As always, this year’s HR Technology Conference and Expo was a huge success. Great conversations in the expo hall, knowledgeable speakers, and a fun venue…what more can you ask for?!
I wanted to share with you a few quick shots about my trip. I have to start with my airplane reading. Sean Glaze sent me his book, “Rapid Teamwork.” The book immediately grabbed my attention because the story includes the central characters going on a whitewater rafting trip, which I love because I’ve actually done it.
The other book was “The Young Leader: Fifty Essential Lessons to Influence & Inspire a New Generation of Leaders” by Mark Daniel Cohen. While the book is focused on young professionals, I found the lessons learned applicable to everyone. Both books are an easy read and ones you might want to add to your internal book club or sharing library.
Of course, being in Las Vegas means neglecting my Fantasy Football team. SHRM recently curated some terrific articles on the advantages and disadvantages to allowing Fantasy Football around the office. I loved this read from Suzanne Lucas on managing the office football pool and this one from Challenger, Gray & Christmas on the benefits of encouraging Fantasy Football. The takeaways apply to all sports, not just football season.
Onsite, I was able to participate in something very cool called HR Gives Back. It was a virtual marathon to raise awareness for Parkinson’s and The Michael J. Fox Foundation. While the virtual marathon is over, the event introduced me to an app called Charity Miles. This app allows users to raise money for charity when they walk, run or bike. What a great way to exercise and give back at the same time. I can see organizations with virtual teams using this as a way to engage employees.
As HR pros, technology continues to play a role of ever-growing importance. We have to find ways to stay current. Our organizations can’t afford to fall behind. Events like the HR Technology Conference continue to offer participants a glimpse into the future. So mark your calendars (and your budgets) for next year’s conference October 4-7, 2016 in Chicago.
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