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SilkRoad Activate | Personalized for Every Stakeholder

SilkRoad Activate is your way to author personalized journeys for your workforce. This engagement platform delivers a targeted experiences by employee role or type that puts customized experiences, apps and analytics where people want to work.

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Research Report | 2017 Annual Recruiting Survey

Recruiting is one of the hottest issues for HR professionals largely thanks to an improving economy and low unemployment rates. We wanted to take a snap shot of the recruiting landscape with this survey. The HR Daily Advisor research team conducted the 2017 Annual Recruiting Survey in January 2017.

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Utility Companies: How to Improve Safety, Readiness and Compliance through a Learning Management System

When companies consider the benefits of a learning management system (LMS), it’s often focused on helping employees develop skills. An equally important benefit, especially for utility companies, is tracking employee certification, training and compliance to manage risk and increase safety.

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Nucleus Research: Talent Management Technology Value Matrix 2016

The evolution of technology is moving talent management to the perimeter to hand purview over its execution to line managers. Functionality from vendors in this year’s Value Matrix shows how, and parallel advances in analytics show why HR can and must rethink its role in talent management – thus retaining skin in the game.

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SilkRoad Talent Activation Cloud

Talent Activation focuses on the experiences, process and metrics that enable HR to create an equipped, aligned and engaged workforce. It addresses every chapter of an employee’s journey in a seamless user experience.

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Video Tour of SilkRoad Talent Activation Solutions

Take a video tour of SilkRoad talent activation solutions. Complete just one form, and access our entire library of product videos—see how SilkRoad can transform the way you attract, hire and activate top talent.

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Learning Video Demo

In this short video demo, you will discover the one-stop way to centrally manage, track, and report on learning activities, while providing an entire range of multi-media content. You’ll learn how to leverage the power of on-line learning, reduce employee training costs, and lower compliance risk.

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Agile Performance Video Demo

SilkRoad Agile Performance is the simple alternative to traditional performance management. Activate employee performance with Check-ins, Goals, and Review apps to maximize productivity, increase engagement and align with corporate objectives.

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Recruiting Video Demo

SilkRoad’s high-powered applicant tracking system allows you to source, attract, engage, screen and hire top talent fast. From requisition approval to “yes!” reduce your recruiting spend by 80% or more.

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State of Talent 2017

The Big Shift in 2017—HR Puts Employees First. More than ever, today’s CEOs recognize the tremendous competitive advantage in a workforce that’s highly motivated, excited and tightly connected to business goals. Building a powerful workforce strategy remains front and center for HR teams.

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The Employee Experience in 2025 – A SilkRoad Brief

In future years, the employee experience will emerge as a critical HR focus due to its potential to impact business results. Experiences need to move beyond engagement and focus on “activating employees” to outcomes such as greater productivity, agility, competitive advantage and the like.

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White Paper: Talent in 2025

What will HR look like in 2025? Four HR industry experts recently shared their thoughts on the future in an engaging and high-energy panel discussion.

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Impact of Agile Performance

Frequent feedback in the workplace is being demanded by employees. Recent research by Tiny Pulse, found that 64% of employees surveyed said they wanted their supervisor to check in with them at least every two weeks, with 42% of millennials wanting feedback every week. This white paper lays out a plan to create a culture […]

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Calculating the ROI of an Agile Performance Technology Solution

Performance management processes are in a state of flux. The traditional systems we’ve grown accustomed to are being updated and enhanced to reflect today’s workplaces and employees. These shifts in performance management are not the result of a spur of the moment decision or a trend du jour. They are in reaction to years of ineffective performance management cycles.

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Ultimate Guide to Performance Management

Are your employees contributing to organizational success? The Ultimate Guide to Performance provides the information needed to improve how companies manage and track employee performance, to ensure employees are aligned with the proper goals and objectives to increase business performance.

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White Paper: Transforming to Agile Performance

It’s time to move beyond traditional performance management. Leading HR experts recommend getting started on a fresh look at performance management, emphasizing real-time, agile and a focus on results. Learn how agile performance works, typical cost and productivity savings, best practices, and more.

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What Keeps HR Up at Night 2016 Report

We asked HR professionals to share with us the pains and challenges they face each day in effectively managing and engaging their talent.

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White Paper: The Who, How and Why of Onboarding

Learn key findings from the 2016 CLO Innovations in Onboarding Survey, onboarding best practices and success stories.

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Report: Seeking Agility in Performance Management

Learn why traditional reviews still reign as most popular but performance management change is on the way. An eBook, Seeking Agility in Performance Management, reports on the survey results from over 200 HR leaders in this important area.

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Top Sources of Hire 2016: The Definitive Report on Talent Acquisition Strategies

Get recruiting right with the Source of Hire Report. The Source of Hire report is back and more comprehensive than ever, covering more than 13 million applications, 600,000 interviews, and almost 300,000 hires. The job market is back. And so is increased competition for top candidates.

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Calculating the ROI of a Recruiting Technology Solution

Learn formulas to calculate how much you could save by using an applicant tracking system or a recruiting technology solution to manage your talent acquisition processes. Includes strategic guidance, practical tips, and recruiting metric formulas to lead ROI discussions.

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Calculating the ROI of a Performance Technology Solution

Productivity gains come from effective performance management. This requires a system that gives HR, managers, and employees a clear line of sight into goal setting, the review process and more. Learn some of the key areas where you can increase productivity, reduce turnover, and decrease costs.

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State of Talent Management Report: The Always On Talent Economy

Radical changes in HR, from agile performance to analytics, will make 2016 a defining year in the HR world. Job seekers are gaining more power than recruiters and technology is becoming an ever present asset.

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Ultimate Guide to Career Portals

First impressions matter—a career portal can make or break a hiring strategy. Learn the 5 key elements to attract the best candidates with a career portal that works.

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Ultimate Guide to Onboarding Portals

The potential employee experience is key to the success of any company. Learn the 5 key elements to welcome them with an onboarding portal that works.

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HR in the C Suite: How to Get and Keep Your Place at the Table

HR in the C-Suite: How to Take—and Keep—Your Place at the Table discusses the emerging role of the chief human resources officer (CHRO). After decades of being relegated to a tactical function, HR is growing in power and prestige. Why now? The recent recession is the major reason. As budgets tightened, CEOs required HR’s counsel to manage a shrinking workforce and keep staffing reductions from impacting operations too much.

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Navigate the Journey to Integrated Talent Management | 4 Customers

In these buyers’ journeys, you’ll discover the paths of different companies who implemented SilkRoad Life Suite, an integrated talent management platform. In addition to experiencing the results of integrated talent management, the HR leaders who led these initiatives proudly discuss their success as a badge of honor with gratifying personal rewards. You’ll also find a wealth of resources to help you identify the best solution, define the return-on-investment (ROI) and present it to your management team.

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Nucleus Research: SilkRoad Partners Wisely with SmartRecruiters

When vendors enter alliances from positions of strength, everyone benefits – including the user. SilkRoad has recently displayed this by forging a number of partnerships yielding capabilities complementary to their own. The latest example is their decision to join forces with SmartRecruiters, a vendor of progressive solutions for talent acquisition.

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What Keeps HR Up At Night

SilkRoad’s latest survey asked 329 HR Professionals what were the top concerns they had in their organizations HR department. Below are the top concerns in 2015 that’s keeping HR Up At Night.

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Ultimate Guide to Strategy For HR Leaders

Action and new ideas that can strengthen HR’s contributions to business success and clarify those contributions to others.

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Ultimate Guide to Employee Engagement

Ranking just behind leadership, engagement is now the #2 issue on the minds of HR leaders today.

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Talent Analytics: HR is Big Data’s Next Frontier

There are several reasons why HR is having trouble leveraging talent analytics’ full potential. The first takes us back to the name of our function – human resources. HR is about working with people, and as such, many practitioners are reluctant to give up the emphasis they place on instincts or gut feelings. HR professionals may be willing to dip a toe in, implementing basic analytics functions as part of recruiting, applicant tracking, training, and compliance systems. However, data is typically siloed and often provides conflicting information, and the technology that collects it is unwieldy and inflexible. And, even good data is subject to the fact that, per Deloitte, more than 80 percent of HR practitioners score themselves low in their ability to analyze it.

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Employment Branding Resource Center

The employer brand determines the quality of the workforce. It drives the level of engagement, motivation and retention, which is strongly linked to higher revenues, profit margins and overall returns on investment. Companies capable of attracting the best talent simply perform better!

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Secrets to Retaining Millenials

Many companies can't hold on to their Millennial employees. SilkRoad conducted a survey to find out what HR Professionals thought about Millennials and what programs their organizations had in place for them. One of the most consistent issues HR professionals had was retaining their Millennial employees after they trained them and they developed their skills.

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Calculating the ROI Learning Management Solution

Learning Management Systems (LMS) allow companies to focus on the right component of the learning process – and that is the learning. Administrative activities like registering for training or recording training completion are automated. Required compliance programs can be delivered online, reducing costs. Managers can share training feedback that supports the company’s business goals.

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Ultimate Guide to Learning

It’s a new day for corporate training and those who manage learning functions. Today, traditional training programs aren’t enough to meet growing demands for better company performance, consistent compliance, changing employee expectations, and cost control. Companies can take learning to the next level with new tools and approaches that increase employee interest and engagement in learning, and are linked to employee performance, goal setting, and succession planning…all making a direct contribution to business growth.

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Global Talent Acquisition: Considerations and Strategies

Are you leveraging global talent acquisition strategies? New technologies allow HR professionals and recruiters to tap into the global talent market, creating both new opportunities for talent acquisition and challenges. This white paper takes a look at some considerations and strategies for this new world.

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Calculating the ROI of an Onboarding Technology Solution

Once a candidate is hired, the goal is to quickly and efficiently make them a productive employee and feel a part of the team. Both the company and the employee have this same goal. Companies want productive employees who contribute to the bottom line. Employees want to contribute and be a part of the organization.

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Top Sources of Hire 2015

Are you plugged into the best sources for interviews and hires? The 2015 Source of Hire report is back and more comprehensive than ever, covering more than 14,000 sources, 12 million applications, 600,000 interviews, and almost 300,000 hires. The job market is back. And so is increased competition for top candidates.

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Staying in Compliance with Form I-9 and E-Verify

Staying in Compliance with Form I-9 and E-Verify In this SilkRoad Ebook you'll learn what exactly Form I-9 and E-Verify are and how to use them to stay in compliance with government regulation.

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How Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) Streamline Talent Strategies

Let’s face it, employee data management probably isn’t the most exciting aspect of HR, but it is a critical element and lies at the center of all HR activities. Entering, keeping track of, updating, and ensuring the security of employee information can be a cumbersome and time consuming task, not to mention expensive!

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The Candidates Dish About Your Hiring Process

With the competition for talent on the rise, we wanted to know what job seekers think of the hiring process. We asked over 400 current and recent job seekers what they thought of the candidate experience. This report reveals what is working, what their pet peeves are, and what tools they find most helpful.

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The Rhyme and Reason for Offboarding

How you exit an employee is just as important as how you welcome them. Based on conversations for SilkRoad's annual users conference, SilkRoad Connections, this white paper outlines the importance of having a standardized process for transitioning employees out of your organization.

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Top Tips for Offboarding

1. Consider your offboarding strategy to be as critical as your onboarding strategy. This means devoting similar effort and resources. 2. When initiating an offboarding program, make sure you provide for involuntary separations and retirements as well as voluntary separations. According to Aberdeen, offboarding development, implementation, and evaluation should be relatively consistent across the organization. 3. Offboarding messages and offerings can be customized for different departments in the organization, especially if you have groups in different geographies.

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Ultimate Guide to Recruiting

The Ultimate Guide to Recruiting has everything you need to know to transform your hiring practices and tap into mobile, social, and other strategies. Recruiting the best talent requires continuous innovation while holding down costs. Make sure you have the complete roadmap!

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Talent Development in Higher Education | Essential Advice for HR

Talent management in higher education is more complex than in business. Simply administering the employee lifecycle from hire to retirement takes enormous effort. HR managers serve more constituencies—faculty, administrators, and operations staff at the minimum. Each constituency recruits, compensates, and evaluates employees using different criteria and procedures, which may vary by department, school, and campus. Many decisions go through hiring committees instead of a hiring manager. Many locations within a system may have a say. Isn't it time to tackle the paper chase?

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Request a Talent Development Deep Dive

This deep dive personalized demo shows you how SilkRoad Talent Development helps you grow the best talent with integrated performance and learning engagement. Power your people with real-time performance and learning systems that combine traditional functionality with dynamic, social interaction, and a sleek mobile design to keep them engaged and growing. Align goals and objectives with certification and learning programs, and imagine the unique possibilities with real-time recognition and feedback.

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Request a Talent Acquisition Deep Dive

This deep dive will show you how SilkRoad Talent Acquisition easily links recruiting and new hire onboarding to save time, money and effort, while providing a seamless engagement experience from pre-hire to beyond. Roll out the RedCarpet for applicants and new hires.

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11 Essential Resources | Higher Education HR Leaders

Just for HR professionals in higher education: We've curated the best recruiting, new hire onboarding, and general talent acquisition resources into one easy to access location. Listen to experts, read reports, check your benchmarks. It's all designed to help you find top talent, stay compliant, onboard seamlessly across many locations.

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Smart Recruiting in Higher Education | Experts Speak

As more higher education institutions turn to recruitment automation, recruiters are discovering the flexibility available to set up programs, work with faculty and staff, and communicate with candidates. A group of higher education recruitment professionals, led by Polk State College, recently gathered to compare notes on programs and the different ways they use SilkRoad’s Recruiting.

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