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    March 2020: #PeopleAnalyticsMonth

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    Around the world meetups of HR and people analytics communities are forming. Led by independent community leaders from their local area, these grassroots communities meet to share industry experiences, stories and enthusiasm - as well as usually a drink and some food. The diversity of experience and knowledge in the room is often vast, ranging from industry veterans to newcomers, from technologists to HR generalists. Everyone is welcome.

    Since August, we have been signposting people towards these communities through our Global HR and People Analytics Meetup Map, and our Global Meetup Calendar. Now in March 2020, on behalf of the meetup organisers around the world, we invite you to find and celebrate these local people analytics communities as part of #PeopleAnalyticsMonth.

    What cities are taking part in #PeopleAnalyticsMonth? Where do I find out more?There are meetups taking place in cities around the world - not quite on every continent but we're getting there! Want to hear from some of the Meetup organisers themselves? Check out this video:

    For the full list of events and their registration details, please check out the Meetup calendar. If you want to be kept even more up to date on meetups and the HR Analytics ThinkTank research, please sign up to the newsletter.

    In short, the events taking place during March:
     

    • 26 February: Austin (Ethan Burris and Roxanne Laczo)
    • 3 March: Ireland/Limerick (Sarah Kieran and Maria Belizon), Mexico City (Federico Barco)
    • 4 March: Boston (Rob King)
    • 10 March: Sydney (Shahram Karimi)
    • 17 March: Amsterdam (Brydie Lear, Patrick Coolen, Marielle Sonnenberg), Auckland (Barbara Daxenberger), Barcelona (Marta Gascón Corella), Brisbane (Audrey Ciccone, Belinda Ellem), Buenos Aires (Sergio Garcia Mora, Lucila Baus, Pablo Senra and Patricia Hartvig), Chicago (Alina Guarise), South Cali/Irvine (Mei Kim), London (Nigel Dias), Los Angeles (Hayden Balow), Madrid (Delia Majarín), Munich (David Shontz), New York (Stela Lupushor, Jeremy Shapiro), Salt Lake City (Chris Taulbee), Sofia (Yanitsa Ilieva), Switzerland/St Moritz (Andrew Marritt)
    • 18 March: Belgrade (Maja Ninkovic)
    • 24 March: Melbourne (Roel van Etten)
    • 26 March: San Francisco (Annika Schultz, Ben Teusch)
    • 31 March: Minneapolis (Kelli Gochenaur)


    There isn't a meetup in my area - what do I do?Each Meetup is run by an independent organiser, who decided to start their community and run their own events. If there isn't a meetup in your area, you have two choices: 1) You wait for someone else to start a meetup in your city or 2) You start the meetup in your area.

    If you would like to start a group, you won't be alone - you can join the Meetup Organiser Group, you can use our How to Run a Meetup Guide, and you can attend our regular calls on running Meetups. To start your own meetup and get involved, please complete this form.

    Hopefully see you at an HR and People Analytics Meetup soon.

     

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    2. In September last year, I write a guide for How to Run an HR and People Analytics meetup. In those pre-COVID19 days, the guide was really talking about in-person events when we could come within 2 metres of each other and most of us had probably never worn a face mask. Like everything else meetups have gone digital. Since March, HR and people analytics meetup organisers around the world have been experimenting with ways of taking our communities digital.

       

      It has been a learning journey, and there are pros and cons to this new format. In this blog I wanted to share the experiences of the London HR and People Analytics Meetup community, as we've adapted for this new world. We invite other meetup organisers to contribute their own blogs or comments.

       

      We also invite you to download our Virtual Meetup Slide Deck Template by clicking here on the image below:

       

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      So what tips do we have for moving your meetup virtual...?

       

      Virtual Tip 1: Replicate In-Person Feel and Vibes

      Many of us have learned that the success of virtual meetings requires a shift in attitude - not just from the person leading the session, but the people attending it too. We send an email out 48 hours before the meetup and open with some guidelines to help everyone get into the right frame of mind. My general guide to the community is a simple challenge: "As a community, we need to work together to replicate the feel and vibe of an in-person meetup. Would you feel comfortable doing something at a physical event? If yes, then feel free to do it at the virtual meetup.".

       

      More more specific guidelines:

      • Webcams On. We think the 'connection' people feel in meetups requires an eye-to-eye connection, so unless you are invisible in real life we ask everyone to switch their cameras on.
      • Be Present. In a normal meetup, people tend to respect the presenter and they don't walk around and do distracting things. The great thing about a virtual event means you can join from anywhere, but please don't join in a way that negatively impacts the experience for other people.
      • Ask Questions. We allow anyone to unmute themselves so they can ask questions whenever they want (just like in real life).
      • Have Fun. It is just a meetup, so don't stress!

       

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      Virtual Tip 2: Be Inclusive

      You shouldn't assume everyone feels as comfortable as you are with your web platform - in fact, it can be a great way to alienate some of your community if they feel unable to navigate your sessions. At the beginning of every session, we do a quick 3-4 minute demo of all the functionality they need to know about.

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      Virtual Tip 3: Your Networking Will be Fine (it might even improve)

      Most meetup organisers feel that the biggest value their sessions bring is the networking and sense of community - and they are worried that this will not translate into virtual webinars. At the in-person London meetups the networking is high energy, and it was a concern for us - but the feedback on our networking as been extremely positive.

       

      Some ideas for you to consider:

      • Use Breakout Rooms (Zoom). Zoom has a great feature called 'Break Outs', which allows you to create mini virtual meetings within your big Zoom meeting. You can click a few buttons and send everyone into mini groups of 4-5 people to chat on their own. This works very well for us.
      • Given Enough Time. Make sure you give people enough time to network. You can always end the networking early if you need to.
      • Use Digital Tools. Other groups are using tools like Mentimeter, Miro and more to improve their experiences.
      • Suggest Questions or Themes. Suggest questions for people to ask each other in the virtual meetups to help them get started.
      • Eat and Drink. This is probably my personal view but there is something human about eating together and our networking usually happens over pizza and beer. Encourage people to bring a snack for the networking.

       

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      Virtual Tip 4: Keep Recording and Writing Up and Keep Going

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      I hope this helps. If anyone has any other questions about the London meetups or suggestions or ideas, please let me know. Here are the useful links if you want to start your own meetup:

      1. Register Your Meetup on the Global Meetup Map
      2. Put your Meetup Event on the New Global Meetup Calendar
      3. Join our the Meetup Organiser Linkedin Group.

       

       

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