Introducing The New HR Open Source Operating Board

Leading HROS over the past four years has been an incredible journey. Seeing this initiative grow from an idea to a thriving global community has been one of the highlights of our respective careers. Thank you forever for this opportunity and your willingness to open your playbooks, share, and collaborate.

As shared in our last HROS community blog post update, it is time for us to pass the adventure torch to an operating board. It’s been an incredible journey to lead this initiative. We’re grateful for the support and your willingness to break down walls to come together with your peers to advance the field. After we get this board orientated, we’ll be joining you as active community members and evangelists dedicated to helping the new board blaze a path into the future for HROS.

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Announcing: New HROS Board Structure for 2019

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.

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HR Open Source Hack Day Guide

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.

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HR Open Source Hack Day 2018

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.

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HR Open Source Announces Multiyear Platinum Sponsorship with Greenhouse

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.

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Introducing the Brand New - HR Open Source

We're excited to unveil the new 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 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. 

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How HR Takes Action - HR Open Source

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.   

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How Lever Builds an Inclusive Culture - HR Open Source

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.

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Our Multiyear Platinum Sponsorship with Namely - HR Open Source

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.

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Introducing HROS Sparks - HR Open Source

Sparks are brief one-page summaries that community practitioners create to share actionable learnings of progressive initiatives they have executed. Snack sized case studies.Sparks are lightweight but still built to provide educational and inspirational value. Continuing to ask folks to share their why, what, how, learnings, and resources, these contributions will live on the searchable new Sparks page of our website.  

So besides the length and time commitment, what is different from the case studies? These submissions will not be part of our usual peer review board and collaborative editing process like case studies. We’ll still review each submission to ensure it meets the contribution criteria and lives up to our HROS values expectations (for example - no sales pitches…), but it is an accelerated process designed to remove friction and support much more peer direct sharing.

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Announcing Our Inaugural Sponsors - HR Open Source

Through the first two years we self-funded. Our priority was getting to know the global community and partnering to help determine what we could build that would best support you - together. In February we announced a new sponsorship model to fuel our continued growth and expansion.

Our year one funding aim was relatively modest, aiming to cover basic operational expenses so we could continue building something meaningful and valuable. Over time, our goal is to bring on more sponsors to support our continued growth plans. In addition to helping us reach our growth goals, it will also allow us to establish a for-profit for good model where we can reinvest 10% of our revenue into an HROS Foundation to support innovation, training, and mentorship programs in HR and recruiting. With this, we are excited to share our inaugural group of sponsors to kick off this new chapter in HR Open Source’s history!

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Funding and Sponsorship - HR Open Source

HR Open Source was launched in 2015 as an answer to the question, “what would happen if HR and recruiting practitioners around the world had free access to resources to inform and inspire their work?” It began as a pilot to test that theory, but soon grew into something much more meaningful spanning 50+ countries. As we shift into a new phase of growth for HROS, we've been examing different revenue models. The only non-negotiable term was that all resources, case studies, community platforms, etc. must remain zero cost to practitioners. This is where we landed, and what's next for HROS.

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Calling Out for Case Studies - HR Open Source

When was the last time you faced a challenge at work you weren't quite sure how to solve? Perhaps it was a new initiative that was vital to your company - yet you had no idea where to start.

What if you had access to free case studies contributed by your peers around the world who've successfully done that very thing you're struggling with? Not just what they did, but specific details on:

  • Exactly how they did it
  • The ROI and impact it had on their business
  • Where they made mistakes (so you don't repeat them)
  • And what technology and tools they used to get it right

Helping practitioners solve these problems was the guiding inspiration behind HROS Case Studies

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We're Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary - HR Open Source

It’s hard to imagine this month marks the one year anniversary of the public unveiling of HR Open Source. It’s been an amazing ride, and we’re honored and humbled to have met so many like-minded practitioners around the world who share our vision for a more open and collaborative global HR community. 

In the past year we’re seen our community grow to over 1,000 members from 35+ countries. We’ve learned about some of the great work being done at companies like DellVirgin MediaOpowerLever, and many more. We’ve traveled the world sharing our story and meeting practitioners from London to Sydney. We’ve seen over 200 members volunteer to help ensure HROS succeeds.

Most importantly, we’ve had dozens of conversations from community members all over the world about how HROS can be a valuable resource. You’ve shared feedback on case study topics you’d like to see, creating a centralized collaboration platform, clarifying how the community can support, and more.

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What is HR? - HR Open Source

A definitive narrative, supported by data, can showcase the new reality: we are all HR. We are all, regardless of role or function, responsible for culture, retention and engagement. We are all responsible for attracting the best talent and understanding how we work together.  These things are all intricately tied together and when there is true alignment, when those at both the top and the bottom of the organization speak the same language and have access to the supporting data, we will have true reformation and change.

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