How to use technology, and more specifically apps, to rethink HR are some of the biggest trends right now in our discipline. These trends are the answer to how we can promote long-lasting structural improvements in HR, incorporating many of the other tools and technologies we already know and use, such as MOOCs, social media, online learning, etc.
There is one tool in particular used in the tech world that you’ve probably not thought about using yet for HR – hackathons. We’d like you to imagine how Hackathons might be the tool you need to try in HR. Hackathons are a powerful way to generate incredible (and often simple) solutions to the problems HR (or any discipline for that matter) faces. LinkedIn, the social media for networking and number one for HR professionals, has shown a great use case of how to harness the power of this tool.
They promoted a non-technical HR hackathon, designed to solve problems of this discipline by bringing in the knowledge of a new generation of students and interns. The main objective was simple: proposing solutions to a business problem – low levels of employee engagement across the entire employee lifecycle, from recruitment to onboarding, development, and with the alumni community.
The winning team tackled the problem of unsatisfactory internship experiences, by developing a mobile application that allows interns to give and receive feedback from management, learn about opportunities that are related to their interests, and connect with employees and other interns who can help them achieve their long-term goals.
So would you like to give it a try?
Talmundo’s PeopleHackfest’16 will help you see how you can hack solutions to your organization’s challenges, with one main difference: you’ll get to work on ideas with other HR experts outside of your organization. You’ll get to put your head together with those other HR professionals from leading organizations to brainstorm and create new exciting ideas.
You, as an HR Professional, know the business problem and have the knowledge to tackle this issue. In the process, you’ll get to see how simple it is to turn your experience in a simple tech solution.