Talent Activation Blog

Trends, research, & insight from industry leaders to help you create personalized and connected employee journeys.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

As you put the final touches on your 2018 plan, be sure to check out SilkRoad’s most popular blog posts from 2017. Unsurprisingly, many are seeking ways to leverage metrics and strategies to attract and retain right-fit employees while driving engagement, alignment to organizational goals, and...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

Creating a Culture of Conversation Around Performance

According to the recent 2017 HR Technology Trends Survey, 43% of organizations provides metrics that show how people impact company goals 41% feel that technology supports a positive employee and/or candidate experience 38% say HR Tech has not really affected their organization one way or the othe...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

SilkRoad Welcomes Lilith Christiansen as VP of Onboarding Solutions

We are excited to announce that Lilith Christiansen is joining SilkRoad as Vice President of Onboarding Solutions. Lilith comes to SilkRoad from Kaiser Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm, where she co-lead the Organization Development Practice. With 20 years of consulting experience, Li...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

Employees Data Theft – What You Need To Know

[Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Rick Weber, president of Elijah, LTD.] Data thefts from hackers make headlines, but the bigger risk to companies is walking out of the door each day.  A recent survey of over 200 organizations found that 69 percent experienced data theft incidents inv...

Rick Weber,

The Importance of an Offer Letter

There’s a lot at stake when extending offer letters to candidates. Your organization has likely spent a lot of time, money, and energy in sourcing the right fit candidate that will hopefully make a meaningful impact. To seal the deal with your desired candidates, it’s important to go bey...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

5 Reasons Why Your Onboarding Program Should Include Self-Learning

(Editors Note: Today’s post comes from Sharlyn Lauby of HR Bartender and ITM Group.) An important component of every onboarding program is assimilation or welcoming a new hire into the organization. Of course, that means spending time with the new hire, introducing them to other employees, and...

Sharlyn Lauby, President, ITM Group

Justify Your Trip to Connections 2018

SilkRoad’s annual users Conference will take place in San Antonio, Texas on April 29th – May 2nd, 2018. Connections is two and a half days of learning, best practices, hands-on training, and exposure to the latest trends and technologies in the marketplace. To help you justify your trip,...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

New: Evolution of Onboarding eBook

In years past, many organizations viewed onboarding as a transactional process comprised of new hire paperwork and time spent orienting to company policies. Today’s talent market, which is characterized by low unemployment and high voluntary attrition, has created a need for organizations to l...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

5 Ways to Take Onboarding to a Strategic Level

According to the 2017 Brandon Hall Group Evolution of Onboarding Survey, 69% of organizations are in the Casual or Developing stages of onboarding maturity which typically includes the beginning stages of automating HR processes and an elementary level ability to measure the effectiveness of their o...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

Verso Corporation Creates a Consistent, Personalized Experience through Acquisitions

With 5,000 employees, Verso Corporation is a leading North American provider of printing papers, specialty papers and pulp. Having recently acquired another paper company, Verso was challenged to create a seamless experience across both entities. Verso leveraged SilkRoad to automate the acquired com...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

Extending the Onboarding Experience to First Time Managers

According to the 2017 Brandon Hall Onboarding Survey, 53% of organizations have formal onboarding processes for promotions. More and more, organizations are beginning to see the importance of extending the onboarding experience to additional inflection points in the employee life cycle, such as prom...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

4 Reasons New Hires Should Have an Onboarding Buddy

(Editors Note: Today’s post comes from Sharlyn Lauby of HR Bartender and ITM Group.) According to research from CEB, the average time to hire for white-collar positions is 68 business days. This means when organizations actually have a new hire start, they want to get them onboarded as quickly...

Sharlyn Lauby, President, ITM Group

How to Leverage Technology to Create a Positive Candidate Experience 

In the current talent economy where the voluntary quit rate is 3.1 million (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Job Openings & Labor Turnover Summary, April 2017) and 46% of employers citing difficulty filling jobs (Manpower Group 2016 Talent Shortage Infographic), organizations need to create and deliv...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

Restoring Employee Engagement

According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce, only 33% of the workforce is engaged. If you don’t like your job, the answer may not be to suffer or to quit. Ed Muzio of Group Harmonics,  explains the simple questions you can ask to discover whether there is something you can cha...

Kelly Carmody, Field Marketing Manager

Join us in the Knowledge Lab at Connections 2018

(Editor’s Note: This blog post comes from Chris Corbin, SilkRoad’s Manager of Product Training and member of the Center of Excellence.)  This year will be my 6th Connections.  I love saying hi to all of the familiar (and new) faces, but my favorite part is managing the Knowledge Lab. I...

Chris Corbin,