DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
PeopleScout | January 12, 2022
PeopleScout's proprietary talent acquisition technology, Affinix™, has been named a Bronze winner for Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation in Brandon Hall Group's Fall 2021 Excellence in Technology Awards Program.
Affinix is a mobile-first, cloud-based platform that creates a consumer-like candidate experience and streamlines the recruiting process through intelligent automation. Affinix brings together applicant tracking systems (ATS), candidate relationship management (CRM) systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital marketing, predictive analytics and digital interviewing, providing a seamless experience for candidates, rapidly supplying a qualified talent pool to hiring leaders, and driving efficiencies through innovation.
"With the criticality of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for organizations around the world, PeopleScout recognized the need for enhancements to our Affinix Analytics dashboards to better help our clients attract a diverse pool of applicants, This recognition from Brandon Hall is strong validation of the value of this important work, which we will continue as we partner with our clients to deliver the solutions they need to further their DE&I objectives and accurately and efficiently measure their progress towards their goals."
-Taryn Owen, PeopleReady and PeopleScout President & COO.
PeopleScout was recognized for expanding strategic insights in Affinix Analytics—the company's data and reporting tool that includes job seeker analytics and operational metrics—to support the organization's overall focus on diversity and inclusion. With a new standard dashboard for client diversity initiatives, employers can better understand progress toward diversity goals and determine where to focus their efforts.
PeopleScout continues to lead the talent acquisition industry with its innovative talent technology and solutions. Previous recognition for Affinix includes:
Affinix was named a winner for Best Analytics, Measurement, and Business Impact Solution in the 2021 HR Tech Awards
Affinix won two Silver Awards in Brandon Hall Group's 2021 Excellence in Future of Work Awards
Affinix won Platinum in the 2021 Titan Business Awards for Superior Product Innovation
About Brandon Hall Group
Brandon Hall Group is a research and analyst firm, with more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day. Our vision is to inspire a better workplace experience. Our mission is to empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day.
PeopleScout, a TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI) company, is a leading RPO provider managing talent solutions that span the global economy, with end-to-end MSP and talent advisory capabilities supporting total workforce needs. PeopleScout boasts 97% client retention managing the most complex programs in the industry. The company's thousands of forward-looking talent professionals provide clients with the edge in the people business by consistently delivering now while anticipating what's next. Affinix™, PeopleScout's proprietary talent acquisition platform, empowers faster engagement with the best talent through an AI-driven, consumer-like candidate experience and optimizes the talent process through data and actionable insights. Leveraging the power of data gleaned from engaging millions of candidates and contingent associates every year, PeopleScout enhances talent intelligence for clients across more than 70 countries with headquarters in Chicago, Sydney and London and global delivery centers in Toronto, Montreal, Bristol, Krakow, Gurgaon and Bangalore.
RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
SHRM | December 14, 2021
Three recently published reports suggest that while the demand for technology will remain high in 2022, skilled IT workers will be hard to find and difficult to keep.
These trends will disrupt technology projects, but they will also close the gap between technology and HR leaders according to a survey report titled The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond: an IEEE Global Study.
The report reveals that 97 percent of IT leaders agree that their team is working more closely than ever with human resource leaders to implement workplace technologies—though it may take longer than usual due to the staffing shortages.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) report, which was published in November, relied on 350 chief information officers, chief technology officers, IT directors and other technology leaders in the U.S., China, U.K., India and Brazil who work at organizations with more than 1,000 employees across multiple sectors.
The IT leaders shared their views on the state of HR technology as the impact of COVID-19 continues to change the workplace.
Respondents predict that in 2022 they'll have a plethora of difficult IT problems to solve:
Maintaining strong cybersecurity for a hybrid workforce of remote and in-office workers (83 percent).
Managing return-to-office health and safety protocols, software, apps and data (73 percent).
Deciding what technologies are necessary for their company in the post-pandemic future (68 percent).
Recruiting technologists and filling open tech positions will be difficult to do in the year ahead (73 percent).
A survey published in October by TalentLMS, part of the Epignosis Group of Companies, and recruiting software company, Workable, suggests there's more trouble ahead. The companies polled 1,200 IT workers for its report and found 72 percent of respondents in the U.S. said they are thinking of quitting their jobs in the next 12 months.
Respondents cited several reasons to quit, with 41 percent saying their jobs had limited career progression, 40 percent noting a lack of flexibility in working hours, and 39 percent citing a toxic work environment.
"The percentage of IT workers [who] are thinking about quitting their jobs is higher than I would imagine,"
- Periklis Venakis, chief technology officer at Epignosis.
Venakis said employers will have to adapt to remote work, which will continue after the pandemic ends. He added that HR should see this as an opportunity because companies can find employees in markets that were closed to them prior to the pandemic.
One company that is watching its IT staff turnover rates is Cloudflare Inc., an infrastructure and website security company based in San Francisco.
According to Janet Van Huysse, Cloudflare's senior vice president and chief people officer, since the pandemic began, the company's employee turnover rate peaked in May 2021. Cloudflare has more than 2,200 employees and an IT organization of 964 workers globally.
"Since March 2020, the IT organization accounted for approximately 30 percent of all our terminations, most of which were voluntary, Primarily, these were due to either career progression, opportunities elsewhere, or because of performance or capabilities fit,"
-Janet Van Huysse, Cloudflare's senior vice president and chief people officer
She agreed with the 2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap for Large Enterprises report from Gartner Inc., published in September, in which 64 percent of IT executives cite talent shortages as the most significant barrier to the adoption of emerging technology, compared with only 4 percent in 2020.
Gartner's survey also showed that among the technology areas affected by IT talent shortages are computer infrastructure and platform services, network, security, digital workplace, IT automation, storage and database systems. IT executives cited talent availability as the main adoption risk factor for the majority of IT automation technologies (75 percent) and nearly half of digital workplace technologies (41 percent).
Yet across all technology domains, 58 percent of respondents reported either an increase or a plan to increase emerging technology investment in 2021, compared with 29 percent in 2020.
As companies seek IT skills, Huysse said HR leaders need to be open-minded about where talent comes from and embrace unconventional paths to tech by using more inclusive hiring strategies.
She added that looking in unconventional areas for talent also means seeking applicants from more geographies. While a larger talent pool diversifies the candidate pipeline, it also creates more complexities for organizations. HR leaders must be flexible in their approach and be ready to support teams and leaders as they make this transition.
DHR Global | January 14, 2022
Global talent advisory firm DHR (formerly DHR International) enters the new year with a brand refresh that includes a new logo, website, and marketing materials. New brand identity. Same trusted company.
"We celebrated 30 years in 2019. It was a great time to take stock and reflect on how the organization has evolved. We've grown dramatically from a firm with two offices and 20 people to more than 50 locations across 22 countries, offering a full range of talent advisory services. And we're just getting started, Our new brand gives us a chance to put a fresh foot toward the future while keeping the tried-and-true values and mission on which we were founded."
-Geoff Hoffmann, CEO, DHR.
The refresh comes as the company continues its growth trajectory and furthers its commitment to clients, candidates, employees, and the communities it serves. DHR's brand promise, Always Connected, conveys its broad network, industry insights, and global collaboration to drive results for clients. As client leadership search needs have expanded, DHR also sought to connect its executive search and emerging search company, Jobplex under one brand visually.
"With global reach and the high-touch customization of a search boutique, we continually express our commitment to excellence. And, at the heart of this progress has been our people and their ability to connect, Our research showed that our relationships and deep expertise are what sets us apart. The new brand reflects that our business is about the power of the connections we make."
-Suzanne Jacob, CMO, DHR.
Led by DHR's internal marketing team, the company worked with Finn Partners to develop the vision and creative direction for the refresh.
About DHR Global
DHR is a leading, privately-held provider of executive search, leadership consulting, and emerging leader search solutions in more than 50 markets spanning 22 countries. With expertise in more than 20 industries and functional areas, DHR pairs clients with resourceful consultants who have the most experience in their world. For more than 30 years, DHR has solved talent challenges by being connected, accountable, attentive, and prepared to hit the ground running to ensure clients have the best talent available.
BrightPlan | January 20, 2022
BrightPlan, a leader in Total Financial Wellness, today unveiled its strategy and first phase of new solutions for addressing four top challenges business and HR leaders continue to face in 2022: attracting and retaining talent, driving employee experience and engagement, supporting employees' holistic well-being and fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). BrightPlan's integrated strategy encompasses new and enhanced product capabilities including the Total Rewards Statement, financial wellness check-up and data and insights that support employer DE&I efforts.
Close to two years into the pandemic, the war for talent rages on as a substantial number of workers continue to fuel the Great Resignation. In November 2021, a record number of 4.5 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs. Lack of engagement and burnout is common: 67% of employees are disengaged at work and 85% say their well-being has declined. Inclusion is also important in this mix with 51% of employees who quit did so because they did not feel a sense of belonging. At the heart of these issues is the employee experience: talent acquisition, engagement, wellness and DE&I challenges all stem from disconnected or unhappy employee experiences that impact the way we work.
"The long, anticipated future of work is now, By supporting our customers, listening closely and responding to their evolving needs, we are providing tangible solutions that enable them to address these business challenges, further establishing our commitment as a trusted partner to employers and HR leaders nationwide."
-Marthin De Beer, founder and CEO of BrightPlan.
BrightPlan's multi-phased strategy outlines the company's approach to solving four pressing challenges faced by businesses today:
Attracting & Retaining Talent: To win in this competitive talent market, employers need to create a reputation for stellar culture and a great place to work. In the quest for hiring top talent, recruiters aren't always well-equipped to sell the value of an employer's Total Rewards offering and current employees may not fully understand the benefits that are already available to them, putting employers at a disadvantage in competing for top talent. BrightPlan's new Total Rewards Statement, is an easy-to-use tool customized by company and job candidate that explains the value of total rewards. Additionally, BrightPlan is developing more financial education courses integrated with employer benefits that are relevant to different life stages, like Investing 101 and BrightPlan Guides to getting married, buying a home and more.
Employee Experience & Engagement: In our new work reality, employers need to provide their people with the services and support they need to be well, engaged and productive by bringing empathy, care and a more human experience into the workplace. This is core to the employee experience as workers increasingly demand support from their employers. For example, the employee experience is compromised when benefits are inconsistent across geographies and spread across multiple, disjointed platforms. With BrightPlan's recently announced global support for employees of US-based companies working in Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, as well as expanded services for tax planning and preparation, estate planning, student loan optimization and investing enhancements, BrightPlan's Total Financial Wellness solution helps create a more cohesive experience that addresses all aspects of employees' financial lives.
Holistic Well-Being: Holistic well-being recognizes the need to care for the "whole person," including their physical, mental, financial and social well-being, but many employee wellness programs are incomplete, generic and obscured. They ignore the top cause of employee stress – finances. Nearly 65% of workers reported they were stressed about finances, leading to worsened mental and physical health. With BrightPlan's new financial wellness check-up —a series of questions to gauge employees' financial wellness—employers receive aggregated insights on the financial well-being of their employees. In addition, BrightPlan provides quarterly reports and dashboards that bring clarity into the adoption and success of employee holistic well-being initiatives.
"Supporting employee holistic well-being means meeting people where they are physically, mentally and financially, BrightPlan helps us empower our associates to bring their best selves to work. We are excited they continuously listen to our feedback and develop capabilities to further support our associates in achieving their financial goals."
-Lindsay Madaras, LivingWell manager at Alliance Data.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Fostering a culture of inclusiveness and belonging where every individual feels welcome can be challenging. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and many employer programs do not adequately address the unique needs of underrepresented groups. Financial wellness is key to DE&I since true diversity, equity and inclusivity in the workplace is about recognizing each employee's unique background and supporting them in their well-being journey. Due to the wealth gap for underrepresented groups, inclusion in the workplace should also focus on fostering a sense of financial security through equal pay, equal opportunity and access to resources such as financial wellness benefits. BrightPlan partners with HR teams to address the unique needs of different employee populations through employee resource groups (ERGs). In addition to providing quarterly engagement reports and dashboards, BrightPlan's strategy includes working with each employer to bring DE&I-specific insights into the equation, enabling HR leaders to drive customization and improved decision-making. Further, BrightPlan is adding Spanish-speaking financial advisors to make financial wellness more accessible to diverse employee populations.
Amid continued accelerated change in the workplace and in employees' lives, BrightPlan's strategy is a blueprint equipped with tangible solutions for addressing key challenges faced by businesses today and provides takeaways for shaping the future of work. For more information on BrightPlan's strategy and solutions in these four areas, please visit this link.
BrightPlan is a leader in Total Financial Wellness. BrightPlan provides a comprehensive solution that addresses all aspects of employees' financial health at every stage of life, and empowers HR teams to enhance the employee experience and better attract, retain and engage talent. Its unique combination of digital platform and human advisors enables employers to deploy at scale while delivering personalization for employees. The company is the first financial wellness solution certified for fiduciary excellence by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX).