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HR Technology Q & A with David Kovacovich

 

With the HR Technology Conference (#HRTechConf) just around the corner, we're inviting our Next Official Bloggers to offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the profession today -- and their predictions for the future.

The following is a Q & A with David Kovacovich


Q:  What area of Human Resources profession (recruiting, OD/Training, comp/benefits, employee relations, etc.) do you see technology affecting the most in the next 5 years?

DK:  Employee Engagement: There was a time when employee engagement was affiliated with awards, it then shifted to technology. Today, there...

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HR Technology Q & A with Kyle Lagunas

 

With the HR Technology Conference (#HRTechConf) just around the corner, we're inviting our Next Official Bloggers to offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the profession today -- and their predictions for the future.  

The following is a Q & A with Kyle Lagunas of the Brandon Hall Group: 


Q:  Everyone is talking about social recruiting. How important is it for employers to include a social media component in their recruiting strategies and why?

KL:  Everyone is talking about social because everyone – not just active job seekers...

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Pilot for New SHRM Certifications Set for October

 

I am very pleased to share that the interest in and implementation of the SHRM competency-based certification continues to progress exceptionally well. We have finalized the test questions and will conduct the pilot exams for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) in October—and the interest has been overwhelming. We initially planned to invite 1,000 individuals for the pilot, but eventually had to close registration at 1,700 and regretfully had to turn away hundreds more. We encourage those for whom we did not have space to sit for the first official exams, which will be offered...

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Why today’s Best Companies Don’t F.A.I.L. at Diversity

 

Over a couple month spurt this year -  by way of a flurry of business travel, conference-going and reckless adventuring – I had the humbling opportunity to meet many smart people around the world all trying to wrap their heads around the dizzying demographical changes that impact today’s workforce.

From Austria to India, Moldova to the Dubai I’ve found that corporations and their leaders don’t have this “diversity” thing quite figured out. Particularly in how they leverage the most of the most diverse labor force in human history.

While 80% of Fortune 500 companies have a formal...

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#Nextchat: The Extinction of the Middle-Class Job

 

“I’m on the board of directors of a temp staffing company with one billion dollars in revenues. I can see it happening across every sector of the economy. Everyone is getting fired. Everyone is toilet paper now.” – James Altucher

Are we witnessing the looming extinction of middle-class jobs?

Entrepreneur and author James Altucher wrote a gloomy piece for LinkedIn titled “10 Reasons Why You Have to Quit Your Job in 2014.” In it, he argues that “technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry and productivity efficiencies have all replaced the middle class,” and that an entrepreneurial spirit...

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Big Employers Foresee Excise Tax Hit in 2018

 

Despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health care costs, roughly half of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the thresholds triggering the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on high-value plans in 2018, and the percentage is expected to rise significantly in subsequent years, according to an analysis by consultancy Towers Watson.

The excise or “Cadillac” tax is a 40 percent tax on the value of all participant-elected health care benefits that exceed certain dollar thresholds in 2018 and beyond. The thresholds under the ACA are $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage, but the...

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The Future is Ours – Ideas to Ponder for 2040

 

by Elizabeth Gartner, Prem Kumar, and Ross Smith
 

Study the past, if you would divine the future. – Confucius

In Greek mythology, Apollo gave Cassandra the power of prophecy in an effort to win her heart, but when she refused him, he cursed her with the affliction of her predictions to never being believed. Cassandra made many important predictions, including the soldiers hiding in the Trojan horse, but went through life without anyone listening to her predictions.

Often times we’ve seen History itself hold answers, leaving those who believe its lessons with seemingly prophetical powers. 

Almost 25 years...

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