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29 January 2020

PEOPLE ANALYTICS IN STANDARDS IMPLEMENTATIONS




Guest Blog Post: Dr. Michael Moon, People Analytics Leader | ADP

Imagine if you were asked to buy a house without ever seeing it. Your real estate agent tells you it has everything you asked for and you should trust her because she has had 100% success in predicting her client’s happiness with their purchase. Would you buy it?

What if you were planning a trip to an imaginary island, let’s call it Peopletopia, and the one person you know that has been there said you don’t need sunscreen in Peopletopia because it is so far away from any major continents that the sun has little to no impact on your skin. This is someone you were recently introduced to, who coincidentally, also happens to have a PhD. You burn easily and have a family history of skin cancer. Do you go without your sunscreen?

What if everywhere you ever worked people were allowed to wear any color shirt they wanted work, but now at your new job you are told you can wear any color but purple. You ask why and you are told because a very well-known thought leader presented research that purple clothing causes increased conflict in the workplace, more than any other color. Do you believe it?

Okay, so maybe the last scenarios are a little silly or far-fetched, but hopefully you get the point. Most of us do not do things on blind faith, like the first scenario, or make serious life-decisions based on information from only one source like the second scenario, even if that source is the world’s most renowned expert on a topic like the third scenario. So why, if we wouldn’t do these things in our personal lives, would we do them as HR Professionals?

So much of what we do as HR professionals and people managers in our organizations today are actually based upon faulty logic, inappropriate application of research, based on what we think makes sense, or what we read in the latest article in XYZ Magazine. And sometimes, we do them simply because it is what we have always done.

Even worse than faulty logic, and absolutely fundamental to making the most effective decisions about an organization’s people, is the importance of establishing standards for how data is stored, retrieved and used as part of HR decision-making.

Whether we are talking about the new ISO standards on human capital management reporting launched in 2019 (ISO 30414) or standards in how you define various HR measures and metrics, developing standards is a crucial part of using People Analytics to help unravel HR mysteries and facilitate better strategic value for your organization.

HR Open Standards not only provides the forum for people to come together to discuss, establish, and define the standards but it also provides an avenue for technologists to converse about their need and solve problems. If you’d like to learn more register to attend my session “People Analytics in Standards Implementations” at the HR Open 2020 Annual Meeting.

9 January 2020

LEARN THE MYSTERY BEHIND HR OPEN STANDARDS




Every year we hold an informational webinar to introduce the Consortium to new members and show how our workgroups and projects operate. This is also a great opportunity to remind our members about the important work we do, how to be a part of it, and how we benefit the HR technology community.

As a voluntary consensus standards consortium, HR Open is dedicated to the development of free, global HR vocabularies available to all HR professionals and organizations. We’re a community of professionals from around the world that collaborate on HR data exchange standards to deliver interoperability framework for HR trading partners.

Some key takeaways from our webinar:

  • Our project methodology walks you through the process of starting a new implementation standard:
    • Proposal: What is the issue and how do we plan to solve it?
    • Development: Workgroups meet virtually (via GitHub) to develop standards and documentation to resolve the issues.
    • Review/Approval: Once workgroup tasks are complete, the project is sent to the Technical Steering Committee to validate and make sure it matches the common area rules. Board and membership approve before schema becomes public.
  • Project teams include people with different skillsets – those to develop use cases, create schema, and write stories.
  • Get involved! Join the Business Steering Committee (marketing the Consortium), Meeting Planning Committee (planning and executing events), or Technical Steering Committee (reviewing schema and data).
  • Standards and Workgroups include:
    • Assessments
    • Compensation
    • Contingent Staffing
    • Data Protection
    • Employee Benefits
    • Employee Referrals
    • Indicative Data
    • Interviewing
    • Payroll
    • Recruiting
    • Screening
    • Talent Management
    • Time and Attendance
    • Wellness
    • Workforce Analytics

As an organization with 20 years of experience you know we can deliver credible and established standards. What we do matters, not only can it save you time and money but also provides a forum for you to interact with other HR technologists.

View the slideshow presentation and visit our website to learn about the benefits of becoming a member!

9 January 2020

SPOON, FORK OR BRANCH?




Well, you won’t need a spoon to develop in the HR Open Github environment. Forking and branching are two methods for deviating from the Main (approved and deployed) code. A branch is part of the original repository, whereas a fork is a copy of the original repository.  HR Open recommends our workgroups use branches.

The membership approved/deployed code is stored in the Main branch and the workgroup approved code is stored in the Development branch.

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As workgroups follow the development process, we track all changes using the Github Issues tool. This allows us to assign a person to the issue, prioritize it, and provide comments.

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When the schema editor makes changes for an open issue, the editor creates a new branch from the development branch. Once the changes are complete, the editor can create a pull request to be reviewed by the team or the TSC. Then the issue branch can be merged into development and deleted.

If you’d like to learn more about our workgroup process or want to get involved, contact Kim Bartkus.

9 January 2020

DO YOU WIKI?




Did you know that the term WikiWiki is Hawaiian for “fast; quick.” At HR Open, we use Wiki for collaborative editing of our documentation. HR Open is a global community of volunteers, dispersed throughout numerous time zones, so we can’t always communicate through conference calls.

The process for developing standards for a particular domain include:

  • Overview: this ensures everyone understands the purpose and scope of the project
  • Define the Actors: systems or roles that communicate to each other via the standard
  • Use Cases: stories of the business process and where the standards will be utilized; can include actors, diagrams, and sample data
  • Throughout the whole process we define terminology and implementation guidelines

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All of this documentation helps business analysts understand the process and implementers develop their products using the standards much more quickly. Keep in mind, this is a collaborative process, so the finished product is a standard that has years of knowledge and experience behind it.

Once the workgroup has completed the project, the Wiki is converted into online documentation available to the public for free.

If you’d like to learn more about our workgroup process or want to get involved, contact Kim Bartkus.

9 January 2020

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR HR OPEN STANDARDS




Github is a great developer and collaboration tool, especially for HR Open’s distributed standards development projects. Although HR Open uses Github as intended, we wanted to share some notes on our usage guidelines within the workgroups.

Every workgroup is created based on a domain and each domain has its own repository. A complete list of domain repositories includes:

  • Assessments
  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Common*
  • Interviewing
  • Payroll
  • Referrals
  • Screening
  • Timecard
  • TSC Repositories*
  • Wellness

* Managed by the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), these repositories are used for technical guidelines, tools, and other TSC related work.

The Common repository contains all of the shared information between the other domains. For example, all base data types (identifier, indicator, date, etc.) and all structures (person name, communication, organization, etc.) common to the workgroups are stored here to allow reuse of the shared components. This eliminates the need for multiple, similar structures and reduces development and maintenance time. So, before you create a new data type, check out the common repository to see if we already have the content!

Within each repository, we typically have a WIP folder for documentation and minutes, a JSON folder, and an XML folder. Within the two schema folders, you will find the noun and reusable schema, a top-level schema containing a list of all domain nouns, and a sample folder of all domain instances.

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All workgroup members have read/write access to their domain repository and read access to the common repository. The TSC have read/write access to all repositories. Once the standards have been approved, they are released to the public for free.

If you’d like to learn more about our repositories or want to get involved, contact Kim Bartkus.

9 January 2020

JDX™ JOBSCHEMA+ PROJECT PARTNERSHIP




HR Open Standards is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the JDX JobSchema+ Project. The Chamber Foundation recently announced the public feedback period is open on the project which looks to significantly evolve the existing data standard for job postings. HR Open is proud to be working on this project that will support more diverse hiring needs and in-demand skills and competencies in a modern workplace. This project closely relates to HR Open Standards mission to enable innovation in the HR Technology Industry by providing a turnkey solution to the problem of data exchange.

In today’s talent marketplace, data is king. However, in order to organize, manage, and share data effectively we need a solid foundation of interoperable data standards starting with data on jobs. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to partner with HR Open Standards to update and improve the JobPosting Schema, leverage it as part of the Job Data Exchange (JDX), and make the data the results from it more shareable with credentialing organizations and learners through the T3 Innovation Network.” – Jason Tysko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The JDX JobSchema+ expands and improves upon the JobPosting Schema, a widely-deployed schema in the employment context. Evolving and modernizing the existing standard is central to the success of the JDX initiative, which aims to deliver real-time labor market data to the stakeholders of the talent marketplace direct from employers.

“HR Open Standards has been developing and evolving well-adopted schemas to support recruiting since 1999. Our partnership with the Chamber Foundation will support the expansion of these standards to better signal accurate job requirements, support discovery of these job requirements to job seekers, and to help match candidates’ skills, knowledge and abilities to the true job requirements. We are excited about this collaboration” – Andrew Cunsolo, President of HR Open Standards Consortium

HR Open Standards Consortium looks forward to our continued partnership with the Chamber Foundation to evolve the standards and improve support for education and government organizations. In addition, we are participating on the JDX Advisory Council, making the expertise and experience in our Consortium available to the industry in new and exciting ways.

9 January 2020

RECRUITING SEARCH SOLUTIONS MADE EASIER WITH HR OPEN STANDARDS




How will our SearchDocument criteria will help you search through resumes?

There are many choices available when searching for a candidate – job boards, staffing agencies, resume databases – just to name a few. How do you search through the various database systems and how often do you receive accurate results that are relevant to your open position?

At HR Open Standards our recruiting workgroup is working on a SearchDocument schema to help take the guess work out of your resume parsing, saving you time, and providing you with the tools to find a perfect candidate!

What is a SearchDocument schema? A SearchDocument provides a way for one system, such as an Application Tracking Systems, to request matching candidates for a query against another system, such as a Job Board or Resume Bank. Our schema allows for your products to have a more stringent and accurate integration between the two systems. For you, this means less time checking multiple sources for accuracy or more time to evaluate your top candidates.speech bubble

The HR OPEN Way

You receive a requisition for a new position opening with specific qualifications for years of experience, location, and education. You open your recruiting application and enter the search criteria; the SearchDocument calls one or more of the appropriate resume database systems and returns with a consolidated list of candidates based on your criteria, along with a summary of information on each candidate. Once you review the list of candidates you’re able to retrieve the full candidate details.

Our standards allow save you time by completing the manual search results and returns more accurate candidate results. This allows you more time to evaluate the right candidates through interviews and work samples.

The recruiting workgroup has previously released standards based on:

  • The Candidate: specifications which define a set of information about an applicant, prospective employee, or resource.
  • Position Opening: used within many recruiting processes and relied upon by multiple trading partners in the course of the recruitment lifecycle

Learn more about When A.I. Meets HR: Data, Trends & the Future of Recruiting from Somen Mondal’s 2018 Annual Meeting presentation here.

Have more questions about how HR Open Standards can help your candidate search product or service? Become a member to join the work group or post a question on our forum.