I was lucky enough to lead a "Blogger Insights" panel at HR Tech last week featuring Bryon Abramowitz (The HR Technologist), Michael Krupa (InfoBox), Laurie Ruettimann (Cynical Girl, formerly Punk Rock HR) and Trish McFarlane (HR Ringleader).
-It was HR Tech, and over half the crowd attending our panel still worked for companies that blocked most forms of social media.
–I had a list of questions, and the only ones that worked were the ones that talked about broad social media concepts, privacy issues/the expectation of privacy that employees should have, starting a blog, etc.
-The pure HR Tech questions bored everyone in the room. Best of Breed vs. Suite? I glanced to the crowd while our panel shared great info. Crowd reaction: zzzzzzzzzzz. zzzzzzzzz. When we started talking about blogs or candidates using social media and whether we should peer into that window as organizations? Eyes wide open and engaged…
–Great questions from the crowd, but the questions really came in waves when…. The panelists took some risks and gave hard opinions….
My takeaways from that? The HR pros in the crowd long for their organizations to be open, and they have great opinions and insights. They're just trained to be leery of sharing them, which I think sucks.
The older I get, the more I'm convinced – there's a lot more rockstar HR pros out there than the world knows about. They just need to be discovered and allowed to speak.
PS – if you are the podcast type, check out this interview on Total Picture Radio featuring Laurie Ruettimann (Cynical Girl, formerly Punk Rock HR) and me. We didn't argue as much as I would have liked, but it's still a good listen related to the current state of social media in organizational life.
If you have to choose one conference next year, I'd make it HR Tech…
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.