HR tech news this week: June 21-25

From tips for a hybrid workforce plan to what employees think about automation and tech for the future of work, here's what you might have missed.
By: | June 25, 2021

8 important factors to remember when creating your new hybrid workplace plan: Hybrid work has been one of the big topics of the Josh Bersin Academy’s ongoing Big Reset executive working groups. And what we are seeing is that developing an effective, safe and productive approach to hybrid work takes planning and work across the enterprise. Work scheduling, management processes, systems and tools, benefits policies and much, much more all have to be factored in. Read more from expert Josh Bersin here.

Women in HR Tech Summit Chair Jeanne Achille

Is HR tech the key to fixing the women’s workforce crisis?: Harsh. Disastrous. Concerning. These are just a few of the ways Jeanne Achille describes the effects of the pandemic on women’s participation in the workforce. The unprecedented shifts have been the driving force behind the program for this year’s Women in HR Tech Summit, held on the first day of the upcoming HR Technology Conference & Exposition®. Read more.

HR Tech Conference 2021: Looking ahead to ‘finally getting back to our lives’: By now I hope you have heard the news that the HR Technology Conference and Exposition® is returning to a live, in-person format this fall, Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. For many of us, this will be our first in-person business event since at least March 2020. I recall vividly the last industry event I attended in person: the Ultimate Software Connections event in Las Vegas that month. Read more from conference chair Steve Boese here.

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7 steps HR needs to take to beef up cybersecurity: Countless organizations have been blindsided by recent cyberattacks like phishing and ransomware. And now that cybersecurity threats are becoming more prominent, the U.S. is planning to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism, according to the Department of Justice. So, what should employers be doing? HR and IT leaders need to collaborate in fostering a culture of cybersecurity, says Entrust CHRO Beth Klehr. Read more.

Why ‘diverse talent and big ideas’ are key to this company’s HR strategy: Jeff Schmitz took a nontraditional path into HR—and it’s one that he says has prepared him well to lead the function through the evolutions happening today. Schmitz was named CHRO at Zebra Technologies—a manufacturer of marking, tracking and computer printing technologies that employs about 7,400 people—in November. Read more.

HR Tech Number of the Day: employee views on automation: A new report finds that employees feel they’re wasting work time—a lot of work time—on non-automated tasks and that they are clamoring for more efficient work tech. Read more.

How technology will be pivotal in the new ‘future of work’: The pandemic has significantly sped up the move toward the future of work—and now, forward-thinking HR leaders need to keep focused on staying ahead of the curve. That’s a tall order, says author and futurist Ravin Jesuthasan, but one that is necessary if HR is going to embrace the potential that comes with digitalization. Read more from the HR Tech Conference keynote speaker here.

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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