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    Monday
    Mar042019

    PODCAST: HR Happy Hour 361 - Insights on Moving HR Systems to the Cloud

    HR Happy Hour 361 - Insights on Moving HR Systems to the Cloud

    Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane

    Guest: Nickoria Johnson, Alliance Data Systems

    Listen to the show here

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish were joined by Nickoria Johnson from Alliance Data Systems to learn more about their journey to migrate their HR systems to the cloud and what other organizations can learn from their journey.

    Alliance is a lot alike many other organizations, they had a wide variety of HR and talent systems in place, a history of building custom solutions to meet very specific business needs, but also with the need to update and modernize the solutions that were needed to effectively manage business operations and provide a great expererience for their employees.

    Nickoria shared how Alliance made the transition to the Cloud, the key considerations along the way, and the positive results and outcomes the organization has seen since the transition to the Cloud has been completed.

    You can listen to the show on the show page here, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a really interesting and informative show, thanks Nickoria for joining us.

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show wherever you get your podcasts.

    Wednesday
    Feb272019

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 360 - Creating a More Inclusive Workplace

    HR Happy Hour 360 - Creating a More Inclusive Workplace

    Hosts: Trish McFarlaneSteve Boese

    Guest: Dr. Laura Hamill, Chief People Officer and Chief Science Officer, Limeade

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    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish were joined by Dr. Laura Hamill of Limeade to talk about inclusion in the workplace, how it is different from diversity, and how organizations can become more inclusive.On the show, Laura shared her definition of inclusion, how it differs from diversity, even though the two ideas are almost always paired, and how inclusion needs to be something that organizations keep top of mind. 

    Laura also shared some of the findings from research from the Limeade Institute on how it is the behavior of peers that matters in the workplace when it comes to worker's feelings of inclusion and this is where many organizations fall short. We also touched upon the difference between being truly inclusive and just being 'nice' in the workplace. Finally, Laura shared some ideas on how inclusion needs to fit into a holistic wellbeing program encompassiing things like wellness, engagement and innovation. 

    We also talked about winter weather, dog names, and whether or not 'Friends' was really a New York show.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a really interesting and fun conversation - thanks so much Laura for joining us.

    Learn more about Limeade Inclusion at www.limeade.com/inclusion/

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show wherever you get your podcasts.

    Wednesday
    Feb202019

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 359 - The HR Happy Hour 2019 Oscars Preview and Predictions Show

    HR Happy Hour 359 - The HR Happy Hour 2019 Oscars Preview and Predictions Show

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

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    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish return with their Annual Academy Awards Preview and Predictions Show, a tradition on the HR Happy Hour from at least 1983. Steve and Trish break down all the important Oscar categories - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading and Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Screenplayand share some commentary, opinions, and predictions on who will walk away with the statues on Sunday night.

    In addition to sharing who we think will walk away as winners, and who deserves to be recognized, we also shared the movies we kind of checked out on, as well as the ones that were better than we expected.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a tremendously fun show, as it is every year, and thanks to our loyal HR Happy Hour listeners for hanging out with us as we talk about something other than HR for a change.

    Tweet us your picks for Oscar 2019 - hit us up @HRHappyHour with the hashtag #HRHappyHour.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour wherever you get your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.

    Monday
    Feb182019

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 358 - HR Technology for Diversity & Inclusion

    HR Happy Hour 358 - HR Technology for Diversity & Inclusion

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guests: Stacia Sherman Garr, RedThread Research; Carole Jackson, Mercer

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    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve was joined by Stacia Sherman Garr of RedThread Research and Carole Jackson of Mercer to share their insights on the HR technology market and ecosystem for solutions and capabilities that support organizational Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    Their recent report, Diversity & Inclusion Technology: The Rise of a Transformative Market is the first deep dive into how HR technology solutions are developing and evolving to help support programs linked to making organizations more diverse and inclusive. From talent acquisition, to development and learning, to employee engagement and retention, and to reporting and analytics - D&I programs are increasingly reaching more HR and talent processes, and a wide-ranging set of HR technologies is emerging to help HR leaders meet their objectives.

    Stacia and Carole shared key findings from their research, talked about the HR tech landscape for D&I tech, and offered advice for HR and business leaders who are thinking about these solutions for the first time.

    This was a really interesting show - thanks to Stacia and Carole for joining us.

    Here's the HR Happy Hour Show with GoodHire that Steve mentioned on the show.

    Download Diversity & Inclusion Technology: The Rise of a Transformative Market here.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show wherever you get your podcasts.

    Friday
    Feb152019

    CHART OF THE DAY: Another all-time record number of open jobs in the US

    The most essential state of the labor market report, the JOLTS report, was issued a few days ago by our pals over at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I won't bury the lead, the chart below shows most all of what you need to know from the Dec 2018 JOLTS data - namely, there were over 7.3 million open jobs in the US, an all-time high, at the end of December 2018.

    For those keeping score at home, the number of open jobs cratered in July 2009 at about 2.2 million and for just about a decade has steadily climbed to the 7.3 million number the BLS has just reported.

    And one more data point from the JOLTS, for the last nine months or so, there have been more open jobs in the US than officially unemployed persons to fill them. Said differently, even if we could magically place every current unemployed person in one of the open jobs, there would still be hundreds of thousands of jobs unfilled.

    There is good (lots of open jobs means lots of opportunity and optimistic companies looking to grow), and bad (why can't we get better at hiring, training, and expanding opportunity) in this kind of number. All things being equal, the state of the labor market in Dec 2018 is much, much more preferable to the nightmare of July 2009. But here's the funny thing - it might seem like a lifetime ago, but it really wasn't. 

    That's it from me - have a great weekend!