HR tech news this week: June 14-18

From who's using work communication tools the most to how the pandemic is reshaping HR technology, here's what you might have missed this week.
By: | June 18, 2021

How Josh Bersin believes the pandemic will reshape HR tech: As the COVID-19 pandemic influences how people around the world work, it’s also sharply impacting the tech that makes that work possible. Josh Bersin, dean of the Josh Bersin Academy, believes the global crisis has ushered in a number of lasting changes, shifting the tools that are gaining traction in the market and putting the spotlight less on HR tech and more on work tech, a topic he will dive into during a keynote of the upcoming HR Tech Conference. Read more.

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3 reasons HR leaders should be measuring inclusion analytics: The value of measuring diversity statistics is nearly universally understood by employers. According to an employer survey by RedThread Research, 92% of respondents measure diversity—but, only three-quarters take the same approach for inclusion. Stacia Garr, one of HRE’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers and a presenter at this fall’s HR Tech Conference, recently shared the growing need for robust inclusion analytics strategies during a recent event. Read more.

Walmart’s new workforce app provides a look into the future: To help its workers simplify some of their tasks and better manage their workflow, the nation’s largest employer is relying on a new tech tool: an in-house app that employees can use while on the clock. Read more.

How HR can make the most of cloud-based HCM: PwC’s U.S. Cloud Business Survey, conducted between May 5-12, found that a majority (74%) of business leaders are engaged in cloud strategy and 56% of executives see cloud as a strategic platform for growth and innovation. CHROs most often define cloud as central to business strategy and critical to revenue growth (39%), compared with 28% for all executives. Less positive is that more than half (53%) of those surveyed say they have yet to realize substantial value from their cloud investments. Read more.

HR Tech Number of the Day: workplace communication tools: The role of technology in workplace communication has never been more clear than in the last year, as employees turned to tech tools to keep them informed, engaged and productive in newly remote settings. However, according to a new study, the type of tools that employees rely on could vary vastly based on employee age—setting up a unique challenge for HR leaders. Read more.

Elizabeth Clarke is executive editor of Human Resource Executive. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and then spent more than 25 years as a reporter and editor in South Florida before joining HRE. Elizabeth lives with her family in Palm Beach County. She can be reached at eclarke@lrp.com.

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