HR Technology news week of September 13 – Human Resource Executive®

Check out the 2021 Top HR Products, learn why MGM is betting big on VR, and read about why you ignore emerging HR tech at your peril, among other top stories. 

HR Tech and ‘HRE’ announce the 2021 Top HR Products: From DEI, Core HR, employee experience to talent acquisition and management, HRE presents the winners of this year’s Top HR Products competition. Not only do these outstanding offerings deserve praise, but they also highlight the direction HR technology is headed. Our panel of judges reviewed and whittled the list of 110 submissions for live demos before bestowing 13 products with the honor of Top HR Product for 2021. Read more here.

Bersin: These are the 2 disruptions reshaping coaching: The availability and use of coaching is at an all-time high, thanks to AI, skills taxonomies, online video and the power of social networks. Now, AI-enabled solutions can match you to just the right coach at a fraction of the cost, bringing the power of coaches to every manager, leader and executive in your company. Read more here

3 reasons you need to care about emerging HR tech: In her new book Introduction To HR Technologies, Sapient Research’s Stacey Harris urges HR leaders to start thinking about future technologies and the issues they present. Harris—who will also present at HR Tech about strategies to build adaptable HR systems—says HR leaders need to pay attention to the wave of innovation headed their way and prepare for the impact it will have on how they do business. Read more here

Is virtual reality HR’s solution to employee engagement, retention? When the COVID-19 lockdown began, MGM Resorts CHRO Laura Lee tested the VR solution Strivr and she was impressed. So much so that she immediately pursued her CEO and COO to get them on board with the new HR technology platform to improve EX and roll out new courses in specific departments like guest services. Read more here

Why this HR leader wants a tech solution to engage employees: As the chief people officer for Citrix, the digital workspace solution provider with roughly 10,000 employees worldwide, Donna Kimmel has her hands full. Not only did she have to manage a huge workforce spread over the globe during the pandemic lockdown, but she also oversaw new hires and their tech needs. At the same time, she is thinking hard about retaining her best talent. Read more here

HR tech number of the day: Modern mentor monitoring: A new study of 1,400 companies found that while digital transformation projects are underway, fewer than 20% of companies surveyed have adopted modern, digital HR capabilities for reskilling and coaching, mentoring and training. Read more here.

HR Tech 2021: The signs of continuing innovation in HR technology: Several of the winners of  2021 Top HR Products have a focus on helping organizations make progress towards meeting their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals, which we know has been of primary importance to most HR leaders in 2021 and will remain so moving forward. Read more here.

Phil Albinus is HR Tech Editor for HRE. He has been covering personal and business technology for 25 years and has served as editor and executive editor for a number of financial services, trading technology and employee benefits titles. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and lives in the Hudson Valley with his audiologist wife and three adult children. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @philalbinus.

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