The 2012 Annual PIHRA Conference
August 30, 2012
James and I just finished a wonderful experience at this conference. We exhibited, I spoke and did a book signing. Here are a few things I noticed:
- There were many excellent presenters. The largest attendance seemed to be at the “had to know” legal presentations and those that offered strategic HR credits (like mine).
- About 40 people wanted to buy James’ T-shirt that said “HR is Boring” as well as the other T-shirts we wore at the conference (“HR is a Verb” and “Human rEvolution”).
- There were many background checking, payroll, HRIS, insurance, and training vendors at the show. Also some award vendors, and amusement parks. Seemed to me like most folks were more interested in the contests and freebies than learning what distinguishes these vendors so that they work with the best possible fit for their company.
- It seemed as if many were “in transition” (meaning they were looking for a job). I sensed many other were “consultants” while they were looking for a job.
- It hit home once again that most people outside of HR really don’t like HR. For example, a couple of engineers at a nearby conference I spoke with said they hoped a missile would land on the HR convention (and I’m not making this up). Do you feel the love?
- The workshop I did on Getting Paid to Grow the Bottom Line was awesome! Afterwards I had HR folks with tears wanting a hug (I kid you not) while other wanted a high 5. Fact is, HR folks are very emotionally invested in their work and highly sensitive to criticism. Which is also a challenge as it inhibits them from taking risks and handling any judgment that comes their way.
- The biggest “excuse” for not growing in the HR career is time management. When asked about it, less than half had ever done a time management program (as a reminder there is such a program on HR That Works). Interestingly few said it was upper management holding them back. I say it is they who hold themselves back.
- Here is a link to my handout for that workshop.