Recapping HR Tech Day 1: HR and Technology Collide in the Desert

October 2, 2019 | 3 minute read
Albert Qian
Content marketing manager for HCM
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Thousands of human resources professionals and executives descended upon Las Vegas today for the first day of the HR Technology Conference. The conference began with the Women in HR Technology® Summit, continued with breakout sessions, and concluded with an engaging keynote from Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran, after which people adjourned to the Expo Hall.

The first day of HR Tech emphasized that humans still matter in HR. See what else we discovered.

Here are a few early themes we noticed in the sessions.

HR Is Still About Humans  

While the HR Technology Conference is primarily a gathering for learning about technology and innovation in human resources, the first sessions of the day emphasized that work is still very much an experience focused on human outputs and performance.

The day’s initial session, led by the chief culture officer for a performance management software provider, discussed strategies for organizations to unlock the potential of their teams. Workers today are especially challenged by automation and cost-cutting, but can thrive when they approach work with a growth mindset, cultivate positive relationships with their colleagues, and work with a purpose. Sometimes it’s not an app that employees need to stay motivated, but rather a pat on the back and encouragement for the future.

The second session was similar in nature, led by a benefits provider sharing data around the business benefits of investing in talent. Their emerging research shows that workers who feel invested in their jobs spend more time at work, take fewer vacations, and occupy more senior positions.

Technology Is Transforming HR

In what will be a common theme over the coming days, there were several sessions outlining the influence of emerging technologies on HR efforts.

Examples included:

  • The importance of data in making career decisions, as discussed during the Women in HR Summit. Whether it’s talent mobility and how people apply for jobs differently, or the leveraging of data to promote successful employees, new technology is providing female workers with new ways to make their mark in the professional world.
  • Job site leader Indeed talking about how their data collection efforts are helping recruiters hire better candidates. They presenters noted how external factors such as ethnic names and geographic location affect job seekers’ success rates in receiving callbacks, and how recruiters can eliminate or see past these biases to acquire the best talent.
  • The efforts of state government entities to successfully integrate AI into their benefits selection processes. With measurable increases in personalized working experiences, leadership has been able to achieve administrative efficiencies and increased employee satisfaction.
  • A leading HR services provider speaking about their customers’ use of analytics within the real estate and property management sector. While traditional HR operations often meant relying on “gut feeling,” new analytics best practices enable more data-driven decision making.

And Finally, Barbara Corcoran Shares Her Insights

The final session saw attendees flock to the Palazzo Ballroom for Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran’s keynote. She delighted the crowd with the story of how she started her career in real estate and the lessons she’s learned since becoming an investor and entrepreneur. She dispensed some HR advice gleaned from investing in more than 80 companies, such as hiring only happy people, promoting fun as a part of work, and building employee loyalty through recognition.

Join Us at the HR Technology Conference

Do you plan to be at HR Tech this week? You’ll find Oracle HCM Cloud at booth #2305, where you can speak to our experts about your HR needs. If you’re unable to attend, stay tuned to this blog for more daily recaps.

Albert Qian

Content marketing manager for HCM

Albert Qian is the senior content marketing manager for the Oracle Cloud HCM Campaigns team and the editor-in-chief for this blog. He's passionate about telling the story of HR technology and how it can create better workforces.

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