About Samantha McLaren

Scottish-born Samantha McLaren is a copywriter and editor with a specialty for the recruiting and HR space. She has written dozens of articles on topics ranging from employee retention and engagement to employer branding, company culture, and management strategies.

Securing Executive Buy-In: How to Make the Case for HR Technology

Unemployment is low and the cost of replacing talent is high, so it’s no wonder that elevating employee experience (EX) to improve retention is top of mind for many HR professionals right now. And one of the best ways to do that is by upgrading the business’s HR technology.    In order to get buy-in for these investments, HR first has to make a compelling business case. And that can be a challenge, especially at organizations where HR is viewed as a purely administrative support function, rather than a strategic driver of the company’s success. Without the right resources, though, it can be difficult to prove what a major impact your department can make—trapping you in a vicious circle.   

Applying UX principles to EX: Enhancing the employee user experience

When companies think about user experience (UX), it’s almost always in the context of the customer. How is the customer interacting with the website’s interface? Are they able to navigate it easily? Are they finding the support resources they need? But as organizations dedicate more time and energy to improving the employee experience (EX), they’ll also have to broaden their understanding of UX—optimizing the employee user experience across their internal systems.    When it’s time to maintain, upgrade, or replace your business’s HR software, here are some tips to help you improve the employee user experience—and boost your overall EX.

Should You Hire a VP of Employee Experience like Airbnb?

The concept of employee experience, or EX, is on the radar of many companies today, and for good reason. Improving the way employees think and feel about your organization at every touchpoint throughout their journey with you can have a dramatic impact on retention, engagement, and more. Whether it’s dedicating five minutes of attention to the topic in a weekly meeting or creating a full-fledged program, many organizations are channeling a lot of time and resources into improving EX.