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COVID-19 Resources for HR Technology Professionals

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted work and workplaces all over the world and the impact will have long lasting effects on how we work, where we work and how technology will need to innovate and evolve to support these new ways of working.

While the crisis continues, the HR Tech Conference and Human Resource Executive® teams are engaging with HR and technology leaders at organizations of all types and sizes to understand the new challenges faced and report on how workplace technologies are serving to support these efforts.

This page will be updated regularly, join our mailing list to receive updates.

Insights from Human Resource Executive® Magazine:


How can HR leaders best evaluate the rapid influx of post-pandemic tools flooding the market?
Brian Sommer, founder and president of TechVentive Inc., says Carefully! Some of these ‘helpful’ tools come with catches.
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Thinking about reopening? 7 considerations for HR
As new COVID cases fall across the United States, many organizations are moving forward with plans for returning employees to the office. Read more...


The pandemic rapidly accelerated the adoption of virtual healthcare; what that means for HR.
The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly reshaping how employees think of employee benefits. Read more...


Q&A with HR Tech Influencer: Dave Ulrich
The speaker, author and professor shares his outlook on the pandemic's impact on HR tech. Read more...


How HR can navigate the emerging world of culture tech
In this new world of remote working and dispersed workforces, the differentiator for a company lies in its culture. Read more...


How HR tech tools integrate work, life
HR technology has become a necessity during the COVID era, and it will continue to be a major asset for companies in the future, global analyst Josh Bersin recently said. Read more...


Averbook: 4 things HR needs to get ‘right’ in the COVID era
Organizations recognize the challenges and opportunities presented in these unique times, but they still struggle to know what to do. Read more...


How AI is transforming talent acquisition during COVID
With HR teams especially strapped for time and resources, they have leaned heavily on AI, experts say. Read more...


How HR tech can help manage COVID compensation changes
The right tech can help HR leaders design fair changes to compensation, in light of the pandemic. Read more...


Bersin: Communication is more important than ever.
Here’s how to handle it

Among all of the imperatives we face in the COVID pandemic, communication is the most important of all. Read more...


How HR tech can help improve culture during pandemic
With COVID-19 changing the workforce so drastically, many HR leaders have turned to new technology to adjust to the new normal and to improve company culture. In an HRE Twitter chat, Joey Price, founder of Jumpstart: HR and an HRE Top 100 HR Tech Influencer, explained the importance of steering positive change in the workplace, particularly around diversity, equity and inclusion.
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4 steps for digital success in the COVID-19 era
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the “future of work” is no longer a concept, says HR industry analyst Jason Averbook. “The future of work has smashed into this world of now,” Averbook, co-founder and CEO of Leapgen, said on an HR Technology Conference webinar this week. “We have to start thinking about ‘now’ in completely different ways than we have in the past.”
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Coronavirus resource spotlight: Virgin Pulse’s return to work service
Here’s a look at the health company’s tool for employers, which combines live health coaching, screening, monitoring, analytics and more. What it is: Virgin Pulse’s VP Passport. Read more...


Solutions and strategies to ease the return-to-workplace
Many employees re-entering the workplace in this COVID-19 environment are encountering an onslaught of new and creative HR strategies and technologies that may make them feel safer at work than at home. Read more...


Is a hybrid workforce the wave of the future?
The pandemic has reshaped attitudes about remote working, but employers aren’t ready to ditch the office entirely. Read more...


Tech tips to give wellbeing the attention it deserves
Today, considerable uncertainty, stress, anxiety and even “pandemic fatigue” remain as the crisis continues to weigh on employees, HR professionals, leaders—heck, everyone.
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Exploring the virtual future of L&D
The world of work has gone virtual — and learning and development have had to quickly keep up. Read more...


New project gives free access to corporate COVID-19 strategies
What did employers tell workers during the height of this pandemic? How are organizations returning employees back to work? What new workplace safety policies and procedures are companies introducing? Read more...


Coronavirus resource: mHealthCoach’s screening solution
The app aims to help employers meet regulatory guidelines and minimize employee fear. Read more...


Coronavirus resource spotlight: Alight’s return to the workplace app
The daily health assessment helps combat COVID-19 spread and provides employees with access to concierge services.
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Innovative approaches to talent management
With skyrocketing unemployment growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers today face serious decisions on how to keep people paid and/or employed. On the flip side, depending on the market sector, some employers need new workers in the fold to meet pandemic-driven demand for products and services. One innovative solution, an employee-sharing strategy, is taking off to meet that challenge. Read more...


HRE’s Number of the Day: Contact-tracing tools
31%: Percentage of employees who report being “very concerned” about COVID-19-related tracking tools, like apps and wearable devices. As employers around the country gradually bring employees back to worksites in the coming months, safety will be a top priority. Read more...


Coronavirus resource spotlight: screening assessment
A look at a screening tool that is designed to help employers assess workers’ exposure risk for COVID-19. Read more...


Coronavirus resource spotlight: guide to digital mental health solutions
The new tool from NEBGH and One Mind PsyberGuide helps employers sort through dozens of digital mental health solutions to choose which works best for them. Read more...


HRE’s number of the day: employee giving
Last month, Ultimate Software released a giving tool at no charge to customers that allows organizations to manage and promote charitable giving by employees and employers. In the first two pay periods, participants raised nearly $1 million through Ultipro Giving for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Employee Relief Fund and other organizations. Read more...


How is the pandemic changing investments in HR tech?
It’s abundantly clear that COVID-19’s impact on HR software customers, vendors and consulting firms has been unprecedented. Following a new study from Raven Intel, that impact translates into disruption and massive change not only on current projects, but also future HR-technology investments. Read more...


Coronavirus resource spotlight: Kronos automated reporting
To help in the fight against COVID-19, the firm is offering customers a contact-tracing tool at no charge. Read more...


3 ways HR leaders can build new capabilities during COVID-19
Upskilling, virtual learning and other necessities during this pandemic. As businesses worldwide cancel in-person training due to the coronavirus, they are overwhelmingly turning to virtual learning. Whether that means upskilling the front line or adding new capabilities to managers, most leaders agree on one thing.
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HR innovation, from 7 women in 14 days
As I speak to CHROs and CEOs about the human toll of COVID-19’s economic impacts, I see that many of them feel their people’s pain. I believe that compassion makes them better leaders. And I saw that compassion, along with swift action, with the launch of the People + Work Connect platform, just a little over a month ago. Read more...


Tech tools in the age of COVID-19
The pandemic is driving the need for tools to meet new communications and safety concerns. Not long ago — in a world that seems far, far away — human resource leaders had their sights set on mission-critical issues. Read more...


Coronavirus resource spotlight: Workpartners Brain Manager
New digital tool looks to foster employee resiliency during pandemic crisis. Employees suffering from stress and anxiety during the ongoing pandemic can benefit from a new, complimentary digital service that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy. Read more...


Realities of remote work: tech and training
This pandemic has demonstrated just how brittle our society is. A tiny virus has drastically upset our lives, our economies and our societies. In a time like this, resilience—the ability to adapt and bounce back—will be one of the most important characteristics that will help us recover. Read more...


Josh Bersin: 4 ways to build organizational resilience
This pandemic has demonstrated just how brittle our society is. A tiny virus has drastically upset our lives, our economies and our societies. In a time like this, resilience—the ability to adapt and bounce back—will be one of the most important characteristics that will help us recover. Read more...


HRE’s number of the day: hiring
Many employers are relying on video as they recruit and hire remotely. 80%: Percentage of employers now using video in the interview process Read more...


Using HR tech to meet the challenges of COVID-19
As workforces around the world adjust to the changes being ushered in by the coronavirus pandemic, technology will likely be more important than ever. Read more...


Coronavirus resource spotlight: OneDigital’s health cost tool
The solution is designed to help employers estimate health plan costs in today's uncertain environment. Read more...


Webinar wisdom: Three takeaways from Bersin
'This crisis response will be led by HR,' analyst Josh Bersin says in discussing the impact of coronavirus on HR and HR technology. Read more...


Lights, camera, action: Interviewing in our new reality
Despite all the money that employers invest in technology, many don’t train recruiters on how to effectively prepare for digital interviews. It’s an issue that’s coming front and center now, as so many Americans are navigating the new reality of working from home. Read more...


Work-from-home mandates create cybersecurity concerns
With millions of employees suddenly working remotely — and little time to prepare — employers are scrambling to ensure cybersecurity. Read more...


John Sumser: Focusing HR-tech development in the time of the virus
It’s not easy being in HR or HR tech right now. We are required to get better at managing distributed teams, work through downsizing, make our recruiting procedures safer, soothe the organization’s anxieties and find new ways to sustain employee trust in our organizations. Read more...


Bersin webinar: Will coronavirus spark the new remote workforce?
Weeks in, the coronavirus has shifted how CHROs are thinking and leading within their organizations. But through all the challenges, innovations abound as leadership embraces a new now of work. Read more...


COVID-19 pushes employers to virtual interviewing
Among employers still recruiting, many are turning to HR tech products to maintain a safe distance while finding new talent.
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Averbook: Coronavirus is ‘biggest opportunity in our careers’
Jason Averbook frequently asks HR leaders what year it feels like inside their companies—and most typically give a year sometime in the last two decades. That divide has become even more apparent with the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...


Steve Boese: Coronavirus and the challenge to HR everywhere
In my last column, I wrote the following: “I really hope that by the time I have to draft the next monthly Inside HR Tech column the assessment and analysis of the technologies and companies in the HR tech market and how organizations are leveraging HR solutions to help them achieve their business and talent strategies will be top of mind again.” Read more...


Jason Averbook: Navigating the NOW of Work
It seems silly now to talk about the “future of work.” There’s only one thing to talk about: the “now of work.” Read more...


HR-tech providers are stepping up with free access to data, apps
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on American workplaces, several HR-tech providers are offering their solutions at no cost. Read more...

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