If you missed this year’s SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conference (which wrapped this past Wednesday), you missed an incredible couple of days (authentic connections, great jokes, and inspiring speeches).
But never fear, we’ve got the highlights for you, including our cliff notes from Marcus Buckingham’s phenomenal keynote speech on the 3 essential shifts facing HR.
Conference highlights (like bacon….)
Of course there were countless highlights over the full 5 days, but let’s start with the ultimate highlight: FREE BACON.
Well done SHRM Bloggers, you gave the people exactly what they wanted.
Another high point was great colleagues with excellent senses of humor...
But our favorite highlight by far was Marcus Buckingham’s presentation on the 3 Radical Shifts facing HR.
3 Shifts Radical HR Shifts
Buckingham is a best-selling author and expert in personal strengths assessment. Specifically, how to identify and utilize individual strengths to build better, high-performing, teams.
He kicked off his stirring keynote by sharing his passionate belief that right now, it’s more exciting than ever to be in HR.
That scaling technology, global economy, and a multi-generation workforce have combined to make “now,” more thrilling (and challenging) than ever. And moving into the future, there are 3 Radical Shifts that should be demanding our attention.
Shift 1: Focus on the leader
Shift #1: What, or rather who is driving our performance metrics? Why do the top-performing teams engage, deliver, and thrive?
Buckingham pointed out the obvious (yet profound) irony of most HR structures: everything we know about Talent Management, Human Capital Management, and Performance & Engagement Analytics suggests that:
To achieve this, we need to be willing to reevaluate how we support our Team Leaders, on a practical and daily basis. Buckingham argued that any Team Leader or Manager, has 3 incredibly practical questions:
- What can my team do?
- What are they doing (this week)?
- How are they feeling (are they empowered & content, or about to quit?).
Essentially, we need to shift our focus from pleasing the organizational structure, to practically empowering our Team Leaders, aka the ones actually driving our key results.
Shift 2: Move Big Data vs. Real-Time, Reliable Data
Shift 3: From “leadership” to what the best team leaders actually do
1. What are your priorities this week?
2. How can I help?
What does it take to Thrive in HR?
Part of that equipping means finding the right technology (HRIS, HRMS, Benefits Administration Systems) and tools to fit your teams’ unique needs, meaning lots of shopping around (multiple Request for Proposals, etc.)