7 Must-Go HR Conferences

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As 2018 comes to a close, we find ourselves looking to the year ahead. While we do think about everything we have to get down and resolutions we hope we don’t break, there’s also the matter of making work easier. In the world of business, human resources or the HR department can sometimes be a meddlesome beast when this doesn’t have to be the case. When the time comes to make your business and your HR staff more efficient, consider a conference.

Conferences allow your staff to branch out to other companies and crowdsource new ideas. Integrating workable solutions from other companies might be just the thing to turn your business around. Even if the department isn’t slipping up, finding and going to these conferences can still make things better for all involved. A better HR department means happier employees and inevitably more profit. So here a few conferences to consider next year:

1. HR Division International Conference

The HR Division International Conference, or HRIC for short, is made to integrate the global HR community for better understanding and troubleshooting skills. Professionals from around the world will attend and make this event one which can’t be missed. This conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland on 9-11 January 2019. The cost will be about 100 to 450 euros or $120 to 530.

2. 2019 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

The People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference is another place to integrate skills but from all branches of business, especially high-performing organizations. They have collected data for your business and HR department to grow off the back of and create a more structured department. This conference will be held in Miami, Florida on 5-7 March 2019. The price varies from about $800 to $3000.

3. Unleash Conference & Expo

Unleash is all about artificial intelligence, or AI, and how the future will be shaped by similar technologies. To stay ahead of the game, companies need to use data-based technologies now more than ever, which is what Unleash helps to teach. This conference will be in London, England on 19-20 March 2019. The prices range from 1145 to 2295 euros or $1400 to $2700.

4. 2019 SHRM Talent

The SHRM is much more of a job fair type of exhibit. This convention is almost strictly about finding talent and making the current staff better at what they do. The SHRM offers resources and innovations to take your HR department to the next level. This conference will be in Nashville, Tennessee on 8-10 April 2019. Ticket prices range from $1130 to $1890.

5. SourceCon Europe 2019

The second annual Europe SourceCon gets the name from the experienced speakers providing their sourcing stories in the world of HR. There’s also an opportunity to network with other companies and professionals while learning new techniques. This convention will be in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 21-22 May 2019. The ticket price is around $1600.

6. 2019 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

The Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference teaches people new tactics and a fresh approach to recruiting. Data-driven recruiting is becoming a new hot button adventure to latch to. The conference is aimed to teach employers how to make their recruiting techniques faster and more efficient. This conference will be in Denver, Colorado on 10-12 June 2019. Ticket prices will about $800 to $2000.

7. HR Technology Conference & Exposition

The HR Technology Conference, or HR Tech for short, gives people a better idea of the technology market as a whole. Going beyond the use of AI and chatbots, this conference gives better ideas as to implementing new platforms and keeping up in a fast-paced industry. This conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on 1-4 October 2019. Ticket options and registration will be available on 16 January 2019.

Why Are These Conventions Important?

The HR department is the center of your employee run business, but how do your employees view them? If they feel HR puts the company’s needs above the employee’s, this could mean trouble in the future. After all, they are human resources and are there to make sure the humans, your biggest investment, are happy. Problems can range from a simple physical distance between HR offices and the rest of the company’s or constantly treating employees as if they aren’t people.

These conferences are designed to teach better techniques and fix problems before they even occur. Treating employees like people and having competence are some of the small but ingrained skills to learn. However, they can be understanding and streamline work at the same time. Instead of overflowing employees with needless paperwork and extra steps, consolidating information and making things smooth are some of the best things these conferences can teach.

Working Too Hard

Sometimes, the best and hardest solution for HR personnel to really get a handle on is relaxing. The work they do is very important and should be treated as such, but they also can’t expect all employees to switch roles on a dime when the department asks. Being considerate of others, not threatening jobs and getting to know individual employees will be a major step to greater ends.

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