The Digital HR Innovation Week – Daily Summary (May 21st)

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Four days down, one to go! The Digital HR Innovation Week continues on at full power – so let’s take a quick look back at some of the main sessions, themes, and topics we discussed on the fourth day of the event!

We opened the day with a passionate presentation from Gerald Kane, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School on the essential topic of Why People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation. Gerald provided great insights into the state of the digital business environment today and how this seriously impacts the differential rates of change for digital technologies, businesses, and individuals. He suggests that to navigate these differentials and make change about people and for people – digitally maturing companies need to fundamentally close the talent gap today – something that requires more than the sum of tech implementations and boundless experimentation.

The second session of the day was delivered by Thomas Møller Lybæk, the HR Process Innovation Director at The LEGO Group on the topic of Creating the Future – The LEGO HR Modernisation Journey. In this session Thomas outlined LEGO’s company-wide transformation, including their specific motivations, goals, and strategies. Their ongoing journey covers a wide scope, ranging from; basic process upgrades (recruiting, talent), all the way to SAP integrations and organisational systemic upgrades. Everything ultimately focused on helping the organisation remain both a great place to work – and a leading industry brand.

Next up was a session on Robotics, Blockchain, Machine Learning, AI… and other Buzzwords – Making Sense of Practical Applications of Tech in HR for HR, by Marta Olmos, the Head of BRM for HR, Digital Marketing and Culture: Digital Transformation at Amadeus. Marta’s presentation detailed the developmental background and practical modern applications of the technologies commonly used by HR (and so often misunderstood) today – from cloud platforms and SaaS, to Robotics, AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain.

For the fourth session on day four, we featured a presentation by Volker Jacobs, Managing Director at TI People, on Crucial? or ‘Must Have’? – Perspectives on Managing EX: The Manager Multiplier Effect and Employee Experience Index. In this insightful session, Volker described the value of unlocking the ‘manager multiplier effect’ during a structural business break (such as the contemporary Covid-19 outbreak). He also outlined the procedural, behavioural, and functional responses HR leaders should prioritise to effectively manage EX. In sum, managers today often need better support, which can come in the forms of appropriately leveraged EX data, EX design, EX intelligence, and delivery.

Day four was closed by Laura Schroeder, the Head of Brand at Personio, who presented a session on Technology for a Human-Centric Future of Work. In her session, Laura discussed what ‘human-centric work’ actually looks like, and why tech projects associated with trying to reach this end often fail when implemented. She further outlined the role of strategic HR today, and the fundamental human requirements that HR leaders and professionals need to take into consideration when approaching tech solutions or transformation projects.

What can you look forward to tomorrow?

  • 15:15 – 15:45 – Creating an Employee Tribe of Powerful Brand Ambassadors in the Age of Social and Digital, by Sangbreeta Moitra, TEDx award-winning speaker, Strategist on Human Behaviour, Change and Transformation
  • 15:45 – 16:15 – Strategic Agility and Innovation in the Digital Organization, by Filip Moriau, Founder and CEO of Stragilon
  • 16:15 – 16:45 – Rethink, Rebuild, Rebound – 7 steps for HR in a Crisis, by Nigel Barlow, Innovation Speaker, Business Rocker, and Author
  • 16:45 – 17:15 – How Digital HR Supported Tetra Pak in Creating Business Value, by Eva Åkesson, Global Lead – HR Technology Projects and Process, Tetra Pak
  • 17:15 – 17:45 – Leading in the Digital Age, by Dr. Jennifer Jordan, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, IMD Business School

Make sure you join us for the last day of the event, as we feature a final five sessions dedicated to exploring the critical topics impacting HR, digital HR innovation, and organisations today. Sign up here for free!

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