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HRO Today Releases Annual Worker Confidence Report

Philadelphia, PA – March 13, 2019 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, in collaboration with Yoh Recruitment Process Outsourcing, has released the Worker Confidence Index Annual Report for 2018.  This annual report analyzes data collected in 2018 that measures employment security from the perspective of U.S. employees, and examines what forces contributed to the results.

The Worker Confidence Index was 107.1 at the end of 2018, which is a year-over-year increase of 2.6 points from the fourth quarter of 2017.  Of the four indices measured by the report, three showed increases over 2017: Job Security, Likelihood of a Raise and Likelihood of a Promotion.  Notably, the Job Security Index rose to an all-time high.  The Trust in Company Leadership Index showed a nominal decline of less than one percent for the year.

“After falling between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, the Job Security Index increased in every quarter this year,” said Larry Basinait, vice president of market research at SharedXpertise.  “Concern about job loss greatly influences worker confidence, so this positive trend is a valuable indicator of consumers’ current and near-term financial outlook.”

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CEO’s Letter: Never Say Goodbye

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

Or should I begin with “never say never again?” This will be the last print edition of HRO Today Global. But it is not goodbye; it’s more of an “au revoir” or until we meet again. HRO Today Global has existed as a magazine since it was founded as HRO Today Europe more than a dozen years ago. Originally, it was supposed to cover the HRO industry in Europe, but, in truth, it included quite a bit of re-purposed North America content. It was sort of good, but not really local. It was sort of global, but not really.

But, HRO Today was globalising. Our readership in both print and digital formats was rapidly expanding and our digital offerings were doing very well. We considered going digital, but our reader surveys indicated that our subscribers still wanted the tactile experience of the printed book. We were limited to four editions per year in that format. We moved into APAC about a decade ago. We then morphed HRO Today Europe into a print edition in Europe and a digital edition in Asia rebadged as HRO Today Global. We split content in the new edition between APAC and EMEA, so… it was half as good for everyone. We offered content on EMEA that did not resonate with our APAC readers and vice versa. After years of commenting on how other companies were globalising, we went ahead and made the same mistakes ourselves. Being a critic is really easy unless you own mirrors.

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HRO Today STA Update: Honouring HR

HR Association

By D. Zachary Misko

Recognition continues to be an important part of employee engagement, corporate culture, and our global HR association. For the past 10 years, the HRO Today Services and Technology Association awards have been a highlight at our events and an aspiration for those in the HR industry worldwide. Winners for APAC and EMEA will be announced at their corresponding regional HRO Today Forum events. This year they take place in Hong Kong (3 and 4 June) and Dublin (4 to 6 November). Don’t forget to take a look at the programming schedule and agenda for our events as well: You don’t want to miss this year’s lineup of learning, networking, and best practice sharing.

The award categories have been revised for 2019. We will be recognising teams, business units, companies, and groups in our company category, as well as executives who are standouts in their own right in the Individual category.

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Editor’s Note: Full Speed Ahead

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

What drives success at global banking giant ING?

“There are a number of management practices that define the success of the bank,” says Hein Knaapen, CHRO of ING. “If you look at how company performance is driven, then culture is certainly an important element. But there is much more to it. There’s performance management, leadership development, the candidates you attract, and how you incentivise top talent.”

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Press Release: Alexander Mann Solutions Quarterly HR Technology Report

PRESS RELEASE

 Philadelphia, PA – March 4, 2019 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today magazine, a leading publication in the human resources industry, and Alexander Mann Solutions, a global provider of talent acquisition and management services, have released a report about new technology in HR for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Moving forward with new technologies, HR is starting to utilize tools such as chatbots to prepare for the future. With the HR management system industry growing into an $8 billion segment, technology to support human capital initiatives is becoming more critical to business success.

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Alexander Mann Solutions Announces New Leadership Appointment

February 13, 2019 – Alexander Mann Solutions, the global leader in talent acquisition and management solutions, has announced that Janine Chidlow will be joining the Alexander Mann Solutions team as Sector Managing Director. Janine brings over 25 years of experience in the recruitment, MSP and RPO sector, having worked with some of the world’s most exciting and progressive brands.

Janine’s appointment marks the latest in a series of high-profile senior leadership appointments Alexander Mann Solutions has made as part of its global growth strategy.

Commenting on the move, Janine said:

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2018 Research Roundup

HRO Today Research

A look at the top findings from our recent studies.

By Larry Basinait

Industry research is core to human capital management and decision-making. That is why the HRO Today research team has recently taken a deep dive into several topics that present challenges to HR professionals: artificial intelligence, tech innovations, employer brand, and more. Here, we share some of the top findings—the full version of the reports can be found here.

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HRO Today STA Update: Certifiably the Busiest January Yet

HR Association

By D. Zachary Misko

Welcome to 2019! For those that took time at the end of last year to prepare, congratulations. Based on industry buzz, you’re only putting in 60-hour work weeks! For those that are still wrapping up strategic planning, setting priorities, and/or creating marketing and employer branding plans, better luck next year. As usual, it seems that each year we get busier than the last, with more being added to our plates with every turn of the calendar page whether it be products to create and sell, solutions to retire or improve, budgets to manage, and customers to service. Phew, it’s daunting sometimes, isn’t it?

The HRO Today Global HR Association recognizes that you are busy and that your time is valuable. We also know that you still require access to research, best practices, industry tools, references, and a network of experts who can help. So we took that into consideration as we set our priorities and plan for 2019. A list of our products, services, and resources to help you work smarter, not harder, is available on our website. You’ll find things that have been in place since the association was formed as well as new and improved offerings for this year.

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Editor’s Note: It’s a Juggle Out There

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Lots of research comes across my desk, including our own (see a roundup of recent HRO Today studies here), and LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends report spoke to me personally. On its cover: A female working on a laptop while holding a baby. This choice clearly exemplifies a major shift in the workplace: Organizations are embracing the importance of a work-life balance. And even if you aren’t a working parent, you can certainly understand the struggle of juggling both work and life responsibilities.

In fact, of the research’s main trends transforming the workplace, 72 percent of talent professionals agree that flexibility is a top factor. Employees seek flexibility in all aspects of their work, including health and wellness benefits.

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Press Release: Study on the Use of Social Media in Recruitment Strategy

Philadelphia, PA – February 1, 2019 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, has released a new flash report examining the importance and perceptions of the effectiveness of social media in recruitment strategy.  The flash report, part of a series of ongoing research initiatives addressing topics of interest in the HR community, was sponsored by Newton Talent, an award-winning RPO solutions provider.

Social media has grown to become an essential part of organizations’ strategies, with 84 percent of survey respondents currently using it for recruitment and 9 percent planning to use it.  Of those incorporating social media into their recruitment strategies, 79 percent indicated that the tool plays an important or very important role.

“Social media has become a critical avenue for engaging potential candidates of all ages and disciplines,” Patty Silbert, president of Newton Talent.  “Today, over 81 percent of the US population has an active social media profile.  Considering the growth in the use of digital platforms and smart devices, there’s a really good chance your next top tier candidate could be on one of these portals right now.”

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