#SHRM19 Recap


The frenzy that is the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference has ended. The early morning sessions, the content-rich breakouts and the late-night parties have ended. And for all 25,000 attendees, what do we have to show for it?  Lots.

  • Learning – while it may seem cliché, there is much to take from the sessions offered.  Of course, the keynotes get the hype, but it’s often in the mega or breakout sessions that those nuggets of information are unpacked and make the biggest impact. Sessions with Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, Sarah Noll-Wilson, Jennifer McClure, Steve Browne, Louis Lessig and many others were packed with hungry learners. We were all eager to find that next great consideration. Now that we’re moving into our second week beyond the conference, it’s a good time to review those notes and slides. Remember those commitments made while you were nodding along in agreement. Remember those affirmations about the work you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Remember that you are not alone in applying the learning; reach out to your HR community
  • Community – And on that note, the community of HR professionals is an awesome sight. We come from all walks, with various backgrounds, opinions and experiences. The opportunity to speak with one another about the pressing issues of work, law and culture was a gift. I chatted with people from across the country and across the globe. It’s a privilege to have such access and opportunity.  If you’ve already fallen behind in those connections, be sure to jump on SoMe and connect. Follow those HR trends, listen to those HR and business podcasts, and read what your fellow colleagues have posted on their blogs.  Stay connected!
  • Technology – That expo hall was packed with the latest and greatest in HR technology. Whether payroll or HRIS or LMS or ATS (or any other series of letters), there were plenty of opportunities to engage with these advancements. AI was once again the topic on the floor and watching its adaptation was thrilling and chilling at moments. One thing for sure, there are plenty of tools for HR professionals to use. And while it may be scary to have so many vendors with your name on their lists, take advantage of the conversations and demos being offered.  If they don’t work for you, just let the salesperson know, but it’s better to see what’s out there as you plan for future organizational development needs.

And as we make plans for San Diego in 2020, don’t let time go by before reviewing what your action steps should be based upon the 2019 experience. Keep up on those commitments, share them with friends in the HR community for accountability and look for ways to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of employee relations and compliance.

Looking forward to seeing you next year!

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