April 21, 2021
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Innovation in HR Technology
Cellular-enabled and 5G laptops remain uncommon but are becoming more important as work locations become more dispersed and the need for on-demand connectivity growths, according to this McKinsey analysis. Companies are advised to deploy such computing power according to use case and employee role, calculate the potential return and ensure policies and accountability are in place.
Full Story: McKinsey (4/14) 
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HR technology companies received more private equity and other investments in the fourth quarter compared with the preceding quarter, although total investment and average deal size declined. For full-year 2020, average deal size also declined despite a rise in total announced investments, with learning solutions and artificial intelligence among the leading categories.
Full Story: HRO Today (4/20) 
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SmartSummit — Living At Work: Tackling Burnout and Employee Mental Wellness
For the past year we've experienced the unthinkable. Many of us worked at home, and tended to family matters at the same time. Even then we knew it was not sustainable, but we feel it now. Hear from top experts in the field of employee wellness on how to battle burnout. Register for the May 18 summit.
Social Recruiting
Goodwill Industries International and Accenture are partnering for Project Overcome, a virtual reality tool that helps candidates brush up their interviewing skills and hear from employees with criminal records, as well as HR professionals.
Full Story: HR Dive (4/15) 
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Engagement Technology
LinkedIn is integrating its talent businesses into a single learning experience platform, called LinkedIn Learning Hub, that includes a skills taxonomy and other tools. "While LinkedIn doesn't compete with Workday or Oracle directly, it's clear that LinkedIn is now in the HR Tech market and will compete heavily for learning and skills tools," writes Josh Bersin.
Full Story: Josh Bersin blog (4/20) 
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HR Learning Technology
Talent marketplaces are expected to become more utilized by companies as they adjust to a post-pandemic world, HR experts say. "At a high level, it allows leaders to see the broad skills in demand across the organization and the organizational skill gaps that may need deeper interventions and investment," says Ben Eubanks, chief research officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (4/16) 
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Denver Health is creating a Y2K-themed virtual escape room that incorporates training about the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators. The gamified training will be launched during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and it follows the health system's use of an online scavenger hunt as part of its campus orientation.
Full Story: Healthline (4/19) 
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Join our panel of industry-thought leaders and practitioners as we discuss the cultural, legal, and technical aspects of managing a Total HR Systems Environment. We will be discussing key findings from Sapient Insights Group 23rd Annual HR Systems Survey on how organizations are reducing HR silos through improved system integration and service delivery, while managing the challenges associated with shared services, security, and global data privacy. Learn more and register.
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