Sleep exhausted and jet lagged As I wait to catch my flight home from HR Evolution, I’m writing this. Once more, it was an amazing event, and it was wonderful to see both old and new friends. I’m participating in HR Evolution for the third time. The interaction between HR vendors and HR practitioners is what I enjoy most, in addition to the extremely honest and open communication.
Typically, HR vendors pack the hallways on the vendor floor to promote their newest offerings. asking for your contact information in exchange for inexpensive breath mints. Many times, these vendors cut off the conversations and discussions that make up the sessions and post-session conversations of the typical attendee. Sometimes by choice, but frequently as a result of the amenities that a typical conference provides.
Granted, I don’t think that any attendee at a conference like HR Evolution is average, and neither is HR Demo. Both conferences allow for fun, conversations, but serious business is done amongst the shadows, technology, and between cocktails. Yup, it is that kind of place.
Now, you may remember my conversation about how I believe we’re all hr vendors,and I still believe we are. But for a moment, let’s set aside my debate and talk about the HR Vendor and their role with the human resources community — consulting firms and corporate HR types in the trenches.
At events like HR Evolution and the upcoming HR Demo which I am attending as a member of their blog squad May 24-26th in Vegas, the conversations are less about the hard sell and more about relationships that lend to vendor and solution-based discussions. Because let’s be honest, when it comes to most HR Vendors, they come off salesy, abrasive, with no background running a recruiting desk or HR team.
These conferences, including HR Evolution and HR Demo, provide demonstrations, conversation, and discussion. removing obstacles. Relationships and trust grew. More dialogue and conversation; fewer pushy sales techniques. I’m eager to attend occasions like these because of this. HR personnel can communicate openly and freely with manufacturers of social media monitoring software or SaaS rivals. Getting past the fluff and into the talks that matter. And conversations where the goal is to have a chat rather than reach a monthly goal.
HR Vendors vs. HR Practioners
Because let’s face it as a HR practitioner we need vendors. I can’t process payroll myself and I sure as hell don’t want paper job applications. I want solutions, and I need them now. Because processing payroll with Excel spreadsheets and Quickbooks are so 1994.
FTC Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of travel accommodations and conference access for mentioning HR Demo as a member of the conference blog squad in the above blog post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”