Sessions

Announcing the 80+ Sessions for 2018!

HR West 2018 proudly offers more than 80 concurrent sessions, all for recertification credit toward your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, and California certifications. Session tracks include Communicate & Relate (Say What?), Compensation & Benefits (What's in it for them), Culture (It's Your DNA), Employee Relations (Critical Components), Engagement & Retention (Gravitational Pull), HR Strategy & Leadership (Check the Playbook), Law & Legislation (It's the Law), Recruiting (It Takes a Village), Talent Development (Polish the Apples) & Talent Management (From Planting to Harvest). You’ll find everything you need to get over the hurdles you’re facing.

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March 5, 2018

8:30am  -  10:00am

Speed Networking

HR West is a great place to network with your peers. Attend our Speed Networking sessions and join the conversation! Speed Networking delivers a high-impact and structured networking experience that provides exceptional results for participants. Take control of who you connect with! · Fill out the pre-event profile · At the event, get connected · […] Click for more information on 'Speed Networking'

10:30am  -  11:00am

Conference Kickoff

Get here early to reserve a seat up close for the HR West kickoff! Join us in the West Hall to get all the information you will need to get the most out of the conference. Meet Emcee Maureen Berner Boyt and learn about the keynote speakers, session highlights, NCHRA updates, schedule or room changes, […] Click for more information on 'Conference Kickoff'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

The Scientific Secret Behind Innovation and Retention

Workplace Application: Discover how fostering diversity and a sense of belonging drives retention and productivity. An inclusive work atmosphere, in which employees feel valued, respected and treated fairly, is critical to employee retention and productivity. Why? Because the human brain is wired to belong. Discover scientifically proven practices for creating inclusive connections so teams thrive […] Click for more information on 'The Scientific Secret Behind Innovation and Retention'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Moving the Engagement Needle…Finally!

Workplace Application: Learn how to empower engagement action by everyone in the organization to drive business performance. It’s no secret that engagement drives business performance more than any other factor. However, lack of action is bringing engagement down. Engagement is fluid and organizations need real-time data, but this data is not enough. Discover how to […] Click for more information on 'Moving the Engagement Needle…Finally!'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Rethinking the Employee Experience

Workplace Application: Re-evaluate your offline and online processes to meet changing employee expectations. Employees today are more technically savvy than ever before and expect workplace technologies to provide the same intuitive, connected experiences they enjoy in their personal lives. Yet, research shows HR technology is woefully lagging behind, with only 8% of 1,000 office workers […] Click for more information on 'Rethinking the Employee Experience'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Validated Microlearning: The Next Step in L&D Evolution

Workplace Application: Learn how to design and implement a validated microlearning solution that shows you care about your employees. Information overload has led to shorter attention spans decreased efficiency of the traditional learning and development approaches. And companies can no longer sacrifice an entire day or week to train employees. Validated microlearning addresses these challenges […] Click for more information on 'Validated Microlearning: The Next Step in L&D Evolution'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Recruiting for Fit: Watch Your Culture Thrive

Workplace Application: Learn how to recruit on culture and increase the engagement in your workplace. A recent Gallup survey found that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged in the workplace. Discover how recruitment based on culture, and matching people’s skills with tasks they are likely to engage with, is vital to productivity, trust, […] Click for more information on 'Recruiting for Fit: Watch Your Culture Thrive'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Leading with Vision: A Blueprint to the Engaged Workforce

Workplace Application: Develop a clear plan for creating a compelling vision that resonates at all levels. Today’s workforce, especially millennials, want to be intellectually stimulated and emotionally engaged. This requires a new approach to leadership. Visionary leaders can imagine a future and create a crystal-clear picture of what that future looks like to the extent […] Click for more information on 'Leading with Vision: A Blueprint to the Engaged Workforce'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Employee Benefits Beyond 2018: A Roadmap to Compliance

Workplace Application: Avoid financial and legal consequences in benefits administration with a three-step approach to compliance. Compliance obligations for today’s employers are overwhelming. Unfortunately, too many employers have responded with a wait and see approach. Considering the volume and volatility of proposed legislative changes, the attitude is understandable, but could prove costly. Determine where you […] Click for more information on 'Employee Benefits Beyond 2018: A Roadmap to Compliance'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

Side-by-Side with BOTS: Drafting Your 2020 Tech Plan

Workplace Application: Select and apply technology that enhances employee engagement. Meet Nellie…the BOT from IT. The future is upon us, and while our personal lives have changed radically through technology, the world of work is changing at a much slower pace. Artificial intelligence, cloud, mobile, and increased automation will have a fundamental impact on the […] Click for more information on 'Side-by-Side with BOTS: Drafting Your 2020 Tech Plan'

11:20am  -  12:35pm

The Investigative Model: A One-of-a-Kind Approach

Workplace Application: Learn a proven phase-based process model to ensure effective and legally compliant investigations. If the truth isn’t found in an investigation or inquiry, employee and management trust can wither and litigation risk can skyrocket. HR professionals conduct investigations, often without enough training, practice and coaching to excel at this critical skill set. Discover […] Click for more information on 'The Investigative Model: A One-of-a-Kind Approach'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

We Care a Lot: Delivering Human-Centric Programs at Scale

Workplace Application: Learn how to appreciate your employees in an authentic, meaningful way, and deliver personalized benefits that actually mean something. As the war for top talent ensues, investing in and caring about your people is critical to your company’s success. But with a variety of generational segments active in the workplace and an emphasis […] Click for more information on 'We Care a Lot: Delivering Human-Centric Programs at Scale'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Six Degrees of Separation and the Candidate Experience

Workplace Application: Gain insight into why an organization’s reputation as an employer depends in some measure on people who don’t even work for the organization. In today’s environment, candidates – passive and active – hold the upper hand. The best have their choice of desirable employers. Therefore, organizations need to provide the best experience possible, […] Click for more information on 'Six Degrees of Separation and the Candidate Experience'

1:50pm  -  3:05:pm

Agile Organization Design: Addressing Current Macro-Trends

Workplace Application: Embrace the philosophy of agile design to better respond to unpredictability in the workplace. Today’s workplaces face transformative issues, such as growing workforces, increased connectedness, changing business models, increasing economic inequality, and the rise of robots in the workplace. Examine the impact of these macro trends and get strategies for adapting quickly, while […] Click for more information on 'Agile Organization Design: Addressing Current Macro-Trends'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Winning Hearts and Minds: HR in Acquisitions

Workplace Application: Learn how to engage people during mergers and acquisitions and get new employees excited to be part of your team. ​Acquisitions are a cornerstone of change and growth in Silicon Valley, and a successful acquisition can make or break a company’s bottom line. This session is about practical ways you can engage people at […] Click for more information on 'Winning Hearts and Minds: HR in Acquisitions'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Top 10 “Hot-Spots” in California Employment Law

Workplace Application: Identify new and emerging areas of legal risk and target these “hot-spots” for compliance. In this fast-paced overview of major legal developments in California, you’ll learn about new legislation and court decisions that stand to dramatically impact how you do business. We’ll cover rapidly developing areas such as paid sick leave, transgender issues, […] Click for more information on 'Top 10 “Hot-Spots” in California Employment Law'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Change Leadership: Connecting with Your Personal Style

Workplace Application: Gain insight into your own leadership change style to successfully implement initiatives inside your organization. Bring an immediate organizational change initiative you’re working on and use a Relationship Map tool to assess key stakeholders and develop a communication strategy to immediately apply. You’ll connect personal style preferences from globally used research based assessment […] Click for more information on 'Change Leadership: Connecting with Your Personal Style'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

AI and Recruiting: Where Do Humans Fit In?

Workplace Application: Examine the limits of AI and automation and discover where to insert the human in the recruitment loop. Over the past year, we have seen a rapid increase in adoption of AI in the recruitment process from sourcing to screening. And the chatbot revolution is threatening to change recruitment as we know it. […] Click for more information on 'AI and Recruiting: Where Do Humans Fit In?'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Eyeball to Eyeball: Handling Difficult Situations

Workplace Application: Learn a three-sentence framework for starting any potentially difficult conversation. Conflicts and differences are a given. Whether those conflicts help or hurt an organization has to do with how the people behave in dealing with it. People report that starting is the hardest part. Learn a straightforward conversation starter that has worked for […] Click for more information on 'Eyeball to Eyeball: Handling Difficult Situations'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Why HR Needs to Change: Mercer Survey Tells All

Workplace Application: Learn how to apply findings from Mercer’s global HR Transformation survey to your HR service delivery model. Many obstacles get in the way of HR success: reorganizations, M&A, talent shortages, budget pressures, employee demands, and disruptive new technologies. It is essential for HR teams to not just react, but also become a valuable […] Click for more information on 'Why HR Needs to Change: Mercer Survey Tells All'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

5 Keys to Creating an Engagement Culture

Workplace Application: Identify areas that are causing employees to disengage and get immediately applicable strategies for fixing the problem. We all know the statistics, engagement is at an all-time low. With 60% of Millennials saying they’re open to different job opportunities and only 50% planning to be at their company one year from now, there […] Click for more information on '5 Keys to Creating an Engagement Culture'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Boring, but Important! The Internal HR Audit

Workplace Application: Create a plan for reviewing policies, procedures, documents, and systems necessary to complete an HR audit. Employee requests. Urgent management questions. Changes to the law. It’s enough to make your head spin. On top of all this, how do you have time to prepare for an HR audit? Create a plan that works […] Click for more information on 'Boring, but Important! The Internal HR Audit'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Nonprofit Focus: Developing High-Performing Talent

Workplace Application: Develop a disruptive talent model for identifying and retaining high performers in your nonprofit. According to a recent survey, most nonprofits do not have a formal recruitment strategy, and 81% do not have a formal retention program in place. Industry leaders know the payoff of hiring high-performing talent, but struggle to successfully recruit […] Click for more information on 'Nonprofit Focus: Developing High-Performing Talent'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Automation Is Here: Time to Adapt Your Talent Strategies

Workplace Application: Learn talent strategies for using emerging technologies to seize new opportunities. Roughly half of the tasks people do today can be automated, yet only 5% of jobs can be entirely automated. The ramification? All jobs are soon going to be impacted, and the impact will grow as emerging technologies become more powerful. Don’t […] Click for more information on 'Automation Is Here: Time to Adapt Your Talent Strategies'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Creating a “Yes, And” Culture of Performance and Engagement

Workplace Application: Lead organizational change by driving a culture that adapts positively to change, is receptive to new ideas, and navigates conflict more easily. The greatest strategic advantage to any organization is a highly engaged workforce with effective leadership and a cohesive culture. Use the tools of “Yes, And” to enhance relationships and communication with […] Click for more information on 'Creating a “Yes, And” Culture of Performance and Engagement'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Terminating Employees: Essential (Legal) Dos and Don’ts

Workplace Application: Learn the essential steps and proper documentation for performing legal terminations and layoffs. Employers must terminate employees from time to time in order to run their businesses effectively, but no other type of personnel transaction presents a higher degree of legal risk. Find out everything you need to know to avoid liability in […] Click for more information on 'Terminating Employees: Essential (Legal) Dos and Don’ts'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Overcoming Unconscious Bias Through Technology

Workplace Application: Discover technological strategies for growing diversity and developing a robust, well-rounded team for optimal performance. Research shows that organizations with diverse and inclusive workforces are more innovative and experience greater market growth. While most business leaders would agree that diverse teams are a business-critical factor, well-intentioned organizations are falling short. Learn how to […] Click for more information on 'Overcoming Unconscious Bias Through Technology'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Boss Whispering: Helping Abrasive Leaders Change Their Ways

Workplace Application: Discover a proven coaching method for helping abrasive leaders change, and ensure a better work environment for everyone. They overreact, they are controlling, they make threats and humiliate others. They are abrasive leaders and just one of them will cost you approximately $1M in turnover, absenteeism, lowered morale, and poor service. Learn why […] Click for more information on 'Boss Whispering: Helping Abrasive Leaders Change Their Ways'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Building a Talent Development Strategy from the Ground Up

Workplace Application: Discover everything you need to know about ramping up your learning and development initiatives. Hear first-hand from BioMarin and the lessons they learned after innovatively developing their workforce in a tight labor market. Though the talent development process may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. In this session, you’ll create a simplistic […] Click for more information on 'Building a Talent Development Strategy from the Ground Up'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

Considering Unlimited PTO? Dive Deep Before Catching this Wave

Workplace Application: Examine the pros and cons of offering unlimited paid time off, and find out if it attracts and retains talent. As the paid sick leave law wave continues, HR professionals are looking to meet or exceed more than 30 different statutes. Unlimited PTO might be one alternative. Want a five-week sabbatical? Need the […] Click for more information on 'Considering Unlimited PTO? Dive Deep Before Catching this Wave'

3:25pm  -  4:25pm

ROTI: The Final Frontier in Human Capital Metrics

Workplace Application: Utilize the principles of return on investment (ROI) and begin using return on talent investment (ROTI) as a key metric in decision making. What organization would spend millions of dollars on a particular initiative and not do a return on investment calculation? The fact is that most organizations (perhaps yours!) do it every […] Click for more information on 'ROTI: The Final Frontier in Human Capital Metrics'

4:40pm  -  6:00pm

Keynote Session: Superhero Leadership: How Everyday People Can Have an Extraordinary Impact

Workplace Application and Session Description – Leadership starts with the ability to look at every challenge–even the mundane tasks–as an opportunity to make a positive impact. In this high-energy keynote, Culp shares powerful stories from his filmmaking adventures of ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. He demonstrates how everyone has the opportunity and capacity […] Click for more information on 'Keynote Session: Superhero Leadership: How Everyday People Can Have an Extraordinary Impact'

March 6, 2018

09:00am  -  10:30am

Keynote Session: The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change

Workplace Application and Session Description – Strickland is a mesmerizing speaker who will inspire you to make a difference, in your life and in the lives of those around you. Ever-gracious, he delivers a profoundly simple, optimistic message for leaders: give people the tools they need, treat them with respect, and they will perform miraculous […] Click for more information on 'Keynote Session: The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

HR’s Partnership Challenge: Not Being Everything to Everyone

Workplace Application: Build effective organizational partnerships that ensure you get what you need from other departments. Although HR plays an essential role and provides many critical services to their organizational clients, HR doesn’t fully own those services. That role can be met with suspicion and distrust if HR tries to go it alone or it […] Click for more information on 'HR’s Partnership Challenge: Not Being Everything to Everyone'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Dialed In: Integrating Mobile Into Your Healthcare Strategy

Workplace Application: Leverage cutting-edge technology to simplify and personalize healthcare for your employees. In today’s fragmented healthcare system, employees are expected to navigate multiple websites and remember multiple passwords – resulting in frustration and low engagement. In fact, more than 80% of employees don’t even know what programs are available to them nor how to […] Click for more information on 'Dialed In: Integrating Mobile Into Your Healthcare Strategy'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Engaged Workplaces: How to Have a FUN-LOVING CULT!

Workplace Application: Learn how to implement realistic employee engagement programs and get both managers and employees on board. Every company needs an engagement strategy, but many organizations miss the mark. Nearly 80% of companies have weak cultures. That said, simply copying the culture of Google or Yahoo is not going to provide employees with a […] Click for more information on 'Engaged Workplaces: How to Have a FUN-LOVING CULT!'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Designing Legal Incentive Pay Plans

Workplace Application: Learn the legal requirements surrounding incentive pay plans and a method to ensure compliance. Employers utilize a variety of tools to incentivize employees, be it bonus schedules, commissions, or piece rate plans. All are lawful. However, there are numerous rules that go along with incentive plans, such as a higher hourly rate, fluctuating […] Click for more information on 'Designing Legal Incentive Pay Plans'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Global Leadership: Tools for Leveraging Diversity

Workplace Application: Get equipped to lead and work effectively across cultures. As companies continue to grow across borders, it’s important for leaders to prepare their employees to work effectively across cultures. Understanding differences in communication and workstyles is paramount to this preparation. Examine the impact of culture on workplace effectiveness and identify strategies for bridging […] Click for more information on 'Global Leadership: Tools for Leveraging Diversity'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Digital HR: Forging a Bold New World

Workplace Application: Learn about the technologies transforming digital workforces, workplaces, and management of the HR function. HR is undergoing rapid and profound change. Once viewed as a support function that delivered employee services, HR is now being asked to lead the digital transformation sweeping organizations worldwide. Take a closer look at the digital revolution and […] Click for more information on 'Digital HR: Forging a Bold New World'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Joy at Work: Creating a Conscious Culture

Workplace Application: Define “company culture” and identify the key elements that can be influenced. A study on corporate culture and performance found that companies who make culture a priority had four times higher revenue, 12 times higher stock price, and 750 times higher net income that those that did not. Learn to employ the Conscious […] Click for more information on 'Joy at Work: Creating a Conscious Culture'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Winning the Talent War with Human Connection

Workplace Application: Explore how creating moments of human connection throughout the entire candidate experience can positively impact your business. Nowadays, the world of work can be chaotic, impersonal, and uncertain. But talent and HR professionals have the power to make work and the process of finding work, from the application process all the way through […] Click for more information on 'Winning the Talent War with Human Connection'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Leading AND Managing: Strategies for Excelling at Both

Workplace Application: Learn skills and strategies needed to evolve your mindset and your approach to leading while managing. Have you been promoted to manager without any training or guidance? How does that feel? Likely that you’re unprepared for one of the most important jobs in the organization. Every manager needs to learn how to lead […] Click for more information on 'Leading AND Managing: Strategies for Excelling at Both'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Not It! Creating a Culture of Accountability

Workplace Application: Examine the cycle of accountability and identify the elements required to build an accountable organization. Numerous organizations struggle with a lack of accountability. This can take many forms – from showing up to work late, to using personal social media on work time, to missing deadlines. Sound familiar? Then your organization may have […] Click for more information on 'Not It! Creating a Culture of Accountability'

10:50am  -  12:20pm

The Glassdoor Generation: Managing Total Transparency

Workplace Application: Develop a proactive solution for embracing transparency and becoming more agile. Ever since Mr. Zuckerberg let the transparency genie out of the bottle, it has given rise to growing sites like Kununu, Indeed, and Glassdoor. Many organizations keep the employee feedback from these sites at arm’s length, unsure of how to deal with […] Click for more information on 'The Glassdoor Generation: Managing Total Transparency'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Leveraging Technology to Improve the Candidate Experience

Workplace Application: Devise practical strategies to employ technology and improve recruitment efforts. Today more than ever, recruitment must begin with communication that reaches job seekers who increasingly rely on mobile technology and social media. Explore strategies for leveraging technology to establish effective two-way communication in recruitment that leads to outstanding hires and minimizes expenses. TwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+Share […] Click for more information on 'Leveraging Technology to Improve the Candidate Experience'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

We Got Rid of Our Annual Review, Now What?

Workplace Application: Develop a feedback process that engages employees, promotes accountability and complements your organization’s culture. Both managers and employees widely express dissatisfaction with traditional annual performance reviews, and a number of companies have eliminated them altogether. Learn how one organization replaced traditional reviews with a robust, dynamic feedback process that works with its unique […] Click for more information on 'We Got Rid of Our Annual Review, Now What?'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Staying the Course: Disciplining High-Risk Employees

Workplace Application: Learn how to evaluate and mitigate the risks of disciplining difficult employees. HR professionals know the importance of being fair and equitable in administering discipline, but there are certain employees who make that task more difficult. Using real-life examples, you’ll examine strategies for evaluating the legal consequences of disciplining high-risk employees while still […] Click for more information on 'Staying the Course: Disciplining High-Risk Employees'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Inside Job: Creating an Internal Mobility Strategy

Workplace Application: Discover the importance of an end-to-end talent experience strategy to leverage your best source of talent: internal employees. While attracting and recruiting top talent remains a critical HR focus, this session examines how and why we should cultivate our organization’s internal talent pool. Explore best practices for identifying and developing internal talent, and […] Click for more information on 'Inside Job: Creating an Internal Mobility Strategy'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Employee Well-Being Offerings: Luxury or Necessity?

Workplace Application: Take a close look at the latest well-being craze and assess the needs of your population. Companies like Google and Facebook have set the bar high for what it means to “take care” of their employees, with lavish offerings ranging from onsite doctors and haircuts to stipends for infertility and egg freezing. Has […] Click for more information on 'Employee Well-Being Offerings: Luxury or Necessity?'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workforce Optimization: Bringing Out the Best in People

Workplace Application: Develop holistic workforce solutions that unleash the human potential within your organization. The big question for employers is always, “How do I maximize the return on my people investment?” The answer? Aligned and optimized employees are engaged employees, and this occurs when your workforce is enrolled into the company’s mission, vision and values. […] Click for more information on 'Workforce Optimization: Bringing Out the Best in People'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

More Than Buzzwords: Transforming Your DE&I Program

Workplace Application: Learn how to use quantitative data about company diversity to create a more inclusive workforce. Tech companies have acknowledged the need to diversify their workforce, but haven’t quite cracked the code on how to do so. Unconscious and overt biases have contributed to a lack of inclusion and even unfair compensation for many […] Click for more information on 'More Than Buzzwords: Transforming Your DE&I Program'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Wage and Hour Laws: OMG, What Now?

Workplace Application: Get up to speed on the minimum wage increases across California and the variations between city ordinances. It’s a new year and California has raised its minimum wage. But wait! Some cities have stricter minimum wage laws. Get up to speed on minimum wage increases, and learn about proper timekeeping procedures for complying […] Click for more information on 'Wage and Hour Laws: OMG, What Now?'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

HR Forecast: Sunny with a 100% Chance for Change

Workplace Application: Learn about the business challenges facing HR today and how your role will look different in the future. HR is not dying. But it IS at a major crossroads. What is the right mix of technology, outsourcing and in-house strategies? How can the C-suite, line management and HR work better together to drive […] Click for more information on 'HR Forecast: Sunny with a 100% Chance for Change'

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

People Analytics 3.0: The Risks and Awesomeness

Workplace Application: Learn the most beneficial and appropriate ways to utilize the plethora of employee-related data available. People are data. From a data science perspective, this is true. From a humanistic perspective, this can be scary. After all, people are, of course, human. As such, they are deserving of respect, kindness, opportunity, empowerment, and an […] Click for more information on 'People Analytics 3.0: The Risks and Awesomeness'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Break the Glass Ceiling: Developing Women Leaders

Workplace Application: Discover how developing women leaders benefits the business interests of your organization. Hear a compelling case study for moving women leaders up the ladder, and find out how Varian Medical Systems developed their deep leadership bench. You’ll learn how to overcome unconscious gender bias, build a support network for women leaders, and expand […] Click for more information on 'Break the Glass Ceiling: Developing Women Leaders'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Ageism Hurts: Turning Retirees Into Your Greatest Assets

Workplace Application: Discover how keeping retirement-aged employees active in your organization is mutually beneficial. As employees retire, they take with them hard-earned knowledge and wisdom. Don’t let this important resource walk out the door! Learn how to capture the stability and professionalism of one of your greatest assets: your senior employees. Discover why you should […] Click for more information on 'Ageism Hurts: Turning Retirees Into Your Greatest Assets'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Fire Them All! And Other Termination Horror Stories

Workplace Application: Examine the legal pitfalls of termination and devise strategies for sound practices. No one looks forward to firing an employee, but we all know it’s a necessary part of HR. This interactive session uses termination horror stories to demonstrate practical how-to’s of the disciplinary process, including a building solid case for termination when […] Click for more information on 'Fire Them All! And Other Termination Horror Stories'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Making Big Data Work for Your Employee Experience

Workplace Application: Learn to use talent analytics to improve employee engagement. 70% of today’s U.S. workforce is disengaged, and organizations with low engagement report a 65% increase in turnover. With numbers like that, it is clear employee engagement can no longer be ignored. Learn how to turn data into action and identify talent analytics that […] Click for more information on 'Making Big Data Work for Your Employee Experience'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Knowledge Is Power: Global Immigration for the Win!

Workplace Application: Create a talent acquisition strategy that will help you proactively source and screen the best global talent. The ability to hire, mobilize and manage a workforce across international borders will increasingly determine success. HR must have a strong foundational knowledge of global immigration and the compliance requirements in the U.S. and abroad. Explore […] Click for more information on 'Knowledge Is Power: Global Immigration for the Win!'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Investors at the Helm: A New Era of Compensation Plan Design

Workplace Application: Explore critical shifts in investor perspectives on compensation. The global business model is at a crossroads. Investor views on the importance of ESG (environmental, social, governance) factors have changed, and investors expect executive and employee compensation to reflect more diverse value creators. Take a close look at this revolutionary view of compensation and […] Click for more information on 'Investors at the Helm: A New Era of Compensation Plan Design'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Documentation on Trial: Avoiding 10 Common Mistakes

Workplace Application: Learn how to avoid documentation mistakes and create documentation to withstand the scrutiny of a judge or jury. You know the employment attorney mantra “document, document, document.” Documentation provides compelling evidence of what occurred during the employment relationship and can support nondiscriminatory reasons for employer actions. However, having ambiguous documentation is worse than […] Click for more information on 'Documentation on Trial: Avoiding 10 Common Mistakes'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Are Machines Taking Over? A New Age for Sourcing Applicants

Workplace Application: Learn how recruitment marketing helps you optimize your talent funnel for better cost, volume and quality. This year, most recruiting will be automated – meaning machines will crunch data in milliseconds and buy and place job ads faster than humanly possible. Instead of worrying about your job security, embrace marketing tactics to engage […] Click for more information on 'Are Machines Taking Over? A New Age for Sourcing Applicants'

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, and How to Fix Them

Workplace Application: Learn to use diverse conflict styles to build a healthy organizational culture. When people work together in groups, conflict inevitably erupts. Explore ways to channel distinct conflict styles and generate a healthy culture that’s founded on trust, accountability and the pursuit of organizational goals. You’ll discover how building in accountability leads to a […] Click for more information on 'The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, and How to Fix Them'

4:40pm  -  6:00pm

Tuesday Reception – Sponsored by Berliner Cohen

Enjoy this reception for a time of networking and connecting with fellow attendees.

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March 7, 2018

8:30am  -  9:45am

“She Said What?” Assessing Credibility in Investigations

Workplace Application: Learn how to assess the credibility of witnesses during internal investigations of workplace misconduct. Learn key factors to consider when assessing the credibility of witnesses in internal investigations. Bias, motive, demeanor, patterns of past conduct, and consistency of recollection provide just a starting point among factors. Find out which factors matter most in […] Click for more information on '“She Said What?” Assessing Credibility in Investigations'

8:30am  -  9:45am

Work Happy: The Secrets of the Happiest Companies

Workplace Application: Cultivate a happier workplace to attract and retain personnel. Happy employees make better employees, but many workers say they’re not happy. In fact, one-third of employees admit to thinking about leaving their jobs in the next six months. Robert Half surveyed more than 12,000 workers in North America about their jobs and asked […] Click for more information on 'Work Happy: The Secrets of the Happiest Companies'

8:30am  -  9:45am

The Winning Engagement Formula: Culture + Technology + Data

Workplace Application: Examine the importance of culture, technology and data in building a differentiated employee experience to attract, develop and retain top talent. Without top talent, companies can’t build innovative products or deliver amazing experiences to their customers. Therefore, it is essential that companies invest resources into creating a robust employee experience, or risk losing […] Click for more information on 'The Winning Engagement Formula: Culture + Technology + Data'

8:30am  -  9:45am

Career Dialogue: The Most Neglected Management Skill

Workplace Application: Bridge the gap between HR and management and connect your employees to more meaningful work. Healthy career dialogue between managers and employees matters just as much as succession planning, performance management and other core HR programs. However, people managers receive little or no training on how to effectively hold these important conversations. Get […] Click for more information on 'Career Dialogue: The Most Neglected Management Skill'

8:30am  -  9:45am

HR as Change Agent: Building Leaders’ Capabilities

Workplace Application: Expand your role as a strategic change agent, and leverage collective capabilities to build a change-ready culture. Studies show that one in four organizations experience a major change initiative every eight weeks. Yet few business leaders rate their organizations as highly effective at managing change. Learn how to build and distribute change leadership […] Click for more information on 'HR as Change Agent: Building Leaders’ Capabilities'

8:30am  -  9:45am

Pushing the Boundaries: The Risks of Operating Overseas

Workplace Application: Broaden your talent base and learn how to avoid risks when managing your global workforce. Though we widely acknowledge the benefits of hiring globally, many HR practitioners admit they are unprepared to navigate the challenges of hiring talent from around the world. Examine the risks and rewards of a global workforce and learn […] Click for more information on 'Pushing the Boundaries: The Risks of Operating Overseas'

8:30am  -  9:45am

Hack Your Brain: 20 Bias Interrupters You Should Be Using

Workplace Application: Engage your entire organization by reducing unconscious bias in your workplace. Biased thinking pervades every aspect of the workplace and unfortunately shapes cultures where only a very narrow demographic feel included. Just knowing about unconscious bias is not enough! In this special session with HR West Emcee, Maureen Berkner Boyt, you’ll learn to […] Click for more information on 'Hack Your Brain: 20 Bias Interrupters You Should Be Using'

08:30am  -  09:45am

Politics at Work: Balancing Free Speech and the Law

Workplace Application: Develop a code of conduct that reflects your company’s culture, balances the law, and holds employees accountable. Bay Area employers face the increasingly difficult problem of determining if, when, and how employees should be held accountable for political activity, both on and off duty. In addition to the application of Federal and State […] Click for more information on 'Politics at Work: Balancing Free Speech and the Law'

8:30am  -  9:45am

5 Costly Employee Communication Mistakes You’re Making

Workplace Application: Learn specific strategies for holding crucial conversations. A study of 1,025 people showed that: 72% fail to speak up when co-workers don’t perform their job duties; 68% fail to address disrespect when they see it; and 57% let peers slide when they skirt important workplace procedures. These conversation failures occur at all levels, […] Click for more information on '5 Costly Employee Communication Mistakes You’re Making'

8:30am  -  9:45am

The Future of Work: New Roles and Capabilities for HR

Workplace Application: Learn four new roles and capabilities necessary to support a winning organization. To continue delivering value, HR needs to transform and develop new capabilities by bringing in talent from other backgrounds, i.e., marketing, supply chain management, etc. Discover five forces of change – technology, social and organization reconfiguration, inclusive and diverse talent market, […] Click for more information on 'The Future of Work: New Roles and Capabilities for HR'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Empowering Managers to Drive Performance 

Workplace Application: Discover a cutting-edge program that ties together social recognition, rewards, development plans, and the constructive use of employee feedback. With today’s highly disparate and diverse workforces, it is more important than ever to empower employees and managers to ultimately drive greater engagement and performance. Discuss the challenges of creating consistent employee experiences for […] Click for more information on 'Empowering Managers to Drive Performance '

10:05am  -  11:20am

Aligning Data Throughout the Talent Lifecycle

Workplace Application: Learn how to measure Quality of Hire, Career Path Ratio and Top Performer Retention Rate and use these metrics in your organization. This session addresses a growing problem within HR: while everyone talks about the importance of HR data, many practitioners remain unsure what data to focus on, how to accurately measure it, […] Click for more information on 'Aligning Data Throughout the Talent Lifecycle'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Soft Skills: The Most Accurate Predictor of Job Performance

Workplace Application: Learn how cognitive assessments can dramatically improve hiring practices. 46% of new hires fail within the first 18 months. The mismatch of cognitive and personality traits affects employee productivity and profitability until inevitably, employees leave. Find out how technology helps us collect better data, measuring candidates’ personalities to find their best fit matches […] Click for more information on 'Soft Skills: The Most Accurate Predictor of Job Performance'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Elevating Employee Engagement Expectations

Workplace Application: Acquire techniques for improving engagement and accountability throughout your entire organization. Employee engagement remains one of the hottest topics for leaders and managers. Nearly everyone attempts to measure, track progress and create the best possible work environment to improve engagement levels and boost overall performance. To sustain a culture of accountability, an organization […] Click for more information on 'Elevating Employee Engagement Expectations'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Creating Incredible Internal Communications…Ask Marketing!

Workplace Application: Effectively communicate internal initiatives, open enrollment, wellness programs, or any news impacting your employees. Communicating with employees about benefits matters more than ever, though studies show few employees read and understand HR messages pertaining to benefits. Learn practical skills and discover useful tools for communicating in a lively, clear fashion every employee will […] Click for more information on 'Creating Incredible Internal Communications…Ask Marketing!'

10:05am  -  11:20am

The Gift of Mentoring: Changing the Face of Your Organization

Workplace Application: Acquire mentoring tools you can put into practice in your personal life, community life and in the workplace. Organizations face an array of challenges: aging workforce, talent shortages, leadership shortages, lack of succession development, mobile workforce, disengaged employees, and a culture that will not support mentoring. Discover how “the gift of mentoring” serves […] Click for more information on 'The Gift of Mentoring: Changing the Face of Your Organization'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Building an Employee Value Proposition

Workplace Application: Formulate an organizational strategy that will assist in hiring, retaining and engaging employees in today’s shifting workplace. Attracting and retaining top talent begins with focusing our Employee Value Proposition (EVP) on what it will take to get all our employees to believe the following statement: “I can achieve more here than I can […] Click for more information on 'Building an Employee Value Proposition'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Innovate! Unlocking Talent from the Inside

Workplace Application: Learn to use your organization’s leave policies to drive innovation. CA Technologies needed to drive innovation inside the company, but struggled with employees going to riskier adventures. By creating a new innovation leave, the HR team secured: new innovative roles that drove up employee mobility; three successful startups within a larger organization; and […] Click for more information on 'Innovate! Unlocking Talent from the Inside'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Make It Personal: Creating a More Human Workplace

Workplace Application: Build a culture that attracts and retains top talent by applying a millennial mindset and focusing on the employee experience. Today’s employees approach the workplace like consumers and make greater demands of their work environment. They want great experiences just like they have in their consumer lives and they want to share that […] Click for more information on 'Make It Personal: Creating a More Human Workplace'

10:05am  -  11:20am

Navigating the Maze of Employee Medical Leave Laws

Workplace Application: Learn a step-by-step approach for mastering the critical and confusing area of employee leave absence management. Since its enactment in 1993, the FMLA has been used 100 million times by workers. And each time HR must notify the employee if the leave is job protected, the length of allowable leave, and whether the […] Click for more information on 'Navigating the Maze of Employee Medical Leave Laws'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Innovate or Perish: Cultivating an Innovation Culture

Workplace Application: Discover the ingredients of an innovation culture and how to sow those seeds into the soil of the company culture. When leadership gives lip service to the value of innovation, but doesn’t create the circumstances to drive or even permit it, innovation languishes. Profits languish. Turnover is high. Recruiting is hard…and so begins […] Click for more information on 'Innovate or Perish: Cultivating an Innovation Culture'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Coaching for Respect: A 10-Step Process Toward Collaboration

Workplace Application: Learn a proven, step-by-step process for coaching individuals toward more respectful, collaborative and productive relationships. Employees commonly complain about feeling disrespected by a boss or colleagues. But too often simply admonishing the parties fails to curb disrespectful behavior. We need a more effective approach. Explore the practical, proven, 10-step Coaching for Respect process, […] Click for more information on 'Coaching for Respect: A 10-Step Process Toward Collaboration'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Data-Driven Leader: Delivering Breakthrough Business Results

Workplace Application: Learn to shape an analytics-centric culture that generates data-driven leaders. HR and other leaders cannot afford to overlook the power and competitive advantages of data-driven decision making and strategies. CEOs increasingly choose analytics-minded business leaders to head HR, and at a time when workplaces everywhere face game-changing forces, including automation, robotics and artificial […] Click for more information on 'Data-Driven Leader: Delivering Breakthrough Business Results'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Employees Disparaging the Company Online? Your Legal Rights

Workplace Application: Explore the legal options and risks of managing employees who disparage your organization online. Online review websites such as glassdoor.com and vault.com proliferate, giving disgruntled current and former employees a forum to speak out against your company online. What can an organization do? Learn the options available and the risks inherent in each […] Click for more information on 'Employees Disparaging the Company Online? Your Legal Rights'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Designing Principles: Performance Management that Fits

Workplace Application: Design a performance management process that works for your organization. High expectations alone do not drive results, and a focus on the endgame starts back at the beginning, at the cultural core. Performance management might just be the secret ingredient to empowering a workforce and embedding workplace culture. A driving force behind human […] Click for more information on 'Designing Principles: Performance Management that Fits'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Off to a Great Start: HR’s Role in Mergers and Acquisitions

Workplace Application: Gain foundational knowledge of the M&A process to better partner with business leaders who are considering inorganic growth. As companies revisit their inorganic growth strategies, forecasts predict record-setting M&A activity in 2018. Almost every type of M&A involves people, meaning that HR plays an integral role in the process. Get an overview of […] Click for more information on 'Off to a Great Start: HR’s Role in Mergers and Acquisitions'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Are You Enabling Bad Managers? Stop Doing These 3 Things

Workplace Application: Learn to leverage managers by enabling them to be successful, which in turn drives employee and company success. The old adage is true: employees leave managers, not companies. And we all know the high cost of employee turnover. HR leaders must arm managers with the right process and tools to really impact engagement […] Click for more information on 'Are You Enabling Bad Managers? Stop Doing These 3 Things'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

The Bright Side: Investigations Can Improve Company Culture

Workplace Application: Discover the positive impact of using investigations as a tool toward conflict resolution of all types. We perceive workplace investigations as scary since they most often occur for accusations of serious misconduct. But imagine if investigations functioned as a business process used to determine the facts of a conflict, and employees saw investigations […] Click for more information on 'The Bright Side: Investigations Can Improve Company Culture'

11:40am  -  12:55pm

Embracing the Predictive Power of Selection Assessments

Workplace Application: Learn how to integrate data from assessments that directly correlate with your business objectives. A profound change is occurring. Business leaders are requiring HR to adopt a more evidence-based approach to decision-making. Yet, only 14% of businesses currently have data to show the business impact of their assessment strategy. Learn about the relative […] Click for more information on 'Embracing the Predictive Power of Selection Assessments'

2:00pm  -  3:00pm

Keynote Session: Pedal More, Honk Less: The Cycling CEO’s Quest to Discover What Makes People Love their Job and their Boss

In 2011, with a bike, an RV, and a film student, Ann set out on a 4,240-mile trek from San Francisco to New York to discover what people love about their jobs. She interviewed people in a variety of jobs from coast to coast to produce the documentary Work Matters. She set out again in […] Click for more information on 'Keynote Session: Pedal More, Honk Less: The Cycling CEO’s Quest to Discover What Makes People Love their Job and their Boss'