May 12, 2017
Before touring the 60s-era offices of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, CHROs considered the workplace of the future at the first-ever HR Policy Association regional summit in Silicon Valley. HP Inc. CHRO Tracy Keogh organized and hosted the two day get-together to exchange best practices and explore the unique perspectives of West Coast companies and trends affecting businesses and the workforce. Ms. Keogh led a top-notch steering committee of CHROs, including Ashley Goldsmith of Workday, Pat Wadors of LinkedIn, Katie Watson of Gilead, and Gabrielle Toledano of Electronic Arts. Futurist Bob Johansen presented a forecast of trends that will radically change the way we work, including the use of gaming to help educate younger generations, the importance of "shape-shifting organizations" amplified by new forms of computing and artificial intelligence, reverse mentoring, and the new "leadership literacies" that will be required for success in business. Laszlo Bock, former SVP of People Operations for Google, spoke candidly about the rapidly developing use of people analytics in all aspects of business. He highlighted his revolutionary approach at Google for data-driven recruiting and retention. On the policy front, Christine Baker, Director of Industrial Relations for the State of California, discussed ground-breaking cooperation between California lawmakers and companies in the areas of workers' compensation reform, apprenticeship expansion in new industries, and health and safety improvements. The West Coast meeting received excellent feedback from participants and HR Policy Association plans to reprise it next year as part of our network of CHRO offerings.