More updates from HR Tech Europe 2015

Two more storify’s from HR Tech Europe

The First is a session from Nicole Dominique Le Maire and her view on how reward strategies need to be adapted to reflect different genders in the workplace:

And the second a summary overview of the Costas Markedis presentation on How to make organisations more innovative

The Future is now?

I’m off to HR Tech Europe this week, I’ve been invited as part of the ‘BlogSquad’ so expect lots of tweets, blogs and storify’s from me this week on all things Worky People Tech.

As you can see from my succinct explanation of ‘worky people tech’ I’m not exactly leading edge when it comes to HR Tech.  I’m a pretty early adopter personally and embrace new tech and ways of interacting with tech quite easily.  I like my boarding pass on my phone, my weekly shop updated from my bed or the bus and delivered each week, using my hands to wave at the TV and change channels or the volume, keeping in touch with a busy mate with regular giggle fests on Google Hangout……

But at work……well I still work in a heavily paper based organisation with reams of paper sent with offer letters and employment contracts, performance reviews are completely paper based, agendas, meeting minutes.  And then the MI or Data (or lack thereof).  The way in which we are slaves to email.  The endless printouts of (death by) PowerPoint presentations.  The meetings, meetings, meetings (not to mention the meetings to decide to have a meeting).  The project management.  The people management,  The recruitment process, The list goes on……

I’m excited to see what could be – the art of the possible, but also to see what’s already there – the changes that have taken place.  I’m excited to see how technology can support other work on improved workplaces and Happiness.

I’m hopeful and interested and ready to be impressed – the blurb for the conference says:

HR Tech Europe is Europe’s most important event on how software, technology systems and collaborative tools are bringing about surmountable change in the way people and organizations work. Learn from the world’s most exciting leaders and disrupters on topics covering HR, technology, talent & recruitment, social enterprise, learning, mobile, trends, strategy and big data opportunities.

So maybe by Wednesday evening I will truly believe that The Future is Now!


But they’re not real friends are they?

Some of you will already know where this is going to go.

The short answer is yes – some of the people I have met on line are honestly real friends. Yes many are acquaintances and some are passing nods of acknowledgement. A smile, a wave, a virtual high five.

These are people I have met online. People who I ‘talk’ to more often than I talk to my mother or brother and people who I care about, whose opinion I value and who I cheer for, console, commiserate.

I’m part of a community – well several communities is probably more accurate and my life and work are richer and better for it.

My first ‘online’ friends came in 2006 – I joined an online community linked to one of the many diets I have tried over the years.

The thing is the diet didn’t stick but the friends did.

In 2007 I joined Twitter. I quickly find like minded folk and prattled on about anything from football to shoes via women’s rights.

A chat about sewing and knitting introduced me via someone else to a lady who I now count as one of my closest friends. Jewellery making, cosmetic making, many new restaurants , cocktails, exhibitions and plays later we chat a few times a week and make an effort to see each other regularly.

In the early 2010s I started to combine work and social – following a few leading lights in social media and making connections. Now I have a true community of trusted HR and L&D and General work folk who I talk to, exchange views and ideas with, rail against the bollox and laugh. Proper tear inducing belly laughs.

So yes these people are really real friends –

The one who I am trying every cocktail known to man with
The one who shares the most fantastic shoes with me
The one with the acerbic wit – who without I would never have done the moonwalk
The one who likes to MOOC it
The coffee fiends
The Google hangout giggles

All of them and many many more – many of you.

I’m better for the people I’ve met on line (well maybe not the p*rn bots) but the rest of you.

So when they ask if they are ‘real’ friends I just laugh and say they are some of the most genuine relationships I have.

So what?

I’m starting to get a reputation.

I’m not sure it’s a good thing and it’s not about being disruptive or awkward it’s a genuine question – so what?

65% of performance reviews haven’t been returned – so what? Only 48% of employees completed the engagement survey – so what?

We are measuring stuff without purpose – measuring for measuring’s sake and possibly for a little vanity.

Then there was a conversation on the ROI of a certain type of training – so freaking what?

I’m not saying don’t measure (there’s truth it what gets measured gets done). But measure for a reason – do something with the information other than putting it in a freaking pie chart and then ooh’ing and aaah’ing over how good or terrible we are at filling in blooming forms.

My colleagues are starting to preempt me – before AJA’s asks ‘so what‘ we’re doing it because…………

Awesome. If they are thinking about the why and the what next then awesome.

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley