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    Monday
    Sep112017

    VOTE! For the Next Great HR Technology Company

    Quick shot for a busy Monday and a humble appeal to enlist the help and support of blog readers with something that is equal parts fun, cool, important, and did I mention fun?

    Folks that read the blog should know that I am the Program Chair for the HR Technology Conference - the original, largest, and best event of its kind in the world.

    A featured element at the HR Tech Conference is the incredibly fun 'Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company' session - where a group of highly innovative and game-changing HR Tech startup companies demo, discuss, and defend their solutions and make their case to be named the 'Next Great HR Tech Company'.

    But which HR tech companies will get their chance to vie for the coveted title?

    That's where you come in.

    For the last few months I have worked with a team of industry experts - George Larocque, Lance Haun, Madeline Lauranon, and Ben Eubanks to narrow down a field of 150+ HR Tech startups down to a group of 8 semi-finalists who wlll battle for the 'Next Great HR Technology Company' title.

    Each of the above mentioned experts has nominated and coached two HR Tech startups, and in classic 'March Madness' style these 8 will fight for a place in the Final Four that will present at HR Tech in October.

    And we want you to decide which of these HR tech startups will make the Final Four.

    How do you make your voice heard?

    Head over to the HR Technology Conference Insiders blog here. There, you can learn more about the 8 semi-finalist companies - Proxfinity, Papaya Global, Beamery, Beekeeper, Moovila, Best Money Moves, Blueboard, and bob - and register your votes for the final four companies who will square off at HR Tech.

    Let's make HR Tech Great Again!

    Or something like that. 

    But please, head on over to the HR Technology Conference blog, read up and watch videos from each of the 8 semi-finalists, and vote for your favorites to compete for the coveted title of the Next Great HR Technology Company next month at HR Tech.

    And in case you want to learn more about this process and the 8 companies themselves, give this episode of the HR Happy Hour Show a listen - George Larocque and I break down the process, talk about the 8 semi-finalists, and tell you everything you need to know.

    Have a great week!

    Friday
    Sep082017

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 295 - Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company

    HR Happy Hour 295 - Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest: George Larocque

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve is joined by George Larocque to talk about innovation in HR Tech, and discuss the eight semi-finalist HR Tech companies and the voting process for the Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company competition at the HR Technology Conference in October.

    This year a group of industry analysts and experts have selected eight interesting and innovative HR tech companies to be semi-finalists in the Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company process, and your votes will determine which four of these companies will be named finalists, and present and compete for the award at HR Tech in October.

    Steve and George discuss each of these eight semi-finalists, why each one is interesting and innovative, and share the details of the voting process and how you as a listener of the HR Happy Hour can get involved.

    This is a great time for the HR Technology market, and these eight companies all deserve your time, attention, and your votes as the Next Great HR Technology Company.

    Listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below:

    You can read more about each semi-finalist, watch videos, and register your vote for the four finalists at the HR Technology Conference Insiders Blog HERE.

    And you can register to attend the HR Technology Conference HERE - use code STEVE200 for $200 off your registration.

    Thanks to George, Ben Eubanks, Madeline Laurano, Lance Haun, and the eight semi-finalists for all your help.

    And thanks to HR Happy Hour Show sponsor Virgin Pulsewww.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts.

    Thursday
    Sep072017

    Is HR Tech now mainstream?

    My TV consumption habits are not particularly evolved or high brow. From October through June it is just about 100% NBA basketball, and in the off months and times its mostly a little CNBC during breaks in the day, and Seinfeld reruns, Impractical Jokers, and (in the summer), Big Brother at night. 

    And that is pretty much it. So I miss a lot of the current pop culture references and emerging trends. I have never seen a minute of Game of Thrones for example.

    So that's why just a day or so ago I caught for the first time, (during Seinfeld - the one where George and Jerry get mistaken for a pair of white supremacists), the below TV spot from Glassdoor (embedded below, email and RSS subscribers click through).

    As I said, it was the first time I caught the Glassdoor spot and my initial reaction was 'that's pretty cool'. Not so much for the content of the spot itself, (it is perfectly fine), but for the fact that another HR tech company/solution was running TV commercials. Even in the age of cord cutting, video on demand, streaming, and whatever else is coming next - to me seeing commercial spots for HR Tech on 'regular' TV still seems kind of awesome and validating.

    I know that HR tech commercials on TV is not a new thing, (and I know I have blogged about this before), with companies like Workday, Ultimate Software, Namely, ZipRecruiter and more seeming to run more or less regular ads on the kinds of shows that at least a boring person like me sees. But when I caught the Glassdoor spot for the first time I was kicked back into thinking how just a few years ago we never saw HR tech companies running these kinds of ads in these media. Right after the Glassdoor spot ran there was one for Progressive Insurance and one for Blue Moon beer. 

    And that takes me back to the question/title of the post. Is HR Tech now, (or getting) mainstream. 

    You Mom or Uncle Jeff or the landscaper has almost certainly heard of Progressive and Blue Moon. And have they heard of  Glassdoor (or any other HR tech company) - maybe.

    I don't have any big or profound conclusion or observation to end with other than the my initial one. 

    It's pretty cool to see HR tech commercials on TV. 

    Have to run, #BB19 starts in 10.

    Tuesday
    Sep052017

    Learn a new word: Goodhart's Law

    Happy 'First-day-of-the-rest-of-the-year'. I suppose every day is the first day of the rest of the year, but for some reason on the Tuesday following the long Labor Day weekend that feeling is much more acute.

    Quick shot for your cram five days of work into four week. Another installment of your favorite series here on the blog - Learn a new word, where I share a word, term, phrase, or concept that I had not been familiar with previously, and for some reason seemed interesting/important/cool enough to share.

    So here goes - and this one is especially for the 'You can't manage what you can't measure' types out there.

    Our submission - Goodhart's Law

    (from our pals at Wikipedia)

    Goodhart's law is an adage named after economist Charles Goodhart, which has been phrased by Mary Strathern as: "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." This follows from individuals trying to anticipate the effect of a policy and then taking actions which alter its outcome.

    Actually Goodhart himself stated the 'law' just a little bit differently, theorizing that "When a measure becomes a metric, it ceases to be a good measure.”

    Either way, the key point by Goodhart is still sound (and pretty obvious, even if you have never heard of our friend Goodhart).

    Make a measurement - say time to fill open jobs, percent of new hires who stay longer than 6 months, or even number of new patents filed by the R&D department - doesn't matter, the sole or even a primary metric of success and evaluation and things tend to get a little strange.

    The effected people pretty quickly learn how to manage/game the measurement, they start thinking, maybe too much, about how to drive that specific measurement in a manner that is positive for them, and they stop thinking so much about other, perhaps more cross-functional or strategic measurements.

    And even worse, too many managers or leaders focusing too much on measurements can sometimes be an excuse for not exercising good judgement, a method that corporate bureaucrats use for CYA and holding on to territory, and an imperfect way to try and describe people and relationships in a numerical manner.

    'You can't manage what you can't measure' is a fun thing to say. And sort of easy to agree with. But like Drucker's other widely quoted maxim, 'Culture eats strategy for breakfast' it definitely deserves more and closer scrutiny than it is typically given.

    We manage the unmeasurable all the time. And reducing everything to something we can measure, to a number, is probably the fast path to inflexibility, failure to adapt, and a workforce conditioned to respond and behave to the movements of numbers on a spreadsheet.

    Have a great week!

    Friday
    Sep012017

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 294 - Labor Day Special: Talking about Work

    HR Happy Hour 294 - Labor Day Special: Talking about Work

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, for a special Labor Day 2017 weekend show, Steve and Trish share some of their experiences of work, workplaces, bosses, and more. Bad jobs, great jobs, crazy jobs, great bosses, horrible bosses and more. We also share some of our for the future of work and workplaces as we think about our own kids heading into the workplace soon.

    You'll hear stories about horrible promotional trinkets, the pros and cons of working in a cemetery, catching fraudsters at the amusement park, how cold it is in a perishable foods warehouse, bosses that truly cared and made a difference, as well as bosses who left a pair of 16 year-old knuckleheads to run the store.

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

    Labor Day is a great time to pause, reflect, and certainly to celebrate work and the workforce. We hope you like this fun episode where we share some of our best, worst, and most impactful memories of our work lives.

    Happy Labor Day to all the HR Happy Hour fans and thanks as always for listening.

    Thanks to show sponsor Virgin Pulse - learn more at www.virginpulse.com.

    And subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    Follow the HR Happy Hour on Twitter - @HRHappyHour and tweet the show with your best/worst/favorite jobs and workplaces.