Headed to Vegas for this year’s National SHRM Conference? We can’t wait to see you there! Stop by Booth 1102 to talk to Paycor experts about the 6 pillars of HR excellence and how the right combination of technology and expertise can help you make a difference. To help you get the most out of SHRM, here are 4 insider tips based on our experiences at this amazing conference.
1. Make a Plan
With thousands of your HR peers canvassing the convention center, it’ll be easy to get overwhelmed. And with so many sessions at your disposal, it’s critical to devise a plan for each day so you don’t have post-conference regrets. Make a list of your goals and ask yourself what you’re looking to achieve.
Are you hoping to share practices with peers or pick their brain, or are you hoping to connect with customers? Once you’ve formulated your plan, select speakers that interest you and sessions that match your objectives. If you’re headed to SHRM with fellow colleagues, meet prior to your departure and make sure each attendee understands their responsibilities at the conference.
2. Brainstorm Questions to Ask
Have you ever listened to a great speaker and then two hours later you think of the perfect question you should have asked? Don’t feel bad—it happens to everyone. So, if you have time before SHRM, make a list of the sessions you definitely want to attend and then do a quick Google search on the presenter and the topic they’re going to cover. Brainstorm a few questions you might want to ask and keep them in your back pocket.
3. Stay in the Moment
Three-four days away from the office probably creates some anxiety, especially if multiple members of your team are engrossed in daily conference activities. While it’s a given that you will have to spend time responding to emails and focusing attention on other projects, do so away from the sessions. Closing your laptop and putting away your phone will ensure you’re engaged and taking advantage of this great opportunity. To help you focus, set aside 2 hours each day to resume working on any pressing requests or projects.
4. Don’t Just Follow the Masses
The pack mentality certainly applies at conferences. Attendees often rush to fill the room of the most popular speaker and you might be inclined to join the masses. But that’s why you devised a plan, ahead of time, and selected sessions that meet your personal interests and organization’s goals. If the “It” session or speaker is part of your strategy, great, but don’t just join the session with the longest line. You might make a valuable connection or gain an impactful insight among a group of ten peers.
Connect with Paycor at SHRM19! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by Booth 1102 and introduce yourself. We’d love to learn a little more about you and your organization. And if you’re interested in discovering how Paycor delivers best-in-class recruiting, onboarding, HR, payroll and time solutions, take a tour of our platform or skip the line at Vegas and schedule a demo today.