SaaS sustainability starts with a solid business case

Posted by Gary Cole, Tauna Jecmen, Christa Manning, and Marty Marchetti on May 25, 2018.

Moving from on-premises solutions to SaaS in the cloud is supposed to remove much of the burden of keeping up with the latest technological advancements, while benefiting from continuous innovation. The business case for moving to SaaS has typically been that organizations save money, time, and headcount because the SaaS provider does the heavy lifting of managing the infrastructure and upgrades. But is that how it actually pans out in practice? The answer could depend on how thoroughly the business case was prepared before making the SaaS decision.

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Upskilling HR in People Analytics


Posted by Madhura Chakrabarti on March 20, 2018.

People analytics has rapidly become an essential tool for improving individual performance, enhancing employee experience, and achieving business goals. But while many companies now have people analytics teams in place, HR practitioners are not all conversant with data or analytics yet. In fact, in nearly 60 percent of companies, basic data literacy skills are not yet in place across the HR organization.1

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Using technology to drive culture

Posted by Christa Manning, Gary Cole, and Sonny Chheng on March 15, 2018.

Common goals for organizations that want to better respond to change, drive innovation, and position themselves for the future of work often include using more modern technologies to become more agile. Cultivating a culture that enables, supports, and contributes to these goals is a key success factor, one that technology itself is helping them achieve.

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Broaden experiences and open minds of employees and recruits

In the organization of the future, virtual reality has quite a role to play in human resources

Posted by Kate Cohen on July 19, 2017.

I recently had the opportunity to experience a virtual reality (VR) film for the first time. I was fascinated and completely immersed. I watched the 10-minute movie twice and came away with a different experience and impression each time. I haven’t forgotten it. I instantly thought of all the possibilities where VR—or similar cognitive technologies – might be used within the organization of the future. Eventually, the effectiveness of this approach could be parlayed to address a variety of workplace human resources (HR) issues, from diversity and sensitivity training, to recruiting and onboarding new employees, to intensive on-the-job instruction.

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Outsourcing HR services? Ask vendors about their robotic process automation capabilities

Posted by Dave Smith on July 13, 2017.

If your organization outsources some of its HR services—or is planning to—you’ll likely have a set of criteria for evaluating vendors. While there are many important factors to consider, a vendor’s current or planned use of robotic process automation (RPA) is a newer and increasingly important criterion that should not be overlooked. RPA’s ability to drive efficiencies, reduce costs, free resources, and support overall HR sustainability make it a key capability. You should expect your vendor to be using RPA and understand how you can benefit from it.

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HR, why are you the way you are?

HR, why are you the way you are?
Posted by Michael Gretczko and Emily Scott on June 27, 2017.

At many organizations, the “local” human resources rep isn’t local anymore. And neither are the employees. The “office” is the 30th floor in a skyscraper one day, a coffee shop the following week, and a living room with a crying baby the next. The diffusion of work from offices to digital environments has stretched HR’s ability to be helpful. Many executives recognize a gap—or chasm—between office culture and HR’s modus operandi. It begs the question Michael Scott from The Office famously asks of Toby Flenderson, Dunder Mifflin’s corporate HR rep:

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Two truths and a lie

Insights from the 2017 Human Capital Technology and Service Provider Day

Two truths and a lie
Posted by Dave Smith on June 8, 2017.

Each year, Deloitte Consulting LLP brings together our key fellow members in the HR ecosystem—HR technology and service providers—to talk about the future of sustainable HR and the health of the ecosystem we share. Last year’s Provider Day event focused on the theme Understanding and serving the HR buyer and included our first-ever HR buyer guest panel. This year we gained considerable insights from providers on our theme, Sustainable HR: Agile evolution for the future. We were especially interested in perspectives that providers shared with our own Deloitte Consulting human capital leaders during social times and one-to-one meetings, and this article reflects our informal poll of participants about the key themes from the event.

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Platforms, and the future of HR: 3 principles to consider

Platforms, and the future of HR: 3 principles to consider

Posted by Michael Gretczko on June 6, 2017.

Fifteen years ago, when employees just felt lucky to have jobs, HR could operate on a “take it or leave it” basis. Now, with the U.S.’s transitory, demanding workforce, the balance of power has shifted. Attracting talent is difficult, and retaining top people is even harder. Workers have become “employee consumers” able to pick their workplaces like clothing off a department store rack. To effectively attract and retain employees, HR needs to adapt to their consumerist tendencies.

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