How HCM insights can help you emerge stronger after the pandemic

The past nearly 18 months have delivered challenges that HR leaders are still sorting out–and no doubt will be for many months to come.

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Mainly, HR executives have had to repeatedly shift priorities: from safety and return-to-workplaces to redeploying and reskilling talent, DE&I, employee experience and the future of work.

For Oracle customers, those imperatives will be center stage during “HCM Trends & Technology Enablers,” a featured session at Ascend 2021: Elevating Insights for the Oracle Community, scheduled for Aug. 15-18 at the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla. The event is co-presented by the Oracle Applications & Technology Users Group and Oracle HCM Users Group.

Yvette Cameron, senior vice president at Oracle

The HCM trends session–at 3:15 p.m. Aug. 16–will feature two Oracle leaders: Yvette Cameron, senior vice president, Global HCM Strategy, and Cara Capretta, vice president, HCM Transformation Practice.

Cameron says that Oracle saw some great examples of companies surviving and even thriving in the last year-and-a-half, but it also saw some of the challenges many faced–largely brought on by a lack of understanding of the talent that employers have in their organization.

“One area we will focus on is recognizing that, as we are looking to return people to work, how do we ensure that we are bringing back the skills we need and also identify the top skills to prepare us to be more agile and responsive to any future crisis?” says Cameron, who was named one of HRE‘s 2021 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers.

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This fall, Cameron will share more about skills and the role of technology in identifying and developing them, as well as “the future of skills portability” in a session at the HR Technology Conference & Exposition, which takes place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Las Vegas.

But, it’s not just about skills development.

Organizations also need to focus on “bringing people back to work in a way that is equitable, one that focuses on a culture of inclusivity and belonging,” Cameron says. During the Ascend session, she plans to highlight how some organizations are effectively incorporating those concepts into the overall workforce experience–quickly gaining steam in light of the predicted “Great Resignation.

As opposed to diving into long-range trends, Capretta says, she and Cameron plan to tackle such hot-button topics as the work employers need to do today to hang onto flight risks in the current market. Central to that discussion are efforts to make work more human and understand employees better, she says.

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“We’ll talk about ways that you can try to keep your folks, as well as if there are different people out in the market, how you can attract them. I’m excited to talk about some of those creative things that we’re seeing in the marketplace,” she says, noting that emerging technologies are essential to that work.

“We’ll explore how the pandemic has really forced organizations to look at their overall technology footprint,” Capretta says.

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Tom Starner
Tom Starner is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has been covering the human resource space and all of its component processes for over two decades. He can be reached at [email protected].