VCs and HR Tech: The Love Affair Continues

Why bigger deals for later-stage companies dominate trends in HR technology investment.

The war for talent may be raging on, but that’s good news for HR tech startups. For yet another year, venture capitalists have poured money into deals to bootstrap the latest generation of vendors offering innovation software to support recruiting, talent management, onboarding and workforce management. By the end of 2017’s third quarter, venture investment in HR tech companies surpassed…

The Legal Implications of Employee Tracking Devices

How much will your employees mind Big Brother tracking all of their movements, and how will it impact morale?

I once knew of company (not a client) at which its CEO would sit in his office all day and watch a bank of monitors connected to cameras all over the workplace so that he could track the productivity of his employees. He even had one outside the bathrooms to record how frequently and for how long his employees were…

When Does Telecommuting Qualify as a Reasonable Accommodation?

With the state of technology now, there is little reason that employers should not be offering it in all but the most extreme cases.

I’m writing today’s post from the comfort of the kitchen island in my house. My son has the flu, and I’m working from home. It’s been three years since the 6th Circuit decided EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., a groundbreaking decision in which the court issued its en banc decision declaring that telecommuting is not an appropriate reasonable accommodation unless the employee can show…

Employers Face a Rise in Biometric Privacy Lawsuits

Asking employees to authenticate their time using similar technologies could have far-reaching legal implications.

Biometric privacy lawsuits could be on the rise soon among employers. You can hardly pick up a smartphone these days without reading about — and experiencing — how biometric authentication technology is changing our lives and businesses. Finger and facial recognition have become so commonplace that you might not think twice before asking your employees to authenticate their time using…

New HR Tech Event Unleashed

European-based HR industry event organizer HRN is running its second U.S. conference in May and going head to head with the existing HR Technology Conference.

European-based HR industry event organizer HRN, which is behind a fledgling U.S. HR technology conference, is counting on longtime insider China Gorman to boost its presence stateside. The outfit tapped Gorman to manage its North American operations, including helping it rebrand and run its second U.S. conference. The event, once known as HR Tech World and rebranded as Unleash back…

5 Minutes of Management: Your Next Boss Is a Robot

There’s a lot of hype around the future of robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace. But will a robot be your next boss? Also, the cheesy HR research stat o’ the week.

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell offer a few eye-popping stats regarding talk AI and robots’  future as workplace supervisors. They also introduce a new feature: the cheesy HR research stat o’ the week. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.  

5MM: A Silver Lining in the Robot Revolution

What are some of the future job titles we might expect with the rise of robots? Why are people checking email instead of basting turkey? Workforce explores.

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell note that rather than being a job-killer, the so-called robot revolution may actually create 21 million new types of jobs. Also, you won’t be alone if you check your work email on Christmas Day. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.  

Coming to Grips With the Effects of an Automated Nation on Workplaces

The negative consequences are inevitable, but present another leadership opportunity for HR.

Automation technology will create 14.9 million new jobs in the next decade, with automation creating jobs equivalent to 10 percent of the workforce through 2027, according to a Forrester report published in April. Michael Chui, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, said many of the new jobs created by automation technology will be in the data science field, robotics and…