The Times They Are a Changing

If you asked me 25 years ago (when I was a newbie in HR) if I would be attending an HR Technology Conference my immediate response would have been an emphatic NO! After all, HR is HR, not IT right?

Times have changed over the past 25 years and HR now partners with IT to ensure the effective use and management of technology. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better way to ensure technological expertise then by attending the HR Technology Conference. The conference also provides an amazing opportunity to get information about the latest technology trends affecting HR.

HR is at a pivotal crossroads when it comes to using technology as a means to bring about change in the organization. Major themes from this year’s conference include mobile technology, workplace analytics, cloud computing and of course, social in the enterprise. As I mentioned in my pre-conference article deciding what sessions to attend was a tough decision. Here’s how my first day went.

Co-chair Bill Kutik gave a warm welcome before passing the baton to opening keynote speaker Tom Koulopoulos. At this standing room only event one of the most important takeaways for HR is that although technology is important, even more important is how you manage your human capital.

Next, Brian Kelly, Global Commercial Leader, Metrics and Analytics at Mercer provided some practical advice on how to get off to a good start in his session “Relieve the Guilt! A Starter’s Guide to Workforce Analytics”. Let’s face it….like it or not, workforce analytics is here to stay. A couple of excellent points:

• Determine what is important for your organization to focus on.

• Don’t wait for your data to be clean (it never will be), otherwise you will never start.

Next came an interesting twist for HR recruiters. The Candidate Experience Awards (the CandEs) recognizes the best companies to apply to work for. Since many people share both their positive and negative candidate experiences, the winners of the CandEs can serve as an outstanding role model as to how to make sure your candidates don’t fall into the ‘black hole’. Check out our Recruiting section for practical tips as to how XpertHR can help as well.

Kudos to Gerry Crispin, Elaine Orler and Ed Newman for recognizing the need to raise the candidate experience level and, of course, congratulations to all of the winners. The list can be found here.

At the Top Products of 2012 Awards Luncheon, Human Resource Executive magazine recognized 10 companies for excellence and innovation. The winners include:

• Ascendify for Enterprise Talent Community;

• Employment Technologies Corp. for;

• HireVue Inc. for HireVue Mobile App;

• Monster Worldwide for SeeMore;

• Peoplefluent for Fluency on the Move – Suite of Mobile Talent Applications;

• Qualtrics for Qualtrics 360;

• Scavado for Scavado;

• Scout OnDemand for Coaching Management System;

• StartWire for ApplicationConnect; and

• Visier Inc. for Visier Workforce Analytics.

The luncheon was capped off by an amazing performance by Mike Rayburn one of the most talented and innovative and entertaining presenters it has been my pleasure to hear.

More fun to come….be sure to stay tuned for some more great insights from #hrtechconf!