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Conversation with Michael Papay, CEO and Co-founder of Waggl

Posted By Greg J. Morton, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A proven HR technology pioneer with over 15 years of domain experience, Michael Papay is CEO and Co-founder of Waggl, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides a simple, cloud-based solution to help organizations listen to people, distill insights and make improvements. He is a frequent author and contributor to advancing the thought leadership around organizational learning and employee engagement. Papay believes that mutual respect and active listening leads to more meaningful relationships and productive organizations. 

Companies now want an engaged workforce and employees want to know that their opinions count. dynamic pulsing platform to enable focused communication, Waggl offers a solution that fits this ever-present need. I wanted to know what Michael thought about the role of HR and how it continues to change in conjunction with today's new technologies and trends.

Q:  What are some of the most pressing challenges faced by HR professionals today?

A:  The workplace has become extraordinarily complex, and is only becoming more so every day.  Most organizations aren’t properly organized to cope with digital transformation. Deloitte's 2016 Global Human Capital Trends Report surveyed 7,000 HR and Business Leaders from 130 countries and found that 92% of HR and business leaders believe that redesigning their organization is a top priority in the coming year. All of this complexity puts HR professionals in the difficult position of having to serve as the compass for the human beings that work in these organizations as they navigate tremendous change.  This requires the ability to have a real-time, two-way dialogue in which everyone has the opportunity to be heard, so that business leaders can access the intelligence of the entire organization.  It also requires the ability to communicate new ideas quickly and effectively, so that the organization can achieve alignment on key initiatives as they are introduced.

 

Q:  How can Waggl's pulse surveys change the way HR professionals approach these challenges?

A:  HR technology often aims to help with efficiency and improve processes.  But beyond that, pulse surveys can provide a way for HR and business leaders to really tune into the wisdom in the system. The people who are on the front lines dealing with customers every day hold a great deal of valuable knowledge, but in many cases, they don’t have a direct line of communication with executive management.  The traditional means of listening and drawing insights from a large group of employees has been the annual survey, which takes months to administer and is already out of date by the time it is received.  Similarly, most people want real-time feedback in order to improve their performance on a continual basis, rather than sitting down with a manager only once a year.  Pulse surveys are a great way for organizations to communicate more frequently and authentically with their workers, and also enable HR and business leaders to quickly surface ideas and achieve alignment.

Q:  In such a complicated business environment, does it really make more sense to add more technology and tools into the mix?

A:  As we head deeper into the new era of digital disruption, HR and business leaders will need to take a more active role in encouraging technical innovation in order for the entire organization to be successful.  According to a recent report from Cisco, IMD, and the Global Center for Digital Business Transformationby neglecting digital workforce transformation, companies are failing to build the capabilities that they will need to succeed in an era of digital disruption.  The report describes the steps that an organization can take to digitize its people-related processes in order to build a workforce that is highly agile, innovative, and engaged – factors that will enable the organization to create value for its customers, partners, and for its own employees.

 

At Waggl, we believe that works needs to be more human, and that listening to people is valuable.  Our utilization of technology strives to help strengthen connections, distill insights, and create a 2-way dialogue that allows people to contribute, and feel more engaged and motivated. Our aim is to make it easier for HR leaders to better manage the cultures  of their organizations, and to connect and engage with their people through a common sense of purpose. We build trust within the workplace by giving employees a voice and a set at the table.  The ultimate goal is to provide a better way for everyone to make a difference.

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NCHRA Response to Recent SHRM Communication

Posted By Greg J. Morton, Tuesday, June 7, 2016



I have written this post in light of a letter you may have received from Henry Jackson, President and CEO of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) about a legal action SHRM has filed related to the Northern California Human Resources Association’s (NCHRA) upcoming HR West events outside of California. We at NCHRA are disappointed that SHRM has taken this action and we stand behind our decision and believe we are within our legal rights. And for this reason I want to explain NCHRA’s strategy behind the expansion of HR West and the supporting events and address any questions you may have.  

 

NCHRA is proud to have been advancing organizations through human resources since 1960. We are among the largest HR associations in the country, serving a community of more than 20,000 HR professionals in one of the world’s most innovative areas. While historically we have been focused on Northern California, we recognize that organizations, and the industry as a whole, are continuously evolving, particularly with the growth and wide reach of the internet. Therefore, to meet the needs of the industry and our members, we need to evolve on a parallel path. We also recognize that the innovation we experience in Northern California is expanding beyond our borders to other areas in the Western U.S. – the entire region is now considered by many to be the most innovative place on earth.  

 

As New York Times reporter Thomas Friedman wrote more than a decade ago, the world is flat, meaning that companies and organizations increasingly operate in a borderless world. HR is no exception. With that in mind, we are leveraging the opportunity to share the expertise and knowledge we have gained operating in Northern California with a wider audience across the West – including in Seattle, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Our newest HR West events aim to complement and support the education and opportunities currently available to HR professionals across the West and to share with them the exciting innovation that we experience here in Northern California. HR professionals who attend HR West events will have the opportunity to learn from those who are leading innovation in the HR industry and participate in sessions designed to prepare them for today and tomorrow’s challenges. An additional benefit to those certified professionals who attend our conferences is the opportunity to receive recertification credits.  

 

NCHRA would like to emphasize that HR West and the events in Seattle, Phoenix and Las Vegas are not meant to replace the offerings of any organization, but have instead been developed to provide additional education and guidance. 

 

Our mission has always been focused on improving the skills and knowledge of the professionals we serve. Practicing agility within today’s competitive landscape allows us to continue to effectively support the development of HR innovation in Northern California and beyond.  

 

We thank you in advance for your continued support and recognize the value of the strong community we have built together. We are here to serve and look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the near future. 


Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.  

 

Regards,

 

Greg Morton
CEO 

Tags:  Henry Jackson  HR West 2016  NCHRA  SHRM Letter 

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HR in the most innovative place on earth!

Posted By Greg Morton CEO, NCHRA, Friday, January 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To all the HR professionals in the NCHRA family, I wish you a Happy New Year!

2015 was a busy year for our association and 2016 will surely be another exciting year for us. We’ll be hosting our 31st HR West Conference along with a great line up of one-day conferences and regional programming throughout the year. We even have plans for a new event this year that will bring HR professionals together with today’s most cutting-edge innovators seeking to deliver solutions for challenges faced by the HR community, both today and tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe that we are just two months away from our annual HR West Conference, but we are. Whether you are a past attendee or attending for the first time, you will not want to miss this year’s event. This year our theme is “HR in the most innovative place on earth,” based on our observation that practicing HR here in the West requires skills beyond the ordinary, and a level of sophistication not found in other parts of the world.

HR West 2016 delivers a fantastic line up of keynotes and session speakers sure to satisfy the never-ending thirst for knowledge you have come to expect. Each year, attendees share with us their appreciation of the unparalleled ability to earn continuing education credit towards a variety of certifications, and how much they value the conference’s networking opportunities - whether it’s making a new connection or re-connecting with a colleague - the three days offers ample opportunity to grow and maintain your professional network. New this year, HR West will have a speed networking session. Based on the concept of "speed dating," you'll meet other professionals with the potential to begin a mentoring relationship; discuss shared work topics or career paths; network, and more.

As always, you will have an opportunity to visit and learn from a strong list of high-quality service providers. We are proud that our conference attracts the best service providers and just as proud that their presence and involvement with attendees is an appreciated part of our conference’s value.

So if you haven’t gotten around to signing up for this year’s HR West Conference, don’t delay. With the holidays behind us and another full year ahead, it’s time to start thinking about learning new things, meeting new friends and old, and being inspired with “HR in the most innovative place on earth!”

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