Trends, talent and other takeaways from Day 2 of HR Tech

Plus, don't be late: Day 3 begins at 8:30 a.m. with back-to-back keynotes from Marcus Buckingham of ADP and Ravin Jesuthasan of Mercer.
By: | September 29, 2021

On the second day of the HR Tech Conference & Exposition, global industry analyst and expert Josh Bersin handed down his “Ten New Truths about HR Technology.” Many of the trends and predictions he presented—some surprising—framed deeper conversations going on throughout the conference sessions and across the expo floor, from the importance of skills taxonomies to recruiting trends, learning in the flow of work and the “creator economy” arriving in HR.

Here are 3 takeaways from the second day of HR Tech. Check our continuing coverage for much more.

Related: Here’s how to follow along with the HR Tech Conference.

1. Growth and innovation in HR technology continue to increase. As hiring and recruiting remain key challenges for organizations, most facets of HR tech still create new solutions, Bersin reports. Recruiting tech, in particular, is becoming smarter and more integrated as vendors focus on what he called “talent intelligence,” including learning systems, talent marketplaces and recruiting platforms. Read more here.

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2. Talent is transforming. Facing the many struggles of the Great Resignation, organizations are making rapid changes and particularly leaning in to AI to help their retention and hiring woes, according to analyst Madeline Laurano. Bersin agrees that talent acquisition is at a crossroads, saying “the things companies are doing in recruiting will blow your mind.” But Bersin heeds a warning for organizations that aren’t thinking about internal mobility: They will fall behind. Read more here.

3. The field of HR is changing to meet the post-pandemic workforce. For example, the learning market is ripe for transformation, with virtual reality, coaching for all employees and L&D “in the flow of work” all coming soon, if you haven’t seen them already. Virtual and augmented reality will also change the space, Bersin predicts. HR jobs will continue to grow along with digital transformation, remote work and more. Read more here.

What’s on tap for Thursday

Attendees can expect more insights and trends on Day 3. Keynoter Marcus Buckingham opens the day at 8:30 a.m. with the exclusive debut of his latest research, “The HR Net Promoter Score from ADP Research Institute.” He’ll be followed immediately by a second keynote, this one from Ravin Jesuthasan of Mercer on “The Great HR Reset and Reinvention.”

Later, six finalists will compete for $30,000 in prize money at Pitchfest, Stacey Harris will debut the results of her 24th annual HR Systems Survey at one of four mega-sessions at 1:15 p.m. The others focus on filling your talent needs, using virtual reality for soft skills, and “Motivating Everyone to Learn, Work and Participate in the Digital Future” with PwC’s Suneet Dua.

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Analyst Jason Averbook will close out the day with the conference’s final keynote. The session, called “After 18 Months of Disruption: Reinventing Organizational Purpose for the Future,” begins at 4 p.m.

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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 eclarke@lrp.com.