Here is our update for the last two weeks.
We spent time on NextChat https://blog.shrm.org/tags/nextchat-0 This is a weekly twitter chat that covers various HR subjects. We use it as a way to connect with other HR people and keep up to date on various HR topics.
Two of our current customers and two potential customers want us to do recruiting for them. This is something we were going to start next year. So we have been researching if this is something we should do. We have talked to various people in Recruiting and researched various recruiting platforms. We are going to help one of our current customers fill some positions as a test case for us and then take it from there.
We were a sponsor for the Business Impact Celebration of Dreams Event. https://businessimpactnw.org/annualevents/dreams/ It was a great turn out and we gained many leads for cavnessHR.
We provided an engagement question to aSuggestion https://asuggestion.com/s This is an employee engagement platform that allows people to anonymously post about different businesses. The engagement question is broken into problem, solution and discussion. Below is what we submitted.
Problem: What exactly is HR supposed to do for your company?
Solution: HR should be constantly balancing the 5 legged stool of HR and taking care of the customers of HR.
There is a lot of talk in the HR world about analytics, technology, validation and seats at the table etc… But sometimes, I think all of this talk distracts us from the real purpose of HR. The real purpose of HR is to take care of our customers. Some HR experts will tell you that the customers of HR are our employees or our executives. To me, the following are the customers of HR.
- Employees of our organization
- Customers of our organization
- Various business functions that make up our organization
- Executive leadership of our organization
Each of these customers has their own unique requirements and their own expectation of what HR should do for them. Then in addition to our customers, we have HR compliance that we have to ensure is always in line with all Federal, State and City laws and policies. I like to call this the 5-legged stool of HR. With each leg changing in length (priority) depending on the situation.
Regardless of the length (priority) of the legs of the stool, as HR we have to ensure we maintain a balance among all of them. Sometimes you will need to focus on providing value to your executives. Sometimes you will need to focus on providing value to your employees. The challenge for HR is to correctly prioritize when and where to provide value without allowing our other customers to become off balance.
We continue to meet with people about cavnessHR and build up the touch points we have with potential customers.
We appeared on the Business Infrastructure podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/business-infrastructure-curing-back-office-blues/id1436083621 where we talked about how cavnessHR came about and our vision for the company and what it is that cavnessHR does.
For our tech update - We believe the platform will be ready to take on users next week. Which of course is very exciting for us. The platform is nowhere close to where we want it and we would probably call this a pre-beta test or even an alpha test. But it will be good to finally get something out there.