HR tech news this week: Oct. 4-8

Mandating vaccines? How tracking tech can help with the next step: As employees rerun to the workplace, organizations must verify that their workforces are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A new breed of vaccination tracking tools work as either stand-alone applications or reside in an organization’s HR portal. Some tracking solutions allow employees to upload their vaccination card or permit an HR representative to verify that the vaccine card is not fraudulent. Read more here.

Are HBCUs a key to diversifying the talent pipeline?: Intel, HPE and Warner Music are reaching out to historically Black colleges and universities to find the next generation of technology talent. As corporations double-down on their DE&I efforts, some are eyeing partnerships with HBCUs and it makes sense: HBCUs are a hotbed of talent. Read more here.

Talent, innovation and 4 more themes from the 2021 HR Tech Conference: After the first live HR Tech Conference in two years because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, several key themes were impossible to ignore. First, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors were eager to meet one another and network safely; the feeling that people were relieved to have a live, safe event was palpable. Second, there was no shortage of urgent topics that HR leaders need to address in the coming years. Read more here.

HR Tech Number of the Day: The use of video and audio for real-time engagement in HR applications is exploding, according to new data from Agora, a real-time engagement solution provider. In fact, real-time engagement video in HR apps grew 4,120% compared to 2020, and RTE audio grew by 1,404% last year. Here’s what it means for HR leaders. Read more here.

How to maximize the power of excellent HR service quality: HR Tech keynoter Marcus Buckingham writes that HR leaders today have immense power–and responsibility–to deliver genuine value in the heart and mind of the employee. With that in mind, Buckingham and the ADP Research Institute developed a new metric that measures the psychological experiences shaped by excellent HR service quality and data that uncovers exactly what leads to these positive experiences.  Read more here.

How Whirlpool turned the tide to find the right people: Finding interns wasn’t a problem for the household appliance manufacturer; instead, it was finding the right fit, Whirpool leaders said at HR Tech. The organization deployed an AI-powered assessment that revolutionized its approach to post-internship hiring and which it has since rolled out company-wide. Read more here.

How the right performance tool can engage your workforce: Technology can foster transparent communication between managers and employees to boost engagement and worker satisfaction, writes Stacy Litteral, managing director for BPM. For evaluation purposes, this helps ensure that employees understand where there is room to improve and provides the feedback employees need to develop a plan to help them reach their professional goals. 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.