Creativity most in-demand soft skill for 2020, LinkedIn says

HR Dive | January 13, 2020

Creativity was the most in-demand soft skill for applicants last year, and it has retained its place heading into 2020, according to a Jan. 9 LinkedIn Learning report. "Organizations need people who can creatively approach problems and tasks across all business roles, from software engineering to HR," the company said. Persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and emotional intelligence rounded out the top five. LinkedIn noted that emotional intelligence — defined as the ability to perceive, evaluate and respond to your own emotions and the emotions of others — was a newcomer to its list, which "underscores the importance of effectively responding to and interacting with our colleagues.

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After effective recruitment and selection, one of the most important ways that organizations can improve the effectiveness of their talent management systems is through the strategic use of onboarding. Onboarding is the process of helping new hires adjust to social and performance aspects of their new jobs quickly and smoothly. This should always be a priority for HR departments, because in the United States, every year more than 25 percent of the working population experiences career transitions.1 In Fortune 500 companies alone, about 500,000 managers take on new roles each year, and overall, managers begin new jobs every two to four years. Unfortunately, in the midst of all these transitions.


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HR ANALYTICS,WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

VirgilHR Launches Web-Based Platform, Brings Real-Time, Self-Service Legal Guidance to HR Teams

VirgilHR | September 06, 2022

VirgilHR announces the launch of its new web-based platform, putting real-time, automated employment and labor law guidance at the HR team's fingertips. The disruptive SaaS platform empowers individual HR professionals and teams to make smart, well-informed employment and labor law decisions in the moment, without the need to research regulatory requirements. As an HR leader with experience at both public companies and growth-stage technology startups, Jocelyn King, CEO & Founder of VirgilHR, has had the privilege of supporting executives and departments in all functions across the business. "When we started building VirgilHR, we wanted to do two things - reduce the complexity and mitigate the risk of legal action from human error against companies and get HR professionals back to why they got into HR and building, growing, and nurturing great people and great cultures, With this evolution in our product, we've made it possible for every HR professional to have a real-time legal guide by their side." -Jocelyn King, CEO & Founder of VirgilHR VirgilHR hosts a proprietary database of employment and labor law requirements that helps HR professionals manage the compliance of employment decisions, including leave requests, final wages, and termination. HR team members can access real-time, prescriptive guidance across federal, state, and local employment and labor laws via the online web-based, self-service application. As part of the product launch, HR professionals are eligible for a 30 day free trial of VirgilHR with access to all employment modules and all features including: The VirgilHR chatbot built on smart, automation technology, which provides legal guidance to on labor and employment law queries in the moment, no research required Educational content, developed by experienced labor and employment attorneys Policy templates, which cover the newest labor and employment laws released across the country, to supplement employee handbooks The platform helps HR professionals navigate the complexities of employment and labor law, close the knowledge gap, and empower HR teams to make compliant employment decisions with ease and confidence. The company's early customers have come from organizations across the mid-market with small HR teams looking for efficiency gains; King sees growth for the business in manufacturing, construction, technology, government contracting, and medical services. About VirgilHR VirgilHR is the new evolution of HR compliance software, enabling HR professionals to spend more time on strategic objectives and less time on researching and tracking thousands of ever-changing employment and labor laws. Our mission is to help HR professionals navigate the growing employee complexities, close the knowledge gap and empower HR teams to make compliant employment decisions with ease and confidence.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

SkyHive Launches New Product, SkyHive Platform, Enabling Companies and Communities to Tackle Skills Gap

SkyHive | September 05, 2022

SkyHive®, the first company to map and sequence the global labor market in real-time for workforce intelligence, strategy, and architecture, as well as the rapid reskilling of workers and communities around the world, today announced the launch of SkyHive Platform, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) skills-first solution for private and public sector organizations. Using SkyHive’s real-time Labor Market Intelligence and artificial intelligence to analyze global labor markets at the skill level, SkyHive Platform employers gain outside-in intelligence as well as immediate insights on their talent, such as emerging and skill gaps which can be leveraged to future-proof their workforces, retain talent, and understand evolving labor market needs. SkyHive Platform enriches existing Human Capital Management (HCM) systems using scalable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to integrate with core HR systems such as Workday, Microsoft, and SAP SuccessFactors, as well as custom applications. In doing so, SkyHive Platform enables companies and communities to derive maximum value from their HCM investments while improving performance and cost efficiency across talent procurement, retention, and workforce training. Companies and governments seeking insights into the state of their workforce’s business critical skills, skills gaps, attrition, sourcing, benchmarks, future talent needs, and recommendations for reskilling can harness SkyHive to power applications with or without the SkyHive Enterprise software application. “Skills are the talent ‘currency’ of the modern age, so it’s natural that leaders are eager to get comprehensive, comparative, and real-time visibility into skills profiles of their workforce, We’ve built SkyHive Platform and opened our APIs in response to customer requests around the world who want to customize applications and modernize their existing HCM platforms with the most in-depth workforce and labor market intelligence available.” -Sean Hinton, Founder and CEO of SkyHive Recognized by Forbes and the World Economic Forum for its positive impact on labor economies, SkyHive processes more than 20 TB of raw data every day, including anonymized worker profiles and job descriptions from over 160 countries. Its findings have reduced enterprise clients’ time-to-hire by 30% and time to source by 90%, while also increasing workforce learning and development efficiency by 70% and gender diversity by 10%. SkyHive data is fully encrypted, and its systems are compliant with GDPR, SOC2 Type II, ISO 27001, Ethical AI and other regulatory frameworks. About SkyHive SkyHive is a Certified B Corporation and software provider of global workforce intelligence technology, optimizing labor market efficiencies in real-time for companies, communities, and national economies. Leading enterprises use SkyHive’s cloud-based applications and platforms to power the future of work at its most granular level: skills. SkyHive’s Quantum Labor Analysis™ has been recognized by the World Economic Forum and Forbes for leading efforts in ethical AI and its positive impact on labor economies worldwide.

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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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EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Employee Mental Health in an Uncertain World: Shifting From a State of Crisis to a Culture of Mental Wellness

Modern Health | September 08, 2022

Modern Health, a leading workplace mental health platform supporting enterprises globally, today published a wide-ranging study of executives, HR decision makers, managers and employees to examine the state of employee mental health in the workplace. The research, commissioned by Modern Health and conducted by Forrester Consulting for the second year in a row, set out to uncover how employers are responding to employees' dramatically increasing needs for mental health support after several years of an unrelenting global pandemic, political and social unrest, economic uncertainty, and much more. The survey of 1,700+ employees, including managers, non-manager employees, C-level executives, and HR leaders, found that employees and employers both recognize that mental health benefits are an integral part of a healthy, productive workplace culture, but have widely differing perceptions of if and how the current standard of benefits is meeting employee needs. While 84% of employers plan to increase or enhance employee mental health benefits in the next year, there is still a significant gap in how employees perceive their employer's commitment to mental health and wellness. Seventy-four percent of employees report wanting their employer to care about their mental health, but only half (53%) feel that they actually do. "The past few years have left many of us feeling burnt out, exhausted, and stressed, so it's not surprising that the topic of mental health has been forced into the spotlight. We're seeing a bigger need for support as more people speak out about their mental health challenges but despite this progress, people around the world are still struggling to access care that meets their needs, We are at a critical inflection point where organizations need to shift from the mindset of providing mental health support as a crisis response to it being an integrated and strategic part of the employee experience. Done right, the end result means both the companies and the human beings who make them run are more connected and engaged." -Alyson Watson, founder and CEO at Modern Health Shift from Crisis to Culture: Closing the Gap Employers are recognizing the stress that their workforces are currently under with three out of four employers (75%) recognizing that the current state of the U.S. economy is causing employee anxiety. However, only 45% have already taken steps to address this anxiety. As companies and their employees adapt and evolve toward the future of work, long-term success requires both an investment in mental health and a workforce equipped, encouraged, and willing to prioritize it. This happens when companies move from viewing mental health as a crisis response to a permanent, values-based commitment to employee well-being. The first step is closing the gap between employer and employee perception. According to our research, 85% of employers feel they actively listen to the needs of employees, but only 51% of employees agree. Similarly, only 46% of employees believe their company invests enough in the mental health of employees, while a significant 81% of employers believe they invest enough. Additionally, while around two in three employees report feeling connected, supported, and seen at work, when employers were asked the same question, they significantly overstated how their employees feel by at least 20% on every metric. For example, only 59% of employees reported feeling seen by their company and colleagues for their unique contributions to work, while 85% of employers said their employees felt seen. The Need to Clear a Path In order to create a workforce that is creative, adaptive, and resilient, the report advises that business leaders need to create a path that allows employees to use their mental health benefits without fear of reprisal or negative stigma. For employee behavior to scale across the organization, that behavior needs to be messaged, modeled, enabled, and permitted repeatedly to employees. One troublesome finding is that only 51% of employees feel safe in their role if their mental health status were to be revealed. Compared to the 2021 study, employees are even more desperate for a culture that embraces mental health acceptance and support. A year ago, employees were asking for more mental health support in the workplace. Today, their desire goes beyond simply implementing benefits—they want to feel empowered and encouraged to utilize these tools and want their leaders to acknowledge and reduce barriers to access. Last year, 64% of employees felt they had workday flexibility to care for mental health needs, while only 54% feel that way today. And more than two thirds (68%) of employees felt like their work culture was a safe place to discuss mental health and ask for support in 2021, but only 51% agree today. These trends are moving in the wrong direction. According to our findings, a full 77% of employers say they will provide mental health support to their employees, but they think it's up to the employee to use their benefits and managers shouldn't be expected to encourage them. Leadership modeling is also a critical component to employees feeling comfortable using mental health benefits to their fullest. According to the survey, the vast majority of leaders (80%) feel like they are expressing their own vulnerability when it comes to mental health, but employees do not see, hear, or feel that vulnerability coming through, since only 30% of employees agree. At the same time, 74% of employers think employees are uncomfortable hearing about their colleagues' mental health, but only 31% of employees said it actually makes them uncomfortable. Now is Not the Time to Lose The High Performers In an increasingly uncertain economic environment, companies can't afford to lose their high performing employees. Making up a third of the global workforce, high performers can be described as highly engaged, deeply committed and able to do their job consistently well. When examining the high performers in the study, it found that they are working more hours and are even more productive than last year, but are also burnt out. Despite a reported high enthusiasm for their jobs (76%), more than half (53%) of these high performers report feeling burned out in their roles. The good news is that employees reported again this year they would be more likely to stay at a company that provides high-quality resources for them to care for their mental health. The Cost of Doing Nothing While part of the case for mental health benefits is a positive return on the company bottom line, 72% of employers fear that focusing on mental health could have a reverse ROI with employees working fewer hours in order to care for their mental health and being less available. The research shares that the cost of supporting employees' mental health is a fraction of the cost that a company will bear over the long run if its workforce doesn't have the appropriate mental, physical, and emotional resources to excel at work. The benefits of a whole, complete, and "well" workforce reach far beyond incremental productivity improvements. In fact, the impacts can be felt across talent acquisition and retention, belonging, performance, engagement, profitability, and long-term growth. Methodology In this study, Forrester conducted an online survey of 1,207 employees and managers ("employees") and 519 HR leaders and C-level executives ("employers") at organizations in the United States to evaluate the current state of mental health among employers and employees. Respondents were offered a small incentive as a thank-you for time spent on the survey. The study began in June 2022 and was completed in July 2022. About Modern Health Modern Health is the comprehensive mental health and wellness platform that combines the WHO well-being assessment, self-service wellness kits, a global network of certified coaches, and licensed therapists, all available in a single app. Modern Health empowers employers to lead the charge in acknowledging that mental health is just as important as physical health, destigmatizing the conversation, and increasing accessibility of mental health services for all. Founded in 2017, Modern Health incorporates evidence-based psychology principles and seamless technology to serve the needs of companies globally. Headquartered in San Francisco, Modern Health has raised more than $172 million from Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Afore Capital, MGV, Frederic Kerrest (co-founder of Okta), and 01 Advisors.

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After effective recruitment and selection, one of the most important ways that organizations can improve the effectiveness of their talent management systems is through the strategic use of onboarding. Onboarding is the process of helping new hires adjust to social and performance aspects of their new jobs quickly and smoothly. This should always be a priority for HR departments, because in the United States, every year more than 25 percent of the working population experiences career transitions.1 In Fortune 500 companies alone, about 500,000 managers take on new roles each year, and overall, managers begin new jobs every two to four years. Unfortunately, in the midst of all these transitions.

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