Chantal Wilson kicks off the hosting with the first in our series. She is joined by Soo Ling Lim, Honorary Associate Professor at UCL, and Matthew Libeer, CTO and Co-Founder at SalesPath. Start here if you want to know the essential questions you need to ask before you start on your HR tech journey. Or if it’s too late for that, at least the questions you should start asking before you make any more HR tech decisions.
We are still in Chantal’s capable hands for this second event. Ably supported by guests Travis Fish of RotaGeek and Simon Bocca of PayCaptain, Chantal helps us avoid jumping on HR tech bandwagons: just because ‘everyone else is using it’ doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right piece of tech for your business. The best tip to come out of this session – if you want to be really smart, know who your users are and get crystal clear on what they need before you buy anything.
For this chat I invite along Ben Ford, Co-Founder of Mission Ctrl, and welcome back Soo Ling. Ben and Soo Ling bring us up to date with the latest developments in the world of HR tech and reveal why now is such an exciting time to be thinking about your HR tech strategy. There has never been more flexibility and ease of access to technology. Now even the least technically capable amongst us have the potential to play in a world that only a few years ago would have been a black box.
Up next I am joined by data designer, Elisa Mirkil, to talk about user experience and why this is critical if you want your HR tech to achieve anything at all. It doesn’t matter how good the functionality of the tech is, if the user experience is terrible no one is going to use it. We discuss why it’s important to get clear on the people experience and behaviours you’re aiming for before implementing new HR tech so that the technology becomes the enabler not the driver of what you’re trying to achieve.
For this final session I invite back both Soo Ling and Elisa and ask my co-founder of The Pioneers and now co-founder of Youda to join us for a big juicy conversation about data. Amongst the laughs we talk about the common people data challenges that companies face, the causes of these challenges and what you can do about it.
If I were to leave you with one key takeaway from this whole series it would be to think like a scientist… whatever you’re doing with HR tech (or your people experience generally) create a hypothesis about what you think will happen/what you’d like to happen, build a feedback loop to give you some data on the actual impact (even if that’s simply asking a few people for anecdotal feedback) and then use this data to inform what you do next.
The foundation of a great people experience is your HR Tech stack. At The Pioneers, we can help you identify the tech that best fits your culture and strategy and then build automations, connect APIs and integrate new applications so they actually work! Find time for a chat with me here - we're a very friendly bunch: I'll happily offer you some free advice over a cup of tea and a biscuit no matter where we end up!