The HR Juggler

3 Things I Will Do Differently following the HR Unconference

Posted on: October 22, 2010

What an amazing day it was!  I must admit for the first 10 minutes or so I wondered whether it was the maddest thing I had ever done, having only really joined Twitter about 3 weeks ago.  It was a real revelation though to see how an Unconference can work, how engaged and passionate the participants all were, how willing everybody was to take accountability for leading discussion topics, sharing knowledge and getting to know each other.  I really had a fantastic time and learnt a lot, as well as meeting some great people.

Before the euphoria fades, I want to really consider and share what I am going to do differently as a result of the Unconference and make sure I capture the sense of empowerment that it brought me and others.

So, here goes!

1) Find my voice and start to blog.

This was quite a revelation for me.  I had previously thought that in order to blog you had to be immensely funny, popular, original etc.  And to be fair, I’m sure all those things help!  But what the Unconference helped me to realise is that we all have things to say and that we should be proactive about sharing knowledge and finding our voice.  Sharon Clew (@redspringsmedia) gave a great example of how one of her most popular blogs was on top tips to have difficult conversations with employees…really straightforward, pragmatic stuff that can be incredibly useful to people.  And for anyone else who didn’t know how or where to start, I was given some great advice to go to which so far has been really easy to work with.  If you’re reading this now, then it has defintiely worked!

2) Rethink my recruitment strategy and what part social media plays in it.

I took part in a great session where we were sharing ideas about recruitment and what works and doesn’t work with social media.  I realised that I have been quite naive in assuming that just posting a job on LinkedIn will get a fabulous response from all the professionals we are seeking to attract, and that actually what I should be doing is going back to basics in understanding what we are wanting to achieve with our recruitment, to what degree social media will play a part in that, either now or in the future, and how much resource we are willing to dedicate to it.  It was also clear from our discusions that it is key to fix and improve some of the basic things we do, such as our corporate jobsite, otherwise any social media ventures pointing potiential applicants towards it will almost certainly be in vain.  Much food for thought on this topic especially!

3) Coach others in my organisation on social media

I am going to be proactive in sharing the knowledge I gained from the Unconference and run some beginner clinics for any of the HR people in my organisation who are keen to find out more, but perhaps don’t know where to start.  I know from my own experience how much it helped me when Kay @PRforHR helped get me started and introduced me to a totally different way of using Twitter and connecting with other HR people.  I am also sure that once they get the hang of it, they will be able to teach me plenty of things, so that we can form an active learning set and become ever more fabulous together.

So, those are going to be the 3 main things I take away and action, to make sure I really implement the learning from yesterday.  I’d love to hear anyone’s comments, either on the above or ideas for what others are going to do differently as a result of the Unconference.  Above all it was great to meet such a lot of fantastic, inspiring HR professionals and I look forward to staying in touch and continuing to share ideas…and of course to the next Unconference or Tweet-up!


18 Responses to "3 Things I Will Do Differently following the HR Unconference"

AlisonHow fantastic to see this as a result of yesterday’s unconference and great to see that you have taken away some great points and are now empowered!I was involved in the session you have covered in your second point and fully endorse your findings – getting the basics and your strategy in place is vital – set objectives and then start.Good to meet you and I enjoyed the conversations we were both involved inLisa(@LisaScales)

Alison, welcome to the blogosphere! Like you, I never thought I could be a blogger. After all, who would want to hear about HR online, right? Well, 334 posts later, it’s been the best move I could have made. Since then I’ve been able to express my ideas, get feedback from professionals in the HR and recruitment industry as well as other industries, attend conferences and un-conferences, and challenge all my assumptions.Kudos to you for jumping in and doing something. Best of luck to you and I hope to see you write more. If there’s anything you need help with, drop me a line.Trish

Hi Alison. Brave move, well done! Such an honest post and a great way to start! PS – you are funny, popular & original and certainly worth listening to! Look forward to hearing more and learning more.Sharon

Alison! I am so impressed with this for so many reasons! Fantastic. I agree, social media helps people find their voice, and that has to be a good thing for so many in HR.

Alison – Great job getting started and being willing to share and put yourself out there, wonderful post. just like any journey, you have taken that first step. One tip I have learned that helps early on – know that people are listening, even if they do not respond….just keep following your heart and you will do great. Cheers,Shannon

Thanks so much for the support and lovely comments, I really appreciate it. I’m genuinely amazed at how straightforward it was to do….and will definitely post more!

Hi Alison. My hat is tipped – I really admire that you’ve started blogging. I’ve blogged internally for a period of time, and enjoyed it, but it does take work and I’m afraid I’ve never got onto blogging externally. I agree with some of the comments by Bill Boorman and others on Michael Carty’s XpertHR post on favourite HR blogs… in that there aren’t enough practitioners who blog. As a practitioner myself (in L&D) I have not got into it mainly because I would like to be completely open, and I think its easier to do that when you are a consultant or journalist. Or anonymous like @thehrd But, maybe your lead will persuade me to have a go….! I feel more inclined now, I have to say.On a practical note, in terms of getting your colleagues involved with Twitter, here’s one thing I did. The 3 of us in our work team each started up a new Twitter ID. E.g. @flora_work and made sure that our tweets were set to ‘protected’. Then we followed each other. Thus we have a closed in Twitter feed where we can converse with each other and do updates on what’s going on. Even though my colleagues aren’t huge soc-media fans, they love this tool as it enables us to keep in touch and give little updates that we wouldn’t do via email. I often get real time work info this way, much quicker than I would via email or face to face. Using Tweetdeck or Hootsuite helps though – you can see twitter streams from both your identities. (Just got to be careful not to tweet to the wrong stream!)Cheers, Flora

Hi Alison – welcome to blogging! In a way that is what yesterday was all about so its just fantastic to see you get stuck in after being inspired at #CHRU. Look forward to reading your posts of the future and of course having you as an active part of #connectingHR in the future.Keep up the good work and dont listen to the blog police – its whatever you want it to be. And Shannon is right – people are listening/reading even if they don’t comment.Flora – look forward to your first external post! 😉

Thanks for the kind comments. Flora, that sounds really interesting to work with a closed work twitter group, might need a bit of help figuring that out, but that’s a great idea. And like Gareth, I’d love to see you blog something externally. I totally understand your point re anonymity, I wonder whether once you’ve got used to one type of blogging, be it internal or external, it feels like a bit of a leap to do the other kind. I do think though that there are lots of interesting things that we can share as HR practitioners, that would run alongside and complement the journos and consultants. Check me out, I seem to be a convert!!!

Well done Alison – hope you really enjoy writing. Great that you did this while your thinking is still fresh form the day.

Hey, Alison! If you need any help with blogging or anything, just let me know. I’m always happy to help a new person get their feet under them. 🙂 Happy to have you aboard!By the way, I have 3 month old twin girls. If you feel like sharing any tips, that would be fine by me. 🙂

Welcome on board and thanks fior your contributions to our “Politics of HR” – could have gone horrible wrong” but turned out to be a good debate and some great shared experiences.Keith Robinson

Welcome to HR and social media, Alison! You’re off to a great start so far with your 1st post. As you move forward you’ll make some mistakes but with a supportive community you’ll quickly find your niche and enjoy a lot of personal success. Take it 1 step at a time and you’ll do fine.

Thanks so much. Doug – I knew if I didn’t do it straight away I would get cold feet and never do it! Ben, twin baby girls – wow, that takes me back! Enjoy them even though its hard work, mine are nearly 5 now and its gone so fast.I realy enjoyed the politics of HR session, it turned out to be very thought-provoking and challenging and it was great to meet you at CHRU Keith.Thanks so much Victoria. I’m sure you’re right on the mistakes front – yikes! – already the idea of second post seems more daunting than the first :). Good advice, I really appreciate it.

Welcome aboard. I have been blogging for more than 3 years now. It is wel worth the bother! cheers! Michael

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