HR Tech Quick Hits: TA tech still growing; L&D lessons

Amid one of the most challenging labor markets in decades, a new report reveals more enterprise organizations are adopting talent acquisition technology and relying on artificial intelligence to ensure “ethical, efficient and quality hiring,” according to a news release about the survey from hiring platform Modern Hire.

In a twist, although 73% of companies are investing more in TA tech, nearly half (46%) of respondents “do not know when they are actually using AI to support their TA initiatives,” the release says. That leaves a significant opportunity for companies to improve processes and efficiency for many tasks with automation and AI.

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Aptitude Research founder and analyst Madeline Laurano authored the survey of more than 300 TA and HR senior leaders. To hear more from Laurano on the TA landscape, check out her mega session at 4 p.m. Thursday: “How the TA Landscape Supports the Modern Recruiter.”

Learning matters

A lack of career advancement and bad managers are the second reason that employees leave companies, after salary increases, Rebecca Wettemann, CEO of Valoir, said during the closing panel discussion of the Women in HR Tech Summit, titled “Is your digital transformation connecting and engaging all of the workforce?” Katherine Claytor, vice president of HR for Corvesta, remembered one job candidate who told her why he was considering leaving his current employer. “He said, ‘If I am not learning, my career is going nowhere,’ ” Claytor said.

A role for women in tech

Shaping the next generation of women in tech means more than learning code. According to a panel of female executives from HR solution provider ServiceNow, it all comes down to balance. “What do you look for in leaders when developing the new generation? Mentoring is a part of it but sponsorship is most important,” said Gretchen Alarcon, vice president and general manager of HR service delivery for ServiceNow. She spoke during the Women in HR Tech Summit panel titled “Shaping the Future for the Next Generation of Women in Tech.” Speaking of balance, creating priorities is essential for women’s advancement in tech. For instance, not every meeting is created equal, advised Sumeyya Khan, ServiceNow’s senior director of people technology. Every meeting needs an agenda, a set of goals and a list of potential outcomes, she said. 

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More than three-quarters of Guild students are the first in their families to go to college, according to Natalie McCullough, president and chief commercial officer for Guild Education. So providing context and possibilities to see what’s possible is critical, she said. “We think of it as occupational awareness. A very big first step is to show people concretely what’s possible. You break down the fancy job titles into actual information that people can digest about what it means to be an IT specialist or HR associate. If you don’t provide that, folks just have no vision and can’t figure out what’s next or what the possibilities are.”

Related: Learn more about Guild and Macy’s 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.