Phil Strazzulla's Blog (182)

An Iterative Approach to Implementing HR Tech

I find that many HR and recruiting teams allow perfect to be the enemy of good when it comes to rolling out new technology. And, I totally get it. We are asked to manage risk, and many times are dealing with sensitive data or processes that really need to be perfect, like payroll.

That said, many tools now have quick time to value paths for implementation. This could be a free trial or free to use module for vendors pursuing a…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on November 9, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

An Important Metric For Evaluating HR Software

While working in venture capital, my job was to try and find the next big software company. One of the key frameworks we used to understand the potential trajectory of a business was the level of engagement people had with that product.

This same framework should be applied to HR tools/software both for practitioners looking to invest…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on November 4, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Look Inwards: How to Build an Effective Internal Recruiting Strategy

A hand carefully saving his time in a piggy bank

A new position has opened up, and you have 2 options: either hire from the outside or look inside your organization for your next star player.

The latter is a practice known as internal recruitment, and according to the Harvard Business Review, is only considered “an important source of people to fill vacancies” by 28% of talent acquisition leaders today — to the…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on November 2, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

25 Articles for HR Tech Nerds from September 2020

HR Tech articles being read

At SelectSoftware, we aim to stay on the forefront of HR Tech. Usually it’s by providing unbiased, researched-based guides on every tool from HR chatbots to applicant tracking systems. This time however, we’re shifting the focus to voices other than our own. 

The articles listed below are written by our favorite content creators, thought leaders and innovators in the HR blogosphere. In an industry that’s constantly moving forward, these “People people” keep readers…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 31, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

Is HR Getting Back To Normal?

Active jobs and jobs per recruiter increasing

A lot of the conversations I have these days with HR leaders, VCs, and entrepreneurs are all about what the next six months is going to look like and if we are "getting back to normal."

While it's impossible to predict the future, sometimes the trends in various datasets can shed insights, and lucky for us we have some data this week :)

CloserIQ is an organizational strategy firm focused on building growth and…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 28, 2020 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

HR Tech in COVID's New Normal, Week of Sept 23rd

Returning to office during Covid-19 pandemic

Each week we highlight a few of the most interesting HR Tech stories that our readers should be aware of.

This week we're covering the continued release of HR tech solutions during the new normal, even amidst calls for the return to the office.

From diversity and inclusion initiatives to employee engagement tools, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed the rapid pace of HR innovation as we inch nearer to Q4 of 2020.…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 26, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

The 5 Must Read HRTech Stories from This Week

Six Months of COVID-19 Later, Where Are We Now?



Woman working with mask during Covid-19


HCM Technology Report looks back at where we started and where we are now as a workforce during a pandemic. Work days…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 23, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Clever Way to Save Money on HR Software

I had the pleasure of talking to Dan Cmejla the other day about his journey to purchase a new enterprise collaboration platform.  This was Dan’s first big business software purchase, and it was interesting to hear how he went about it.



HR Software comparison spreadsheet


At the end of the conversation I’d learned a really valuable nugget that I wanted to share with our readership.  Specially, he’d managed to get nearly every single…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 21, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

8 Effective Employee Retention Strategies

Hiring top talent is only the start to creating an outstanding workforce. The next step — and just as vital — is keeping them around. Let’s dive into employee retention: your company’s ability to maintain a work environment that supports staff in remaining with you.

Employee turnover is often a symptom of deeper unresolved issues, such as low employee morale, unclear career development options, lack of recognition, or poor employee-manager relationships. In addition to lost…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 19, 2020 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

15 Must Read HRTech Stories From Summer 2020

The pandemic has led to an increasingly unique situation for the workforce. Unemployment rates remain high. Remote working is the new normal. The reliance on technology grows by the day.

HR Tech companies have to be more creative than ever to mitigate these constantly shifting issues. 

In this roundup we highlight the Summer’s major news stories of innovation, automation and integration in the continued wake of COVID-19.

What companies are partnering up to create better…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 15, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

Founder Stories: Raphael Crawford-Marks

At Select Software Reviews, we love getting to know the faces behind the software.

Welcome to our new series, Founder Stories, where we will give our readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the people who have founded the companies that are shaping HR Tech.

Today we're highlighting Bonusly's founder Raphael Crawford-Marks. We've known Bonusly for a while now and have been featuring them as one of the…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 14, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

Key Features of The Best Employee Engagement Software

When it comes to employee engagement software, there are a lot of great options on the market. As you have probably gathered from our deep dive into the top employee experience software, each solution is unique in how it structures its interfaces and what tools it offers its customers.

By examining the most popular employee engagement features on the market, we hope to better help you…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 12, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Few Deeper Reviews of HR Software

The big idea at SSR is to help HR teams to find and buy the right software for their company through free, unbiased content.

We do a lot of research and are able to put together actionable guides that are useful in large part because we see so many different solutions, know when to call BS, and typically get access to senior management at vendors who can do a much better job answering our questions than a sales rep can.

We think that the specific vendor a given company decides…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on October 10, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

HRIS Basics: How HR Software Delivers Intelligence from Hire to Retire

Today’s most successful companies know their greatest asset is their people. If you’re ready to truly invest in your organization’s talent, it is time to upgrade to a human resources information system (HRIS) — a digital solution for HR management.

An HRIS allows your HR team to gather, manage, and disseminate all of your company’s core HR operations. Think of the HRIS as a digital library of employee information. Instead of spreading important insights across spreadsheets, email…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 19, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Putting People First: 10 Wellness Challenges Your Employees Will Love

Employee wellness programs are nothing new. In fact, there are many companies that focus solely on various ways to engage and encourage employees to take better care of their health and wellness. (Check out our Best Employee Wellness Platforms reviews for more details.) 

It’s not just about exercise and better eating habits. From smoking cessation to…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 17, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

So You Want to Become a Recruiter

So, you have decided you want to become a recruiter? Professions in talent acquisition can be rewarding and exciting at the same time. However, a career in recruiting doesn’t always follow a straight line.  And, there are negatives along with the glory of bringing in that top executive hire who will help transform the company.

Common Career Paths For Recruiters

Recruiting is a lot like sales.  You are reaching out to prospective hires many times through cold…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 13, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

What You Need To Know About AI in HR, A 101 Course

Do you want to understand how artificial intelligence is going to impact HR and recruiting? We've put together a short overview of where AI is today, where it's going, and how to leverage this exciting technology in your company today.

We've packaged this information into five short videos that you can consume below all at once, of one by one in a five day email course. You can signup to get these delivered to your inbox each day for the next five days…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 13, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Strategy Behind Effective Employee Performance Appraisals That Actually Work

“How am I doing?” For most employees, this is the perennial question that affects just about everything — from morale to performance to day-to-day attitude. We’ve already written about how important it is to give performance feedback on an ongoing basis. But that doesn’t make the annual or biannual performance review less important to conduct correctly.

A formal…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 11, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Best Creative Recruiting Strategies for Finding Raw Talent

Human Resource professionals are constantly looking for innovative recruiting strategies to find raw talent. Social restrictions due to the Coronavirus, make it even more imperative. We asked the experts: 

What out-of-the-box or innovative strategies have you used to recruit great talent?

Here is what they had to say...



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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 7, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Guide to Onboarding Remote Employees

Employee onboarding matters more than we think it does.  A successful employee onboarding program helps improve retention, employee engagement, satisfaction, and boost employee productivity levels. 

Employee onboarding is a series of activities that allow new hires to get to know the organization they’ll be working with, the new role they’ll be handling, and the new team they’ll be a part of.  

When employees join an organization, the initial days and weeks that they spend at…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on September 5, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

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