiting, mobile’s no longer a trend. It’s the reality. Currently, 9 in 10 job seekers use their smartphones to find new employment opportunities. Lacking a mobile recruiting strategy? Download our guide to mobile recruiting for practical tips on attracting mobile job seekers and driving them to apply.

Tips for Answering HR Questions with Analytics- When You’re Not a Ph.D. or Data Scientist!

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People analytics has far reaching implications from uncovering trends and solving current organiza­tional problems to providing support for HR functions.

Bursting the Employee Engagement Bubble

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How many of you spend countless hours chasing employee engagement scores, and a ton of money on employee surveys? Are you demonstrating the bottom-line impact of this time and money? Maybe you’re now wondering why you started focusing so much on employee engagement in the first place.

Employee Surveys: More is Not Necessarily Better- A Pulse Survey Strategy that Makes Sense

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The annual employee survey is under fire because leaders think it doesn’t work well and has little to no value. At the same time, there are thought leaders and vendors purporting that doing MORE of them is the answer!? Our view: strong disagreement.

Can HR Analytics Help You? Yes…

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Are you leveraging HR analytics to truly improve business metrics?

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.

Leadership Character & the Bottom Line- A Comment on SMD Research by the Turknett Leadership Group

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Last month we discussed the goal of our recent research – to assess how often each of the most commonly measured employee attitudes was found to be a statistically significant driver of business outcomes – and we highlighted the reaction of John Sumser of HR Examiner. This month’s post provides the perspective of Turknett Leadership Group.

How To Take Employee Appreciation To The Next Level At Your Company

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Building a vibrant workplace requires a foundation of trust, respect, and honest communication. It also requires employee appreciation. Over 200,000 global employees were studied by the Boston Consulting Group , and the top reason they reported enjoying their work was, “feeling appreciated”.

The Top 10 Strategic HR and TA Metrics That CEOs Want to See

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Unfortunately, most of those who create metrics in HR and recruiting don’t really understand the strategic mindset of CEOs. And, as a result, the metrics that are reported to CEOs and the executive committee result in no positive action being taken.

Employee Retention: Tomorrow’s Recruiting Metric

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As HR is increasing its presence as a strategic part of the business, key performance indicators, or KPIs, are becoming a key part of the language for discussing how it is actually performing.

The Goldilocks ATS Story

When your business is growing, choosing the right recruiting technology can be a challenge. How do we cut through the noise? We turn to fairy tales. Seriously. We use the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to break down the applicant tracking system market.

The 7 Elements of an Unforgettable Employee Experience

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We have all heard of the customer experience which is defined as the resulting product when a customer interacts with your brand. We’re all familiar with both good and bad customer experiences and we go through one or the other on a near daily basis. The employee experience has become increasingly important in HR management because of evolving business trends such as peer-to-peer sharing, high turnover rates and competitive recruiting practices.