Here’s a Session to Watch Out for at #SHRM 2022 in New Orleans

SHRM 22 is coming up and if you’ve had a look at the agenda, you might already be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of available sessions facilitated by the world’s top HR talent. You’re not alone. In this post I will highlight one session in particular that I can highly recommend attending (and no it’s not my own – smile!).  

Join Joe Ziska (BMW) and Erica Young (SHRM) on Monday June 13th, from 3:30-4:30 Central Time (in-person and virtually) for their session entitled How BMW Leverages Emerging Technology for People and Talent Needs.

What the Session will Cover:

HR is in dire need of disruption. Yet modernizing workplace technology in any department is daunting - especially so in HR. But if technology is adopted early enough, it can help organizations plan for future success and avoid major pitfalls. During this session, you will learn how organizations are leveraging emerging technologies to elevate their people and talent experience. Additionally, you will hear how BMW has capitalized on such innovations to ready their future of work in three different ways. One of those ways (consider it a teaser) is below:

How BMW is Leveraging Tech in Order to Make HR More Strategic, Effective & Engaging

In order to address and mitigate their own internal Great Resignation, BMW used trend analyses to see why people were leaving their organization. Some organizations “blame” attrition on factors such as pay or the leadership style of managers, but without data analysis, one can’t actually come to that conclusion or target a solution.

So BMW looked for a way to determine if new employees had built connections with other team members.  They had data on if employees were walking-into or out of their plant with another colleague at the same time consistently. If they were, the assumption (based on observations) was that they had a friend in the workplace, thus increasing the likelihood that they would continue to grow within the company. However, if within 30 days, someone never had a clock-in buddy, it was likely that this person felt they didn’t have anyone to rely on within the company, thus increasing the probability that they’d soon be resigning. This data gave management an opportunity to work on some pilots to encourage engagement, by means such as pairing them with a mentor or giving them a chance to work on a small group project.

Many individuals will leave an organization if they feel like they aren’t part of the team or the culture around them. Therefore, the feeling of belonging to an organization is essential for talent retention. Having this knowledge gives management insight on how to engage and keep top talent – and sets HR up as a strategic partner for leadership on this journey.


Who Should Attend?

Anyone daring to be inspired and challenged by the possibilities for you and your organization. After attending, you will be able to identify trending workplace challenges, recall how BMW is leveraging technology to meet the demands of the future of work, and apply trends in emerging workplace technology to convert challenges into opportunities.

How to Prepare for the Session

Once you’ve decided to attend, you’ll want to make sure you make the most out of the session. Because what good is attending if you aren’t going to walk away with some key takeaways? How do you do that? Well, before the session jot down some lingering problems your organization is currently struggling to solve. I’m guessing Erica and Joe might just provide some inspiration during their talk. And to be sure, they are generously offering Q & A after the session where you can directly ask your question.

Session Details


  • Joe Ziska - Manager, HR Planning & Steering , BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC and
  • Erica Young- SHRM-SCP, Enterprise Solutions Architect, SHRM

Title: How BMW Leverages Emerging Technology for People and Talent Needs

Time and Date: In-Person and Virtual Monday 06/13/2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM Central Time

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