We are now officially less than a week away from the 2015 edition of the HR Technology Conference and I for one am now if full out psyched up mode! Yes, I know I’m an “official blogger” for the show so of course I’d say great things about it, but the truth is, I’ve been a fan of this conference long before I was an official blogger. The content is innovative, the speakers are folks from whom you really want to hear, and the Expo Hall is bigger than anything you’ll see at another HR conference. But you can check out the agenda and see that for yourself.
What I want to talk about today are the things I’m expecting to see at this year’s show. As I prepare to head out to Las Vegas and immerse myself in all things HR Technology, I’ve taken some time to really peruse that agenda to get a feel for the major themes we’re going to see. And here’s what stood out:
Data, Data, and More Data
This is nothing new…we’ve been seeing sessions and discussions on big data and analytics for a couple of years now. But I don’t see that trend slowing down anytime soon. From Marcus Buckingham’s opening keynote, to numerous concurrent sessions and panel discussions, we’ll hear about big data, small data, predictive analytics, using data for more effective recruiting, data and analytics for better workforce management (in fact there’s an entire track dedicated to that), data to help us better manage and leverage relationships in the workplace, and using data in the context of performance management and employee engagement. And speaking of engagement…
Technology Related to Employee Engagement and Culture
I lost count of how many times I saw the word “engagement” cited in session summaries. Some may argue that employee engagement has had its day as a topic of discussion, but it’s clear from many of the sessions on tap that it’s still very much relevant. So how can we use technology to personalize culture and engagement? How can we use it for more effective recognition? How do we use it to tell the story of our companies’ cultures? Looks like we’ll have the opportunity to explore those topics in detail.
A Showcase of Innovation
Any conference focused on technology by definition should be innovative. After all, if we don’t have innovation, we don’t have continually improving technology. The HR Technology Conference as a whole is pretty innovative with the topics offered and the way they offer them. There’s a definite focus on showcasing new technologies through the Awesome New Technologies for HR and Awesome New Startups for HR sessions, the Top HR Products awards, and new this year the HR Tech Hackathon. But also on the agenda is an Ideas and Innovators in HR General Session, as well as an entire track of concurrent session dedicated to Ideas and Innovators.
Of course there are countless other topics that will be covered throughout the 10 different tracks of sessions, the panel discussions, the vendor demos, and the case studies, but these are just a few of the major themes I’m seeing and what I expect I’ll be covering throughout the show. It’s shaping up to be a great three days!
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.