This week sees HR Tech World land in London, an event I’ll be attending for the third time on home turf. I’m looking forward to some interesting and challenging sessions to mirror the ‘interesting’ and certainly challenging times we find ourselves living and working in. Against a backdrop of so much political and economic turmoil, HR surely has a more important role than ever in terms of people’s working lives. Many of us are by turns concerned about our future at work, disillusioned or disengaged…and maybe some are excited about what’s to come too (here’s hoping).
The agenda though is optimistic and looks towards the new, and how technology can be a force for good that helps support HR and by extension our organisations and our people. There is talk of innovation (with a keynote from Sir Ken Robinson), driving change (closing keynote from Baroness Karren Brady), positive disruption and digitally-led transformation. There are case studies galore from the likes of Centrica, Sainsbury’s, BAE Systems, Novo Nordisk and Expedia. And even a brilliantly titled session on ‘making learning sexy’ – I am so going to that one. Again, I am encouraged to see a women in tech panel featured on the main stage so kudos to the organisers for that (interestingly there is a man involved on the panel too). I’ll also be stalking some of my favourite speakers/writers whilst they’re in town, so look out Heidi Spirgi, Euan Semple and Jason Averbook.
Unsurprisingly, the spectre of Brexit looms large as the UK and Europe wait with breath that is bated for Article 50 to be triggered. The excellent Dr. Daniel Thorniley will be exploring the implications of Brexit for HR in his session on the main stage. I saw him speak in Paris in 2016 and he was incredibly forthright and uncompromising so I’m looking forward to hearing his thoughts in the current climate. The analysts I work with at Fosway are also looking to get beyond the hype with new research into the impact of Brexit on HR. This short survey takes just a few minutes to complete and you can still take part here to share how the current situation is impacting your recruitment, retention, training and future investment.
disruptHR once again gives HR leaders the opportunity to rub shoulders with the next generation of HR technology solutions and entrepreneurs. Fellow blog squad member Faye Holland is in charge of proceedings and previews the action here.
The Fosway team will be on hand at Stand 414 to share more insights on our ongoing research with HRN and CEO David Wilson be delving into the (fairly shocking) data on customer experience of HR technology in practice in his session on day two. I’ll also be cramming in as many sessions as I can and bringing you the action via #HRTechWorld.
See you there or online.