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#HRTechChat Preview: Is Your HR Technology Sick?

Your co-host is. When the common cold is bad enough, we tell people that we have the flu, and when the flu knocks a workaholic on his back for nearly 36 hours, suspicions that a weapons-grade virus, bioengineered at an undisclosed military installation somewhere near Groom Lake, start to make sense. But that’s probably just the enervation-just-this-side-of-unconsciousness talking. And besides, the dark humorists among us may very well say that my coming down with a nasty case of the flu this week in fact provides a fortuitous, perhaps serendipitous tie-in with “#TChat, the World of Work’s” own chat today, April 18, at 7pm / 4pm PT, which #HRTechChat Episode Fourteen will precede by three hours, beginning at 4pm ET / 1pm PT.
Common Ailments vs. Catastrophic Illnesses
Your technology for HR, recruiting and talent management might show signs of the common cold every once in a while. Maybe you put up with it, because maybe it’s not really a big deal—you think. The actual common cold isn’t usually a big deal, after all, just an annoyance. Kicking it up a notch, the flu can interrupt our lives, yes, but modern technology has relegated even the flu’s symptoms to constituting simply a nuisance.
Over time, however, frequently recurring common colds or flu symptoms can be indications of a systemic issue with the immune system. And HR technology frequently afflicted by common colds’ and flu symptoms’ equivalents may have its own systemic issue in need of attention, too. Address those systemic issues, whatever they are, and you might improve performance. In other words, mere tweaks in behavior and technology can yield large gains heretofore unanticipated: The new normal for the continually sick who alters his lifestyle or adds just one medication can seem like light vs. darkness, and HR technology systems experiencing the same metaphorical situations may too be in need of just small tweaks to experience big, positive differences.
Catastrophic illness is another matter. Often the problem persists and festers unseen, until it grows into something irreversible or in need of strong measures, just to get it under control. You manage it, and you manage. It’s possible that you never fully recover, and the new normal is a little less bright than your life pre-illness. Preventative medicine and better life choices might have helped you to avoid your lot. And, in this way, the metaphor holds still for HR technology: The alternative, a properly sorted HR technological system, is far preferable to having to conducting complete redo and living with the consequences endured during the meantime and forever thereafter (e.g., dissuaded talent, poor retention). Even an HRMS, or something else, afflicted with just a common cold, might benefit from a major audit—a preventative measure intended to stave off catastrophic illness (i.e., catastrophic failure).
Weapons-grade Drug-resistant #HRTechChat Episode Fourteen:
Wednesday 4/18 @ 4pm ET / 1pm PT

The possible ailments are many, and so are the remedies. Consultants abound in this industry, promising to audit your HR technology and provide you with a way forward—a way to fix what might already be broken, as well as what might not be broken yet. Think of a doctor whose prescription to combat high cholesterol is for you to cut back on fatty foods and to exercise. Or, think of the medical professional who orders an immediate trip to the ER to assess an abnormal growth that may or may not be benign.
How do you know what to do, if or when activity affecting your HR technology reveals a catastrophic illness in the technology you use? When the issues are subtle and not all that noticeable, how do you know, period? Today’s #HRTechChat will tackle these and other questions. As usual, TalentManagementTech will begin tweeting the official questions at 4pm ET / 1pm PT. With luck, Brent Skinner, contributor to HRO Today and TalentManagementTech, will have kicked this weapons-grade, over-the-counter-drug-resistant strain of a bug by then, but even if he hasn’t, he’ll be there just the same, and at his side will be #HRTechChat’s co-hosts at-large Sean Charles and Meghan M. Biro, as well as others. Please join us.

  • Q1: How do you define a catastrophic illness vs. a common ailment in #hrtech? #HRTechChat
  • Q2: How do you detect or prevent a catastrophic illness in, and subsequent failure of, your #hrtech? #HRTechChat
  • Q3: How do you address common ailments in #hrtech? #HRTechChat
  • Q4: For some common ailments in #hrtech, is there even a solution today? Why or why not? What are they? #HRTechChat
  • Q5: Where are the blind spots today that lead to catastrophic illnesses in #hrtech systems? #HRTechChat
  • BONUS CONVO: What are some of the scientific names for the common cold?

NOTE: All questions pertain to technology not only for HR, but also for recruiting and talent management.