What’s Wrong with HR Tech?
Episode Title: Plan, Integrate, Automate
Last year over 18 billion dollars were infused into HR tech, yet only 40% of senior HR leaders say they have a digital transformation plan in place for their businesses. According to Chad Sowash, the issue isn’t the tech, it’s the planning and integration. Chad is an HR legend, especially in recruitment, and is currently co-host of “Chad and The Cheese,” HR’s most dangerous podcast. In this episode of Geeks, Geezers, Googlization, Chad joins hosts Ira Wolfe and Jason Cochran to explore why so many HR leaders are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to their tech stack.
Along the way you’ll learn:
Finding peers and experts to guide your digital transformation is vital.
Automation can radically impact the effectiveness and efficiency of your business.
Don’t be afraid of emerging practices that go against long-accepted best practices.
Who Is Chad Sowash?
Chad Sowash has been in HR tech over the last 20+ years. His recruitment journey started when a recruiter directed him to apply with “onlinecareercenter.com,” later known as “Monster.com.” This means Sowash has been involved with HR Tech since the beginning. Later working with Recruit Military as a Chief Experience Officer and Randstad, building a veteran hiring program. These experiences shaped what is now his outspoken, straight-shooting brand as co-host of the popular “The Chad and Cheese Show.” The podcast started in March of 2017 and just recently recorded their 800th episode. His HRTech-focused podcast highlights an industry that saw $18 million billion invest in the last year, up from just $5 million 2 years ago.
What does HR Tech Need to Change and Improve?
The Process to Revamp HR
The first step to revamp HR is to look for peers in other companies who have had success in influencing a company’s approach to HR. Sowash singles out Amy Butchko, Director of Talent Acquisition Solutions at SAIC, who demonstrated how her HR solution would positively impact the bottom line. The next step in revamping HR is to analyze its “core-talent platforms.”
Is HR Using Too Many Solutions?
“There is a lot of noise,” Sowash says when it comes to HR technology. The current HR “tech stack” creates redundancy, adds layers, and adds cost. Co-host Jason Cochran added that often times using multiple HR Tech platforms confuses staff and makes their jobs harder. Sowash goes one step further, “a bad and complex Tech Stack” will deter top recruiters from working with your company. What HR technology is being used is now a key question many recruiters ask before applying and accepting new jobs.
Does HR Become Part of the Blockchain?
What Are Key Roles HR Tech is Playing Today?
Will HR Be Operating in the Metaverse?
Why Does Corporate America Have it Backwards?
Lightning Round: What Don’t I Know?
Q: “What is your word of the year?”
Q: “For recruiters looking at abilities to develop which is the most important grit, resilience, growth mindset or unlearning.”
A: “Grit is always it.”
Q:. “The best advice you ever got but ignored.”
A: “Buy Apple”
Q: “What’s your favorite podcast?”
A: “Pitchfork Economics… its taking about economics in reverse you would think a billionaire would love trickle down economics but this is actually just blowing that all to pieces. It’s more about the people before they pick up the pitchforks. What should we do to fix our society?”
Q: “What is your favorite source for non-HR news?”
A: “I love listening to just a variety of podcasts and The New York Times and TheWashington Post… we know that we get our best information from those professionals who dedicated their lives to great research and doing great work.”