Lessons from the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference - HR Open Source


When I think about HR Open Source and the underlying concepts there are two things that spring to mind: the sharing of knowledge and leveraging the power of community. In a powerful session at #SHRM16, attendees were introduced to Open Source HR, invited to join the community, and encouraged to come along on the journey. Why is now the best time to do that? 

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HROS Community Spotlight: Meet Talia Edmundson - HR Open Source

This blog, in many ways, is our virtual version of hanging at the pub or meeting up for post-work socializing. So let's meet another member of the #HROS Community, shall we?

For this week's spotlight we sat down with Talia Edmundson, HR leader at RevZilla, and chatted about all things HR - with just a bit of Philly flavor.  What’s her day job like? What are some cool things flowing out of employer branding at RevZilla? How (I totally want to know) does one go about organizing a weekly all-hands beer meeting for 200 people?

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Why I'm Excited About #HROS

The #HROS community is rapidly growing; across the globe there are numerous people gathering together to positively change the industry.  We're gathered around a new view of collaboration so that we can drive education, inspiration, and capabilities in the field of HR.

Exciting, isn't it? Jason Seiden, Co-founder and CEO of Brand Amper, thinks so. Let's see what he has to say...

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HR Open Source 2016 Goals - #HROS

What a year 2016 has already been for HROS!

After posting our Vision, Values, and Direction  in January, we’ve been busy behind the scenes partnering with our volunteer committees to focus on what success might look like for the community in 2016.

It’s our first official year which is extremely exciting! This year will be pivotal in informing what our long term plan is so be prepared for a lot of engagement on this as we go along.

On that note, it is important before we get started to share that we greatly welcome your ongoing feedback. This is a volunteer lead and community-fueled initiative so we will continue to iterate as we learn more about where HROS thrives best for you all in our ecosystem.

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#HROS Community Spotlight: Meet Jamie!

I like to meet new people and I bet you do too. I like to hear what HR leaders and their teams are working on and I bet you do too. Goes without saying doesn’t it? That’s why you’re part of the #HROS community.

For this week's spotlight we sat down with Jamie Griffin the VP of Business Operations at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and asked a few questions. What’s his day job like? What inspires him? Where does he like to travel? What, exactly, IS the recipe for that Cane’s sauce??? Let's find out...shall we?

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HROS Global HR Practitioner Collaboration Survey

The driving spirit behind HROS is the belief that collectively we can advance the field of Human Resources further and faster than we can alone. A view that bringing HR practitioners around the world together to collaborate, open their playbooks, and share some of their proven practices can accelerate learning, education, and inspiration - and ultimately raise the collective capabilities of the field. 

As we continue scaling HROS and growing the community and contributors, we wanted to gauge global HR practitioner views and perspectives on collaborating and sharing practices. We partnered with our friends at exaqueo to develop the HROS Global HR Practitioner Collaboration Survey to benchmark global views on sharing and collaboration with peers. 

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#HROS Community Spotlight: Meet Katee!

HR Open Source is the community. We’re doing cool things like sharing practitioner generated case studies but we’re also about connecting HR and Talent Acquisition professionals to resources, ideas and to each other.

I, for one, love everything about that.

In this week’s blog post, and in the spirit of connections, allow me to introduce a member of the #HROS and HR community, Katee Van Horn, the VP of People Operations at GoDaddy. What are some cool things she's working on? What inspires her? What's her super power? Where did she recently dine on a delicious peanut-butter-bacon-burger? Let's find out...shall we?

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Power To The People

Information. Inspiration. Action. 

Three words that characterize #HROS as we move, collectively, in alignment with our mission to “become one of the leading global resources for collaborative learning, education, and inspiration in HR.”

Learning from others. Sharing of work in order to advance both the conversation and the profession. Connecting and talking.  Here at #HROS we aim to accomplish those goals in several ways.

By now, you’re likely very familiar with the #HROS case studies. In addition to the case studies, we’ll also be sharing several blog posts each month. These posts, in the spirit of Open Source, will feature contributors who have information to share, tips, tools, hacks, etc. Essentially knowledge and resources that can help educate and inspire your work.

As members of the Content Volunteer Team we look forward to writing for the HROS blog, curating content from other sources, and helping some of you share your own stories here.

Interested in contributing? Hit us up any time and let us know what you have in mind.

Oh yeah – one more thing. If you haven’t registered yet for HROS, go to HROS.co/join to sign up and stay informed of case studies, blog posts, and other HROS community updates.

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Announcing Open Source HR Volunteer Teams

Thank you for the great feedback on our last post about our 2016 vision, mission, and values. Serving as the DNA to our movement, this dynamic framework is helping shape our strategic planning. We look forward to sharing that with you in a post next month but for now, exciting news to get out there.

Bottom line = we see the #HROS movement as becoming a real opportunity to positively change the industry. 

Vital to the success of this movement is partnership with our community to scale it big enough to influence change in a fundamental way. 

So last month we asked for volunteers to help us strategize and action how to drive this mandate forward. The response was humbling. Within the first week, we received over 100 submissions from six continents of fellow practitioners who were willing to contribute their free time to support.

Since then, we have been working on building the 2016 plan deliverables. Our big hope is for this year to build insights that will inform the right steps as we iterate forward. Trying to take all of that on for 100 people and growing as two currently employed, volunteer founders would not properly serve the community or this initiative very strongly.

In order to properly guide that, we decided we needed a tiger team of volunteers to help steer direction and make sure our asks of volunteers are of high impact and equal value proposition.

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Open Source HR: Mission, Vision, Values, 2016 Direction

As we enter 2016 and begin to scale, we wanted to start the year by sharing the Mission, Vision, and Values for Open Source HR. These will be the guiding principles that will serve as the foundation of HROS, and guide and steer our decision-making as we grow. 

We also wanted to provide a high-level overview with direction for 2016 so the community knows where we're going - and how they can contribute.

As you are the community we are supporting and partnering with on this adventure, it is vital to us that this is something you feel reflects what you’d like to see from HROS and what we will hold each other accountable to as a community as we grow. 

We welcome your feedback on the mission, vision, and values. We’ll also be partnering with the volunteer committees to refine in the early stages of 2016 before finalizing. Please leave a comment, or contact Ambrosia or Lars directly with your feedback.

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#HROS: 2015 Year In Review, And What's Next

Open Source HR was launched by a single question.

What if we defied conventional “war for talent” wisdom and embraced a new view of collaboration to drive education, inspiration, and capabilities in the field of HR?

This question was unproven, but we believed there were many fellow practitioners who understand competition is not a zero sum game - and there was room for both competition and collaboration.

As we turn the page on 2015 we wanted to provide the HROS community a recap on where we’ve been, and an overview of where we’re heading in 2016.

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Change The Game: Join HROS Volunteer Committees

What happens when thousands of HR practitioners from around the world come together to share ideas, open up their playbooks, and step out of their silos to collaborate, educate, and inspire like never before? We're going to find out in 2016 as the Open Source HR movement scales and grows. 

We Want You To Help Us Get There

The HROS community is the heart of this open source movement. Your contributions, ideas, and passion for this new effort are the key ingredients to propel this forward in 2016. 

One of our top priorities for Q1 is building our volunteer committees. We'll have three initial committees to start the new year. We wanted to break them down below to give you an idea of what each area will be working on to support HROS. 

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