SmartHire®’s Business Lead Carolynn Chow recently visited the massive conference and trade show HR Technology Conference and Exposition. The Las Vegas event helps professionals reframe their approach to human resources and position their organizations for greater success. The conference provides a gathering place for professionals from around the globe to connect with leading innovators, interact with more than 450 vendors and explore new ideas, methods and approaches.
About Carolynn Chow
Carolynn has over 10 years of experience in Human Resource Management. Her current role with SmartHire® focuses on helping Canadian businesses succeed in talent management and workforce planning. Carolynn works tirelessly to help employers both recruit and hire with optimum efficiency.
Carolynn said she wasn’t just eager to attend the HR Tech conference because of the opportunity it provided to meet with industry professionals and like-minded experts, but also to provide Western Canadian business owners with the same opportunities available to those in larger, more metropolitan regions.
HR Tech Exhibitors
The 2017 HR Technology Conference and Exposition featured a wide variety of subjects with a range of presenters and breakout sessions. Some examples include the following:
- The effects of artificial intelligence on HR technology
- Emerging HR Tech companies
- Trends in human resource technology
- Talent maximization
- Company culture development
Google’s former Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock delivered the keynote address. While Bock was at Google, the company received more than 100 awards for being a top employer. HR Resources Magazine named Bock “Human Resources Executive of the Year,” in 2010 and not long after he published the New York Times bestseller Work Rules!
His book focuses on helping employees find significance and fulfilment in their work. Bock outlined the importance of cultivating opportunities for innovation in every workplace environment.
Conversations with Vendors
Chow arrived at the tradeshow looking for vendor solutions that would enhance what SmartHire® currently offers. Here’s what she sought to bring back:
- Improved solutions for automated or video interviewing
- Automated reference checking
- Employee onboarding technology
- A customizable testing framework or relevant testing platform
Some venders were pointed and strategic, providing multiple options for further investigation.
Common Themes and Trends
A few themes resonated throughout multiple sessions, and will impact SmartHire®’s Western Canadian client base.
- Experience – Human resource professionals are prioritizing both what employees experience in the workforce and how that impacts customer interactions, as well as an organization’s culture and brand.
- Automation – Artificial intelligence and other automation solutions are becoming increasingly necessary to manageable workflows in every organization.
- Skills gaps – As resources get scarcer and competition fiercer, employers are asking their workforce to perform a wide variety of tasks. The selection and development process impacts an organization’s ability to fill gaps as they occur.
Western Canadian companies are experiencing many of the same challenges occurring across the globe. As the workforce ages, organizations proactively seek out ways to provide unique interactions, improve productivity, and analyze and leverage HR data to streamline processes.
Canadian clients who weren’t able to attend the event can benefit from Smarthire®’s presence. Chow brought back a wealth of products and solutions requested by current clients, and will use the knowledge gleaned from the conference to continue to revolutionize hiring for Canadian businesses.