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Business Outcomes & Human Centered Experiences - #HRTechConf 2018

Oct 29, 2018 1:35:12 PM / by Jennifer Payne posted in Uncategorized

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The 2018 HR Technology Conference is now in the books, having wrapped up about two weeks ago.  As I usually do, I’ve spent the time since then mulling over what I heard and saw there, reviewing my notes and tweets and thinking about the show as a whole.  The one thing that stood out to me this year is that although the show, of course, still very much focuses on specific technologies and how they are being used to enhance the HR function, there seemed to be an attempt by conference organizers to capture a larger audience beyond the “HR IT” folks and vendors, and maybe try to appeal to what I would refer to (for lack of a better term) as “regular HR folks and practitioners.”  This seemed to be evidenced by keynotes and general sessions that included “Dirty Jobs” Mike Rowe, whose message focused more on the value of all types of work rather than on anything specifically tech-focused, and the “Most Admired Companies” panel which, although did speak to workplace technologies, also touched on bigger themes like the need for HR to become more “human” again.

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Women in HR Tech – A Q&A With Kathryn Minshew, The Muse

Aug 20, 2018 9:58:51 AM / by Jennifer Payne posted in hr tech, Kathryn Minshew, The Muse, Uncategorized, Women in HR Technology, HR Tech Conference

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One of the highlights of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition for me over the past couple of years has been the Women in HR Technology event.  A half day event occurring on the first day of the conference, it brings together some of the most successful women in the space to address questions like how do we attract more women into tech and HR tech roles, and how do we help those in the field overcome the challenges of working in a historically male dominated field to thrive and ultimately grow into leadership roles?

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Women in HR Tech – A Q&A With Kristy Wallace, Ellevate Network

Aug 20, 2018 9:52:26 AM / by Jennifer Payne posted in Ellevate Network, hr tech, Kristy Wallace, leadership journey, Uncategorized, Women in HR Technology, HR Tech Conference

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One of the highlights of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition for me over the past couple of years has been the Women in HR Technology event.  A half day event occurring on the first day of the conference, it brings together some of the most successful women in the space to address questions like how do we attract more women into tech and HR tech roles, and how do we help those in the field overcome the challenges of working in a historically male dominated field to thrive and ultimately grow into leadership roles?

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HR Practitioners’ Relationship With HR Technology – “It’s Complicated”

Jul 16, 2018 10:41:22 AM / by Jennifer Payne posted in technology, future hr tech, HR, HR innovation, HR Practitioners’ Relationship With HR Technology, hr tech, HR Tech 2018, HR Technology, HR Technology Conference, HR practitioner, HR Tech Conference

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For those who work in or regularly interact within the HR technology space, it may be tempting to assume that all HR practitioners are well-versed in and understand both the value and limits of workplace technology.  That in the year 2018, when we all interact with all sorts of technology platforms in our daily lives outside of work, that we would all be fluent in technology inside the workplace, and that the importance of embracing how technology can transform the workplace as we move toward the future, balanced with a keen understanding of and respect for what it can and cannot do would be top of mind for all HR professionals.

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“People Still Matter”                

Oct 23, 2017 9:39:00 AM / by Jennifer Payne posted in technology, HR, hr tech, HR Tech 2018, HR Technology, HR Technology Conference, innovation, technology conference, HR practitioner, HR Tech Conference

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The 2017 edition of the HR Technology Conference wrapped up about a week and a half ago, and other than transitioning back to my real world day-to-day responsibilities, I’ve also spent the time since then processing what I heard and what I learned.  When I attend a conference, I usually like to hold off writing about it until a little while afterwards because I like to take a look back at my notes, scribbles, and tweets and see if there is some sort of theme that emerges, especially from an HR practitioner perspective.  And when I did so this year, the one thing that came across loud and clear can be summed up in a quote from Friday keynote speaker Josh Bersin – “People Still Matter.”

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Women in Technology – What Can You Do To Move the Needle?

Oct 19, 2017 4:49:41 PM / by Jennifer Payne posted in hr tech, HR Tech 2018, women in HR Tech, Women in HR Technology, Women in Technology, HR Tech Conference

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The 2017 HR Technology Conference kicked off on Tuesday morning with the second annual Women in HR Technology summit.  Back bigger and better than ever this year – in a much bigger conference space to alleviate the overflow issues from the unexpected popularity of the inaugural event last year – the goal of this summit is to address questions such as how do we attract more women into tech and HR tech roles?  And how do we help those in the field overcome the challenges of working in a historically male dominated field to thrive and ultimately grow into leadership roles?

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#HRTechConf 2017 – An HR Practitioner’s Perspective and Preview

Sep 26, 2017 9:38:20 AM / by Jennifer Payne posted in artificial intelligence, Company culture, employee engagement, Women in Technology, HR practitioner

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The 2017 edition of the HR Technology Conference – the 20th annual by the way – is now about two weeks away.  This annual gathering, celebration, and showcase of all things HR technology related has quickly become one of my favorite HR events of the year, one I continually look forward to.  I am admittedly a conference junkie and enjoy the opportunity to immerse myself and learn a few new things regardless of the topic, but the reason HR Tech has become one of my favorite, a definite on my priority list of must attend events each year, is that it really allows me to step outside my day to day and think differently; to think bigger.

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Empowering Women in HR Technology - #HRTechConf 2017

Aug 9, 2017 1:54:27 PM / by Jennifer Payne posted in Company culture, hr tech, male-dominated fields, innovation, STEM, Talent Management, Women in HR Technology

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“We need more women in leadership roles.”

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The Human Touch - #HRTechConf 2016

Oct 17, 2016 2:50:59 PM / by Jennifer Payne posted in Consumerization, Company culture, engagement and wellness, hr tech, personalization, HR Tech Conference

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The 2016 HR Technology Conference has now come and gone; another year, another fantastic show.  This year’s iteration offered all that one has come to expect, and then some.  The addition of the Women in HR Technology pre-conference summit was certainly a highlight (but you can read all about that in my previous post).

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“Be Fearless!” – Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf

Oct 10, 2016 10:02:50 AM / by Jennifer Payne posted in hr tech, Women in HR Technology, HR practitioner, HR Tech Conference

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In preparing for this year’s HR Technology Conference, one of the sessions I was most looking forward to was the pre-conference “Women in HR Technology” event.  Anytime something new is offered on the agenda you just never know how it’s going to be received, but based on the descriptions, panelists, and pre-conference hype, it seemed to have promise to be a solid session.  And judging by the overwhelming attendance and standing room only/overflow situation, I’d say for a first time event it exceeded expectations.  An all-star panel of female leaders from companies such as ADP, Equifax, Ceridian, Paychex, SAP, Cornerstone, Ultimate, and Oracle (among others!) offered lively discussions and countless bits of great advice on developing and promoting more women into technology roles and leadership roles within technology companies.

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