Talk to Me – Transform HR
I just came back from the inaugural (and wonderful) TLNT Transform HR conference. In many ways it was a typical HR conference; HR Body-of-Knowledge stuff, HRCI recertification credits, a busy Exhibit Hall with interesting vendors, lots of chocolate (thanks Pinstripe!) and a cocktail hour or two. The model was a mix of 50% general sessions and 50% break-out sessions and the topics ran the gamut from employee benefits to building value through relationships and social capital. While I sift through and process some of my specific session take-aways, I did identify one theme that I found throughout many of the sessions as well as in definite and abundant supply in the general conference experience – communication is key.
Content and conversation over the two days covered use of social channels (Twitter, Facebook, internal IM systems) and the building of internal-company-specific social networks and collaborative sites. Employee engagement strategies were presented, dissected and questioned. And many presenters highlighted, via various stories and illustrative examples, the simple power of the picking up the telephone and/or having a face to face conversation to further a relationship, give feedback or strengthen a human connection. Everything old may, in fact, be new again.
Is it possible that we transform HR by returning to some of the basics? Talk may be cheap…but it’s pretty effective.