Wednesday, 27 October 2010

HR Innovation


It’s taken me a while to post on it, partly because of CHRU last week, and partly because I’m so backlogged with blogging (backbloggged?).

But I recently presented on an excellent event at Roffey focused on innovation and chaired by MOK from Innovation Beehive.

There were some great presentations, captured in the graphic, although I think some were more innovative than others!

One of the best I’m sure, though I didn’t get to see it was a session on designing workplaces for innovation by Kursty Groves (a review of her wonderful new book, I wish I worked there, is one of the posts in my backblog).

I presented on social media, and the opportunities to innovate HR through using social technologies as well as more social approaches, eg developing more collaborative organisations by recruiting people who will work collaboratively, or helping people develop social connections through a lengthy selection process, as Goldman Sachs already do (with 2,500 applicants meeting 20+ existing members of staff).

I emphasised that innovating HR shouldn’t be seen as a lesser need than helping the rest of the business innovate – and I talked about Gary Hamel and Julian Birkinshaw’s belief that the focus of innovation is moving from products and services through business models and to organisations and management.  This includes things like the expense reporting system but it’s primarily about HR.

I also talked about the opportunities for HR to lead and support the use of social media within their businesses (enterprise 2.0) and some of the tools which can be used to do this.  I’ll be talking more about this when I present at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in San Francisco in a couple of weeks time.

Anyway, although I was focusing on social media, I also tried to illustrate the sheer scale of the opportunity for innovation.  HR’s done in exactly the same way by most organisations today, and in most cases it just doesn’t work (what are your organisations’ employee engagement scores for example?)

There are alternatives.  Why aren’t we using them?

This is what today’s Enterprise 2.0 conference in Frankfurt has come up with (thanks again Jenny):

Sagenet E20 tweets

Sad, isn’t it.

Anyway, what are your thoughts?


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