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    Tuesday
    Jun062017

    UPDATE: HR Tech China Day 1 - #HRTechChina

    Quick dispatch from Shanghai, China the site of the 2nd Annual HR Tech China Conference and Exposition which just completed a fun and successful first day. This is my third time in China and with each trip I come to love this place more and more. And Shanghai, so far, has been my absolute favorite place to visit in China. It is a combination of ultra-modern and high-tech, along with very traditional and historical. Kind of like the country overall.

    As for the event, it got off to a great start yesterday with a series of keynote speeches on a wide range of important topics for the HR and business leader in China - and for HR and business leaders anywhere I would suggest. We covered Artificial Intelligence, Data and Analytics for HR, Modern HR Technology in the Cloud, the Consumerization of HR and Enterprise Technology and more. It was a set of talks that would have fit in any HR Tech Conference in the world, and I was really honored to be a part. 

    China is the world's second largest economy, has over 700 million workers, and over 25 million enterprises. The numbers are staggering. And so is the opportunity for HR and for HR Technology, to make a significant impact on the wellbeing of those 700 million workers and the success of those 25 million enterprises.

    In our welcome dinner on Monday night, one of the local Shanghai officials said that by choosing Shanghai as the site of HR Tech China that the Conference organizers were "choosing the future" - for China, and I would argue the world as well. In my opening remarks on Tuesday, I shared that line with the attendees, and added that by choosing to attend HR Tech China, that they were also choosing the future - for their organization and for themselves as HR professionals.

    Ok, need to get ready for Day 2 in Shanghai - since Twitter/Instagram service has been a little spotty here, wanted to share a few pics from the trip and event so far. More to come....

    SMB opening the ConferenceTrish McFarlane from Infor speaking at HR Tech China

    Officials from LRP, China Star, Shanghai Foreign Service Center, and GuestsPanda makes an appearance in the HR Tech China ExpoSlightly foggy view from Shaghai Tower - 2nd tallest building in the worldThis has been an incredibly interesting, rewarding, and fun event. Look for more as the Conference wraps later today.

    Thanks to all my friends, old and new, (especially all the new followers on WeChat) in China for making this event so fantastic.

    Monday
    Jun052017

    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 287 - The Business Value of Employee Wellbeing

    HR Happy Hour 287 - The Business Value of Employee Wellbeing

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Pulse

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour show, Steve and Trish are live at the Virgin Pulse Thrive Summit and are joined by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Chief Medical Officer of Virgin Pulse to talk about employee experience, wellbeing, and the business value of investing in employee wellbeing.

    Virgin Pulse has now become the leading provider of employee wellbeing solutions, and their commitment to the overall employee experience, the central role that employee wellbeing plays in shaping that experience is evidenced by their approach to creating engaging solutions that focus on the employee and their health.

    Rajiv shared his thoughts on how wellbeing initiatives not only drive benefits like increased retention, decreased absenteeism, and reduced employer health care costs, but also have been shown to lead to positive business outcomes - sales, productivity, market capitalization and more. He also offered some ideas to help HR and business leaders make the business case for investing in employee wellbeing programs.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below, or on your favorite podcast app.

    Treat your employees right and they will treat your customers right - that idea is at the core of what Virgin Pulse is all about.

    This was a fun show and many thanks to Virgin Pulse for having us at Thrive, and for supporting the HR Happy Hour Show.

    Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.

    Thursday
    Jun012017

    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 286 - Why You're Wrong About Steve Harvey

    HR Happy Hour 286 - Why You're Wrong About Steve Harvey

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Recorded live at Thrive Summit 2017 by Virgin Pulse

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show recorded live from Virgin Pulse's Thrive Summit, Trish and Steve talk about the recent Steve Harvey 'Don't look at me memo', Zappos, Culture,  Strategy and Talent, the NBA finals and more. Of course Steve and Trish didn't quite see eye to eye about how the now infamous memo that Steve Harvey sent to his staff admonishing them not to 'ambush' him in his dressing room, in the halls, near the elevator, or anywhere else for that matter. THIS MEANS YOU. Harvey was lambasted by most commentators for this approach, but did he have a good point after all?

    Also, Steve talked about his famous, (in his mind anyway), Rock-Paper-Scissors / Culture-Talent-Strategy analogy and what it suggests about culture, we had another Zappos re-set, and Trish burned Steve about his new tie.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a fun show and we hope you think so too.

    Thanks to show sponsor Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com for all their support and for having us out at the show.

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.

    Tuesday
    May302017

    CHART OF THE DAY: Which matters more, Google or Facebook?

    Apologies for not being more clear on the question in the post title, a better way to phrase it would be this:

    Which source send the most/best referral traffic to your online content - Google or Facebook?

    The answer, and the consultant in me loves this, is really 'It depends.'

    And what it depends on is the kind/type of content you are publishing, and is the subject of today's Chart of the Day.

    As always, and by popular demand, first the data, then some pithy, wise, and FREE comments from me:

    Here goes...

    Interesting, no?

    (Let's pretend it is interesting and proceed).

    1. I have to admit being a little surprised at the edge Facebook has over Google as a source of referral traffic for many of these categories. This surprise is driven and clouded by my own personal media consumption habits I guess. I would never imagine using or relying on Facebook as a source of information for anything other than family/close friend news. And I barely use it for that. Said differently, it is a good reminder that the way you/me consume content may not be the way most people consume content. I barely use Facebook, but I have to remember most of the rest of the world does.

    2. If you are pushing any kind of mainstream, general consumption type content, and you care about how many folks consume said content, you might need to think more about how you can up your presence/reach on Facebook, and maybe be a little less concerned about SEO, (which you never really understood anyway, but that is another story).

    3. BUT... Take a look at the last content category on the above chart - Job postings. In this category Google still dominates with 7x the referral traffic as Facebook. And it even dominates 'other' (sorry other). It seems like if you are in the Recruiting business you still do need to worry about SEO after all. And you probably need to get a handle of what Google is up to with its recent and early forays into the recruiting and job search space.

    This is totally fascinating data I think. And a reminder that job postings are not (yet) the same as the rest of the content on the internet. People look for them, and find them, much, much differently than many of the other forms of content that are all over your Facebook feed.

    Interesting stuff for sure.

    Have a great week!

    Thursday
    May252017

    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 285 - Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company

    HR Happy Hour 285 - Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest Co-host: George LaRocque

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve Boese is joined by George LaRocque to talk about the process for Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company at the HR Technology Conference in October. Steve and George talk about the process for companies to submit,and how George and the other expert coaches will work with the selected contenders. Plus, we talk about how HR leaders and the HR community can get involved in the process. 

    Also, we discuss some tips and ideas for HR leaders when working with startups, where innovation is happening in HR Tech, and what are some of the exciting new technology innovations we see coming in the future.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a fun show, thanks George for sitting in. 

    Thanks as always to show sponsor Virgin Pulse - learn more about them at www.virginpulse.com.

    Be sure to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.