5 TED Talks About HR That We Love

July 5, 2017 | 1,445 views

5 TED Talks About HR That We Love

5 TED Talks About HR That We Love

If you haven’t heard of them yet, TED Talks are simply talks with “ideas worth sharing.” These talks tend to incorporate technology, entertainment, and design (TED) but they hit home on a deeper level. Many of these talks discuss how we can use these attributes to live better lives, work better at our jobs, and be better people all around.


Here are five of our favorite TED Talks about HR that we believe are worth your time to listen to.


The Power of Time Off

What would happen if you took an entire year’s sabbatical? If you’re Stefan Sagmeister, you get your creative juices flowing by doing the things you cannot do while you’re at work. His reasoning? There are about 40-years we spend working and about 15 years tucked on the end of it spent on retirement.


Although the concept makes sense and sounds a bit idealistic, you may not be able to scratch a 7-year itch by taking a full year’s sabbatical. Still, you might be able to be more intentional about your scheduling process by penciling in extended vacations. This TED Talk will inspire you to do just that.


Will Automation Take Away All Our Jobs?

We hear this question a lot, as producers of an online employee scheduling app designed to take tasks off of human’s plates. Will automation start stealing jobs? What does the future really have in store for humankind if machines can do it all for us?


It might sound futuristic to think about robots taking over the world, but the reality is machines are doing more of our work for us. In this TED talk, economist David Autor teaches that despite this influx, more humans have jobs today than they did 125 years ago. It’s hopeful and it offers a glimpse into the future.


What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

Millennials are known for needing a little bit of feel-good attributes in a job to thrive. If you’re a non-profit, you know the importance of inspiring a feel-good attitude in your volunteers so that they continue to return and help you fulfill your mission. So what exactly is it that makes us feel good at work?


In this TED Talk, Dan Ariely takes the intangible and makes it tangible by addressing two eye-opening studies that show us why we care about work. It’s inspiring and motivating to hear.


4 Ways to Build a Human Company in the Age of Machines

Tim Leberecht opens this TED Talk with the stat that half of the human workforce will be replaced by machines and robots in the next 20 years. It’s a shocking statistic, but one he says that many corporations are excited by because it serves as a chance to boost profits and revenues. Keep listening and he’ll talk about how you can still build an organization filled with authenticity and efficiency without losing the personal touch.


The Future of Business is the “Mesh”

There’s a fundamental shift in the way people interact with things today (especially each other). We’re more connected today than ever before through technology, but if you’re sitting side-by-side with another person, you’re more distant. So, how can we “mesh” better?


In this TED Talk, Lisa Gansky, the author of “The Mesh” talks about how we can connect to each other, how to connect via mobile devices, and how we can connect with physical things all through technology. It’s a fascinating look at how we can access each other in a more convenient, less costly way through the power of technology.


Your Turn

We love TED Talks and are always eager to listen to a new perspective. What are some of your favorite TED Talks about HR, productivity, leadership, or business? Drop a link below so we can all benefit.



Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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