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.
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.
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.
HR News Roundup: Quick Takes
- Reuters: US government shutdown: What is it and who would be affected?
- SHRM: Government Shutdown Would Disrupt Employers and Worker
- HR Brew: How some private sector HR leaders can prepare for a potential government shutdown
- Washington Post: What to do if a federal government shutdown stops your paycheck
- What Money Can’t Buy: The Role Employee Engagement Plays in Retention
- Free At-Home COVID Tests Are Back
- 26% of employers plan to offer weight loss drug benefits over next year: Survey
- How to Check References Using an Effective Format
- What I learned about getting older: The scarlet letter ‘A’ is for aging
- Proposed change in overtime threshold likely to face challenges
- New York Times Best 2023 Workouts So Far This Year (free to read for 30 days)
- Torrent of image-based phishing emails are harder to detect and more convincing
- Return-to-Office Is $1.3 Trillion Problem Few Have Figured Out
- The food industry pays ‘influencer’ dietitians to shape your eating habits
- Fighting Cancer: Are Firefighters Cursed by the ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Their Gear?
- Sexist humor at work is even more toxic than you thought
- Workers crave AI training to stay ahead of job market, study finds
From the Lighter Side …
- Get out and enjoy the joys of the season. Use the 2023 Fall Foliage Prediction Map to plan your travels.
- Comedian Alex Falcone decided to apply to NASA for a job as an Astronaut. As might be expected, his qualifications were not up to par. He was turned down and posted his very funny rejection letter in full. Although Alex doesn’t have much of a future in space or aeronautics, this HR manager might have a future in comedy. See: Comedian Applies To Get A Job At NASA, Instead He Got This Hilarious Rejection Letter
- In the “your job is safe for now” department, see this video compilation of robot bloopers from the DARPA challenge. It might go a long way in easing your fears of being replaced by a robot.
- For another truly unsettling example of technology fails, see what happened when someone tried to make a wholesome Blue Jays ad of kids enjoying snacks at the ballgame using Artificial Intelligence. It starts out OK, but delves into a very bizarre and disturbing scene,
- If you have a lunch thief in your office, this appears to be an effective theft deterrent.
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