HRO Today and Alexander Mann Solutions Release Report: Human Resources New Technology for Second Quarter

Philadelphia, PA – August 14, 2018 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, and Alexander Mann Solutions, one of the world’s leading providers of talent acquisition and management services, have partnered to release the Human Resources New Technology Quarterly Summary: Q2 2018.

As the rate of advancement in the human capital management (HCM) technology sector is accelerating, these quarterly reports track and analyze recent trends, funding initiatives and other activities that support product innovation in HR.  This information provides critical insights into new technology, its applications and the companies leading the HCM technology industry.

The robust rate of advancement in human resources technologies increased during the second quarter, with 57 major announcements documented, compared to 36 in Q1.  Areas of development with notably high levels of activity included: mobile capabilities, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and platforms that facilitate communication between employers and employees/candidates.  Just as companies have begun exploring uses for AI in various HR functions, mobile technologies can be leveraged in several areas as well, including recruitment and employee engagement.

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HRO Today Releases New Report on HR and Hiring Manager Satisfaction with Talent Acquisition Performance

Philadelphia, PA – August 9, 2018 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, and Orion Novotus, an Orion Talent company and the mid-market leader in recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), have partnered to release a report entitled “HR and Hiring Managers: Where They Differ and Agree on TA Performance.”

The report found that recruiters tend to underestimate hiring manager satisfaction with the talent acquisition (TA) process, consistently rating their perceptions of the process and hiring manager satisfaction lower than hiring managers themselves.  Overall, satisfaction scores from both hiring managers and recruiters were high, averaging 4.23 out of 5.00, while recruiters indicated that they expected hiring managers to give a rating of 3.71 for the TA support they receive.  Both parties agreed that there is considerable room for greater satisfaction and improved deliverables.

“One potential area for improvement is communication,” said Larry Basinait, vice president of market research, SharedXpertise.  “Less than one third (31.1 percent) of hiring managers and only 13.3 percent of recruiters agreed completely with the assertion that there is an appropriate level of communication between the two groups, which is a discouraging finding in such an important area.”

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HRO Today Editorial Director Debbie Bolla to Guest on Business Radio on Sirius XM

Philadelphia, PA – August 2, 2018 – Debbie Bolla, editorial director of HRO Today and HRO Today Global Magazines, will make a guest appearance on today’s episode of “In the Workplace” at 5 p.m. EST on Business Radio on Sirius XM powered by the Wharton School.

Bolla will share her expertise on how organizations are approaching employee benefits and examining what today’s employees are looking for.  She will present a case study featured in the July/August issue of HRO Today Magazine that focuses on Aflac and how the company has implemented employee-driven initiatives, such as their onsite Care Clinics, and achieved employee engagement and satisfaction scores of 87 percent.

“I am looking forward to joining Peter Capelli and Greg Shae for a dynamic discussion of forward-thinking programs that meet employees’ needs and motivate them to do their best work,” said Bolla.  “Employees have needs that vary greatly, and customized employee benefit programs that focus on wellness—whether that be physical, mental, financial, or another type—can drive employee loyalty and, ultimately, business success.”

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TrueBlue Announces Leadership Transition

CEO Steven C. Cooper Named Executive Chairman of the Board; President and COO Patrick Beharelle Promoted to CEO

Tacoma, WA – July 30, 2018 TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI) announced today that Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Cooper will become Executive Chairman of the Board, succeeding Joe Sambataro Jr. This transition will take place September 1, 2018 and Mr. Sambataro will remain on the board.

Mr. Cooper, a 19-year company veteran which includes 12 years as CEO, led the company’s transformation from a general labor staffing business to a specialized workforce solutions provider. Mr. Cooper will step down from his role as CEO to be succeeded by President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Beharelle, who has been named President and CEO and a member of the board, effective September 1, 2018.  Mr. Cooper will also retire as an executive of the company at year-end and continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

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My Bad: An Apology

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

I try to teach my children that when you cause offense to be the first to apologize and give an apology before it’s requested. I need to practice what I preach. I made a mistake in the delivery of a message, but I want to explain that I feel the message has some merit and fits within the mission of HRO Today.

First, the mistake. I was trying—in an entertaining way—to review the HR angle of some social, political, and international issues. I knew before the event that it was a difficult tightrope to walk. I wanted to get the audience to think about controversial issues, but to communicate with humor. It backfired.

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Three Little Words, One Big Impact

Karen Feeney CHOP

By Karen Feeney

Ever experience a moment when three little words made a meaningful difference in your life? Recall feeling an immediate adrenaline rush, or perhaps the chills, when those words were said to or by you? Has the gift of sharing a simple heartfelt sentiment helped you feel more alive, worthy, or dare I say even inspired? I will now attempt to recreate this magical moment for you; ready for three little words that matter?

“Take care you.”

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Thought Leaders Unite


By D. Zachary Misko

Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas, turn ideas into reality, and show how to replicate their success. We certainly have a great group of thought leaders and innovators involved in our association and our HRO Today Forum events, as demonstrated by the outstanding group of senior HR executives, thought leaders, and industry experts who attend and speak at our events, in our magazine and our association.

The HRO Today Services and Technology Association is a global association of HR executives, thought leaders, and industry experts working in roles as practitioners, providers and analysts. While the Forum is an excellent opportunity for our members and each of the Forum delegates to participate in thought leadership through great conversations and best practice sharing, the association allows you to continue these actions daily. If you are not already a member of the HRO Today Association, I urge you to do so and keep the conversation, connections and learning, active every month.

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HRO Today and PeopleScout Release Global Unemployment Report for Q1 2018

Philadelphia, PA – July 27, 2018 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, and PeopleScout, the world’s largest RPO provider and the No. 1 Managed Service Provider on HRO Today’s MSP Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings for the last two years, have partnered to release the Global Unemployment Report for the first quarter of 2018.

Global unemployment levels remain low, with 24 of 49 countries analyzed reporting levels of 5.0 percent or less, which many economists consider at or near full employment.  Full employment means that unemployment has fallen to the lowest possible level without causing inflation.  At the end of March, unemployment in the United States held steady at 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month  By comparison, unemployment rates were reported as 4.2 percent in the United Kingdom, 3.9 percent in China and 3.5 percent in Germany.

“Economic growth for the first quarter of 2018 has been geographically broad, with growth rates rising in more than half of the world’s economies,” said Larry Basinait, vice president of market research at SharedXpertise.  “The global growth rate for 2018 is projected to be 3.1 percent, up slightly from 2017, and is being driven by increased investment, higher inventory turn rates and strengthening demand.”

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