5 Reasons to Attend the Evanta CHRO Show in Boston 2015

by Sabrina Son on Jun 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Evanta CHRO ShowToday’s HR landscape is facing a constant seismic shift, and it’s up to leaders to stay on top of this evolution. With the influx of millennials entering the workforce day by day and their different workplace expectations, the need for organizations to rethink their employee engagement strategies is greater than ever. Especially since a recent Gallup poll revealed that the percentage of U.S. workers engaged at their job fell from 32.9% in February to 31.7% in March. With the current trend, the future doesn’t look too hot for engagement.

“Created by CHROs for CHROs,” this year’s Evanta CHRO Show in Boston brings together HR experts from industry-leading organizations to discuss new strategies for recognition, performance reviews, recruitment, and more to really drive employee engagement through the roof.

Still not fully convinced that this conference is worthwhile? Or maybe you’ve taken a peek at the agenda and can’t decide on which sessions to attend. Well, here are five sessions that you definitely can’t miss out on:

The Power of Thanks — Social Recognition Fueling Workplace and Culture
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Eric Mosley, Cofounder & CEO of Globoforce

According to a study by Globoforce, 55% of workers say they would leave their current jobs for a company that clearly recognizes its employee’s efforts and contributions. That’s half of your workforce!

Join best-selling author Eric Mosley as he debunks the idea of employee recognition as something that’s “nice to have” instead of “need to have.” With the thought of attrition weighing heavy on many HR leaders’ shoulders, finding new strategies to combat turnover is critical. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How bottom-up feedback is reshaping the structure of employee performance and recognition

  • How social recognition builds employee trust and drives business results

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage to Attract and Retain A+ Talent
10:20 - 11:00 a.m.
David Niu, Founder & CEO of TINYpulse (Moderator)
Chuck Johnson, Founder & CIO Vestmark
Jim O’Neil, Chief People Officer at HubSpot
Shobin Uralil, VP of Operations at Retroficiency

Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends made it clear: 87% of organizations cite culture as one of their top challenges. And in order to really attract and retain the millennial workforce, organizations need to create a unique culture that will beat the competition.

Want to tap into the pool of millennial talent? Join these leaders as they talk about how their organizations continually measure their culture and use that data to constantly improve their work environment. In this session, you’ll find out:

  • How their organization has used culture to attract and retain top talent

  • Practical tips and insights to give your culture a competitive advantage

The Core of Leadership — Appreciation and Authenticity
11:40 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Mike Robbins, Author & Thought Leader of Nothing Changes Until You Do

Our Employee Engagement & Organizational Culture Report found that 49% of employees aren’t satisfied with their direct supervisors. And it’s not very surprising when one out of three employees hasn’t received any recognition from their boss in the past two weeks.

Mike Robbins believes the key to building a trusting relationship between executives and employees is authentic appreciation. In today’s distributed workforce and global world, leaders need to find ways to keep their employees engaged even when the team’s leader isn’t in the same office or on the same continent. This session will unveil:

  • The most important leadership qualities

  • Strategies for communicating the right way

  • How to build authentic relationships between leaders and employees

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Evolution Not Revolution — Redesigning Performance Development
1:20 - 2:10 p.m.
Bill Garrett, Executive Director of Human Resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

51% of employees see their performance reviews as inaccurate, says Globoforce. Traditional methods aren’t working out, so it’s very evident that the performance management system needs a complete overhaul.

Three years ago, Bill Garrett led a conversation with his leadership team, and everyone came to a mutual conclusion that their current performance management system wasn’t efficient enough. This session sheds light on how the performance management system needs to stop looking backwards at past performance and look at people’s future potential. Through his experience leading MIT through the transition of creating a two-way feedback system between managers and employees, he discovered great findings that he’ll be sharing:

  • A future-focused performance management system is simpler

  • The performance management system needs to help employees develop

Focusing on Talent to Deliver Breakthrough Performance
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Susan Sullivan, Practice Leader of Talent Innovation at PwC
Eliana Zem, SVP of Human Resources at Diageo North America

Deloitte cited that “organizations around the world are struggling to strengthen their leadership pipelines.” CHROs need to focus aligning their talent strategy to the business in order to eliminate the tension between businesses and the talent marketplace.

Eliana Zem believes organizations need to incorporate leadership principles. In this session led by Susan Sullivan and Eliana Zem, you’ll walk away with:

  • Insight from PwC’s 2015 CEO Survey

  • Strategies on developing strategic talent solutions

  • New capability models for hiring and building leaders

Bonus: Networking

One of the greatest benefits for attending conferences such as this one is the opportunity to do face-to-face networking with other like-minded HR leaders. Meet experts from legendary firms such as the Kraft Group, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Bose, and more. By networking with folks from these organizations, you can find out how they have kept engagement at the top of their list, which in turn has driven the business to success.

Human Resources isn’t what it used to be. Strategies that have worked in the past for baby boomers or Gen X won’t work for the new generation that will eventually take up 75% of the workforce by 2020: millennials. Get the insight your organization needs to create an environment that will allow employees to thrive — one where employees would never dream of leaving. And to build this type of utopian environment, you’ll need to mingle with HR experts to discuss new engagement strategies.


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This post was written by Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the managing editor for the TINYpulse blog. A Seattle native, she loves her morning (or anytime) coffee, spending her weekends on the mountains, and of course, the famous rain.

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