From the Editors – by Bob Greene, Ascentis

An unusual thing happened on the way to finalizing this issue of WSR: the world changed, seemingly overnight, and more fundamentally and dramatically than we’ve seen in the past 100 years. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has been profound – on employees, HR practitioners, IT professionals, businesses and the economy in general, to name just a few of those ...

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The Coronavirus Pandemic: What We’ve Learned So Far – by Bob Greene, Ascentis

“This virus is essentially malware aimed at the source code of humanity.” – Amy Webb, Quantitative Futurist On the last day of January, 2020, the average HR Information Technology professional in America was probably upbeat, working within a thriving economy, challenged by projects designed to harness the latest HR technology innovations, and focused on typical HCM tasks, such as: helping ...

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HR Technology in the New Remote Work Environment – by Jessa Kilgore, HR Technology Practice Lead, NicemTech

Last year I spoke at the Garden State SHRM Conference on “Creating the New On-Line Experience for Your Workforce”, just months before the first COVID-19 case in China. Back then no one knew how the virus would significantly change the way we work and manage employment, making businesses’ on-line interactions more critical than ever. Companies that had already moved their ...

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A Perspective on Bringing AI to HR: Opportunities, Risks and a Recommended Path Forward – by Sheri L. Feinzig, Ph.D.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have rapidly become an increasing presence in many aspects of society during the past several years, and HR is no exception. Hundreds of vendors have brought AI-enabled HR products to market, and many organizations appear eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their HR operations and reap the potential benefits. But as with ...

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Artificial Intelligence for Human Capital Management: “Not Ready For Prime Time?” – by Bob Greene, Ascentis

One of my all-time favorite old movies, now 52 years old, is “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Screenwriter/director Stanley Kubrick and book author Arthur C. Clarke were way ahead of their time, despite the incorrect prediction of the year when artificial intelligence would be perfected, that it could threaten to replace humans. And the satire was nearly perfect; Kubrick and Clarke ...

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The Road to Economic Recovery: Human Capital in the Driver’s Seat – by Amy Armitage, Co-chair Human Capital Investment and Reporting Council (HC IRC)

If the coronavirus crisis is a uniquely human crisis, the most powerful driver in our economic recovery is what we do next with our human capital and people practices. Research and recent discussions from our Human Capital Investment and Reporting Council (HC IRC) suggest that an enhanced focus on human capital reporting, transparency and disclosure is an important foundation for ...

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