Technology

No, You do not Need a Workplace Emoji Policy

Most employers already have an emoji policy. It’s called your harassment policy.

I read a blog yesterday that asked the following question? “Do you need a workplace emoji policy?” They say yes, I say an unequivocal no. They argue that inappropriate emoji use might lead to misunderstandings and harassment liability. You may want to look into having a custom set of emojis defined for use throughout the company (and leave out the easy to…

Talent10x: Artificial Intelligence and the HR Tech Conference

Workforce editor Rick Bell joins Frank Kalman from Las Vegas and the HR Technology Conference & Exposition. The two talk the latest tech trends and more.

Workforce editor Rick Bell joins Talent Economy’s Frank Kalman from the floor of the HR Technology Conference & Exposition in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. The two talk the latest technology trends, especially tech companies’ apparent focus on artificial technology and analytics, as well as Rick’s performance in the Portland, Oregon, Marathon last weekend. Listen here or subscribe to Talent10x on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or Tunein. This podcast originally…

YourForce: We’re All Technology Companies Now

The work of HR lies in making the most of the human resources that continue to make our digital future a reality, writes Editor-in-Chief Mike Prokopeak.

We are all technology companies now. Technology has taken over operations, marketing and sales at companies large and small. We’re also all tech workers. From back-end systems that manage production to the front end that customers see, technology is impossible to extricate from work. Human resources work is also tech work, the central theme of this issue of Workforce. Those…

5MM: How Self-Driving Cars Will Influence the Future Workforce

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss the effect of autonomous vehicles on the workforce and high cost of financial stress.

In this week’s edition of 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss the effect of autonomous vehicles on the workforce, in which 1 in 9 workers hold jobs that could be impacted by this trend. Which jobs could benefit from the expected rise of autonomous vehicles, and which could be harmed? They also talk about…

Recruiting in a Snap

To engage a youthful workforce, using Snapchat as a recruiting tool requires dedication and a consistent, ongoing message.

Big-name companies such as McDonald’s and Goldman Sachs have tested using Snapchat to recruit millennials. In April, McDonald’s Corp. showed surprising social media edge when it took its recruiting campaign to Snapchat, the mobile app that lets users exchange videos and images that self-destruct after a few seconds. The initial campaign began in Australia, where they encouraged candidates to use…

Does a LinkedIn Request Violate a Non-solicitation Agreement?

A life insurance company sued a former sales manager for violating a non-solicitation agreement after he jumped ship to a competitor.

In Bankers Life and Casualty Company v. American Senior Benefits (Ill. Ct. App. 8/7/17), Bankers Life sued a former sales manager, Gregory Gelineau, for violating the following non-solicitation agreement after he jumped ship to American Senior Benefits, a competitor: During the term of this Contract and for 24 months thereafter, within the territory regularly serviced by the Manager’s branch sales office, the Manager…

Namely Sells Its HR Technology Platform as a Managed Service

The company's new wrinkle on HR outsourcing, believed to be the first of its kind, is an option for companies that lack adequate staff to run systems in-house.

Namely CEO Matt Straz. To make it easier for resource-strapped small and midsized companies to set-up HR systems, Namely Inc. is borrowing from the past and selling its existing cloud-based HR technology platform as a managed service. The New York-based company on Aug. 9 said it is offering a managed version of its HR technology platform called Managed Services, including…

5MM: You’ve Been Microchipped!

In this week's 5 Minutes of Management, our Workforce editors discuss the value of inserting microchips in your employees.

In this week’s edition of 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss the pros and cons of a voluntary program at one Wisconsin company to insert microchips in its workforce. They also harken back to a time when asking for job candidates’ social media passwords was thought to be a sound recruiting tactic. For more 5 Minutes…

Could a Smart Mirror Make Us More Productive or Invade Our Privacy?

Adding another tech assistant to your morning routine is further disconnecting us from humanity in a time when we should all learn to be less reliant on screens.

When you hear about a smart mirror, you think it’s a future endeavor. Then you hear it’s a real thing happening right now, and others have created similar tools — like HiMirror, a smart mirror that tracks your skin health. Or the one with a personal and business application — MirroCool, a personal assistant smart mirror and camera. When I…

Learning & Development Today: Microsized, Personalized and Really, Really Short

Curated content strikes at learners’ hearts, but employers need to think fast to track it.

In today’s on-demand world, employees want training at the moment they need it, and they want it to align with their learning style and knowledge. That’s driving many learning technology vendors and content providers to build analytics tools that can match learning content to the needs of employees. Social media platforms are helping employees personalize the learning experience by giving…