Top-shelf technology is the best for the management of your organization’s humans. And the best is often too good. Many an organization has endeavored to make good with good enough, instead, with their human resource technology. And that’s the premise for today’s #HRTechChat: When necessity is the mother of invention, making the most out of a little has a long, storied history peppered with pride. When is the best too good, and the good enough, well, good enough?
Tarps, Stakes and Bungee Cords
The highest mountain in Maine, Mount Katahdin rises 5,268 feet toward the heavens and this past week provided a postcard-perfect backdrop to the plot of land where #HRTechChat co-host Brent Skinner and his other half camped in their trusty, but not fancy, Ozark Trail–brand two-person tent. In other words, Brent purchased it at Walmart several years ago. And, every year for their annual late-season camping trip to the Northern Woods of Maine, Brent purchases tarps and stakes and bungee cords— many, many tarps and stakes and bungee cords—the materials he needs to create shelter from the ever-present possibility of rain, always the potential foil to the enjoyment that their camping trip otherwise promises.
Then, the wind came, Brent and his other half made good with good enough, and an elaborate metaphor for #HRTechChat Episode Thirty-One was born. …
Eastern Mountain Sports and other retailers of gear for the outdoorsman and outdoorswoman offer top-shelf, waterproof tents, as well as tube-housed compounds that campers can apply to the stitching of said tents, to seal any possible entry points remaining, where water might get in. Further protection from the elements comes from add-on products, such as canopies within which the tent might reside. Those products are the best, and they’re too good, probably, for the once-a-year campers who just want to go camping for a week or so and not get wet.
Enter the Tarps
For their camping trips, Brent and his other half have two tarps. One lies flat, secured to the ground with stakes at all four corners and along the long sides, to cover a square-foot area about one-third larger than footprint of Brent’s good-enough tent. That tarp keeps rainstorms’ water runoff from entering the tent’s floor and soaking the sleeping bags and other belongings of its horizontal occupants.
The other tarp is larger by several square feet. A sailboat lacking a sail could get by for a little while by employing this tarp. Brent uses his bungee cords to secure two corners of one end of this large tarp about 10 feet up two trees several feet behind the tent, now assembled and resting atop the ground-secured tarp. Doing so can be tough; not every campsite has trees he can climb or whose branches reside at a suitable height for the bungee cords. But, he makes it work and then uses several heavy duty stakes to secure the other end of the tarp to the ground. By ducking their heads, he and his other half enter and exit their tent and know that no rain will enter. Enter the wind.
#HRTechChat Episode Thirty-One: Join Us Today (Fri 9/14) @ 2pm ET / 11am PT
Are you interested in learning how necessity led Brent and his other half to jerry-rig a solution that kept them dry and withstood the wind? Click here. For today’s #HRTechChat, we’re going to discuss how you may have jerry-rigged a solution to an HR technology dilemma, out of necessity, without much. Today, beginning at about 2pm ET / 11am PT, @TalentMgmtTech will start tweeting the following, related questions:
- Q1: When it comes to HR tech, when is the best actually too good? #HRTechChat
- Q2: Have you ever successfully jerry-rigged an HR tech solution at your org? Why? What was the result? #HRTechChat
- Q3: Despite your best ingenuity, has your HR tech ever failed (and your HR dept suffered)? #HRTechChat
- Q4: Which areas of the employee lifecycle suffer most and least when we skimp on HR tech? #HRTechChat
- Q5: Has technology blunted our ability to think outside the box & exercise innovation? Why or why not? #HRTechChat
- BONUS CONVO: Here’s something different: Do you have a suggestion for a future #HRTechChat topic? Please share.
We thank the #TChat World of Work community for its support of #HRTechChat. That includes #TChat's co-founder, Meghan M. Biro (@MeghanMBiro). She and Brent Skinner (@brentskinner), tech editor for HRO Today, are co-founders of #HRTechChat, which benefits, as well, from the tweeting prowess of Sean Charles (@SocialMediaSean), co-host at-large. Please tweet with us today, Sept. 14, at 2pm ET / 11am PT.