ENG5: HR Tech for Employees: Penguin Random House’s Evolution to an Employee-Centric Work Experience

HR Tech for Employees: Penguin Random House's Evolution to an Employee-Centric Work Experience

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Thursday 06 October
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Even when your team has improved and automated HR systems and tools, sometimes local teams still struggle to communicate their value to the organization. Learn how Penguin Random House’s UK and International HR teams moved from skeptical inquiry to curious collaborators, changing the very nature of the employee experience. Penguin Random House removed degree requirements from job descriptions, partnered with HR technology vendors to pilot nascent recruitment and engagement tools, and even leveraged social media to address social issues. And its all been done while still managing to deliver payroll, rethink performance management, and undergo an enterprise-wide implementation of learning and recruitment modules. You’ll learn the most effective ways to partner with HR technology companies to increase user adoption, try new ideas and save your organization time and money. Plus, you’ll leave with actionable ideas to better engage your workforce and create an employee-centric — rather than HR-centric — experience for your workforce.


Neil Morrison

Group HR Director, UK and International Companies
Penguin Random House


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Neil Morrison

After starting his working life as a lecturer in Psychology, Neil took his first role in HR management in 1996. For the next 12 years he worked in a variety of specialist and generalist HR roles in FTSE100 companies, including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which latterly became Home Retail Group). Neil joined the Random House Group in 2008 taking responsibility for strategic people issues across their publishing and distribution offices in the UK, APAC, India and South Africa. More recently, he was one of the main leads in helping to steer and finalise the global merger between Random House and Penguin – the most significant merger in publishing history. Neil has won numerous industry awards including HR Director of the UK’s most influential HR practitioners and is a regular commentator on workplace issues for a number of trade and generalist publications. He writes his own popular blog, Change-Effect and tweets as @neilmorrison. In 2015, Neil was appointed as a non-executive director to the board of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

Laurie Ruettimann



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Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. She owns a consultancy that offers a wide array of services to HR departments and technology companies. Ruettimann is also the founder of GlitchPath, an early-stage startup focused on business insights and risk mitigation. Check out her LinkedIn profile here.
You may know Ruettimann as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR (retired), which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. You may have also read her book, “I AM HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR.” (RepCap Press, 2014.) Ruettimann is an appointed board member at TDn2K, which provides workforce data, business data, and social data to the restaurant industry. She also sits on strategic advisory boards of firms focused on the areas of learning analytics, big data, and employee engagement.