HR Data Labs – Season 1 – Episode 6 – Marc Miller – The Evolution of HR Technology and How We Can Learn From its History

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This episode features unique insights from my very good and old friend Marc S Miller. We talk about passion for Human Resources Technology from its beginnings. This history provides us with a huge amount of insight into how we have evolved into the multi-billion dollar industry and how it impacts our use of HR Data and Analytics.

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With the HR industry valued at over $6B, how did we get here? Today we have Marc S. Miller to give us some of the answers. Marc has over 35 years of independent HR technology consultancy and is the President and Founder of Marc S. Miller Associates, specializing in HR Technology Strategic Planning, Needs Analysis, Vendor Evaluation, and Cost Justification.

He is considered an HR Technology Thought Leader, and one of only a few independent sole proprietor consultants in the industry. Other than being a keynote speaker, he is an author of several books, his newest being – The Death of HR. 

Let’s dive right in and grab Marc’s insights on the evolution of HR and what we can take away from its history. 

[00:01 – 08:15] Opening Segment

  • Let’s get to know Marc 
  • Marc gives a bit about his book and background 

[08:16 – 14:43] Where HR Emanated From

  • Marc gives us a bit of history about where HR came from 
  • How legislation led to what we have today 
  • Actionable insights 

[14:44 – 22:06] Ensuring Your Position during the Pandemic

  • Marc talks about proving the value of functionality 
  • The burden on HR today 
  • Identifying the information needed to do your job 

[22:07 – 26:50] HR Newcomers and Education 

  • Marc talks a bit about what he is currently teaching 
  • Coming in from other backgrounds 

[26:51 – 31:08] Closing Segment

  • Summary of our conversation 
  • Marc’s advice for going into the HR field and career management 
  • Final Words

Resources Mentioned: 

The Death of HR: Who Killed H. (Harriet) R. (Rose) Job?: Using Technology to gain CLOUT, avoid career decline and empower your HR Organization

Tweetable Quotes:

“The concept is, the technology must be there today, and that has been driven over the years by many things, but is started with legislation.” – Marc S. Miller 

“The people in HR have to prove the value of their function and prove that the people in the world of the company… have added value to the company.” – Marc S. Miller

“Keep your eyes open, care about your career, make sure you’re working for a good boss, make sure you’re working for a company that is aligned with your values… and keep progressing.” – Marc S. Miller 

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This show is brought to you by Turetsky Consulting LLC, our company providing business consulting on Analytics, HR Processes, and Rewards with a focus on getting answers that organizations need by demystifying People Analytics.  

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