The technology on display in science fiction films, television shows and cartoons is a marvel to behold. Warp speed and sundry other things are achievable at the flick of a switch flicked at the behest of a bald guy named Patrick Stewart saying, “Engage.” Entire planets are terra-formed in minutes as Val Kilmer looks on. A wave motion gun hurls a plasma-like, large-diameter laser beam from the bow of a WWII-era warship recast as a space-faring vessel by Japanese animators.
The feats of technology we see in science fiction are out of this world; it’s science fiction, after all. Yet little is readily apparent about the human resource technologies these intergalactic empires obviously need in order to function in their varying states of…function or dysfunction.
A Post-SHRM #HRTechChat…
The thing about science fiction is the fiction. But the challenges of managing a global workforce can seem just as daunting, and just a few years ago seemed downright impossible. The readily and not-so-readily apparent challenges of global human capital management, theme of the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference & Exposition, are many. ...and technology is often an inextricable factor.
By the time we hold #HRTechChat Episode Twenty-Three, on Friday 6/29 at 2pm ET / 11am PT, the 15,000 or so attendees of SHRM will have dispersed; even as they return to their home planets, however, this year’s theme will remain: a persistent one that the marketplace returns to again and again. On Friday, we’ll return to it, too, following the lead of yesterday’s #TChat, the World of Work, this time training our focus on the technology needed to undergird and facilitate all that workforce globalization.
Consider the similarities between managing global and intergalactic workforces:
- Their rebel fleet has an attendant payroll. Your multinational company’s mobile workforce wants access to its benefits through their smartphones.
- As the Federation battles The Borg, management needs to know which captains and crew to assign where. In an effort to enable your Hong Kong–based plant to win against upstart Chinese competitors, you need reliable data now on which engineers at your Austin, Texas–based headquarters have high potential as on-the-floor line managers and would be willing to relocate internationally.
- Better employee engagement strategies and better technology to deliver on them over millions of miles might squelch rebellions at lunar space colonies—and the same strategies, bolstered by technology, might inspire wait staff to deliver great service. …just because—or prevent union strikes.
- Many a hiring authority searches for a way to interview promising recruits from far-off planets without going through the hassles of transporting them to headquarters (assuming that teleportation is still cost-prohibitive). On this planet, in 2012, teleportation isn’t even possible, let alone cost-prohibitive. On the other side of the country or world, a prospect worthy of an interview deserves the technology to make it happen virtually.
- And recruiters need ways to reach those recruits in the first place, ever more precisely and individually—perhaps through social media connected via inter–solar system wireless networks. Just try to tell us social media here on Earth isn’t pretty much the same.
Make It So: Join Us for #HRTechChat Episode Twenty-Three on Friday 6/29 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT
In science fiction and in real life, technology can do wonders, but for human capital management, just imagining great technology for the global workforce won’t necessarily make it so. Functioning, non-fiction technology is necessary to manage the global workforce. Following are questions about that, which TMT (@talentmgmttech) will tweet on Friday. Note that, for any of these questions, the word “manage” is easily interchangeable with “motivate,” “engage” and other concepts, so feel free to substitute ideas during the chat. Brent Skinner, contributor to HRO Today, and his co-hosts at-large Sean Charles and Meghan M. Biro look forward to seeing you there, at 2pm ET / 11am PT on Friday 6/29 at 2pm ET / 11am PT:
- Q1: What is the info/data that orgs need to manage a global #workforce & how does #hrtech help? #HRTechChat
- Q2: With a #workforce dispersed globally, what element of #hrtech does an org need most and why? #HRTechChat
- Q3: What are some of the coolest technologies you’ve heard of to help manage a widely dispersed #workforce? #HRTechChat
- Q4: Where does #hrtech fiction fail to reflect reality in helping to manage a #global #workforce? #HRTechChat
- Q5: In what ways will #hrtech *never* be able to address the challenges of managing a #globalworkforce? #HRTechChat
- BONUS CONVO: No joke, the workforce may go intergalactic one day. What will #HR need then that it now lacks? #HRTechChat