The Hurricane Turn rail service in Alaska might be the last "flag stop" passenger train in the US, writes Kurt Kohlstedt. The train has no scheduled stops, instead picking up passengers along the tracks who are waving a white flag.
Even with a decades-low unemployment rate, lower taxes and low inflation, many Americans are not benefiting from the vibrant economy, with a recent Oxford Economics analysis showing people in the lowest 60% of earners tap savings to pay for everyday expenses. Stagnant wages and rising gasoline and housing prices, along with student-loan debt and child-care costs, are among the reasons some people still struggle financially.
President Donald Trump has told Republican legislators he'll accept either of the immigration bills under consideration in the House. Trump said at a Capitol Hill meeting that lawmakers need to act "right away," said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Companies often use a mix of platforms and tools, leading to HR technology collaborations among companies such as Paychex and ADP with Facebook. "As more young people are entering the workforce, they are interested in social collaboration platforms," says Tom Hammond, a vice president at Paychex.
Finding the right applications for HR technology is made more difficult when you're an international business like Dow Chemical, says Butch Clas, a regional HR director. In seeking an HR solution, "sometimes it's site-driven, sometimes it's country-driven and sometimes, the solutions out there aren't really set up for that, even though they're trying to get there," he says.
Use HR chatbots effectively by providing them with sufficient data and giving them a personality relevant to your business, writes Franz Gilbert of Bersin, Deloitte Consulting. "Set expectations with senior leaders about the chatbot training process so your CEO isn't concerned with its initial lack of functionality," he writes.
Vervoe's hiring system focuses on helping companies recruit people based on skills and performance instead of their resumes, says co-founder Omer Molad. Another system, Plum.io, helps employers choose candidates based on intrinsic abilities such as ethical behavior, the ability to work with others and leadership qualities, says CEO Caitlin MacGregor.
Ultimate Software's Xander AI platform focuses on creating technology that respects employees and augments HR. "This is one of the major shifts that's needed when it comes to technology developers -- understanding that users can't adjust to tech -- tech has to come into their world," says Ultimate Software executive Armen Berjikly.
Improve the employee experience by using chatbots that provide answers to common questions or work as virtual assistants, writes Ivan Harding. "At the end of the day, chatbot-enabled HR services provide an opportunity for HR/ HR information security professionals to innovate, lead their industries forward and gain competitive edge," he writes.
HR can support emergency notification systems by making sure data such as phone numbers, addresses and appropriate skills are up to date, writes Ann Pickren of OnSolve. "Walking through process-based lifecycles is a method to acquire information of all data collected, what software or human method is used to collect the data and where the data is stored," she writes.