Any company that employs workforce, especially in large-scale, has a human resource, talent acquisition and/or talent management departments (and it might even need some recruitment help!). Usually, the HR manager is meant to be the go between the employer and employee to strengthen their work relationship.


The research team at Workforce gathered statistics and compiled a list seamlessly sifting through any HR performance data that is publicly accessible. Not surprisingly, even interpreting the data alone was not a straightforward exercise. 


How to identify the shakers and movers of the industry? What differentiates them from all the rest?


 Below, you can find listed some of the companies shaking up the HR landscape, regardless of the number of employees - large or small:




Google's exceptional HR practices have been among the most copied in the corporate world. The tech giant has perks like lavish maternal and paternal leave plans, free Wi-Fi, commuting shuttles, free gourmet food, and on-site laundry.


Google launched a web sharing platform called re:Work. The platform is based on a number of well-researched examples of the way Google recruits and conducts their anti-bias training. The generated checklists are to be used internally in the company.




The app aims to deal with the bias in the process of  job application. Leveraging artificial intelligence and a people analytics, Blendoor ensures a data-driven process. Applicant’s key information like gender and race is blocked to avoid bias, all of which only gets revealed at the interview stage. There is a potential to change the HR landscape as with the anonymity that the AI provides, gender discrimination and racism are further diminished in the workplace.




At Zappos, job titles are a thing of the past; they were eliminated in an attempt to eradicate the hierarchy entitlement in a business establishment. The management believes that these titles suppress any form of creativity and are as well producing the not so productive hierarchies. This way, the employees will put up a more united front.




The hotel chain uses game designs to attract potential staff to their official website. Whether the candidates decide to take a virtual tour of the company’s offices or to play a video game, this approach effectively attracts young talented employees.




Xyngular deals with a series of products that work to assist weight loss. The company offers a healthy life benefit to its employees -  they get a reimbursement each month for the gym of their choice. Dental, medical, vision, life disability, and flexible benefits are also included in the pack.

All of the above is complemented by unlimited paid time off (PTO) whenever the need arises. Although not new, the unlimited paid time off is still embraced by a very few companies worldwide and definitely attracts top talent.


Although the list is not extensive, and the differentiation criteria are subjective, there are definitely companies taking the lead in transforming the long-time accepted HR and benefits practices. We are yet to see if the rest will follow their steps.