HR Raging Debates Goes Live and Uncensored in Upcoming Webcast

Ottawa, ON – December 8, 2009 –- A month after launching the HR Raging Debates virtual forum, where top human resources thought leaders answered pressing questions in talent management and HR, Halogen Software has announced findings of reader response to the debates. As a result of positive feedback from HR practitioners visiting the HR Raging Debates virtual forum, the company has also announced it is bringing the expert panel to a live webcast event where each expert can defend their stance on the hot topics, and answer new questions posed by webcast attendees.

What: HR Raging Debates Webcast – Live and Uncensored

When: Tuesday December 15th, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST

Who: 8 of the 10 contributors to the HR Raging Debates Virtual Forum: Josh Bersin, David Creelman, Kris Dunn, Richard Hadden, Lance Haun, Sharlyn Lauby, Edward Lawler and Libby Sartain.

HR Professionals and members of the media interested in registering can visit:

“As an HR practitioner I’m thrilled Halogen took the time to develop a cool community of professionals with real takes on the most important issues at the intersection of HR and business today,” said Kris Dunn, Vice President of People, DAXKO; and blogger at HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent. “I was excited to share my thoughts in the process via the virtual forum and hear the thoughts of others – both the panelists and the commenters – and can’t wait get into an interactive dialog in this upcoming webcast.”

“There have been thousands of visitors to the HR Raging Debates Forum – voting and participating in the discussion,” explained Donna Ronayne, VP Marketing and Business Development, Halogen Software. “We’ve been so pleased with the reader response and engagement that we wanted to do more, so bringing it to a live webcast was the next logical step. Webcast attendees will be able to fully participate – asking their tough questions in advance, and responding to polls. No doubt our panel of HR experts will provide both thoughtful and lively debate as they do on the web forum.”

More than 1000 visitors have weighed in with their take on the 10 hot topics asked on the HR Raging Debates virtual forum via voting and commenting on the website. The following highlights the summary results of reader response to the expert answers:
1. Should you even do performance reviews?
87%: Yes as long as you’re providing continuous feedback all year
13%: No

2. Which is better and fairer, focal or anniversary reviews?
54%: Focal
46%: It doesn’t matter

3. Should you use stack ranking to remove low performers?
61%: No
39%: Yes

4. Do you really need to manage the generations differently?
62%: Somewhat
38%: No

5. Should you tell an employee they are a member of a talent pool for succession?
94%: Yes
6%: No

6. Do merit increases promote sustained high performance?
68%: No
32%: Yes

7. Should you ban the use of social media in the workplace?
89%: No
11%: Yes

8. Is “weisure” good for business?
68%: Yes
32%: No

9. Should HR be responsible for the success of corporate social responsibility initiatives?
96%: No
4%: Yes

10. Does a Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) work?
62%: Sometimes
38%: No

To learn about the HR Raging Debates virtual forum or have your say on any of these issues, please visit:

About Halogen Software

Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use its Talent Management solution. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning and learning management. Halogen’s offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries.

Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers for its exceptional implementation and support services. Halogen was named a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management Software in 2009 and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit

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Maggie Patterson
PR Consultant, Halogen Software
T: 613-989-1866

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