HR Tech 2016: 2 Must-Attend Sessions and 5 Tips from Steve Boese


We’re now just four days away from the 19th annual HR Technology Conference & Expo in Chicago. And if you’re anything like me, you like to go in with a game plan. This field guide to HR Tech from John Sumser at HRExaminer is a great place to start. It includes session guides, a vendor directory, and tips & tricks.

Be sure to add Globoforce booth #1610 to your list (we’ve got some sweet treats for you). You can also check out both of our sessions at the beginning and end of the conference:


How Can You Build a More Human Workplace? Introducing a New Global Index

Tuesday, October 4th at 2:30 p.m., S405


Derek Irvine, vice president of client strategy and consulting at Globoforce and Jay Dorio, director of employee voice and assessment at IBM, will unveil findings from a study conducted by Globoforce’s WorkHuman Research Institute and IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute on a new measurement about what constitutes a more human workplace.


How UnitedHealth Group Brought Culture to Life Through Social Recognition

Friday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m., S405


Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley and David Sparkman, senior vice president of culture at UnitedHealth Group will discuss how UHG’s peer-to-peer recognition program, Bravo! has fostered the growth of its cohesive company culture based on core values of integrity and collaboration.

And don’t forget to add us on twitter @globoforce. Join the conversation as we live tweet highlights from the sessions and the expo throughout the week with the #HRTechConf hashtag.


The 5 Tips

For a preview of what to expect at the conference and tips for implementing new technology, read through our chat with Steve Boese, co-chair of the conference, below:

Steve Boese, co-chair of the HR Technology Conference

Steve Boese, co-chair of the HR Technology Conference

How can attendees get the most out of HR Tech 2016?

Review the agenda and make sure you find at least two or three sessions that speak to current challenges or opportunities you have in your organization and be sure to mark your calendar to not miss those sessions.

I would also recommend seeking out sessions and exhibitors that may not seem to be an imminent or pressing challenge, but seem interesting or provocative. You may just find your imagination piqued by these ideas and technologies and get ideas on how you can bring them back to your organization, even if you had never thought about them before the conference.


What are the latest trends you’re seeing when it comes to performance management and HR technology?

We are seeing more technology development to support the idea of less formal, more frequent, and more coaching-based performance management processes. As more organizations move towards eliminating or at least revamping the traditional annual review/rating process, technology solution providers are forced to develop new capabilities to match their customer’s needs.


How is HR technology helping to bring more humanity into the workplace?

I think one way is new technology can place more resources and opportunities to connect with and collaborate with others into the hands of every employee. Modern HR technology can improve the overall experience an employee has with their organization, in some ways making work easier, simpler, more fun, and with more opportunities to grow and stretch their capabilities and skills.


If you could give HR leaders one piece of advice about implementing new technology, what would it be?

Think carefully about how technology impacts not just how employees go about completing a certain transaction or task, but also how technology effects their relationship with the organization, their colleagues, and their overall feeling about working for the organization. HR leaders should always strive to use technology to not just make things more efficient or reduce costs, but to help employees meet their professional goals and aspirations.


What do you think HR technology will look like 5 years from now?

One change I expect to see within 5 years is HR technology that people engage with more naturally and conversationally. Think about chat-based assistants, “smart” interfaces that anticipate what you may want to do next, and incorporating commercial and consumer devices like the Amazon Echo to engage with enterprise HR systems. The future of HR technology will be tools that are much more embedded in an individual’s day-to-day activities and much less like separate systems that are used to complete specific HR tasks.


Now all you need to do is pack your bags for the windy city. Looking forward to seeing you all in Chicago!


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