Although it’s still the middle of the sultry summer and it seems like the cooler days of the Fall are still a long way off, like it or not they’ll be here before we know it. And when I think of Fall, that always brings one thing to mind….the HR Technology Conference. This year’s show is scheduled from October 18th-21st, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
As an HR practitioner who spends a great deal of my time in the trenches, dealing with the day to day challenges of balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the organization, I often get the question, “Why HR Tech?” The perception tends to be that HR Tech is just for “systems type” folks, and to be honest, that’s what I always thought at first. But nothing could be further from the truth, and it’s becoming even less and less so each subsequent year.
Yes, the core focus of HR Tech will always be the technology, as it should be. That’s their niche, that’s what they are all about. But the folks who put together the agenda for HR Tech have done a fantastic job of evolving the show to become a world class conference covering not just emerging technology and trends, but also showcasing real HR folks and how they’ve used technology to solve real-world problems. And they do it in a way that’s relevant not just to entry and mid-level HR professionals, but senior leaders as well.
I’ve written in the past about why I think HR professionals should care about what’s happening at HRTech. I’ve written recaps about the conferences in the past. And each year, my conviction that all HR pros need to be technologists to at least some extent becomes stronger. Technology is everywhere around us, in every aspect of our lives. If our outsides lives are tech focused, but our workplaces are not, there seems to be a pretty significant disconnect, doesn’t there?
As HR pros, we all deal with a variety of processes and initiatives, and as good, strategic, forward-thinking ones we should always operate with technology in the forefront….is there a way that technology could help us to be more efficient and more effective at managing these processes? It doesn’t matter if our responsibilities are in recruiting, learning & development, wellness, employee engagement, compensation & benefits, recognition & rewards, or any other focus…there’s likely a better way to do things and technology to help us get there.
If you take a look at this year’s agenda you’ll see the wide net that this show casts. With 10 different tracks, keynotes, general sessions, Awesome New Technology sessions, and even a hackathon….there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Of the concurrent sessions, my favorites tend to be the executive panels or the case studies, where you have those real HR pros talking about real world challenges and solutions they’ve developed. If you scroll through the list of sessions, time after time you’ll see titles like “How Company A Does XYZ” – this is real, valuable stuff, presented by the folks that actually worked on it, that you just might walk away from with ideas for your own company.
And if you want to demo systems, there’s no better place to do that than in the HR Tech Expo Hall. Everyone who’s anyone in HR technology will be there, all in one place, under one roof, ready to help you.
So if you’re looking for a place that will give you and your company an edge, the HR Technology Conference is just that place. If you want to hear how real companies have used real solutions to solve real problems, you’ll get that. If you want to hear about what’s next in the HR technology landscape, you’ll get that. If you want to hear about some truly future focused ideas and innovations, and how they may impact the future of the workplace, you’ll get that too. Technology has infiltrated every part of our lives, and it’s continuing to do so in the workplace at a faster and faster pace with each passing year. Why not join us and see for yourself?
And as an added bonus, if you register with event registration code PAYNE15 you’ll receive a $150.00 discount off your registration fee (including Early Bird rates). Register HERE.
Jennifer Payne is an HR veteran with nearly two decades of experience in various aspects of the profession, including employee & labor relations, learning & development, and talent acquisition. She currently oversees talent management, engagement, and employee communications for Tops Markets, a regional grocery chain based in Buffalo, NY, and her dedication to that industry has earned her recognition as a “2016 Top Woman in Grocery” through Progressive Grocer magazine. Outside of her “day job,” Jennifer is a seasoned blogger. She is one of the co-founders, principal writers, and current editor of the Women of HR blog, and has blogged for and served on the social media/influencer teams for various conferences, including her role as an “HR Tech Insider” for the HR Technology Conference over the past several years. Always an HR practitioner at heart, she strives to bring that point of view to the topics she explores, and to challenge others to think differently about how they approach their jobs.