Over the weekend, #HRTechChat co-host Brent Skinner’s laptop computer died. For a fraction of a second, the blue screen of death appeared, disappearing before he had the chance to read the error message displaying in Courier-like white font. Just like that, Brent’s long-in-the-tooth Gateway notebook blew up his daily workflow and the past three months of data, which he’d yet to back up on his external hard drive. He had no choice but to go with the flow. Luckily, his fiancé was gracious enough to loan him her Toshiba laptop till he finds a replacement for his.
Blowing Things Up
That was a boneheaded move, for Brent not to back up his data for nearly three months. You might as well have shot a distillation of his recent travails in a candid home video and submitted the footage to an annoying truTV show that casts washed-up child stars providing peanut gallery–style, witty narration designed to elicit laughter from the audience.
#HRTechChat turns to our community to provide peanut gallery–style, witty narration this Friday, July 13, at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Catastrophic failures of technology will blow up, beyond recognition, your data or any number of other things. They’ll blow up your weekend and your Monday. Even HR technology that’s trouble-free in carrying out its tasks can blow up the HR practitioner’s workflow and very sense of wellbeing. Is there a show for boneheaded ideas in human capital technology? Would anyone laugh? The poor souls featured on “World’s Dumbest…” probably don't laugh when they go through the travails whose video later makes viewers laugh. ...
The ground today is fertile for misadventures in technology, which might just be old, and old technology today does boneheaded things almost by design. Legacy applicant tracking systems, for instance, can be rife with boneheaded redundancies and processes laden with far more steps than necessary. Time and attendance data might not talk to each other, and payroll software can take forever to compute.
But well-documented, as well, are the misguided applications of social media to recruiters’ and HR practitioners’ workflow. In an attempt to help with employee engagement or recognition or mobility, technology might add bells and whistles and complexity to processes best left offline or technology-less. And what happens when they build a new HCM technology, and nobody uses it? It’s not always the creators of HR technology who are to blame for a lack of intelligence in the use of their technology. Some industries are better than others at using HCM technology, after all.
#HRTechChat Episode Twenty-Four: Join Us Friday 7/13 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT
Is there anyone among us whose wit is as quick as Danny Bonaduce’s? Let’s find out as we train our smarts on boneheaded ideas in HR technology and unearth perhaps the world’s dumbest. Please join us at 2pm ET / 11am PT, when we won’t identify boneheaded technology providers by name, but we will identify and call out what it is they’re doing that just isn’t that wise. And we’ll just plain brainstorm on just what might be driving all this apparent lack of clear thinking. Following are the questions that TMT (@talentmgmttech) will tweet.Brent Skinner, contributor to HRO Today, and his co-hosts at-large Sean Charles and Meghan M. Biro will be there to see you there:
- Q1: What are the pillars of smart, workable #hrtech? Are there common denominators? What are those? #HRTechChat
- Q2: Today’s #hrtech is huge, but where are the bad ideas or bad executions on good ideas coming from? #HRTechChat
- Q3: Which industries today are least adept at integrating #hrtech into their overall workflow, and why? #HRTechChat
- Q4: Which industries are #hrtech innovators seemingly worst at creating solutions for, and why? #HRTechChat
- Q5: What is your advice for #hrtech innovators, to help them avoid making their tech unusable? #HRTechChat
- BONUS CONVO: Which areas of emerging #hrtech, if any, receive too much attention? What are they and why? #HRTechChat