#Nextchat: How to Transform Your HR Department Through Technology (Even If Your HR Department Is Just You)



So many solutions, so little time. Lack of bandwidth and uncertainty about technology can discourage HR professionals—especially those in smaller companies—from sourcing, selecting and implementing solutions that will help ease administrative burdens and make their departments more strategic and effective. The number of HR tech solutions available today can be overwhelming—along with the time required to research each vendor and solution.

Events such as the SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition are extremely beneficial as they allow HR professionals to meet with hundreds of vendors, ask questions and participate in product demos. The exhibit hall is massive—and can also be overwhelming—which is why it’s important to have a plan for exploration. The first step to creating that plan is to ask yourself the right questions. What are the most important questions?  

“What business problem am I looking to solve?” and “What business problem will this solution solve?”

Tracie Sponenberg, SHRM-SCP, senior vice president of human resources at The Granite Group, recommends that HR professionals always have a business reason to solve the problem and avoid falling victim to “bright shiny object syndrome.” “I love new tech and love to look at new solutions,” Sponenberg says, “so I have to always pause and ask ‘why?’ New technology should solve a business problem, always. And it should be used to alleviate the problem of day-to-day tactical work so we can focus on the human part—talking to our team members, working on strategy, solving business problems.”

Sponenberg will present the session “How to Transform Your HR Department Through Technology, Even If Your HR Department Is Just You” at the SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition. “This session is going to be a really practical approach to embracing technology, Sponenberg says. “It’s not for people from a large company with a huge amount of resources. It’s for those of us working in small to medium-sized companies who wear a lot of hats and are in the trenches every day and think that they will never get out of the weeds.”

Sponenberg also will present a session about HR tech transformations at the Vermont State SHRM Conference in September with Michelle Strasburger, talent engagement director at Emerson Ecologics. Strasburger agrees that “technology can make your life as an HR professional easier while helping you add more value to the business in which you work.”

Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on June 5 for #Nextchat with special guests Tracie Sponenberg (@TracieSpon) and Michelle Strasburger (@Michelle_Straz). We’ll chat about what you can do to make technology work for your HR department—even with very little time and money.

Q1. When looking for new HR technology, HR professionals should always ask themselves “What business problem will this solution solve?” What other questions should they be asking?

Q2. What should HR professionals be on the lookout for when it comes to HR tech contracts? What are some important considerations?

Q3. What advice can you share for sourcing and selecting potential HR technology vendors?

Q4. What are some tips for HR technology implementation for small HR departments and HR departments of one?

Q5. What are the keys to convincing the C-suite (especially in a small company with a limited budget) of the need for new technology?

Q6. How can small HR departments and HR departments of one leverage relationships with technology vendors for maximum value?

Q7. The #SHRM19 exhibit hall will be packed with HR technology vendors. What are your tips for visiting the exhibit hall when you’re on a mission to find new HR tech?

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