While the past year has brought considerable challenges to the HR function, there is one silver lining: Innovation in HR tech is abounding. Despite the disruptions of the pandemic, the HR tech market has continued to thrive—with many new entrants tailoring solutions to the unique HR needs that have arisen in recent months, says Steve Boese, chair of the HR Technology Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas in the fall.
“The HR technology start-up space has been extremely vibrant for years, and the pandemic, it seems to me, has not really slowed the pace of innovation very much if at all,” Boese says. “Newer, more agile tech companies can often provide important and immediate benefits to help organizations react quickly to a changing environment.”
Boese will share several of the most innovative solutions during a Spotlight Session at this month’s Spring HR Tech, a free and virtual event. Boese and conference organizers reviewed about 75 start-ups, conducting demos and meetings with about 30 of them, to ultimately select six standout start-ups that will demo during the conference session. The session, Six Emerging HR Tech Startups to Put on Your Radar Now, will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, March 19.
Although the start-ups address a range of issues facing HR, their work is being uniquely driven by recent events.
“As you would expect, the impact of the events of 2020—the pandemic and the social justice movement in particular—are definitely influencing the technology developments we are seeing,” he says. “So, areas like mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and even support for offboarding employees are three specific areas that will be showcased in the session.”
The participating companies are:
Unmind: a technology solution employers can use to support their overall mental health programs and strategies
FutureFit AI: a new approach to separations, offering people a more supportive and personalized experience as they transition to their next role
Hourly by AMS: a set of tools to help both organizations and candidates navigate the hiring process for hourly roles
Sapia (Formerly PredictiveHire) : a fully digital software solution for volume recruitment
Eskalera: a platform that drives employee inclusion through training, reflection and connection
Work Shield: a tool that manages employers’ reporting, investigation and resolution of workplace harassment and discrimination issues in their entirety
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Traditional psychological assessment has reduced the hiring and promotional error rate in modern businesses successfully for decades. They have also been used extensively to identify ‘hidden talent’ or ‘potential’ in people with limited work experience such as graduates, and also applied as a means for identifying future leaders at different levels of seniority, as well as in succession planning.
Psych testing is essentially an old-school form of predictive analytics, but they are limited in insight, providing a test of your ability to do a test. That’s it. Traditional psychological assessments do not link to actual performance in the role, nor do they have any self-learning functionality. There is no performance data that feeds into psychological assessments and therefore they have limited predictive power and no learning capability.
The worst aspect of psych tests is that you need multiple tests to test for multiple attributes. This is because they are just not that smart. This is where innovation necessarily disrupts an old formula. The difference lies in the data – volume and variance. A psych test is usually multi-choice questions repeated in different ways to achieve validity. You and I might pick the same option for each question and the only way to distinguish between you and me is to ask us a lot of questions and hope we pick some that are different to recognise our differences.
Data that comes from free-text answers to open-ended questions is by definition going to be hugely varied. A question like ‘what’s a favourite experience of working in a team’ asks us to each delve into our own personal experience, a behavioural interview question which means our answers will naturally be different.
This formula of using data that is uniquely personalised delivers variance that psych tests just can’t deliver. Ever. When it comes to developing an Ai based assessment the questions that a candidate is asked, and the answers to the questions are suitably diverse, psychologically robust and designed with the same rigour in standardised Psychological assessments.
With the processing power and advances in Natural Language Processing (natural language being the origin of all psych tests) instead of having to force a candidate through multiple tests you can distil many attributes from one test. That test is usually 20 minutes, asks 5 questions, with up to 80 features able to be discovered about that candidate including their critical thinking, their drive, self-awareness, accountability and team orientation, their propensity to stay in a role or not, their HEAXCO traits and their communication skills.
The ability to better understand individuals based on their answers to questions means we can provide accurate and insightful feedback to everyone within a couple of hours. Feedback allows everyone the opportunity to be heard, understood and cared for. This is equity.
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As the first gate to employment, the hiring team has a huge influence on candidate experience, diversity and inclusion and overall business success. The way you hire can make someone’s day. It can set your business up to overtake the competition. It can be one step towards designing a fairer world for everyone.
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The feedback is also great. This is a great way to interview people as it helps an individual to be themselves.
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Well-intentioned organisations have been trying to shift the needle on the bias that impacts diversity and inclusion for many years, without significant results.
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