8 Actionable Takeaways From The HR Tech World 2015 Paris

Robert Cordray

The HR Tech World Congress, loaded with 3,500 delegates for two days, recently took place in Paris. Hosted in Palais de Congress, the aim of the meeting was to align HR Tech World with the demands of the 21st century. Many things affect today’s human resources, including the social revolution, people analytics, the open source market, and the rise in freelance workers. There is no doubt technology has a big role in how organizations recruit and how employees communicate, among other HR activities.

The following are eight actionable takeaways from the Paris conference.

1. The digital and social revolution

David Shing, a delegate popularly known as the Digital Prophet, talked about how much HR has been affected by the social revolution. If half of Shing’s prediction comes to reality, then HR should brace itself for overwhelming radical changes. This was supported by Matt Alder, a talent acquisition manager at Lyst. He reiterated that social media will revolutionize the way employees communicate and the way they can engage with clients. It is also an important source of data analytics where an organization may get reactions from clients about its products and services.

2. The revolution in recruitment

The changes and disruption of the iRecruit track were part of the delegation’s discussion. One of the highlighted issues was how robotics and artificial intelligence can facilitate recruitment, a process used by Wipro to hire over 20,000 employees per year. Bill Boorman highlighted the major ways technology has changed the way organizations recruit. He highlighted that New Zealand is far ahead of Europe and the US, with 3-5 years of experience with recruitment tech using solutions such as Stack, DocuSign, and Trello in talent acquisition.

3. Traditional reviews do not work anymore

Employee engagement and feedback are the new version of reviews that use HR software. Annual performance and engagement reviews do not represent a holistic view of employee performance over time. HR software will revolutionize HR performance reviews with data accumulated over time used to give a true representation of employees’ performance.

4. HR can be magic

The Paris conference ended with remarks by Marco Tempest on how magic is important in the 21st century. According to Tempest, the three core elements of magic are secrecy, psychology, and advanced tech. Tempest says HR’s has morphed from secrecy into open source and collaboration in the 21st century.

5. Future of HR and open source

New technologies have produced HR initiatives such as the IBM’s Open HR initiative, which is already creating waves in HR tech. According to Lars Schmidt, one of the delegates to the conference, the open-source approach to Hootsuite’s talent acquisition strategy garnered a lot of interest from the HR Tech World participants. Payroll software is one of the suites facilitating an open source approach.

6. Adopting people analytics could be slow but will eventually be important

It was obvious from the conference that organizations will be slow to implement people analytics. However, its importance and the fact that it has turned out to be beneficial for many companies makes it inevitable that companies will adopt it. According to Volker Jacobs of CEB, the barriers to adoption can be summarized into three C’s; Capability, Criticality, and Credibility. People analytics will become crucial HR activities in the future.

7. #DisruptHR competition

One of the highlights of the conference was a HR Tech World competition dubbed #DisruptHR. Experts think that competition in the next year will elevate the #DisruptHR competition and get all HR tech companies involved in revolutionizing HR.

8. Leaders should listen more and talk less

One of the issues that came up at HR Tech World is the need for leaders to listen more to their followers. Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, was regarded as the example many leaders should emulate. The future of HR needs leaders who can listen more and talk less.

With these takeaways, technology can propel HR into the future and help keep employees more motivated in their work.

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