A look back at PAFOW and upcoming events

February had an exciting start, with Insight222’s Jonathan Ferrar featured as a keynote speaker (alongside Josh Bersin) and several Insight222 members such as RJ MilnorCharlotte NagyGeetanjali Gamel, and Nicky Clement at the People Analytics & Future of Work conference (PAFOW) in San Francisco. I’ve now attended three PAFOW conferences and each time have been impressed by the quality of speakers and attendees. This year’s conference confirmed that organizations continue to shift their HR budgets toward analytics; Josh Bersin advised that 69% of large organisations now have a people analytics team, and it was also visible through the number and seniority of attendees.

David Green co-chaired the event with Al Adamsen. I’ll only add to his concise summary, that the energy in the room was driven by the continuing innovation in the space, the broadening of people analytics to include other data sources, and the diversity of the backgrounds of those entering the space. An exciting time to be in analytics!

We are especially looking forward to the next two months, because our Ethics Charter co-creation continues with a design workshop in San Francisco on 27th February, followed by one in Amsterdam on 28th March.  Our Ethics Charter for our clients will be delivered in May 2018, coincidental with GDPR.

During the next five weeks, we are also excited to meet analytics leaders & practitioners in our Peer Group Meetings focused on many great topics (employee listening/sentiment, workforce planning, privacy & ONA) in Chicago on the 26th February, Charlotte on 1st March and Amsterdam on 29th March. If you are interested to learn more, or want to get involved, please contact us.

By Dirk Petersen