Top 3 Ways to Make the Most of HR Tech

October 13, 2015

HR Tech

The annual HR Tech Conference kicks off this week! Haven’t had enough time to plan your schedule? We get it. As a busy HR/IT professional, you’ve got a lot on your plate. HR Tech is one of the fastest-growing HR gatherings in the world (they’re expecting more than 8,000 people), and lucky for you, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest insights. To get you started, here are our tips on how to make the most of your time at HR Tech!

HR Tech Tip

#1 – Attend sessions that help you and your boss back in the boardroom.

According to Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends Survey, today’s HR team is fast-paced and intricately tied to a company’s business operations. That’s because technology helps business leaders make data-driven decisions. Of the 3,300 HR and business leaders that Deloitte surveyed:

  • Only 30% thought their HR had a reputation for sound business decisions.
  • Only 28% thought their HR was highly efficient.

Based on these statistics, HR technology can play a critical role in helping you drive efficiency, make decisions, and propel your business forward.

Conference Tip: Attend the HR executive-tracked session, Beyond the Hype: What’s Really Important in HR Technology Today, on Monday, October 19th at 1:30PM, so you can bring back expert knowledge and juicy details your boss really wants to hear!

HR Tech Tip

#2 – Get demos, demos, and more demos.

Did we mention demos? Product demonstrations will be plentiful at HR Tech. Instead of passing them by, make them your focus. After all, it’s likely the main reason you’re at this conference is to make your company’s HR more efficient. And guess what? These tools can help you and your organization. So go ahead: demo everything that catches your eye. Ask presenters questions:

  • Why should I use your product over a competitor?
  • How much does it cost to use your product?
  • How much time does it take to get set-up with your product?

After each booth, make a list of your top takeaways and collect the vendor’s contact information to follow-up.

Conference Tip/Shameless Plug: Check out Zenefits at Booth #1140. Don’t miss your chance to win big with our prize-packed Zene-Wheel of Fortune! We’ll also have swag like snazzy sunglasses so you can go incognito after a night of Vegas fun and games.

HR Tech Tip

#3 – Attend at least one party, and make at least one new friend.

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people attend conferences and forget to socialize.

Make it your mission to behave (at least a little) like you’re in Vegas. Attend a party, and commit to meeting and getting the contact info for one person at the event. Feeling adventurous? Keep it going. Practice the art of conversation and you never know who you might end up meeting. They may know where to find the best hors d’oeuvres or which product is best for you.

Conference Tip: My favorite guide for this year’s conference is the 2015 Unofficial HR Tech Conference Party Guide provided by Blogging 4 Jobs. Register for an event now before you forget!

Don’t be a stranger! If you’re attending and want to reach out to our team, send us an email at If you’re stuck at the office and relying on tweets, follow @Zenefits or subscribe to the blog for conference takeaways.


Serena Claire Josephs heads up our Community efforts at Zenefits. Upon receiving her Master's Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she left her legal HR role and joined Zenefits to share and celebrate the impact that an agile HR platform can make on employees and businesses. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, speaking Spanish and helping organizations and individuals thrive by learning about resilience, strengths, and grit.

Category: HR Tips & Trends, Zenefits

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