HR Tech Quick Hits: Microsoft vet joins skills startup; the rise of chatbots

Number of the Week

In a survey of 350 HR and talent acquisition leaders, 51% say that chatbots “significantly improve” job candidate satisfaction, according to research from AI talent engagement provider Sense and research firm Talent Board. The survey also found that the biggest challenge for today’s recruiting teams was “connecting and engaging with passive talent” (42%) and that the most successful method of contacting and communicating with candidates was via chatbots and conversational AI (36%).

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Podcast Pearls of Wisdom

How can HR leaders communicate across different types of organizations and create a great employee experience? That’s the topic of a recent HR Happy Hour podcast, hosted by HR Technology Conference Chair Steve Boese. In this episode, Oracle’s Chris Leone shares these insights and discusses how the organization’s internal research helped it create a solution that has been recognized as one of the Top HR Products of the Year. Listen here.


Distributed workforce management provider Remote has integrated with global HR technology firm HiBob to deliver one-way data synchronization for customers of both platforms. The new integration allows HiBob users to automatically update new and current employee information into the Remote platform, minimizing administrative work while streamlining global talent management, according to a news release. Remote supports companies’ efforts to hire employees globally and acts as an employer of record in over 60 nations.

HR Tech Spotlight

As “quiet quitting” gathers steam to become another concern for HR leaders, the upcoming 2022 HR Tech Conference will feature several talent management sessions. Attendees will learn how technology-enabled solutions for internal mobility, employee development and engagement, and more can help organizations manage and retain employees during times of rapid change. Register here.

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People Moves

General Motors’ former head of global talent acquisition lead, attraction, sourcing and insights, Kyle Lagunas, has started his role as principal analyst for Aptitude Research. This marks the recruitment superstar’s return to research after working for several analyst firms and then at ATS-provider Beamery before his recent stint at GM. Read his revealing exit interview with HRE here.

Stacy Greiner

Financial tech provider DailyPay has hired Stacy Greiner as its chief operating officer. She will report to DailyPayCEO Kevin Coop and will be responsible for both external and internal operations. These duties include overseeing people operations, building corporate culture and overseeing service to clients and partners. Greiner previously worked as general manager of Dun & Bradstreet’s sales and marketing solutions division and in senior executive roles for Cisco, IBM and Accenture.

Pushkaraj Kale, iMocha
Pushkaraj Kale

Microsoft veteran Pushkaraj Kale joined recruitment skills start-up iMocha as head of go-to-market strategy. Before joining iMocha, Kale served as the co-founder and chief operating officer of TheDataTeam, where he was involved in HR will overseeing customer-facing functions and scaling the business. Previously, Kale was the country director for Microsoft’s Financial Services organization in India. iMocha delivers a business skills intelligence platform that helps talent managers make recruitment and reskilling decisions.

Phil Albinus
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.