SHRM 2018 Recap: The Three Things We Love Most About Conferences

Kazoo News 1 min read

Another SHRM conference has come and gone. This year’s event held in Chicago brought together 22,000 HR professionals for several days of networking, keynote presentations, breakout sessions and fun.

As a technology provider to the HR industry, we attend many different conferences throughout the year, both large and small.

Why? We get to do three things that are critical to Kazoo’s success:


1. Keep up to to date on the state of the industry.

HR processes are evolving everyday, and conferences are a great way to hear what’s next in performance management, feedback, employee development, recognition and rewards and more. Taking part in discussions, whether in general sessions, client and prospect meetings or even informal conversations at our booth, help us see the big picture and move the industry forward through our technology.

2. Connect with HR industry professionals.

While we’re a user of our own technology, it takes a deep understanding of how many different types of companies and cultures operate to develop the right solution. Attending conferences like SHRM is an important way to do a gut check, so to speak, on our priorities from both a technical, product standpoint as well as in terms of what services we offer to clients. Candid conversations with customers, prospects, analysts and others are priceless to our team as we continually improve our offerings.

3. Give back.


We’re glad that giving back is currently cool, but for our team it’s always been a driving force behind our culture. We came up with an idea in 2016 to feature adoptable rescue dogs at our conference booth as a means to both give back and stand out in a sea of much larger, well known technology providers. Since then, we have helped over three dozen dogs find new homes through our shelter promotions. This year’s SHRM event was no exception, and we featured five sweet puppies at our booth. We’re happy to report that five of the dogs are in the process of adoption!

We’re happy to share some fun photos from the event, and we are already looking forward to more fun in Vegas for the HR Tech conference this fall. By the way, if you register now, you can get a $300 discount on behalf of Kazoo. Check out this page for more information. We hope to see you there.