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Countdown to the 2013 HR Technology Conference

July 29, 2013
Gary Bragar, HRO Research Director, NelsonHall

Gary Bragar, HRO Research Director, NelsonHall

This year’s HR Technology Conference, less than 10 weeks away, will be back in Las Vegas October 7-9 (please note onsite rooms are going fast, I had to stay at alternate hotels the past two years!).

With 6,000 people from 28 countries attending last year, I continue to find it an invaluable investment of my time to:

  • Attend presentations
  • View technology exhibits
  • Network with peers
  • Meet individually with companies that I do business with and others I want to learn more about.

Presentations: Session topics include:

  • Strategic View
  • Talent Management
  • Social in the Enterprise
  • Workforce Analytics and Planning
  • HCM and Workforce Management
  • Recruiting
  • Service Delivery
  • Expert Discussions & HR Tech Talks.

Be sure to check out the agenda at: http://www.hrtechconference.com/agenda.html

Highlights of just a few of the many presentations include:

  • High-Tech/High-Touch RPO: What the Doctor Ordered for Boehringer Ingelheim – presented by Corry Ioli, Executive Director, Talent Management & Acquisition, Boehringer Ingelheim and Sue Marks, CEO, Pinstripe
  • Goldman Sachs Buys RPO Eyes (and Hands) for a Quarter Million Resumes! – presented by Tom Osmond, Global Head of Talent/HCM Solutions, Goldman, Sachs & Co and Regina Lee, Division President, ADP
  • HR Tech Talks, presenters: I Come From the Water: Evolution of the Modern Manager, Kris Dunn, CHRO, Kineti; Clowns, Sharks, Anemone and HR – What Do They All Have in Common? Mary Sue Rogers, Global Managing Director, Talent 2
  • How Mobile, Social and Gamification Tools are Improving Employee Health – presented by Barry Hall, Principal and Innovation Leader, Talent & HR Solutions, Buck Consultants and Scot Marcotte, Managing Director, Talent & HR Solutions, Buck Consultants.

Whether your company has outsourced or continues to do everything internally, there are bound to be several sessions where you can learn how to improve HR in your organization and be a better business partner. When I was on the buy-side prior to joining NelsonHall, I would attend such HR conferences to:

  • Learn about the broader industry
  • Think about how our HR outsourcing contract compared to others
  • Get ideas on improvements we could make.

Technology Exhibits: Since technology is changing so rapidly, it is often difficult to keep up with new applications that are available. The conference is a great way to get exposed to a broad-range of recent innovations. You can stop by any booth and see a demo. There is no pressure and vendors are excited about their new products and services and are happy to show you more.

So here is your chance to make a difference at your organization; you might stumble onto a better, more user-friendly technology for example. Even if you are not the decision-maker, you can always tell your organization about it when you return and request a customized demo. Alternatively, if you are already outsourcing, you might see something that you don’t have and can bring it to your provider’s attention.

Network: The conference provides an opportunity to expand your network with others, including HR practitioners, buyers, providers and analysts, etc. In addition to the daytime events, there are evening socials too. HR deserves to have fun!

As a reader of my blog you are entitled to a discount. Just use the Promo Code HRO13 (all caps) when you register online at: http://www.HRTechConference.com/register.html to get $500 off the rack rate of $1,895. The discount does not expire until the conference ends on October 9, 2013.

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HRO Tips You Can Use

May 17, 2011

1.  Buyers, U.S. healthcare reform will continue — be prepared.

At the Mercer client conference last week, it was very helpful to hear its view of the precarious future of the U.S. healthcare reform. The healthcare reform act is being challenged in court in whole and in part and the outcome is uncertain. In the meantime, dates for further implementation are rolling near. Mercer posits that the act is unlikely to be repealed in total, but some amendments will likely be changed. Some are concerned large employers will dump employees into state healthcare exchanges and pay the relatively small penalties. Terms in the act make that unlikely as subsidies decline as income rises and are eliminated totally at $100,000. Also, larger employers need to compete in the war for talent and providing healthcare benefits will keep them in the game. The advice for smaller employers may be different and hybrid employee segment coverage models may develop.

2.  Misaligned expectations and poor implementation can still kill a HRO deal.

At lunch, a buyer told the sad tale of a failed initial outsourcing experience. By now, you know the too often told tale: misaligned expectations, a botched implementation, and an adversarial governance relationship that was not healed in time to save the deal. In retrospect, the benefits manager can see that they were 49% at fault, which includes failing to appoint a full-time implementation project manager or addressing the internal change management issues that come with first time outsourcing. The client is now with Mercer, providing a happy ending that was earned the costly way.

3.  Have a social media curator.

Brand management has changed permantly; any illusions of controlling your own brand are being shredded by social media and the same will be true of employment brand management. Can your HRO vendor manage its own brand socially and can they help you manage yours?

4.  An issue of passion can turn into a global wellness campaign and change lives.

Launching a wellness campaign to reduce healthcare costs and indirectly increase productivity is a worthy business objective. Levi Strauss, very early on, addressed HIV education out of deep concern for its employees and found it needed to first break through misinformation and fear. Now there is a new generation that will get the same education. Value-based passion, along with a great wellness program will be sustained for the long-term, helping employees and their families as well as generating savings.

5.   Vendors, invite industry analysts to your client conference.

Hearing the presentations and thinking about how they inform in ways that showcase the strengths of the service provider (perhaps stimulating further inquiries), speaking informally to clients, and looking for the consistency and continuity in what was said to industry analysts and now to clients. It all helps build a 3-D view into the vendor’s world.

Are you ready for your HRO 3-D close-up?

Linda Merritt, Research Director, HRO, NelsonHall