7 Tiny things that could transform HR, with marketing’s help

For too long those of us in marketing been ignoring our friends in HR, and it’s time we accepted the proven connection between talent and revenue and got on with the job of improving both. I’ve recently explored, for example how some support for internal communications and candidate experience can benefit everyone. Then there’s the deplorable state of […]

B2B career pages

Career pages have an important job to do. Why do firms set them up to fail?

OK, marketers, what are the saddest pages on your website? The ones nobody likes. The ones that almost never get updated. The boring, not sexy, get-it-over-with pages your developers and agencies hate working on? Probably the Terms and Conditions page. That’s not fun. Ditto the Legal page, the Privacy Policy, the copyright notifications and the […]

Game of Thrones B2B Kronos

Workforce Institute at Kronos captures Game of Thrones impact on employee absenteeism

Jon Snow may be constantly working his way to occupy the Iron Throne, but the season finale of Game of Thrones this Sunday may have the opposite effect on the productivity of more than 27 million employees, according to a research project produced by the Workforce Institute at Kronos. Based in Lowell, Mass., the Workforce […]

Insperity TV commercials

Insperity TV campaign urges numbers-obsessed businesses to prioritize people

There may be something kind of cuddly about the employees walking around in giant felt suits in the shape of numbers, but a pair of TV spots from HR outsourcing specialist Insperity are meant to make a serious point about remembering the “human” in “human resources.” Based in Houston and formerly known as Adminstaff, Insperity […]

candidate experience

What enterprise HR could learn by digging into the ‘candidate experience’

For a lot of organizations, workforce sentiment insights begin and end with the employee survey. Sure, you’ve got whatever comes up in exit interviews, plus the commentary on sites such as Glassdoor, but there’s a bit of anxiety that attends the loss of the annual survey. Fret not. I have personally gone cold turkey on the annual […]

employe engagement surveys

Why B2B firms have to stop clinging to the same old employee engagement surveys

Poor Ian. He was supposed to be taking some time off last month, after a busy quarter designing and administering employee engagement surveys for several large organizations. But he just can’t relax, because a little like Santa, he has made his lists, checked them twice and has a high degree (+/– 3%, 97 times out […]

recruitment marketing

Embracing recruitment marketing to boost B2B hiring success

In a global recruitment landscape that’s facing a challenging period, there lies an opportunity for the HR and recruitment teams of small, nimble companies, to embrace innovative new ways of working. Talent volumes are low, skills are in short supply and professionals are more willing to move between roles, industries, and even countries for work. […]

internal communications B2B

Why it’s time for B2B firms to properly define an internal communications role

Hands up if you think your company is doing a great job of internal communications. I don’t mean the daily nasty-gram about the security training; I mean the whole enchilada about mission, vision, values, goals, changes, culture and, yes, compliance training. Here’s why most organizations suck at internal communications: it’s nobody’s job. Not really. In many […]

Wello virtual healthcare

Wello CEO talks about what it takes to build a B2B brand in the employee benefits space

As temperatures turn colder and employees start to come down with seasonal illnesses, virtual healthcare providers such as Wello are hoping to facilitate connections between companies, their team members and an army of registered nurses to help them. Although it formally launched back in September, Wello is owned by INLIV, a provider of more traditional […]

Morneau Shepell chatbot

Morneau Shepell is educating its chatbot to improve how AI can address mental health in business

HR services firm Morneau Shepell is trying to tackle some of the biggest challenges affecting the mental health of business professionals by improving the artificial intelligence capabilities of a chatbot it introduced earlier this year. Speaking at the IBM Innovate conference in Toronto on Thursday, Morneau Shepell CIO Michael Lin said the chatbot, dubbed Ava, […]

AI recruiting

My robot said you’ve got great leadership credentials: recruiting in the age of AI

Recruiting is hard. Recruiting great leaders is even harder. Managers are arguably one of, if not the most integral function within an enterprise, and therefore investing the time and resources into finding the right talent is essential. According to a Deloitte survey, 81 percent of respondents named talent acquisition the most important challenge last year. […]

Workday business caddie

Workday TV spot turns Phil Mickelson into a caddie-cum-CEO whisperer

His nickname on the golf course may be “Lefty,” but in a TV commercial for cloud-based financial and HR application provider Workday, Phil Mickelson has been cast as a busy CEO’s right-hand man. ‘Business Caddie’ also includes Andy Buckley, known for his work on The Office and Jurassic World, in which the leader of a […]

Kudos peer recognition

Kudos uses social applications to extend mindfulness across employee peer groups

Employers may be encouraging staff to develop mindfulness on an individual level, but a startup called Kudos is offering a more communal approach with software to let peers recognize each other’s accomplishments and drive employee engagement. Kudos offers an application where employees, managers and business leaders can send thank-you notifications, celebrate notable events with awards, […]

Harmony@Work diversity inclusion

Harmony@Work wants to help companies pay better attention to (and change) the way they tackle diversity, equity and inclusion

B2B organizations are used to segmenting customers and personalizing their messaging, but a new organization called Harmony@Work is offering a way to ensure they are also recognizing differences in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion in how they communicate both internally and externally. A division of Toronto-based training provider Harmony Movement, Harmony@Work will offer workshops […]

Street Wisdom Curiosity Inc.

Curiosity Inc. helps companies move innovation forward by bringing Street Wisdom to North America

While the majority of organizations may pursue innovation by having teams brainstorm in windowless conference centers and boardrooms, Curiosity Inc. is bringing a form of facilitated workshops called Street Wisdom from its roots in the U.K. to organizations across North America. Curiosity Inc. will officially launch Street Wisdom through what it calls a “taster” session […]