Almost Every Employer Are Offering WFH Option to Meet Accommodation Request Says New XpertHR Poll

XpertHR | July 02, 2020

As businesses begin to reopen, employees returning to the workplace may request reasonable accommodations for medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In response, nearly all employers (92%) are offering a work-from-home option to meet accommodation requests, most of which are from at-risk employees (77%), according to a new XpertHR poll of 276 human resource professionals. Because COVID-19 is a recognized workplace hazard, employers are required to furnish each employee with a place of employment free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to the employee. "Employers must take action if an employee's health will be jeopardized upon returning to the workplace," says Robert Teachout, SHRM-SCP, XpertHR Legal Editor. "The employer should eliminate or reduce the risk so that the employee may safely return to work and perform their essential job functions." Providing protective gowns, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE), adding separation barriers and increasing the space between an at-risk employee and others are among the accommodations that can reduce or eliminate health threats on the job. If returning to work safely is not possible under the circumstances, employers can offer accommodations such as telework, job reassignment or even a leave of absence.

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TALENT ACQUISITION

Alorica Hires Industry HR Leader Asma Sultana as Vice President of Corporate Talent Acquisition

Alorica | July 08, 2022

Alorica Inc., a trusted global leader in next-generation customer experience (CX) solutions, today announced it has hired highly-experienced recruiting and human resources (HR) executive Asma Sultana as the company’s Vice President of Corporate Talent Acquisition. In this newly-created role, Sultana is responsible for developing and implementing Alorica’s global strategy of hiring world-class associates for corporate business functions including its Digital Business Center (DBC) based in Bengaluru, India. The DBC is Alorica’s innovation lab dedicated to designing and deploying the CX provider’s newest digital products and service capabilities. Additionally, Bengaluru and Mohali are growing markets where Alorica continues to expand its operations with more than 2,460 local employees. Sultana, who also lives in Bengaluru, reports directly to Colleen Beers, Chief Administrative Officer. Sultana brings a diverse recruiting perspective and a track record of success in transforming global recruiting teams for multinational corporations. With more than 20 years of HR management experience including a specialized focus on building people-focused, performance-based programs, Sultana has a deep understanding of today’s global workforces and the corporate values that resonate with employees. She most recently served as Senior Vice President for Leadership Hiring at Accenture Operations. Prior to this role, she played several key roles as HR Business Partner, Talent Strategist and Industry Group HR lead for Accenture’s Technology Division, supporting India and other regions including North America, LATAM, EMEA and APAC. In addition, she has held HR positions at HP and LG. Sultana is a law graduate from Bangalore University Law College and has earned a Postgraduate Degree in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur. “As Alorica continues to grow and the extensive digital CX needs of our clients evolve, the timing was right to add a senior talent acquisition executive to our Employee Experience management team to oversee this critically-important human element of our business,” said Beers. “Alorica is committed to finding and retaining high-caliber professionals all around the world, so Asma’s proven leadership and culturally diverse experience will play a major role in our ability to draw in technically-skilled candidates around the globe who embrace Alorica’s mission. And that’s how we’ll continue to maintain our award-winning work environment, while exceeding client expectations.” “Today’s employee experience strategies, especially those for global CX specialists such as Alorica, require an extraordinary amount of insight, adaptability and finesse to effectively design and implement in this competitive market,” said Sultana. “Today’s employee experience strategies, especially those for global CX specialists such as Alorica, require an extraordinary amount of insight, adaptability and finesse to effectively design and implement in this competitive market,” said Sultana. “No company can be successful without investing in hiring and keeping the right people, and Alorica has thrived in this area through its people-first approach. I personally feel energized by, and connected to, Alorica’s vision of making lives better, and I look forward to leveraging my expertise to expand and enhance the company’s talent acquisition initiatives.” Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Customer Service BPO, Alorica has significant experience formulating and managing CX programs around the world. As Alorica grows its global footprint, Sultana will set the vision, strategy, and leadership for Alorica’s talent acquisition team dedicated to attracting and hiring the best employees for the company’s corporate and shared services functions. This includes developing and executing Alorica’s employer branding strategy to support key business functions, including IT, workforce planning, quality control, finance, training, and employee experience. Sultana will work closely with Alorica’s executive leadership team to create customized recruitment strategies and help orchestrate the entire hiring process from beginning to end. About Alorica Alorica creates insanely great digital customer experiences at scale. Our team of 100,000 solutionists, technologists and operators partner with global brands and disruptive innovators to deliver digitally-charged, tailored interactions customers crave. With a track record of creating long-term loyalty, Alorica brings actionable insights, proven processes and CX leadership to transform clients’ business needs, whether they’re focused on digital optimization, customer engagement or market expansion. Through strategic partnerships with best-in-breed technology, we design, integrate and optimize digital solutions personalized to reach clients’ most desired outcomes now and for the future. Alorica drives CX innovation for the best clients around the globe from its award-winning operations in 16 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.alorica.com.

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HR PRACTICE,HR STRATEGY

Talview Introduces Interview Insights at HR Technology Conference & Exposition 2022

Talview | September 14, 2022

Talview, the global leader for hiring and proctoring solutions, announces Talview Interview Insights, a solution engineered to solve the biggest blind spot in the hiring process – the job interview, at the HR Technology Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. Talview Interview Insights uses advanced AI capabilities to coach interviewers to become world-class interviewers, one interview at a time. The award-winning Solution brings specific, explainable, and actionable insights into interviewing for organizations to make interventions that enable them to meet their key talent goals. To date, many organizations define candidate measurement and experience protocols in hiring but struggle to implement and monitor these protocols on the ground. Most interviewers receive little to no training, and there is no mechanism to review their techniques or performance as an interviewer. This inability to control the quality of the interview process results in: Interviews not providing valid analysis, increasing the risk of bad hires Interviews that are not fair or unbiased, adversely impacting DEI goals Good candidates being lost to unskilled interviewers due to a poor candidate experience After an extensive review of customer interviews and feedback, Talview distilled the issue down to a key requirement: accurately measuring and ensuring the quality of the interview process. "Our goal was building a framework for interviews that would scale; analyzing the conversations, structure, content, compliance, fairness and experience, while also delivering continuous coaching for interviewers,We believe our new solution will boost the overall quality of any organization's interview process. Talview Interview Insights will be a key addition to any organization that is serious about objective, high quality hiring decisions, as well as improvements in DEI and overall candidate experience." -Sanjoe Jose, CEO, Talview Talview Interview Insights combines the power of digital interviewing with the best of AI technologies to deliver a platform that provides continuous feedback to the interviewer, improving their skills, while providing insights to the organization for interventions that can exponentially improve interviewing results. By monitoring for biases in conversations, conformance to organizational policies (from regulatory compliance to DEI goals), topic coverage, gauging question relevance to the role, and more, Interview Insights is a key addition for any company looking to improve the effectiveness of their hiring process. Beginning with more than 150 candidates, constituting top HR technology vendor offerings, then narrowing the competition to 30 product demonstrations, the judges at the Human Resource Executive are honoring Talview Interview Insights as the winner of a 2022 Top Product of the Year Award in Talent Acquisition. The award will be presented at the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. The interview is used in every hiring process, yet it has remained a blind spot, Like any other assessment, the more objective the information gathered, the better it will predict job success. How can you expect to achieve a replicable, highly efficient interview process without monitoring and training interviewers on a continuing basis? We are excited the judges at HRE agreed and validated our solution with a Top Product award,said Dr. Fred Rafilson, Chief I/O Psychologist, Talview. Talview Interview Insights is deployed on top of the award-winning Talview Interviewing platform. The Solution analyzes every interview conducted, using machine learning and natural language processing technologies, providing feedback on what worked and what did not for each interview, and summarizing the interview with insights for supervisors and the organization. Designed to provide a persistent structure to the interview process, Talview Interview Insights monitors for DEI regulatory compliance and unconscious bias in conversations. It determines if the topics being discussed and questions being asked are relevant to the role. Along with providing interview summaries, time stamps for both the transcript and recording, and powerful search capabilities, Interview Insights also provides constructive feedback and comparisons for interviewer performance to others within the organization. Interview Insights is the latest integrated Solution for the Talview Measurement Platform, AI-powered hiring software that orchestrates everything HR and TA leaders need to hire faster, better, and at scale. Talview provides the digital tools needed to create a flexible, customized, completely digital hiring process designed to reduce time to hire, lower cost of hire, and increase quality of hire. About Talview Talview offers an award-winning Measurement Platform that orchestrates hiring and proctoring workflows: screening, interviews, assessments, exams, and credentials. Organizations seeking more efficient, effective, and intelligent decisions throughout the talent lifecycle can access a single, AI-powered platform for intelligent insights. A 360-degree view of talent potential enables quick, confident, and bias-free decisions, providing an equal opportunity for all.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT,EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

WorkFaith Launches WorkFaith Now

WorkFaith | August 03, 2022

WorkFaith announced WorkFaith Now, a new online learning platform for job seekers and employees. WorkFaith Now offers self-paced job readiness and career development courses at no cost to both individuals looking for work and staffing agencies who want to upskill their clients. "WorkFaith Now is a transformative digital platform that gives 24/7 access to faith-based training and coaching opportunities. No longer is time or transportation a barrier for those who need immediate access to critical job resources, When you access WorkFaith Now, you can expect to receive essential job training skills that have helped thousands of individuals obtain employment over the years. WorkFaith is an industry leader in workforce development, and has a vetted process that caters to individuals looking for long-term employment." -Nick Hardy, Chief Program Officer at WorkFaith Features of WorkFaith Now include: 24/7 access from a smart device Engaging on-demand content No cost to the user WorkFaith Now will be available starting August 1. About WorkFaith: WorkFaith is a organization that provides faith-based training and coaching for anyone who desires long-term employment. WorkFaith has helped thousands of people find work and achieve long-term success for over 16 years.

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REMOTE WORKFORCE

Marginalized Employees Say Remote Work is More Equitable, but at the Cost of Hiding Their Authentic Selves

Software Advice | July 07, 2022

As HR departments work to make their organizations more equitable and inclusive, new research from Software Advice suggests that remote work may at first seem like the best format for reducing workplace bias and discrimination, but survey data reveals it often means employees are sacrificing their true identity at work. This survey analyzed employee responses from groups often impacted by negative bias and discrimination in the workplace, including women, employees aged 55 or older, LGBTQ workers, racial minorities, and those with a disability. Across all minority groups surveyed, remote workers are most likely to agree that their employer treats every employee fairly, compared to those who work hybrid or on-site. This may be due to their ability to customize work environments to individual needs, managers measuring work more fairly through outcome-based metrics, or a reduction in toxic behaviors overall. However, marginalized employees working remotely also admit to lying about or omitting a part of their identity at their current job out of fear of discrimination, including: 71% of employees with disabilities 65% of employees 55 years or older 64% of women 64% of LGBTQ workers 57% of racial minority workers Women in particular are uncomfortable bringing their full selves to work. Over two-thirds (71%) of women who work remotely say they’re afraid to be their authentic selves at work, compared to 64% and 57% of women who work on-site and in a hybrid format, respectively. While on-site employees may be more honest about their identities, it isn’t always by choice. They may face more discrimination because they can’t hide who they are in-person. “With more employers implementing remote work permanently, it’s encouraging to see that minority workers believe remote work is more equitable,” says Brian Westfall, principal HR analyst at Software Advice. “With more employers implementing remote work permanently, it’s encouraging to see that minority workers believe remote work is more equitable,” says Brian Westfall, principal HR analyst at Software Advice. “But, DEI initiatives don’t really work unless employees feel safe to be their authentic selves.” Remote work isn’t a magic solution for encouraging workplace inclusivity. HR leaders must intentionally act to ensure marginalized employees working from home feel seen and included for who they are. Examples include forming employee resource groups, setting the right tone during onboarding to encourage new hires to share their own perspective, and diversifying remote leadership. To find resources on how to promote authenticity in a remote workplace, visit softwareadvice.com. About Software Advice Software Advice simplifies software buying. Through 1-on-1 conversation and trusted insights, industry-specific advisors guide buyers to top software options in as little as 15 minutes (and it’s 100% free). Founded in 2005, Software Advice has helped nearly 900,000 businesses find the right software for their specific needs. Software Advice also features over 1.5 million verified user reviews to ensure people feel confident in their technology decisions. For more information, visit softwareadvice.com.

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