HR Tech and ‘HRE’ unveil the Top HR Tech Products of the Year

It’s been a banner year for HR solutions.

Thanks to another full year of the triple threat of COVID-19, hybrid work models and the lingering Great Resignation, today’s HR technology providers are stepping up like never before. The innovation in the HR technology space was evident in the Top HR Products submissions this year. Not only did we receive a record number of submissions—nearly 150, with about 30 finalists who were invited to demo their software live over Zoom —but the quality of the solutions was impressive across the board.

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The tools submitted are smart, powerful and easy to use, boosting the chances that they will help busy HR leaders and talent acquisition professionals address their pain points quickly and successfully. Among the themes this year, we noted the sheer number of solutions aimed at simplifying and strengthening today’s talent marketplace. Employee skills are the new coins of the realm, but TA and HR leaders have an uphill battle when it comes to understanding the skills needed for a new role and those that already exist in their current enterprise.

Employee experience was another focus of many submissions, with tools targeting EX across the HR function, including payroll, benefits learning and talent acquisition, says HR Technology Conference Chair Steve Boese, a judge of the competition.

Boese adds that, in addition to the overall uptick in the number of submissions, judges noted that more submissions than ever were worthy for the Top Product honor. In part, he says, that could be attributed to tech providers bouncing back from the challenges of 2020 and 2021, but it also reflects an overall shift in the provider community toward creating “truly impactful technology solutions designed to positively impact customer organizations as well as their employees.”

“Simply put,” he says, “providers are excelling in delivering products that are easy to adopt, fun to use and can add value to leaders, managers and employees,” he says. “It was a fun and challenging year for us to select the Top Products winners.”

Click on the links below to learn more about each of the 2022 Top HR Products of the Year:

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

CORE HR

EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

TALENT ACQUISITION

TALENT MANAGEMENT

TOTAL REWARDS

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Top HR Products of the Year is managed each year by the experts at Human Resource Executive® and the program chair of the HR Technology Conference with the goal of spotlighting the most innovative new technology solutions on the market that are helping business leaders meet the ever-evolving HR needs of their organizations.

To be eligible, tools must have been developed within the last year and be generally available this fall. Submissions were judged on four factors:

  • their innovation in the HR tech space, with particular attention to how the tools are breaking new ground;
  • how much value they add to the HR function;
  • how intuitive they are for users; and
  • whether they deliver what they promise.

As always, we encourage readers to perform their own due diligence before making any investments.

Phil Albinus
Phil Albinus is HR Tech Editor for HRE. He has been covering personal and business technology for 25 years and has served as editor and executive editor for a number of financial services, trading technology and employee benefits titles. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and lives in the Hudson Valley with his audiologist wife and three adult children. He can be reached at palbinus@lrp.com and on social media below.

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