As day two of HRTechFest came to close, it was clear Australia’s leading HR festival isn’t showing any signs of losing its top spot on the event circuit. It was two days (and an evening, if you count Sunday’s pre-event, event) packed to the brim with inspirational keynotes, on and offline banter, and real, tangible, practical ideas for people-people looking to learn.
The exhibit area was no different – the best HR Tech has to offer was on show (including yours truly 😉). Alongside the custom t-shirt printing and donut walls, delegates got to see live demos of products and talk to exhibitors in real detail about how new tech tools would fit into their own processes.
Just like on day one, there were some clear themes that had people buzzing all day (that is, inbetween the bouts of FOMO-induced anxiety about which talks to attend). Here are the top things delegates couldn’t stop talking about:
Gamification. Not as complex as it seems
Gabe Zichermann (Onward) had the whole conference talking about technology addiction and gamification. Rather than the elaborate (read: expensive) experiences we often imagine, Gabe talked about the simple principals and ideas behind the concept of gamification. Most interestingly, he talked about how we can apply them in logical and practical ways to build positive cultures.
Knowledge obesity and being more human
Atlassian’s Dominic Price presented a really thought provoking session where he talked about the relationship between knowledge an application. His challenge was to balance our quest for an overload of knowledge, with strategic application of that knowledge. He echoed the cry of many of this week’s speakers: Great technology is only part of the solution. Defining our problems carefully and specifically and retaining a human-to-human perspective is also vital.
Design thinking, Agile and Team dynamics
Flexibility and strategic creativity were popular themes across all the speakers getting social media buzz. Whether they were talking about making huge, companywide change like Natalie Peters at Telstra, applying gamification to build culture or innovating better toys at Lego, finding ways to think beyond the traditional approach was the common thread. Building teams and tailoring learning initiatives to help employees thrive in changing environments isn’t a challenge that’s going to go away anytime soon, so it was awesome to hear so many speakers share their experiences in this area.
As well as all these topics, conversations still kept coming around to the cornerstone issues of culture, values and experience (employee and candidate). Because of this, our “what makes you Weirdly awesome” values wall was super-popular.
We had people flocking at breaks to select the value they believe makes them really great at their job. We’re pulling the data we captured into a simple report we’ll circulate over the next few days. If you’d like a copy but didn’t make it to our stand, you can get in touch by booking a demo below!
Weirdly screens every single applicant for values alignment without ever leaving your ATS. You see the best candidates instantly – saving up to 25% processing time. Best of all, Weirdly’s custom candidate experience creates 40% higher engagement, strong employer brand and reduces bias. You build more diverse teams, unified by your company’s core values.