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On 27 and 28 October the world’s HR community will focus its attention on Paris as it hosts this year’s HR Tech World conference. Oracle will be there too, with our very own Andy Campbell on hand to give his perspective on some of the most important issues facing HR professionals today.
Firstly, he will make the point that as far as HR technology is concerned, the future is now. For HR teams across Europe and the rest of the world, technology already exists that can make a difference to HR operations and the employee experience; making them both more efficient and targeted than ever. Cloud-based collaboration tools and data analytics engines can deliver enhanced employee engagement and insights that ensure bottom-line benefits.
Of course just because the capability to change exists it does not automatically follow that businesses should change. That is why we will show why they must; looking at one of the key drivers behind business transformation: digital disruption. We have already seen that digital technology has transformed many business functions and created new business models, with a whole new raft of digital-centric companies challenging the status quo. We now need to understand just how this disruption can be used to drive real change in HR, transforming the practice to ensure it delivers against the expectations of both business leaders and employees.
One of the questions that will surely be on everyone’s mind at this year’s event is how HR teams can best understand employees and improve the employee experience. From our perspective, the best approach for businesses is to step into employees’ shoes and map their day-to-day experience working in the organisation. There’s no better way to pinpoint where change is required, or to determine how and to whom new innovative services should be rolled out to help boost engagement. These services can include everything from the latest social collaboration tools to improved health and wellness benefits.
Indeed, health and wellness is quickly establishing itself as a new frontier in HR, with the most innovative of companies committed to helping their employees stay fit and healthy in addition to being productive. We’ll be on-hand to discuss this in more detail and to shed light on how the positive effects of these programmes on productivity and happiness can actually be measured.
Finally, we will take a look at the benefits social learning can bring to businesses. Social learning draws on social tools to improve training and development within organisations. It has the power to create collaborative environments where communities of learners work together to share knowledge and learn from one another. Social learning promises to transform training within businesses by enabling employees to take control of their own development and understanding.
Joining us this year will be Engie, a leading global energy company using Oracle HCM Cloud to transform its HR. Engie will be sharing their perspective on how the cloud can deliver a more global, personalised and collaborative information system which makes the entire business more agile.
In the spirit of disruption, two innovative start-ups will also be joining us and bringing their fresh perspective on HR with them. As the company behind some of the most popular wearables on the market, Whithings will share its unique take on how employee exercise and health data can be integrated into a company’s wellness programmes. Kudos, meanwhile, has created a digital careers guidance application that could do for the world of recruiting what Tinder has done for dating.
We hope to see you for what promises to be one of the most compelling HR Tech World conferences yet, coming as it does at a time when HR is building an increasingly strategic position for itself in businesses.
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