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The HR Technology Conference might be over, but the industry insights brought forward throughout the event are relevant to HR teams for months and years to come.

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For HR professionals looking to optimize systems, purchase new benefits administration platforms, or uplevel their knowledge on new technology—HR Tech is the place to be! This year’s conference didn’t disappoint, bringing in more than 5,000 attendees, at least 400 vendor booths, and featured a half-day summit to honor special women in HR technology. 

If you haven’t attended the conference before, it’s an excellent opportunity to expedite the research process for new technology vendors, allowing attendees to get information on many of the hottest products on the market. 

To say the exposition was a success would be an understatement, but the real value of the conference came from all the fantastic sessions that took place throughout the event. For those that didn’t make it to Las Vegas this year—we have you covered.  

Let’s dive into some of the top insights from the HR Tech Talks Theater.

Only 13% of employees are fully satisfied with their workplace experience.

During the session titled “Elevating the Employee Experience: Managing the Moments that Matter in the Digital Workplace,” speaker, Gokul Suresh of Whatfix, illustrated the importance of an elevated employee experience. In the session, he revealed that the workplace has shifted away from a physical place of work, and now can be defined by the time spent in applications while at work. 

 An individual uses approximately 15 to 20 applications daily, resulting in a poor experience for employees. With app turnover happening every two years, employers should consider using solutions to make managing and learning new apps easier, which can lead to a better experience overall. 

69% of workers said that job fulfillment was important when considering a job change.

In another compelling session titled, “A People-First Approach to Digital Transformation,” led by Diane Youden of PwC, it was revealed that while money is an important factor for recruitment, it’s not everything. Employees are seeking fulfillment more than just a salary increase when deciding whether to make the move. 

To drive change within an organization, HR must first start upskilling itself. HR professionals can get started by modifying behaviors that will help bring about change for those with fixed mindsets, create an incentive ecosystem fueled by small “carrots”, and monitor programs to demonstrate measurable impact. 

Organizations looking to accelerate digital transformation can use F.A.C.E.S. as a guide.

Digital transformation can be a complex puzzle, especially when employees are used to working with the same technology for many years. Yet, change is good for the workplace, often eliminating redundancies and making daily tasks more manageable.  

Diane Youden believes the secret of success lies in a people-first approach to digital transformation called F.A.C.E.S. What does F.A.C.E.S. stand for?  

  •             Forward-thinking: solutions that bring you into the future
  •             Agile: practices that allow flexibility
  •             Culture: leaders who communicate with kindness
  •             Experience-driven: user-friendly platforms work wonders
  •             Speed: faster isn’t necessarily betterIMG_0794

While this approach is a good place to start, rarely is technology the only solution for digital transformation. Instead, HR professionals need to consider the impacts of when and how technology is used, in addition to when to opt for conversation and connection with employees.

This year, we were so excited to return to HR Tech in-person. We hosted a welcome reception with live music and even had fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies at our booth. With sweets, giveaways, and live demos, we must say our booth was a hit!

Missed us at HR Tech but want to see if we’re a good match? Schedule your demo.

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