Speakers on Day 3 at HR Tech look to the future

The future of work and what it means for HR leaders and HR technology was the theme Thursday at the HR Technology Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.

One caveat, though: Closing keynote speaker Jason Averbook advised that all of these “future of work” ideas need to be happening now because the future arrived about 18 months ago with the pandemic.

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Here are a few other takeaways from Thursday’s sessions:

  • COVID and its impacts are still and will remain drivers for what’s happening in the workforce, from hybrid or remote workforce planning to spending on HR systems to onboarding and even managing the challenges of the labor market. Read more here.
  • There’s always room for more innovation. Sarah Rodehorst, CEO, and her team at Onwards HR took home the $25,000 Pitchfest prize after three rounds of competition for a solution that automates employee separations. Read more here.
  • HR leaders face some monumental work ahead: A “Great Reset and Reinvention” as keynoter Ravin Jesusathan put it. That means essentially rethinking the very core of work, from how, where and when it gets done to what jobs are in the world of internal talent marketplaces. Keynoter Marcus Buckingham debuted a tool, however, that might help HR leaders ensure they’re doing that work in a way that builds up their talent brands. Read more here.
  • Learning is more important than ever. PwC’s Suneet Dua argued that it might be the most important piece for HR and organizations overall going forward. Dua, in describing the digital transformation he led at the professional services giant, said upskilling was the only way forward for the firm but also described why it’s critical for society at large. Sapient Insights’ Stacey Harris noted L&D’s prominent spot on the list of solutions driving spending on her survey. Read more here.

What’s on tap on Friday

It’s a short but interesting final day at HR Tech with two sessions at 8:30 a.m., one on the power of your benefits data and one on how Whirlpool uses human potential data to “optimize talent.” At 9:30 a.m., attendees can choose from a session on financial wellness and one on modernizing RFPs.

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Elizabeth Clarke
Elizabeth Clarke is executive editor of Human Resource Executive. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and then spent more than 25 years as a reporter and editor in South Florida before joining HRE. Elizabeth lives with her family in Palm Beach County. She can be reached at [email protected].