#SHRM19 Speaker Spotlight: Q&A with Tim Sackett – The Future of HR Technology: How it Will Impact You and Your Organization



I’m not sure how you introduce a well-known Talent Acquisition Guru like Tim Sackett! I’ve been following Tim for quite some time now and have enjoyed reading his book, The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent. I’m excited to see Tim speak at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition next month in Las Vegas. I interviewed Tim because he has a dynamic voice that gets you thinking about the world of work in a different, yet profound way.

We all have our opinions on workplace hugs. You either love them or hate them. Tim is the expert on workplace hugs. He wrote the rules about hugging at work and you will often hear him speaking about the subject too! As for the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition next month in Las Vegas, Tim will share his insights on the future of HR Technology and how HR technology is changing organizations. He will also share his thoughts on how critical it is for HR professionals to have an HR technology competency, as it will be important to have this competency in order to continue moving HR forward, and how it will help create better workplaces for all organizations.

Heading into #SHRM19, there are so many amazing speakers, and with just over a month away - there is still time to register and attend this amazing conference. Check out Tim’s session on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 1:30pm.

Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP is one of the few HR pros who has been on both sides of the desk. With over 15 years of experience in talent acquisition, Tim has worked as a staffing director on the corporate side with companies like Applebee's International, ShopKo Stores, Inc. and Sparrow Health System. He also has had two stints with HRU - first coming to us directly out of college for eight years, then returning - a la the Prodigal Son - to run HRU after a nine-year sabbatical on the corporate side of the fence (and his story is closer to the Biblical reference than you might think!). Tim is an active HR blogger, conference presenter and advocate for a Diet Mountain Dew soda fountain in the office. He truly believes that the most important role of HR in any organization is to increase the talent.

As one of the most prevalent names in the HR/Talent arena, how do you stay relevant in this ever-changing world of work era we live in?

I try to constantly follow the conversation that is ever-going among some of the great HR and Recruiting minds on the planet. It’s happening on social media every day, all day. Might be on LinkedIn, Facebook Groups, and Twitter. People are constantly talking, asking questions, and sharing ideas, tips, what’s working, what’s not, etc. It’s this community that tells me what’s relevant and what’s not. We get hung up on words like “thought leaders” and “influencers”, etc. The reality is, it’s all of us (practitioners, vendors, influencers, analyst, etc.) engaging together that keeps me up on the latest and greatest happenings.

What outside-the-box and innovative recommendations do you think HR will need to bring to their organizations in the 2020’s?

Oh, that’s a great question! Of course, I will say technology in the HR and Talent space has to be one of those things that great leaders will bring to their organizations, but more specifically how that technology fits into the stack to make their organizations perform better. That really never ends for us as HR and Talent leaders. I also think that HR will take ownership of performance. Right now we throw that onto our leaders who mostly fail. Increasing performance and improving performance are in the wheel-house of great HR and I think we’ll see a shift in 2020’s where HR will be the performance leaders of our organizations.

From an HR technology perspective, what advice do you have for HR professionals in smaller departments who want to make bold impacts on the HR function of their organization?

Decide to make the understanding of technology in your space part of your development. It’s actually really easy. Just start doing demos! The vendors will actually teach and educate you on the tech and what’s possible. You already know your organization and what’s needed. What you need is the knowledge of what’s possible with tech. Once you have that, you really kind of become unstoppable! Also, you take the power back from your IT folks. We let IT make HR Tech decisions, and they have no idea what we need. We need to stop that. It’s the worst thing that happens to an HR team when IT selects your tools and has absolutely no idea what HR needs. Finance never would allow IT to select the finance software, why does HR allow this?

Finally, what do you hope HR professionals will take away from your session that will help them see 2020 over the next decade?

I hope what the takeaway is real ideas for what’s possible in their own shops and it creates a spark for them to go back look their function and their organizations at what they can become in the future. HR and Talent has as much, if not more, potential to positively impact the direction of our organization than any other single function, I truly believe that! Looking into the future of HR is all about possibility. I’m also a person who doesn’t want to wait to make an impact, so I will be talking future and giving real example on how to make the future a reality today.

Connect with Tim before the #SHRM19 conference and beyond the conference:

Twitter: @TimSackett

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timsackett

I hope to see you at #SHRM19!


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