(Editor’s Note: Today’s article is brought to you by our friends at Kronos, a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. The Workforce Institute at Kronos has a new book out, “Being Present: A Practical Guide for Transforming the Employee Experience of Your Frontline Workforce”. Learn how you can get a free copy in today’s article!)
I’d like to think that by now I don’t have to tell you about the importance of professional development. That being said, I do realize that understanding the importance of development and making it happen are two different things. As human resources professionals, we’re often so focused on everyone else’s development that we forget to schedule time for ourselves.
That’s why I wanted to share with you some specifics about this FREE event from our friends at Kronos. The Kronos Fall HR and Payroll eSymposium is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 10a to 5p Eastern. As someone who has attended Kronos conferences and their eSymposium in the past, I can speak from experience that Kronos delivers quality professional development. But before I share some highlights from the agenda, I want to talk about some other reasons you should attend.
3 Reasons to Register for the Kronos Fall eSymposium
This one-day eSymposium is designed to bring HR and payroll professionals education on the topics we deal with every day. The event will offer three tracks – basic, intermediate, and advanced – so you can attend the sessions that align best with your career. Personally, I must admit that like the flexible format. I can follow one track or switch back and forth to explore the topics. But there are three reasons that an event like this one really makes sense for human resources and payroll professionals.
REASON #1 – Quality programming that’s relevant to our profession. There have been a few times in my career when I’ve been responsible for both human resources and payroll. I see hosting an event that brings together both payroll and HR as a huge selling point. Because the event is free, organizations can bring everyone together, order lunch, and listen to the sessions as a group. Also, the eSymposium is a good way to encourage HR pros to learn more about payroll and vice versa.
REASON #2 – Recertification credits. Let’s face it, recertification credits are important. Most of the sessions have been pre-approved by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and the American Payroll Association. Kronos will be providing a certificate of participation for your files. So, if you’re certified, this event is a no-brainer. It covers the learning trifecta: 1) high quality, 2) no-cost, and 3) approved for credits. This doesn’t happen very often.
REASON #3 – Recordings. The beauty of the eSymposium format is that there will be recordings of each session and you’ll be able to download any session materials. So, if you’re not able to listen to the live sessions on November 20 OR your learning preference is to space your listening out over time, then you have that option. I especially like this when there are two topics that I want to hear and they’re both offered at the same time.
The Kronos Fall eSymposium Agenda
Now that you know how easy it will be to participate in the eSymposium, let’s talk about the agenda. I got a sneak peek into the sessions being offered and here are five that caught my eye, for both HR and payroll professionals at every level of the organization.
2019 Employment Law Update – With new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes on the horizon, I know this will be a popular session. During this session, Burton D. Garland, Jr. with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. will: (1) review the significant changes that have taken place in recent years; (2) discuss the current state of employment law and anticipated changes (including EEO developments, leave laws, ADA updates, and examples and case studies); and (3) suggest ways to be compliant with these changes. If employers have not already done so, they should review and revise their policies and procedures to ensure they are in compliance with these changes.
The Cost of Doing Nothing: Mistakes I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To – Join Julie Develin, SHRM-SCP as she takes you through a “tell all” about lessons she learned from her experience leading HR during a time of change. Using real world story-telling examples and solutions implemented as a guide, she’ll share some of the challenges she faced, common mistakes she made, and ways she overcame them. Learn how to critically evaluate your HR processes and identify opportunities for improvement and advancement both within HR and for the broader organization as Develin talks about the choices HR leaders make that can hold organizations back from reaching their strategic business objectives and achieving a winning workplace culture.
People Analytics Gets Real: How HR Leaders Leverage HCM Insights – People analytics is an inescapable topic in the modern human resources and business world. There are so many methods for getting descriptive, predictive, and even prescriptive insights. The question becomes, how do all those insights become actions that we can take to help our employees and meet business goals? Well, this session is here to show you. Join Chris Mullen, Ph.D., director and strategic advisor at Kronos, as he hosts a conversation between a technical expert and an HR business leader to demonstrate how what you see in your human capital management (HCM) system can inform what you do to be strategic in HR.
Unleash Your Strategic Payroll Potential Using the Latest Trends from APA Research – How strategic is payroll at your organization? According to the latest American Payroll Association (APA) research, most payroll professionals view themselves as strategic, but most executives view payroll as a tactical function. Changing the perception of payroll can have a powerful impact on business objectives. Join Rachel Rapoza, Kronos product marketing manager, in this session to learn how to demonstrate the real business value of payroll, the role technology plays in supporting payroll’s strategic initiatives, and how HR and payroll can provide the organization with critical business insights.
The Future of Work
Lastly, I certainly hope you will take a few moments to join me and the Workforce Institute board for a discussion focused on “Are You Ready for the Future of Work?”. We will be talking about the importance of workforce development and how to create strategies that will help organizations find, grow, and keep the talent they need from the frontlines to the executive suite. I’m also delighted to announce that as a bonus, all attendees will be getting an e-version of the Workforce Institute’s new book, “Being Present: A Practical Guide for Transforming the Employee Experience of Your Frontline Workforce.”
Now of course, this isn’t the entire agenda. It’s just a sampling of the great sessions being offered. So, don’t dilly dally around. Sign up for the Kronos Fall eSymposium. Focus on you. Get the learning and the free ebook. Here are the deets:
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern
Look forward to seeing you there!14