Employees want to grow and develop. Research regularly shows that having the opportunities to learn new skills and develop professionally are key reasons for joining a business. And for staying with a business too. Most feel they need to learn to help them do their jobs better, which is crucial in performance driven organisations. Professional development is key to having a satisfied and engaged workforce.
The 17th HR Technology Conference & Expo recently drew to a close. It was my third trip across the pond for this event and, as with the previous two, I left the event buzzing, hopeful and full of ideas. Whilst many topics and specialisms are dissected, debated and discussed there are often general themes that emerge. The great thing about being part of a multi-national, multi-talented blog squad is that we all find slightly different perspectives and themes from what we hear. Hopefully attendees are also able to take away a range of insights to help them in the day job.
Jim Whitehurst told us in the closing HRTech keynote "Study the great leaders and you see idiosyncrasy and uniqueness…not everyone with the same set of qualities". Could the same be applied to HR technology too?
"Every job has its own nobility with it" said Marcus Buckingham during an energetic and insightful opening keynote at the 2015 HR Technology Conference. He was giving an example of how to understand performance and task fulfillment within different sectors, in this case through hotel cleaners. They know when a room was cleaned well, and the tricks for checking. Each job, no matter what overall level we attach to it, has its own code of skills, tasks, checks and passions, which are probably outside the remit of most performance management related discussions in a conference such as this, but which make up the broad ecosystem of work.
I'm counting down the days to the 2015 HR Technology Conference in Vegas and looking forward to taking my place on the Insiders blog squad. This will be my second visit and I'm keen to find out what's new, what's changing and how it can help make work better, and help managers and leaders to make better decisions. With a long background as a recruiter I'm always interested in how we can make hiring better, and give a great experience.