This summer we both took time away to unplug and focus on family and new business ventures. Ambrosia became a mom (hi Mona!) and returned recently to support the integration of Duo’s acquisition by Cisco. Lars started a new HR executive search practice (hi Amplify!) and minimized travel to spend more time with his family. Our good friend Robin Schooling managed the Facebook community while we were away (thanks, Robin!) to make this possible.
During this time we had many conversations - about where we were in our own lives, where HROS is, and where it’s going. Our conversations kept coming back to one of HROS’s core values, “the community is greater than the individual.”
Welcome to our first ever virtual hack day - a day dedicated to bring the HROS community together to populate our website’s searchable content resource library with 100 new resources for everyone to learn from! We’ve tried to make this process as easy as possible for everyone to participate by keeping the time ask to under 15 minutes. For those who can’t make it today, we will leave this open until Friday.
In December, we shared with the community our an overview of our strategic goals for 2018. One of our key focuses under the community value building section was a relaunch of our website resource library. Our aim was to increase search engine functionality to make it a simpler experience. As part of that, we also reviewed our resource library content and felt that we should expand this goal to include increasing the volume of assets.
When we started thinking about what the best way to do that would be, we felt we would start where we always do - opening it up to the community to partner.
Today marks another exciting milestone for the community. We’re thrilled to announce a new 3-year Platinum sponsorship with Greenhouse! They were the first company to officially sponsor HROS, and this new partnership reinforces their continued commitment to support collaboration and openness in the industry and advance progressive practices and capabilities.
We have been heads down (as I am sure many of you have) in building our HROS community and wanted to share a recap of where we’ve been. We will also give a sneak peek about what you can expect more of in 2018.
We're excited to unveil the new HROS.co website! We redesigned the site putting the community's needs front and center by opening with a search engine that will parse through all of the content on HROS.co to help you find exactly what you need...quickly. Our aim was to center the user experience around search so we could provide the highest value to visitors. From there, we streamlined the navigation to make it easier to view resources, get involved, learn about sponsorship, and more. We also incorporated our new brand platform throughout and streamlined the visions to provide a more cohesive experience.
This week marks a milestone for HR Open Source. Two years ago, we stood on the stage of the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference unveiling HROS to the world in the opening keynote. We'll never forget that experience. It was a real moment of truth to spin this thing we'd been putting so much into building out into the world and see how it would land with the HR and recruiting communities.
Two years later it seems like such a long time ago. HROS has grown to over 4,500 members around the world. We've traveled from Johannesburg to Sydney meeting with practitioners and learning about new approaches to the world of work. We've been fortunate to partner with sponsors who share our vision for a more collaborative and open field and ensure all the resources will always be free for practitioners.
Emergency weather events like hurricanes present challenges for communities, businesses, infrastructure ... and human beings. The impact of a major storm is wide-ranging and HR leaders know that business continuity means more than just the resumption of operations; it’s also ensuring that employees remain safe, recover and return.
The limiting labels of "technical" and "non-technical" affect all teams. With a few tools and support, we can empower every team member to recognize their workplace contributions and encourage their continued development. It’s a critical step towards improving all teams and working toward shaking the limiting labels we enforce on ourselves and each other.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into a three-year partnership with Namely that will carry through 2019. Namely is the leading HR, payroll, and benefits platform for midsized companies. Namely serves over 800 companies, representing over 125,000 employees globally. “As we began discussing this partnership and learning more about our respective communities, it was clear Namely shared our vision for a more empowered and inspired field of HR,” HROS Co-Founder Lars Schmidt stated about the partnership.