HR tech news this week: Oct. 11-15

The growing role of artificial intelligence in HR operations, the new deskless workplace, creating a great EX and others were among the top HR tech stories of the week.
By: | October 15, 2021

How this veteran CHRO is turning his focus to AI ‘for the common good’: The Allen Institute for AI recently announced Tim Mulligan as its first CHRO. The HR veteran says he is eager to work with the company’s AI research team to use AI to improve its own internal HR practices. “That really excites me. I’m looking forward to putting into play enhanced AI utilization in recruiting, onboarding, training and other basic HR functions,” he tells HRE. Read more here

Bersin: Why it’s time to build a new, improved deskless reality: While hybrid work is important, deskless workers have also experienced massive changes in the work world. HR has a critical role in designing the new reality for these employees, who make up about 80% of the global workforce. Winning the war for talent will depend on the deskless worker experience you offer employees, Bersin writes. Read more here

How Chevron drilled into its HR data to tap new talent: Artificial intelligence is helping the energy giant match the right candidates to the right roles—and it’s a game-changer, one recruitment exec says. The first challenge was finding the right data inside Chevron’s disparate HR systems so that the recruitment team could better review resumes and applications from external and internal candidates. Read more here

How do you define EX? Create an ‘irresistible organization’: The shocks of a global pandemic caused many top executives to see improving the employee experience as central to their new business plans—yet a lot of HR leaders still don’t fully grasp what the phrase really means, says veteran HR industry analyst Josh Bersin. His recent report outlines the new basics of employee experience, including how Microsoft is handling EX today. Read more here.

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What World Mental Health Day means to these top HR leaders: Executives at Marriott, UpWork and other organizations marked the day by speaking up about their own needs and those of their workforces. Employees are struggling with burnout and other issues and they are voting with their feet: a record 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August, according to a recent survey. It found that nearly 2.9% of the workforce quit in August, up from 2.7% in July. Read more here

Save the date for the 2022 HR Tech Virtual Conference: The free, online event will take place March 1-4, 2022, and themes include “Defining & Driving a Culture of Purpose.” The sessions and keynotes will examine the employee experience, employee engagement and leadership. “With the pandemic having disrupted traditional work models, HR technology has become more important than ever in supporting culture, community and performance,” according to Jeanne Achille, the conference chair. Read more here.  

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 followed on Twitter @philalbinus.