In the past two weeks, Brandon Hall Group published 16 pieces of research – 4 new proprietary research reports, 2 award-winning case studies, 3 answers to a question from a Brandon Hall Group member, and 7 research-based blogs.

In this blog, we will make public some of these reports (click on the links) as a way for non-members to familiarize themselves with our research:

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Here is an overview of research released Jan. 18-31:

New Research Reports

HCM Forecast 2016

This report, released at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence16 Conference Jan. 27-29, highlights what to expect in Human Capital Management in 2016 and future predictions for Learning & Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Workforce Management and Talent Acquisition.

KnowledgeGraphic: The Mobility of Learning

This KnowledgeGraphic, based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Mobile Learning Study, looks at the (slight) progress mobile learning has made in the past two years and how organizations are utilizing mobile learning today.

Your Guide to Selecting the Right Talent Management System

This research brief is a prescriptive guide to success for selecting Talent Management technology. From planning communications with key stakeholders, to creating use cases, RFIs and RFPs, this research brief provides everything you need to know to succeed.

5 Truths about Workforce Analytics

This KnowledgePoints report, taken from Brandon Hall Group’s latest HCM Measurement Study, covers key findings about the use of workforce analytics in today’s organizations.

Award-winning Case Studies

These case studies – winners of 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – were released for publication:

Violence Prevention Video Training at Tarrant College

Many higher education institutions in the US have to provide specific sexual nonviolence training to students, but Tarrant County College wanted to do something more meaningful than simply “checking the box” with paper or course-based content. By creating video content with common scenarios, the organization was able to have a more meaningful impact on students, ultimately lowering the risk of these incidents on campus. This earned the Texas-based organization a Gold Award for Best Use of Video in the 2015 Excellence Awards.

Using Video for Ethics Training at Lockheed Martin

The defense industry’s history includes unethical practices in the 1970’s-80s that led to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the formation of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct. Since its founding in 1995, it has been essential to Lockheed Martin Corporation to set the highest ethical standard, avoiding even the appearance of any improprieties. This is the driver for the company to utilize video in its “Voicing Our Values” ethics training program, helping to bring situations to life and explain complex concepts in a user-friendly medium. This program earned Lockheed Martin a Gold Award for Best Use of Video in the 2015 Excellence Awards Program.

Answers to Questions from Members

One great benefit to Brandon Hall Group members is the ability to ask questions of our HCM analyst team and get quick answers, usually within 24 hours. The questions answered this week included:

  • Who does the Head of Talent Management (learning, training, onboarding, performance management) usually report to? CEO, HR, President? I’m sure it was HR traditionally, is that changing? Can you think of a Brandon Hall Group report I should browse? Thanks!!
  • I am looking for a new learning evaluation tool. Can you please point me to a comprehensive list of tools available to select from?
  • I’m looking for examples of best practices for recruiting a diverse workforce

Research-based Blogs

Game-Based Learning and Gamification

One of the themes of this year’s Excellence Conference (held Jan. 27-29) is this: learning doesn’t have to occur in a classroom to be effective. Of the variety of learning methods, games are a powerful tool to help engage learners and support the learning process. And use of games is deeply tied to engagement. 49% of companies that see engagement as a strategic priority are using games and gamification elements. In this blog post, Ben Eubanks writes about the gaming and simulation panel from the 2016 HCM Excellence Conference.

The Big Reveal: Brandon Hall Group’s EVP Framework

According to Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 EVP survey, 67% of organizations surveyed do not understand the components of their EVP and only 15% have a well-defined and communicated EVP. Defining an EVP is not an easy accomplishment, because it requires a comprehensive and objective assessment of every facet of the organization from both the organizational and employee perspectives. It also requires collaboration and agreement on what constitutes the organization’s EVP. In this blog post, Daria Friedman discusses the new Brandon Hall Group EVP Framework and the HCM Excellence Conference workshop on EVP that she conducted along with Principal Workforce Management Analyst Cliff Stevenson.

2016 HCM Excellence Conference Day One Recap

This recap is a birds-eye view of the first day of this year’s HCM Excellence Conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Dominated by HCM Academy Workshops in the early hours of the day and the invigorating general session to wrap up today’s events, this marks the start of another great Brandon Hall Group event.

Insights: The Future of HR Technology

In this blog post, Ben Eubanks explores the insights that technology companies can offer to their clients through data aggregation. The data the HCM technology companies have at their fingertips is incredibly complex and detailed, and they can use it to provide prescriptive options for their customers. This not only increases the value proposition, but it also helps to drive better business performance for clients—a definite win-win proposition. Examples referenced include Ultimate Software and TemboStatus.

The 2016 HCM Excellence Conference: An Analyst’s Perspective

Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference16, held at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is designed to be a valuable experience for attendees, most of whom are human capital management leaders in learning, talent management, talent acquisition, leadership development and workforce management. In today’s blog post, Cliff Stevenson points out some of the conference content he’s interested in exploring, including workforce analytics and the democratization of technology.

HCMx Radio: How to Take Recognition to the Next Level

Rewards and recognition programs continue to surface to help improve employee engagement and retention. In the latest episode of HCMx Radio, we explore the effective use of employee recognition programs and the critical steps in designing and implementing an analytics program. Our expert panel — Phil Stewart, CEO, Engage2Excel; Dr. Jack Wiley, Engage2Excel; and Brian Kelly, President & CEO, Vestrics – address annual engagement surveys, performance-based recognition, and more.

Avoiding Employment Brand Fracture

What happens when you recruit quality talent using the latest solutions — personalized candidate career portals, social recruiting, gamification, predictive data, video interviewing — and then that new hire starts to work and there is no onboarding solution in place, just a desk, and some paperwork to complete? That’s what we call Employment Brand Fracture. In this blog post, Daria Friedman explains this concept and how companies can overcome these challenges.

Mike Cooke

Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company's growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company's global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike's tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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