PeopleClues Expands Leadership Team, Names Bryan Wempen Chief Strategy Officer…from PeopleClues

April 4, 2012

 

Social Media and HR Expert, Cathleen Carlos Joins Wempen at New Tulsa, Okla. Office

 

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

 

PeopleClues, an industry leader in workplace assessments, today announced that Bryan Wempen has been named the company’s chief strategy officer.  In this role, Wempen will focus on PeopleClues’ global expansion, solution development and channel strategy.  As PeopleClues continues its strategic growth, social media expert and former HR practitioner, Cathleen Carlos, also joins the company as its new client relations manager.

As chief strategy officer, Wempen will work with the company’s integrated partners, resellers and direct clients to develop future offerings, expand PeopleClues’ market presence, and help clients worldwide improve their candidate experience with validated and user-friendly workplace assessments. Wempen formerly served as executive vice president of Strategic Alliances at PeopleClues. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he was a founding partner of both Reliant Live and MacKay Edge Assessment Group/Talent Strategy, a company which served more than 500 clients globally. Earlier in his career, Wempen spent several years in staffing as founder and president of Corporate Staffing Technology and as regional VP and officer for Labor Ready, Inc.

Bringing extensive industry expertise and thought leadership to his role, Wempen was recently named to HRExaminer’s Top 25 Pulse of HR Influencers.  He also co-hosts HR’s #1 internet radio show, DriveThruHR; presents regularly at HR and social media focused events; and can be followed on Twitter @BryanWempen.

“Bryan has been essential to PeopleClues’ strategic growth, and to developing our valued partnerships over the past few years,” commented Julie Moreland, president of PeopleClues. “As PeopleClues continues to broaden its footprint in the U.S. and globally, Bryan also will play an important role in developing and delivering the workplace assessments that help companies identify and grow strategic workforces.”

As PeopleClues’ client relations manager, Carlos will build relationships with PeopleClues’ resellers and their customers to help them become more successful in their recruiting efforts.  Drawing from an extensive social media background, she will also be responsible for promoting and developing PeopleClues’ brand and online presence. Previously, Carlos served as a Human Resource assistant for Community Care College where she participated in the screening, interviewing, onboarding and training of new hires, and managed the organization’s employment brand on social media channels. As a screening specialist at Global HR Research, she performed background checks, reference verifications, and other talent screening for employers.

Carlos blogs at GetHiredbyCat.com, which covers a range of HR, candidate experience and job search topics; writes for Salary.com; co-manages the Oklahoma HR State Council Conference blog; and tweets as @GetHiredbyCat.

“With Cathleen’s creativity, social media experience and HR practitioner background, she is a valuable addition to the PeopleClues team,” said Wempen. “Critical to the success of our organization is a deep understanding of the expectations and challenges HR professionals face. As more companies seek to use innovative and validated behavioral assessment solutions, Cathleen can draw from her field experience to help our reseller’s customers improve talent screening and development processes and results.”

Both Wempen and Carlos are based at the company’s new Tulsa, Okla. office.

To learn more about PeopleClues, please visit www.peopleclues.com

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Matt Lafata, HRchitect


PeopleClues Announces #PeopleChat, Weekly Twitter Chat to Explore HR Lifecycle Topics…from PeopleClues

April 2, 2012

 

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

 

PeopleClues, an industry leader in workplace assessments, today announced that it will host a weekly Twitter chat under the hashtag #PeopleChat. The #PeopleChat discussion will take place on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. CT. and explore a variety of topics centered on the lifecycle of HR including recruiting, interviewing, assessments, hiring, onboarding, training, development, termination, and more.

The inaugural chat, “Culture, How to Stop Thinking About It,” will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 and explore best practices for creating and fostering an effective corporate culture. Follow and participate in the chat by watching PeopleClues (@PeopleClues) and the #PeopleChat hashtag on Twitter.

Bryan Wempen, PeopleClues chief strategy officer, commented, “By leading the #PeopleChat weekly Twitter chat, PeopleClues hopes to showcase our bench strength of HR expertise while developing relationships with industry leaders and gaining a better understanding of HR practitioners’ challenges and experiences.”

All are encouraged to participate in the weekly discussion, which will propose a new topic every session and feature guest industry leaders who will share their expertise and insights.  The Tuesday time slot immediately follows the DriveThruHR radio show, where Wempen is a co-host. Each Twitter chat session will be recapped and shared on the PeopleClues blog, PeopleViews.

Other PeopleClues handles to follow include PeopleClues U.K. (@PeopleCluesUK); PeopleClues president, Julie Moreland (@PeopleCluesCEO); Bryan Wempen (@BryanWempen); and PeopleClues client relationship manager, Cathleen Carlos (@GetHiredbyCat).

For more information on PeopleClues, please visit www.peopleclues.com

To learn more about HRchitect’s expertise in HR technology strategy, selection and implementation services, and how HRchitect can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Assess Systems Announces Record Results for 2011…from Assess Systems

February 29, 2012

 

Assess Systems continued its growth in the assessment and leadership development segments of the HR industry with its announcement that the company exceeded all business goals set for 2011

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

 

Assess Systems continued its unprecedented growth in the assessment and leadership development segments of the Human Capital Management market and announced today that the company exceeded all business goals set for 2011.

Assess reported $5 million in new direct business and a growth in revenue of 27 percent over 2010. The company also renewed 100 percent of clients who were up for renewal. Direct client growth accounted for 80 percent of their business, and the company’s indirect channel partners have also been gaining traction by providing their customers with improved assessment solutions.

Assess added a number of marquee clients, including A|X Armani Exchange, CarMax, Red Robin International, Inc., 7-Eleven, La Quinta Inns & Suites, and OSI Restaurant Partners.

Assess Systems conducted over three million assessments in 2011, reflecting business growth due in part to their focus in the service-related industries such as restaurant, retail, hospitality and call centers. As part of its business strategy, Assess focused on industries whose talent makes a bigger impact on brand and business outcomes. Retailers, restaurants and hotels are representative of the types of businesses that rely on the quality of their talent. Because these segments typically experience high turnover, finding and retaining talent is acute. Assess Systems demonstrated the impact of talent on business outcomes by conducting fifty studies demonstrating the relationship between talent assessment results and performance outcomes.

“Companies are focused on optimizing the money spent on talent acquisition and on how to improve organizational effectiveness with their current employees, which translates to leadership development,” said Stephen Sasser, president and chief executive officer of Assess Systems. “We are able to have strategic conversations with our clients about enhancing and connecting their talent selection and leadership development initiatives to drive improved organization performance.”

Sasser attributes the company’s ongoing success to three main factors. First, Assess continues to execute well on client opportunities. Second, the company continues to invest in expanding the breadth of its selection and development solutions; and third, the company continues to extend its reach through relationships with global partners in the human capital software and consulting arenas.

For more information on Assess Systems, please visit www.assess-systems.com

To learn more about HRchitect’s expertise in HR technology strategy, selection and implementation services, and how HRchitect can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Kenexa Seminar on Business Performance Based on Feedback Features Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane…from Kenexa

January 26, 2012

 

HRchitect featured Kenexa in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems and top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Derek Bluestone, VP Product Marketing appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on June 17, 2010. HRchitect’s Matt Lafata, one of the industry’s leading talent management systems analysts, attended the Kenexa Analyst Day in 2010 & 2011 and the Kenexa World Conference from 2009-2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

 

Billy Beane, the vice president and general manager of the Oakland Athletics, whose unique management approach was detailed in the bestselling book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” discusses how he transformed his organization using out-of-the-box thinking at an upcoming Kenexa-sponsored seminar on business performance.

Kenexa (NYSE: KNXA) is a global provider of business solutions for human resources. The seminar titled, “Helping You Translate Employee Feedback into Business Performance,” will be held Jan. 31 at the New York Stock Exchange from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. EST.

Beane motivated members of the Oakland A’s organization to levels of success very few believed were attainable. He was named the A’s GM following the 1997 season, and took a management approach of identifying and using undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage.

Beane is just one real-life example of how a top leader turned an organization around during tough times. Other speakers at the seminar include Charles Baldwin, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Cabela’s. Baldwin will discuss how the use of assessments and surveys increased employee engagement and helped the outdoor retailer outperform goals in an economic downturn.

Bill Erickson, chairman emeritus and executive vice president of Kenexa, will also present new ways of thinking about talent to help businesses thrive.

More information about the seminar can be found at http://www.kenexa.com/Sharing-the-Stories-of-Organizational-Success-Seminar.

For more information on Kenexa, please visit www.kenexa.com

To learn more about HRchitect’s expertise in HR technology strategy, selection and implementation services, and how HRchitect can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Kenexa Announces Acquisition of Batrus Hollweg…from Kenexa

November 14, 2011

 

HRchitect featured Kenexa in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems and top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Derek Bluestone, VP Product Marketing appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on June 17, 2010. HRchitect’s Matt Lafata, one of the industry’s leading talent management systems analysts, attended the Kenexa Analyst Day in 2010 & 2011 and the Kenexa World Conference from 2009-2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

 

Kenexa® (NYSE: KNXA), a leading provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced the acquisition of Batrus Hollweg (BHI). BHI’s talent management solutions, particularly in the hospitality sector, along with their extensive research on talent management best practices, will add to the company’s existing research and content portfolio.

Founded in 1969 in Frisco, Texas, BHI specializes in talent management solutions that help organizations maximize success through their people. The acquisition of BHI further expands Kenexa’s talent management expertise by adding some of the most experienced consultants and researchers in the category, creating one of the strongest talent solutions teams in the industry.

Rudy Karsan, Kenexa’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We’re delighted to welcome BHI and their clients to the Kenexa family. BHI’s wealth of research and content regarding talent best practice, as well as their assessment solutions, are recognized as some of the top notch content and solutions in our industry today. The combination of Kenexa and BHI will provide the most researched and proven talent solutions content, particularly in the hospitality industry. BHI is a valuable addition to the Kenexa family and our clients will benefit from the strength of its offerings.”

BHI’s clients will also benefit from Kenexa’s award-winning technology offerings and comprehensive solutions for employment branding, recruitment technology, employee assessment, recruitment process outsourcing, performance management, employee surveys and HR analytics.

“Joining with Kenexa is an exciting opportunity for BHI and our clients,” said Lewis Hollweg, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of BHI. “Kenexa’s business solutions approach to human resources fits perfectly with BHI’s consulting and assessment offering. The strength of our combined company broadens significantly the services we can offer to our clients.”

For more information on Kenexa, please visit www.kenexa.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Kenexa Unveils Next-Generation Online Strengths Assessment Offering: StandOut…from Kenexa

June 14, 2011

 

Provides Managers and Employees with Recommendations and Techniques for Maximizing Top Strengths

HRchitect featured Kenexa in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems and top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Derek Bluestone, VP Product Marketing appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on June 17, 2010. HRchitect’s Matt Lafata, one of the industry’s leading talent management systems analysts, attended the Kenexa Analyst Day in May, 2010 and the Kenexa World Conference in 2009 and 2010.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

Kenexa (NASDAQ:KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced its launch of StandOut™, the next-generation online strengths assessment from Marcus Buckingham.  StandOut is designed to reveal an individual’s top two strength roles plus deliver practical techniques to help managers and employees “win at work.” 

As an industry leader, Kenexa offers more than 1,000 Assessment tests that enable companies to select and retain top performers based on seven key areas that predict individual performance and potential—experience, skills, abilities, personality, motivation, judgment and culture fit. In the last two years alone, Kenexa has administered in excess of 30 million Assessments in 14 languages and in 44 countries to some of the world’s largest, most respected organizations.

StandOut’s reports include a 20-page individual employee report that details the person’s comparative advantage and greatest value to the team as well as ideal career choices. The manager’s report links the team’s individual assessments to provide a meaningful and actionable snapshot. Managers also receive coaching guides to reward, motivate and challenge each employee based on his or her strengths.

“Crucial to effective workforce management is the ability to optimize performance by leveraging employee strengths in the right roles,” said Dr. Courtney McCashland, president of Kenexa’s Global Assessment Division. “StandOut enables Kenexa’s clients to focus, reward, engage and challenge their employees to produce the best thinking and business outcomes.”

She continued, “StandOut helps managers answer three questions: how can I become a better performance coach, how can my employees take responsibility for their own performance and development and how can we accelerate the uptake of best practices.  By utilizing StandOut in conjunction with Kenexa’s deep expertise in assessments, organizations can derive competitive advantages and attain better employee engagement.”

The measurement methodology used in StandOut is designed from historical research of open-ended questions and listen-for combinations.  Research demonstrates this approach is more predictive than binary self-descriptors or Likert Scale statements. 

More information about StandOut and Kenexa’s assessment practice can be accessed at http://www.kenexa.com/assessments

For more information on Kenexa, please visit www.kenexa.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Kenexa and Aberdeen Cite Importance of Assessment Solutions to Improve Business Performance…from Kenexa

June 10, 2011

 

Recent Research Shows how Assessment Data Helps Organizations Achieve Business Goals

HRchitect featured Kenexa in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems and top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Derek Bluestone, VP Product Marketing appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on June 17, 2010. HRchitect’s Matt Lafata, one of the industry’s leading talent management systems analysts, attended the Kenexa Analyst Day in May, 2010 and the Kenexa World Conference in 2009 and 2010.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

As the only company currently offering fully integrated Assessment solutions that support the entire employee lifecycle, Kenexa (NASDAQ:KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, understands how Assessments can help organizations identify, hire and retain right fit employees by predicting human performance and potential. The latest Assessments report from Boston-based Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE:HHS), supports Kenexa’s focus. Aberdeen’s research showed that organizations that used assessments in both the pre- and post-hire processes achieved, on average, 19% more of their organizational goals in the past year, as compared to organizations not using assessments.

“The results of the Aberdeen report further demonstrate what we at Kenexa have always known – assessment data can improve employee and organizational performance by ensuring the right person is hired for the right job,” stated Dr. Courtney McCashland, president of Kenexa’s Global Assessment Division . “Many of our long-term clients have experienced dramatic improvements in key business outcomes by using our assessment solutions. By understanding the key levers of a company, we are creating tools that help businesses hire a higher quality candidate.”

Mollie Lombardi, Senior Research Analyst, Human Capital Management at the Aberdeen Group, commented, “The research findings show a number of common attributes among best-in-class companies. For instance, best-in-class organizations are 85% more likely to be able to correlate post-hire assessment results to ongoing performance. And, organizations with a formal process to assess candidates, new hires and existing employees are 56% more likely to be best-in-class companies.”
 
With more than 1,000 ready-to-use Assessment tests available, Kenexa has been responsible for administering more than 30 million Assessments in 14 languages and in 44 countries in just the last two years. Assessments are based on seven key areas that predict individual performance and potential – experience, skills, abilities, personality, motivation, judgment and culture fit. Kenexa’s Assessments also integrate with recruitment technology, onboarding, career development, succession planning and leadership development to create a seamless user experience.

A complimentary copy of Aberdeen’s research, titled “Assessments 2011: Selecting and Developing for the Future,” can be downloaded here.

For more information on Kenexa, please visit www.kenexa.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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