HR Automation For All
Granite Group Chief People Officer Tracie Sponenberg Discusses the HR Technology Journey
The HR Exchange Network is gearing up for its next online event: HR and Future of Work. Scheduled for March 24 and 25, the event promises to engage human resources professionals in conversation about the topics that fall under the future of work umbrella.
Some of those include:
- HR Automation
- Employee Experience
- Internal Talent Economy
- Strategic Workforce Planning
- Employee Burnout
Another area the event will cover is HR automation. The issue will be discussed on March 24 at 1:30p EST. The presenter is:
Chief People Officer
The Granite Group
HR Exchange Network editor Mason Stevenson interviewed Sponenberg on the future of work and HR automation.
When thinking about the future of work, what concerns you most?
The fact that we can guess all we want, but we can't ever truly know what the future holds. That's incredibly exciting - and also terrifying!
Thinking about that challenge, what solution or strategy should HR deploy to address the issue?
If HR takes the time to automate the routine day-to-day tasks and "paperwork," we can be free to really dig into strategy and people development - coaching, training and developing our team members to be prepared for the future of work - whatever that may mean to our individual industries and companies.
Give me a 36,000 ft. view of your session.
It seems as if every conference I attend, I'm hearing about HR Technology from large, global public companies - which is great, but not relatable. What they don't often share is that more than fifty percent of us work for companies with less than 500 people. "Small" companies. And even for those of us in small to mid-sized companies, automation is possible. I'll share our story at The Granite Group, where we overhauled our HR Technology in order for us to focus on what really matters - our people - and share some tips and tricks to help other HR professionals - no matter what size company they are in!
What do you hope audience members will take away from the session?
It's absolutely critical to put in the time to learn new things, especially when it comes to HR Technology. Don't let fear of the unknown, or a lack of understanding about technology scare you away. We must keep moving forward!
What attracted you to joining the speaking faculty for the HR Exchange Network’s HR and Future of Work online event?
I'm fascinated by the future of work, and I'm excited to participate in thinking about and learning what comes next in the world of work. I've seen HR evolve significantly in my twenty plus years as a working HR professional, and I am excited to share some of the things I have learned along the way!
Piece of advice you’d give every HR professional when dealing with future of work topics?
Don't just read about the future of work (though that is a good start!), participate in it. Join a virtual summit like this one. Attend conferences. Talk with others. Be an active part of the future of work.
Piece of advice you’d give a new or aspiring HR professional?
Networking is everything. Everything. Take the time to build your professional and personal networks, and it can help you more than you know.
What’s one book every HR professional should read or podcast every HR professional should listen to?
This is a really tough choice. But, for a book, I'd have to go with "HR On Purpose" by my friend Steve Browne. Steve shares some terrific stories, and it is exactly the positive, uplifting HR book we need right now. He's also the biggest champion of HR professionals I have ever met.
Continuing the Discussion
Sponenberg will be participating as a speaker in the HR Exchange Network’s HR and Future of Work online event. To see who else is speaking at the event, the view the agenda or to register, click the link below.
HR and the Future of Work 2020
A new era of HR dawns. Where once HR ruled with the “one-size-fits-all” mentality, younger employees are rebuking the idea. Ideas like development, flexible scheduling, gig markets and remote work are the building blocks of their mission. This FREE online event will help HR professionals once again find their footing in these changing times while bringing together HR professionals who are successfully addressing the issues of diversity, personalization, and adapting to the future of work.Register Now
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