Three IHRIM members were challenged to “kick the tires” at the 2014 HR Technology® Conference and Exposition and here are the results!
By Lynne E. Mealy, HRIP
IHRIM has long believed that the expo hall at the IHRIM annual conference is a natural extension of the education program. Through the demos and conversations with the various system and service providers, conference attendees are provided with a better understanding of the solutions available now and in the future to help them manage HR information. A constant reminder to attendee goers is - even if you are not looking to buy today, you never know what may happen in the next 3, 6 or 12 months. So you need to walk the trade show floor to see what is offered.
IHRIM is pleased to feature Tim Stewart in our current Volunteer Spotlight. Tim, HRMS Director, XO Communications, LLC., has been an IHRIM member since 2011.
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In case you missed it, findings from the CedarCrestone 2013–2014 HR Systems Survey noted a big shift was underway: more organizations are replacing their core HR technology products instead of upgrading their existing systems. SHL’s 2013 Global Assessment Trends report noted that fewer than 1 in 5 HR professionals are satisfied with their information systems’ ability to manage talent data; and research from McKinsey & Company cited that the average technology investment delivers less than half of its anticipated value. With all that, it is easy to see why the development of a smart HR Technology plan is vital to the growth of an organization.
U.S. government statistics cite that a majority (approximately 75%) of the world’s purchasing power is situated outside of our nation. One survey from NFIB found that nearly three-fourths of small business owners would like to expand their workforce worldwide. While global expansion offers the promise of increased business, it also presents a number of payroll challenges. One key to keeping your company on course when implementing a global business strategy is to maintain a globally strategic payroll program.
Live Long, and Prosper: Spotlight on IHRIM Volunteer, Cindy Imber, HRIP, SPHR, Sr. Manager of Global HR Applications, Columbia Sportswear
This month’s Volunteer Spotlight shines on Cindy Imber, HRIP, SPHR, who is currently the Sr. Manager of Global HR Applications for Columbia Sportswear. Cindy has worked with HR systems for over 15 years and implemented or upgraded over 10 HR systems including HRIS, Payroll, Performance, Compensation, and Recognition.
On March 18, I was the guest on the DriveThruHR Radio. For those unfamiliar with DriveThruHR, it is a lunchtime chat about topics relevant to HR professionals. Each 30-minute episode features a guest speaker who shares her or his knowledge and experience in human resources. The show runs daily, Monday through Friday, at 12:00 pm Central Time. The host on my show was Bryan Wempen, @bryanwempen, who shares hosting duties with William Tincup, @williamtincup, and Nisha Raghavan, @thehrbuddy.
New Accenture research reports that “the vast majority of professionals surveyed (91 percent) agree that the most successful employees will be those who can adapt to the changing workplace, and nearly as many (89 percent) report that they thrive on or don’t mind change. Although technology is increasingly gaining traction in the workplace today, Dion Hinchcliffe notes in ZDNet that “its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning.”
According to the US government (USAgov.com), the top 5 most popular New Year’s resolutions are:
- Lose Weight
- Volunteer to Help Others
- Quit Smoking
- Get a Better Education
- Get a Better Job
While I wish IHRIM could help with the first resolution (top on my list, again, this year), and we don’t have a smoking cessation program, IHRIM can help you with three resolutions – Volunteering, Education, and Career Growth.
Gaining benefits from the collaborative opportunities and information on CORE: IHRIM Spotlight on Volunteer Denise Eppel, We Energies
IHRIM is pleased to feature Denise Eppel in the Volunteer Spotlight. Denise, Senior HR Business Analyst, We Energies, has been an IHRIM member since 2010.
Every time I go to a Human Capital Management (HCM) technology vendor exposition, whether it is at IHRIM, HRTech, or one of the many HR Associations, I am always amazed at the number of vendors, especially new vendors. It has become an overwhelming job just knowing the changes and upgrade offerings of the major players in HCM, but dozens of new niche vendors offer new systems solutions each year. How do you know what the right fit is? Which will be reliable? Who will treat your organization as special? These are tough questions to answer in the fast changing world of HCM technology.