Our current  HR News Roundup features news on DEI initiatives under fire; AI reports and a handy HR recruitment guide, the importance of a positive recruitment experience, and much more.

DEI programs are under fire. Is yours the next target?
Amber Rogers and Meredith Gregston, HR Dive

Employers should always know (and be able to articulate) the “why” behind employment decisions. Communicating the rationale behind DEI policies is key to demonstrating a lack of discriminatory intent. They should avoid making employment-related decisions based on race, sex or other categories prone to discrimination, and should try to avoid financially incentivizing managers or leaders to meet related diversity goals.

Related: Conservative Attacks on Diversity Efforts in Corporate America Keep Coming

How a Positive Candidate Experience Elevates Your Company’s Image
Alisa Lagovska, Recruiting Daily

A potential employee’s experience during your company’s recruitment procedure plays a pivotal role in shaping the employer’s public image.
When companies emphasize smooth and uplifting candidate engagement directly during the hiring process, they bolster their public standing, magnetize elite professionals, elevate staff enthusiasm and secure a dominant position in the employment landscape.
58% of potential hires lean towards job offers following an upbeat engagement experience.
72% spill details about lackluster recruitment encounter online or in personal discussions.
For 82% of hopefuls, a sour interview episode can pivot their perspective on a company.
78% contend that the entirety of their recruitment journey sheds light on a company’s valuation of its workforce.

Littler AI in the Workplace Survey Report 2023
Littler’s AI in the Workplace survey

Insights from nearly 400 in-house lawyers, HR professionals and other business leaders across the U.S. – provide a window into how employers are adopting AI tools and managing risk amid regulatory uncertainty.

The state of AI in 2023: Generative AI’s breakout year
McKinsey Global Survey

Less than a year after many of these tools debuted, one-third of our survey respondents say their organizations are using gen AI regularly in at least one business function. Amid recent advances, AI has risen from a topic relegated to tech employees to a focus of company leaders: nearly one-quarter of surveyed C-suite executives say they are personally using gen AI tools for work, and more than one-quarter of respondents from companies using AI say gen AI is already on their boards’ agendas. What’s more, 40 percent of respondents say their organizations will increase their investment in AI overall because of advances in gen AI. The findings show that these are still early days for managing gen AI–related risks, with less than half of respondents saying their organizations are mitigating even the risk they consider most relevant: inaccuracy.

AI recruiting: An HR professional’s guide
Kristina Proffitt, HR Dive

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an increasingly large part of the recruitment process, especially for companies looking to optimize their hiring efforts.
AI in HR can make a big difference in how efficiently teams operate and when used correctly can help with everything from eradicating biases to improving candidate relationships.
So, let’s take a deep dive into AI recruiting to find out how to incorporate it into recruitment best practices.

Why It’s Time For A New Era In Human Resources. Enter Systemic HR.
Josh Bersin

As you’ll see from our research, more than 80% of HR teams and professionals are simply overwhelmed by the change. Our profession has shifted from one of compliance to one of design, consulting, and technology. And our entire function, the HR team or HR organization, has morphed from a focus on compliance and service-delivery to one of productized solutions, intelligent data and insights, and a need to be consultants and advisors, not just generalists and support agents.
We believe a new world has arrived, and as you’ll see from the research, it points to a need for a new set of HR capabilities, a new focus for HR leaders, and a new way to manage and operate the HR function. The companies that learn to adapt and evolve into this model are outperforming their peers: they are four-times more likely to be best-places to work, three-times more likely to be category leaders in their industry, and four-times more likely to be revenue growth and profit leaders in their market.


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