Tracie Sponenberg SHRM-SCP, SPHR is SVP, HR for The Granite Group, a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, water and propane supplies based in Concord, NH. Responsible for leading all HR functions for 34 locations and nearly 500 employees, throughout New England, she has gained a broad HR background across a wide range of industries in more than 20 years in HR, with much of her career focused on working with CEOs to develop strategic people strategies to help the organizations grow. She began her career in HR while in college, interning with a global public transportation company but found she could have the most impact on the business in smaller, private companies. Tracie has a BA in Psychology from Holy Cross, and a MA in Human Resources from Framingham State University. She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, teaches the SHRM certification course at SNHU, is a member of the SHRM Special Expertise Panel and is Co-Organizer of DisruptHR NH.
First Annual HR Technology Market Report Produced by World-Renowned Industry Analyst Josh Bersin Available to 2018 Premium Pass Attendees
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.
One of my favorite parts of the HR Technology conference is walking the expo floor with Steve Boese before it opens and taking pictures. It's a treat to spend time with Steve and hear his take on how HR Tech is evolving each year. I especially love watching the expo go from an empty shell to a vibrant display of people and possibilities.
Building the business case for a new HR technology solution requires the involvement of numerous stakeholders within the organization. The most obvious is running the procurement gauntlet; others typically include IT, marketing, finance and HR operations. It is one of the reasons some HR teams limp along without the latest and greatest. After all, pushing an enterprise purchase forward can require the energy of Sisyphus; on its best day, it’s risky, disruptive and downright exhausting.
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.”