It was a whirlwind week at HR Tech October 4-6 here in Chicago. We had the opportunity to attend sessions, hear about the trends affecting the HR space and connect with attendees. Here’s what we learned:
Competition is Tight to be the Next Big Thing
The conference kicked off Tuesday afternoon with the “Next Great HR Tech Company” session featuring eight up-and-coming startups. The format was similar to NBC’s “The Voice,” with each company working with a coach during the competition. Madeline Laurano served as our coach with Jason Averbook and Steve Boese hosting the session. While we didn’t win the audience majority vote, Kazoo fared well and got some positive feedback after voting ended. You can learn more about the session and results here.
Customer Stories Resonate
Patagonia is in the midst of undergoing a performance management transformation. While it considered itself a progressive and unconventional company, its performance processes were the opposite. To give attendees a real life perspective, Carly Huey of Patagonia appeared on stage during the Next Great HR Tech Company session with our Chief Engagement Officer, Andee Harris, to discuss performance development and uncovering new talent insights. We learned that customer stories resonate the most. Here’s where you can learn more from our customers on how they’re modernizing their approaches to performance development and employee engagement.
Puppies Always Win
We worked with local rescues Magnificent Mutts, the Anti-Cruelty Society and Animal House Shelter to bring puppies to our booth. Needless to say, the puppies were a big hit and gave us the opportunity to share more about what we do. (Check out the gallery here to see the puppies doing their thing in our booth.) All the puppies were up for adoption and in fact, 11 out of the 14 HR Tech puppies have found new homes!
With HR Tech 2016 successfully in the books, we’re looking forward to staying connected with everyone we met. If you’re not already, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. See you next year in Vegas!