Pam Baldwin, SPHR, Analytics and Technology Director
The numbers are in! Last month, I conducted a study to find out what was happening at the chapter level in the area of HR Technology. I’m happy to say that I received a substantial response from you, and appreciate the time you took to provide some much needed information.
With almost half of you responding, I saw some definite trends, and also received some great ideas. It’s obvious from what you shared that HR Technology, and the analysis and utilization of metrics, are becoming much more important to us as we craft our HR strategies. The numbers help us shape the future and direction of our organizations. Without good data, we can’t make good decisions. One respondent made a very wise comment in response to the question “how could the HR Florida State Council best meet the needs of your members in the area of HR Analytics and Technology?” In understanding the importance of HR Analytics (impact on business and making money) and technology (how to do more with less). It's not necessarily the ability to perform the analytics and implement the technology - but finding those skill sets within the HR organization; then understand the analytics and brainstorm what to do to improve.
I wholeheartedly agree. With all of respondents indicating that they at least had someone in the role of webmaster in their chapter, few had an individual dedicated to this endeavor; handling the analytics side of HR Technology. We’ve got a great opportunity to reach an untapped market of members for our chapters. The key will be to find those program speakers and subjects that are cutting edge - ones that will not just help us mine the data, but to give us a solid education as to what to do with the numbers once we get them. We can use them to encourage those highly skilled analysts to join us on the local level, as they find value in attending chapter meetings geared to meet their particular educational needs.
The HR Florida State Conference is paving the way with a Masters Series for HR Technology with speaker Naomi Bloom addressing the use of HR Technology to Drive Business Results. She will be providing the type of information that will separate us from merely being a tactical, support department to being one that is respected and sought out because we provide the necessary ‘stuff’ which our C-Suite can use, and use to your organization’s competitive advantage.
If you didn’t respond to the survey, but would like to send your suggestions for programs that have worked for you, please forward them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.