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Tech for Employee Engagement on the Rise
To counter a corporate talent shortage and multitudes of detached workers, the marketplace of employee engagement technology goods and services is expanding, with roughly 70 to 100 vendors offering products ranging from rewards programs and surveys to sophisticated software that identifies the disaffected.  

How to Keep Tech from Distracting You at Work
While experts and studies say technological distractions are making us less productive, knowing more about technology’s capabilities could actually make us more efficient.  

More Companies Hang Up on Voicemail
“Leave a message after the tone” is a phrase you won’t be hearing at Coca-Cola anymore. Or at JPMorgan Chase. Or at a number of other businesses, as more and more companies abandon voice mail, experts say, to save money and increase productivity. Verizon reports that only a third of office phones now have voice mail. That’s because people are simply opting not to leave a message after the beep.

How to Use Data to Make Better Hires
Looking for a reliable, objective way to make the best hiring decisions? Data analytics can improve the effectiveness of a company’s talent acquisition function, determine job competencies for each role and measure candidates’ potential performance before making offers.

Data Scientist, Mobile Developer HR Manager Among 10 Best Jobs in 2016
Data scientists—those numbers savants tasked with making sense of the reams of data that companies amass—have the career with the most earnings potential in the U.S., according to The top 10 careers chosen by Glassdoorfor its second annual best jobs in America list is heavy on technology and business roles.

In Focus: Wendy’s, Juniper Networks Latest Data Breach Victims
Fast food retailer Wendy’s Co. and Juniper Networks have become the latest data breach victims, according to news reports. Data breaches are becoming so common that many worry there may be no way to avoid them. But there are some steps HR professionals can take.

Salaries, Bonuses and Contract Rates Jump for Tech Pros
Sixty-two percent of U.S. tech professionals reported earning higher salaries in 2015, and almost half reported a salary increase as a result of upward mobility at the same company. Bonuses are also becoming more commonplace in the tech industry.

Predictions: Tech Innovation, Millennial Expectations among 2016 HR Trends
Want to get and keep employees in the new never-ending, always-connected world of work? Be mindful of how people use technology in their day-to-day lives and how they’ll expect to use that technology at work, according to a new report.

Digital Media Transforms the World of Work
Digital media’s rapid expansion has forever changed how work gets done, a new study says. While having a positive impact on professional lives by helping people find work, improve their professional skills and their work-life balance, it has also eroded productivity and caused a rise in income inequity.


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Social Media Mistakes That Could Cost You the Job
If you’re looking for a job, it may pay to keep your snarky comments off social media. HR managers say their top reasons for rejecting potential job candidates are candidates’ negative or inappropriate comments on social media platforms and candidates being tagged in inappropriate or risqué pictures.

IT and Cybersecurity Salaries on the Rise
Studies show that tech workers are in demand. Very in demand. So much so that some can command $300,000 annual salaries. Plus bonuses. Two new studies show IT and cybersecurity salaries are on the rise for a variety of reasons.

Study: ‘Device Mesh’ Among 2016 Strategic Trends
A growing “device mesh”— the web of wearable and mobile devices and “Internet of Things” sensors that people use to find information or communicate online—leads Gartner Inc.’s list of strategic technology trends for 2016.

Internet Is Primary Resource for Job Seekers Worldwide
Each year, 20 percent of the world’s workers change jobs, and more than half of them use the Web to look for employment. One-third of the job changers rated Internet job sites as most effective for finding positions, according to a report from the Boston Consulting Group and Recruit Works Institute.

Viewpoint: The State of HR Technology Today
New monthly columnist Josh Bersin, left, provides an overview of the present technology landscape. He'll help keep you up-to-date on the latest trends and services that will help you get your job done.

Ashley Madison Hack, Data Breaches Top Tech Coverage
While reports on data breaches and feedback apps were among the most-read SHRM Online technology articles in 2015, the hacking of a dating website for married cheaters dominated our online technology coverage. The most surprising discovery? Many of the people who registered for the Ashley Madison website used their work e-mail addresses to do so. 

SHRM Panel Unveils 2016 Trends in Technology
Better-educating employees, achieving technology compliance, developing talent insights and improving social media communications are among the 10 technology trends HR will grapple with in 2016, according to SHRM’s Technology and HR Management Special Expertise Panel.

2016 Tech Predictions
Thanks to advances in technology—including tools that keep employees informed and supported anytime, anywhere—the data-armed, data-savvy HR leader will play an increasingly important role within executive leadership, experts predict.

5 Ways Digital Technologies Will Change the Way We Work
Resumes and status meetings will soon become workplace relics, experts say, and new ways of making hiring decisions, conducting meetings and generally getting work done are emerging, thanks to digital technologies.
How Opower Uses Analytics to Make Smarter Hires 
“When Opower began deploying analytics to measure how we recruit and hire people, amazing things happened,” Dawn Mitchell, Opower’s director of talent acquisition told attendees at RecruitDC, a conference held in Va., recently. One of the main things Opower discovered was that it was important to first know what problems the company wanted to solve, and not to crunch data just for crunching data’s sake.

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