HR Tech news this week: Oct. 25-29

How AI is helping drive employee financial wellness: C-suite and senior management often assume that financial stress only impacts new workers and low-level employees, but money worries are sadly universal. With a majority of workers reporting an increase in financial stress, solutions designed to relieve that stress are growing. Read more here.

To improve EX and agility, many HR teams are restructuring: A majority of HR leaders are revamping how their departments work–and choosing technology last, an APQC survey finds. The leading driver of restructuring was to improve internal customer satisfaction across all levels while other drivers were the speed with which HR can service customers and the agility in leveraging the capabilities of artificial intelligence. Read more here.

Legal experts: Don’t delay in prepping for Biden vaccine mandate: Although there are still many unknown details of the OSHA guidelines and how they will be implemented, President Biden announced the core of the mandate last month and that isn’t expected to change: that employees at organizations with 100 or more employees must either be vaccinated or tested weekly, with some subject to medical and religious exemptions. Read more here.

Boese: Why more HR tech isn’t necessarily better: While the new HR technology solutions can increase efficiency, accuracy and speed of employee inquiries to HR–and their associated transactions can be effective and powerful–they do tend to de-humanize the actual delivery of HR services at some level, warns HRE columnist Steve Boese. Read more here.

Why Amazon’s HR tech crisis could happen to your company too: Amazon’s failures in delivering benefits and payroll to a portion of its full-time employees–some on paid parental leave were marked absent at work, pay was not delivered to others for months at a time and disability benefits were withheld from others, leaving employees struggling to pay their bills–highlights the weaknesses of an overly complex technology landscape and an overtaxed HR sector. Read more here.

How Ensono is handling the Great Resignation: Although the cloud and mainframe IT provider hired hundreds during the pandemic, it also saw IT staffers leave as they became hot commodities. “The supply and demand are just completely out of whack. Since COVID, the demand for tech workers has just skyrocketed, and keeping up with the compensation has been kind of difficult,” says the company’s CHRO. Read more here.

HR Tech Number of the Week: Cybersecurity training failure rates: Training employees about the dangers of phishing and Trojan attacks is a responsibility shared by both the IT and HR departments–and they are falling down on the job. Why? Experts say dull programs, a lack of responsibility and a false sense of preparedness are why workers are carelessly clicking on the wrong links. Read more here.

Phil Albinus
Phil Albinus is the former 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.