Author Archives: Audrey Roth

Goodbye to Bias

Hiring Bias

Unconscious bias plagues hiring decisions, employee growth, productivity, and retention. Here are six strategies that help eliminate it.

By Michele McDermott

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that are formed outside conscious awareness. Often, backgrounds, experiences, societal stereotypes, and cultural context can impact people’s decisions and actions without them even realizing it. Brains make incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations. This is also referred to as a “mental blind spot.”

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Top Employee Engagement Providers

Employee Engagement

Looking to track and improve employee engagement? Look no further.

By The Editors

HRO Today has been tracking the top HR service partners for more than 10 years. In the magazine’s 2017 Reader’s Survey, the number one requested HR service partner listing was employee engagement. Through the research and editorial teams, here is a list of the top employee engagement providers and their services. They are listed in alphabetical order.

View the list here.

Diversity on the Move


Experts offer best practices for executing a more inclusive relocation strategy.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Molly is an experienced sales manager at a company that is expanding its operations to India. RelocationShe is a single mother of two children—one of whom has special needs and requires therapy and tutoring. The new location has an opening for a regional sales manager, but she feels she is overlooked due to her complex family situation.

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2018 TekTonic Award Winners

2018 TekTonic Awards

Meet five game-changers that are staying ahead of the HR technology curve.

By Taylor Thompson

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation, HR has faced a year of adaptation and innovation in their business practices in order to keep up with a rapidly changing field. Technology has not only become an integral part of everyday HR processes, but an expectation, especially in regards to organizations’ recruitment efforts. But what makes a company stand out among others in an ever-changing industry, especially considering all the newfound technology blazing the trail? Innovation. Disruption. And a solution that works to make life just a little easier for HR. These are just a few of the ways this year’s TekTonic Awards winners have continued to advance their efforts and drive the industry forward, and the reason they were recognized at this year’s HRO Today Forum in May. The 2018 TekTonic Awards winners have been recognized for their innovative contributions in workforce management, background screening, talent management, candidate experience, mobile capabilities, and learning.

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Blockchain in Beta

Blockchain Recruitment

The biggest challenge to blockchain adoption is finding highly skilled workers.

By Monique Black

Blockchain is radically changing the world as we know it. The technology, best known for its role in recording Bitcoin transactions, is an encrypted digital network of information that is organized into groups of data called “blocks” and easily accessed by everyone in a “chain.” Blockchain provides an efficient and secure way to store and share personal data, creating an infrastructure of trust that will impact personal lives, business, and government across the globe.

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The Spirit of Giving

Employee Volunteering

Employee volunteerism is key to creating a strong and engaging company culture.

By Bill Strahan

When employees are asked what they consider the most positively memorable experience they’ve had with coworkers and teammates, many may start to recall a time when they celebrated achieving a certain business goal or pulled together for several sleepless nights to meet a deadline. But how much overlap is there when they are asked what experience has had a profound impact on shaping them as a person?

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On the Up and Up and Up

Worker Confidence

2018 kicks off with higher worker confidence, driven by worker optimism about the likelihood of promotion.

By Larry Basinait

In the first quarter of 2018, the Worker Confidence Index (WCI) increased by 2.6 points for the third consecutive quarter. The WCI now stands at 107.1. Of the four elements that determine the WCI, likelihood of promotion increased the most, improving by 9.7 points. Another component, likelihood of a raise, also improved by 4.6 points. The job security and trust in company leadership indices had modest declines, but remain similar to the first quarter of 2017.

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Jersey Girl and Proud

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Being a female executive and having lived in New Jersey for the majority of my life, it was a proud moment when Governor Phil Murphy signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act earlier this year. The legislation promotes equal pay to all groups of employees—a significant step given that according to the National Women’s Law Center, a full-time working woman would need to work an additional 10 years to close the current lifetime wage gap.

While this legislation is a historic move toward workplace equality, there are many more to go. That’s one reason this issue features a special section on diversity and inclusion (D&I). In the cover story, The Face of Inclusion, CHRO and TA leaders offer insight into the key attributes of a successful program.

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Frrr – Agility

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

At the HRO Today Forum North America, we had some excellent sessions on the topic of the corporate agility and its impact on HR programming and performance management. What does agility mean for culture? How does it impact company performance and what should be the expected result? And the whole time, something was bothering me. It took until the last day until I figured out why I was troubled.

The whole thing is nonsense.

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