The 17th Annual CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey is Coming and it is Great!

It’s been harder for me to let go of doing the CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey after sixteen years of managing it than I thought it would be. It takes time to pass along the intricacies of doing this Survey and getting over 1,250 organizations to respond. This year was to be a transition year for me to move towards leaving CedarCrestone (now Sierra-Cedar), and I thought I could go from full time to 30 hours a week to 20 hours a week by now—but so far, that’s not been possible. Not to say that Stacey Harris isn’t awesome and totally handling the Survey—she is! There are just so many processes for the Survey design, distribution, data cleansing, data analysis, and more, along with connections to Survey distributors I’ve nurtured over the years and ideas of things I’ve always wanted to do with the Survey. Thus, I’m still working a lot more than I expected. Don’t get me wrong, though: I’m not too unhappy. I don’t have to do the hard work this year. I can be an idea person, reviewer, and critic.

The Survey that will GO LIVE in one week is truly the best ever. Stacey has done some much-needed cleanup and added additional logic so respondents don’t have to answer ancillary questions (like number of years on an application if they don’t have the application in place). So the Survey may actually be shorter and easier for respondents. At the same time, she’s added some expanded sections to get at key trends like how workforce management and talent management are converging (or need to); more on key topics of integration, implementation, and change management; and more on emerging technologies that may have enterprise impact in coming years like wearables for evolving the “quantified self” and robotics. And, for the first time, we have an adjunct employee survey on user experience with HR services delivered through HR technologies. What’s not to like?

What will really be the hardest for me to let go of is the amazing team Sierra-Cedar has that makes the survey possible. Kim Lowery, who to me is the brains behind the survey and who does so much of the data crunching and provides keen insights on what our results mean; Michele Blevins who creates the graphics and does all the web stuff with grace and good humor; Lia Lyford and Duke that handle the marketing and PR also with calmness and capability; the Management Consulting group who review, critique and add ideas each year – and many of them have actually worked on the survey over the years and provided some of the best ideas – Richard a George, Tammy Staneart, Nancy Grimshaw, Bonnie Correll; the 900+ Sierra-Cedar employees who implement and integrate HR technologies who also give feedback from the trenches; and of course, the management team that has supported and provided budget for 17 years. And, then there’s the broader HR technology community of people who take the survey and keep me focused on their issues, the vendors who keep our arena evolving, and the great analyst community from whom I learn so much. Thanks all!

Answer this year’s Survey—it is the best ever—a collaborative effort indeed.

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