By Renée Preston
In mid-March, the HRO Today Association held its first “HR Table Talk.” Created to provide a safe space in which members can feel comfortable discussing challenging issues, the “HR Table Talk” series focuses on critical topics such as HR technology, recognition, engagement, candidate experience, and more. Attendance is limited to create a feeling of closeness and security. Sessions are not recorded so participants can be completely open and honest when talking about their most pressing concerns. Talks are jointly facilitated by practitioner and provider members who help guide the conversation, offering their unique perspectives and expertise.
At our first “Talk,” members came together to discuss one of the most important issues in the workforce today: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). Last year’s events placed a spotlight on the need for equal opportunities for all and forced organizations to quickly reshape their values and practices. With the assistance of facilitators from Yoh and KenCrest, participants had a very progressive, enlightening, and inspirational conversation. Members talked about DE&I being a journey and shared useful information and tips, including:
- be intentional about the goals of the DE&I program;
- maintain momentum;
- bring your difference to work each day;
- think ahead, keeping some of the end in mind; and
- obtain executive buy-in to support DE&I programs.
Association member Sarah McMullen, diversity program manager of talent acquisition at CVS Health, said following the session, “I really liked the small size of the group. It allowed for everyone to chime in with their thoughts and ask questions.” This is exactly what we were aiming for!
The next “HR Table Talk” will take place June 15th at 12pm ET. It will focus on the emerging trend of companies seeking to manage their contingent labor pools through direct sourcing by examining:
- how companies are using direct sourcing strategies;
- the advantages and disadvantages of this approach;
- the pros and cons of managing contingent labor internally and what that means with respect to technology and worker classification responsibilities; and
- the impact of employment brand on prospective savings and success of direct sourcing.
You must be a member of the HRO Today Association to participate in the “HR Table Talks” series. The Association is the HR industry’s standard-setting community working to keep you connected and informed about the most critical topics in HR. Investing in membership is an affordable way for an entire organization to gain access to HR content and community. Please contact me for details (Renee.Preston@SharedXpertise.com). I look forward to seeing you on an upcoming livestream or “HR Table Talk.”