HR Tech Conference in the News

It’s always a treat to see our hard work noticed by other media outlets, so it was especially rewarding to see the Wall Street Journal’s Digits tech and analysis section pick up on the recently concluded 18th Annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition® in a piece titled “Startups in HR Let Workers Have Their Say”:

Some 8,500 people and hundreds of vendors gathered in Las Vegas this week for the HR Technology conference, a show where companies like Workday Inc. and Oracle Corp. show off their big enterprise systems and commune with clients. It’s also where, if you look hard enough, you’ll get a glimpse of the innovations that could soon define the way we work.

The piece also notes that “conference organizers singled out one company trying to improve the perennially opaque process of applying for jobs”:

Great Hires, a “candidate-experience” company out of Oakland, Calif., tries to level elements of the playing field between job candidates and employers with a Web-based tool that gives applicants information about who will interview them, with links to relevant bios, blogs and social-media feeds. Great Hires also provides company information such as annual reports and employee testimonials, and prods candidates to submit feedback about the interview process. The features nod to the fact that hiring is a two-way decision these days.

But, the story notes that the jury is still out on whether large employers really want to hear workers’ unvarnished opinions, though.

“A lot of companies aren’t ready” for that level of transparency, said Josh Bersin, head of HR consultancy Bersin by Deloitte. And companies fear that anonymous feedback tools could be poisonous for workplace morale, an issue raised in a recent New York Times article about Amazon.com Inc.’s corporate culture.

Regardless of where companies land on the transparency spectrum, it’s gratifying to know we’re providing a much-needed space for such business challenges to be debated.