The Top 10 Takeaways from #HRTF15

With #HRTF15 wrapping up for another year, here are our best moments from the conference. There were so many great speakers, amazing new products, and discussions to be had with other HR pros. Here are just some of the biggest topics talked about and what was being shared on Twitter about each:

1. HR systems need to be integrated to be effective.

HR departments are using so many different programs now that transition needs to feel seamless. Redundant entry of data needs to be eliminated, and systems need to be simplified. Too many HR departments are used to dealing with a dog’s breakfast of over-complicated programs,

Too many HR departments are used to dealing with a dog’s breakfast of over-complicated programs, poor integration, and needlessly complex systems.

2. Technology and employer branding can ease the hiring manager’s burden

Bill Boorman gave a great talk on the modern challenges of a hiring manager: Over application by unsuitable candidates, and the deteriorating relationship between talent acquisition and hiring managers. Hiring managers need more project management skills to improve time management on each vacancy, employer branding and accurate messaging get the right applicants to apply, and

Hiring managers need more project management skills to improve time management on each vacancy, employer branding and accurate messaging get the right applicants to apply, and

Hiring managers need more project management skills to improve time management on each vacancy, employer branding and accurate messaging get the right applicants to apply, and technology help ease the workload of hiring managers sifting through CVs to find the right applicants.

3. Selecting HR tech that matters

Know what you’re looking for in HR tech before you make a purchasing decision. Cutting through the hype and finding systems that matter helps to deliver value to your organisation.

Delivering the right systems will make it easier to implement additional HR tech in the future. Take the time to decide what you want, and look past the bells and whistles to check the tech will deliver what you need.

 

4. Creating organisations that work with people

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and it is easy for organisations to get caught up in the technological wave. Organisations need to keep their workplaces human and operate in a way that makes sense. How much of

How much of the human touch is kept as we adopt more technology will be what makes the difference for vendors and organisations as the movement to more technology takes hold.

5. Change management makes HR tech initiatives stick

Convincing decision makers to purchase HR tech is only part of the challenge. You then need to convince the organisation to use it. Have change management strategies in place to control the

Have change management strategies in place to control the adoption of new technology, and ensure it is being used by all the key stakeholders in the organisation. The best HR tech only adds value when it is being used to its full potential.

The best HR tech only adds value when it is being used to its full potential.

6. HR should embrace social media

Social media is no longer the domain of the millennial in the marketing department. HR needs to be on social media, and looking at employees active on social platforms. Social media is an opportunity for HR to engage with employees, promote the

Social media is an opportunity for HR to engage with employees, promote the employer brand for candidates, and turn people into company evangelists.

Social media is an easy medium for people to become advocates for your organisation’s brand.

7. HR must become a multi-disciplinary asset

Digital forces are shaping HR in ways like never before. HR needs to keep up with the latest innovations in every area of the organisation. HR should become the department to find new tech to implement in the organisation and be the one to undertake extensive testing of each new initiative. Finding new tech and innovating new process is a new area where

HR should become the department to find new tech to implement in the organisation and be the one to undertake extensive testing of each new initiative. Finding

Finding new tech and innovating new process is a new area where HR can add value to the organisation.

8. Data is the new oil

Data is fast becoming the most valuable resource for organisations. The more that can be recorded, the more that can be used to make business decisions. 

Bill Boorman gave another insightful talk on the need to track data, and now deep HR needs to aggregate to be able to bring value to the organisation.

The best starting point is to choose the right software. Bill stressed the need for organisations to ensure software is right for them, and that the data is relevant.

Rigorous selection processes, customising software to suit the needs of the business, and recording every possible piece of data is the start of the new, data-driven HR.

9. More innovation is happening in the HR Tech space than ever before

One of the biggest talking points at the conference was on the increased number of startups attending.

Presenters and attendees alike discussed how startups are able to take greater risks in the HR space, create more innovative niche products, and close in on new markets faster than the existing big enterprises.

There are more options for HR departments than ever before, and HR departments should be on the lookout for as many new solutions as possible.

It’s more than likely that a pain point in your process has been fixed by a tech startup you haven’t even heard of yet.

10. #Appgirl was trending almost as much as #HRTF15

HROnboard’s Anne was featured on the official app for HR Tech Fest, which has slingshotted her to the ranks of a viral superstar.

Attendees of HR Tech Fest were star struck when they were given the chance to share drinks with the internet sensation, and lines were around the block to get her autograph on day two of the event.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get to our stand to meet #appgirl. Book your demo of HROnboard today and have a personalised demonstration by #appgirl herself.

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