First Recruitment Council meeting of 2020 presents HR trends

by Sara J. Gillis, Director of Talent & Workforce Development
Published 03/10/2020

The new decade is here, and with that, experts in all fields, including business and human resources, are making projections and predictions for what’s to come in 2020 and beyond. Accordingly, the first meeting in 2020 of the Recruitment Council, hosted by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, presented a variety of HR trends for businesses to boost talent attraction and retention efforts in the new decade.

From the use of HR chatbots and other data-driven HR platforms to talent incentives and employer branding, the best practices that shape workforce development are the unifying themes that call together the Recruitment Council on a quarterly basis each year.

Led by Brad Schoenfelder, senior executive director of shared services for Sanford Health, and Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, nearly 85 members of the Recruitment Council registered for the event on Feb. 27 at the Sanford Research Center.

Based on his more than two decades of experience in various technical, management and executive leadership positions in technology, health care, networking and operations, Schoenfelder shared insights on how Sanford’s HR team uses technology, such as automated interview scheduling and video interviewing software, to positively impact the job candidate’s experience.

“Attendees were very engaged and asked great questions of our presenters, especially in terms of the capabilities of video interviewing software to streamline the job candidate selection process,” said Sara Gillis, director of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “The members of the Recruitment Council also shared with each other their experiences regarding the use of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools, which was fascinating to hear as well.”

Since its inception in 2019, the Recruitment Council has grown to nearly 350 members, many of whom are tasked with recruitment and workforce strategies for their respective organizations, which span a wealth of sectors, from health care and financial services to advanced manufacturing and beyond.

As the Recruitment Council continues to gain momentum and membership, Guzzetta predicts that the group will work collaboratively to advance the development of the Sioux Falls business community through a variety of talent initiatives, including career-based training, talent incentives and talent acquisition strategies.

The next Recruitment Council meeting will be held this summer in June. Stay tuned for more details to come!