The event kicked off with Jason Averbook’s Workplace 2020 keynote address. Jason pushed the attendees to think hard if their workplace (systems and processes) were workplace 2020 compliant. Some bullet points I took away from Jason’s talk are:
Next up was Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Penguin Random House (UK). Other than being “the most dangerous man in HR” it was great to have the second session presented by a practitioner providing four case studies on how Penguin Random House has been using technology to enable HR processes. Neil did ask an interesting question – Why are we slow to embrace all this great new technology? His view was that “historically HR Tech has been about control, process, compliance. Not around transparency, and trust.”
I sat in on Laurie Ruettimann’s “I Am HR: Five Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR”, a great boot camp session for any HR professional wanting to take control of their career. Laurie’s tips:
Stuart Moseley provided a good session on how HR analytics can support business performance. Stuart’s advice is for HR to stop counting things and start understanding things. Really good advice! His recommendations for must have metrics included:
Another really good session was William Tincup’s on user adoption. William is aligned with Jason that the number one thing that drives user adoption is value. His summary of value was “a feature is not a feature unless users use said feature”. William believes that implementation projects need to address many areas to ensure user adoption of the system – with communication, training and change management the critical three.
It was good to see many different vendors supporting this new conference. I think they will have all received value from their investments. Many of the “usually suspects” were exhibiting, with a few notable exceptions.
Unlike other HR Technology events that have been attached to broader conferences, the people in attendance had a specific focus on technology with many of the people I spoke to actively looking for new solutions. A great situation for vendors who exhibited.
All in all a great event that I would recommend everyone put into their calendars for next year.