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80+ Sessions for 2018 to be announced soon!

In the meantime, check out these sessions from HR West 2017!

We proudly offered more than 80 concurrent sessions, all for recertification credit toward your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, and California certifications. Session tracks include Compensation & Benefits, Talent Aquisition & Retention, Employment Law & Legislation, Employee & Labor Relations, General HR, Leadership, and Business Management & Strategy. You’ll find everything you need to get over the hurdles you’re facing.

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March 6, 2017

Keynote Jacob Morgan

9:00am  -  10:20am
West Hall

Get inspired to innovate during our opening keynote presentation by Jacob Morgan, as he talks about Experiential Organizations. Why is it that some organizations around the world are able to constantly outperform others when their access to resources including capital and people is virtually identical? The answer is employee experience. In his upcoming book, The […]

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Applying Agile Team Management

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Explore Agile management as a strategy for adapting to a rapidly evolving dynamic marketplace. Large organizations typically struggle to adapt to changing environments and expectations and often suffer in comparison with smaller, more agile companies better able to make swift changes.  Learn to employ the techniques of Agile management to all areas of […]

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Get a Hiring Edge: Using Assessments to Hire Top Performers

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to use assessment technology to optimize your hiring process and develop more top performing employees. Applicants are better prepared than ever, and despite the rising cost of hiring mistakes, most employers still use the traditional application/resume > interview > reference / background check methodology that has been used for decades.  This session […]

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Close Critical Skills Gaps with Targeted E-Learning Modules

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Rapidly close critical employee skill gaps through engaging, targeted mobile and e-learning modules. Technology increasingly drives employees to acquire new skills and put them to immediate use, and companies often struggle to close critical skills gaps to ensure business growth and competitive advantage. This session explores a design methodology that increases learning efficacy […]

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Genderless Leadership: Creating Balanced Leaders in Your Organization

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Explore strategies for balancing traditionally feminine and masculine traits in your leadership role. When we think about leadership and gender, we associate certain traits with men and women. Women in leadership positions are great listeners, they’re compassionate, and they’re collaborative. On the other hand, men in leadership roles are competitive, assertive, and decisive.  […]

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Employing the Absent Employee

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Ensure the utmost productivity in the workplace and avoid costly litigation by effectively managing leaves available to employees. Family and Medical Leave Act and other state-specific leave cases have increased steeply due to factors including greater awareness of workers’ rights and employers’ ongoing struggles with compliance.  Protect your organization from costly litigation by […]

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All the Way to Wellness: Filling in the Gaps

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Develop a strategy for successfully incorporating, tracking, and adapting a wellness initiative in your organization. Typical wellness incentives drive traffic into exercise and nutrition / weight loss programs, but simply offering exercise classes, walks, or challenges falls short. Converting motivation from extrinsic to intrinsic yields success.  Explore ways to create a community of like-minded, […]

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Navigating the Effects of the Overtime Rule Change

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application: Prepare for changes in overtime regulation by examining implications from an ADP study. On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor regulations radically altered the way employees are classified and compensated with regard to overtime. Based on ADP’s large set of anonymous, aggregated payroll records, this session explores implications, options, and recommendations for […]

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Top 10 Legal Developments for 2017

10:45am  -  12:00pm

Workplace Application:  Make sure your organization is protected from legal threats relating to upcoming changes in HR legislation. New legislation and recent court rulings have resulted in dramatic changes in employment law, covering topics such as: paid sick leave requirements, minimum wage challenges, employee exemptions to overtime pay, background check rules, independent contractor status, gender identity and […]

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The Brain of a Leader: What Is Your Emotional Intelligence?

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to recognize and manage your emotions for more successful business interactions and outcomes. Move beyond the idea that “I am who I am” and that emotionally charged or suppressed encounters are fixed to personality. According to the research of Dan Siegel, MD, our neurological pathways that deal with emotions are recreated throughout […]

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Pay Equity is “Comp”licated: Responding to Discrimination Claims

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Learn how to respond to and prevent claims of pay discrimination in an increasingly complex climate. Gain critical insight into EEOC and OFCCP’s investigation methods, discuss new aggressive state fair pay laws focusing on the California Fair Pay Act, and get practical strategies for protecting your organization through privileged compensation analyses. TwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+EmailPrintShare HR […]

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Steps to a “Rightful” Termination

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application: Learn how to minimize your employer’s risk by properly documenting employee performance issues to substantiate termination decisions.    Even though most employment relationships are at-will, employers need to understand when and how to properly terminate an employee.  Learn the importance of documenting everything related to employees in writing using specific facts rather than […]

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Strategies for Implementing HR Technology

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Learn tactics for successfully employing technology to excel in your role as an HR leader.  The nexus of technology and HR presents difficulties for HR professionals who are overwhelmed with the magnitude of resources that require analysis with which they may not be familiar.  The rapid proliferation of “solutions” makes navigating the waters […]

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Tying Recognition to Business Initiatives

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Explore the most effective ways to leverage recognition to align employees with corporate values and business goals that impact bottom-line results. Engaging employees and promoting positive workplace culture rank high among priorities for business leaders in North America. Research shows employee engagement affects key performance outcomes including: 37 percent lower absenteeism, 21 percent […]

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A Primer on Organization Design: More Than Moving the Boxes on the Organization Chart

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Learn the principles of organization design and a model to guide you in redesigning your organization. While the changing marketplace necessitates frequent org design, this frequency also reflects a high level of disappointment with the outcomes of those org design initiatives.  According to McKinsey research, less than a quarter of org redesign efforts […]

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The Art of Connecting: Recruit Like an FBI Agent

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application: Use the principles of neurolinguistic programming to uncover and attract the best talent, even for difficult positions. This original, innovative, and practical session explores the most efficient search results and dissects actual calls, identifying, sourcing and reeling in the most qualified talent, not the most easily findable or easiest to connect with.  In […]

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HR M&A Due Diligence: Getting in Front of People Issues

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Examine the critical role HR plays in the success or failure of Mergers and Acquisitions. According to Harvard Business Review, the failure rate for M&A transactions is between 70 and 90%.  The primary reasons cited for this failure include poor financial assumptions, poor cultural assumptions, poor execution of the integration plan, and high […]

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Building a Magnetic Culture

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to attract talented employees to the workplace, empower them, and sustain an environment in which they are more likely to stay. How do you create a workforce that is ready, able, and eager to take the organization to the next level? Building a Magnetic Culture explains what engages and motivates employees and […]

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Solving Workplace Bullying: 4 Case Studies

1:30pm  -  2:45pm

Workplace Application:  Learn how to differentiate between workplace bullying and harassment, and explore strategies for eliminating both in your organization. Workplace bullying causes anxiety, depression, burnout, and lower levels of job satisfaction in targets and bystanders.  This session offers four specific, tested solutions for solving workplace bullying through case studies, academic research, and experience. You’ll […]

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Business Considerations for Scaling Talent Overseas

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application: Explore strategies for matching global talent plans with appropriate company structures in country in order to expedite overseas expansion. HR departments often face daunting challenges in overseas expansion – challenges they’re unprepared to face, often resulting in unnecessarily high costs. The session covers topics like regulatory compliance, hidden costs, preparing a budget, staffing […]

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Change Leadership to Succeed at Change Management

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application: Learn to make your organization more change-worthy by ensuring that you actively engage your people and develop the competencies required to lead successful organizational change. The research of Kotter (1996) and McKinsey (2013) demonstrate that most change management efforts fail to deliver on their original promise. This session proposes a leadership mindset that […]

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Time for a 360 on HR

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application: Learn to become a strategic partner at the leadership table by rethinking outdated HR programs. As the landscape of HR changes, practitioners must learn to adapt. Explore ways to move HR from being the lagging problem-solving entity within an organization to the leading internal champions with a proactive approach to the People side […]

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How Performance Management Is Killing Performance

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application: Learn to revitalize your performance management practice and bring a fresh perspective to your organization. In today’s workplace, traditional performance management often produces undesirable results, namely decreased engagement and productivity. This dynamic session makes the compelling case for a new approach to performance management, equipping HR professional with the methodology and strategies they […]

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Your Job is Bigger Than You Think: Improvisation for a Culture of Yes!

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application:  Harness the power of improvisation to improve employee engagement and further your organization’s goals. Obstacles like fear, boredom, and apathy prevent employees and managers from feeling engaged in the workplace, which hinders progress toward your organization’s goals.  But using the principles and practice of improvisation builds a profound capacity for teamwork that goes […]

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Documentation on Trial

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application:  Learn how juries view an employer’s documentation, how to avoid documentation mistakes, and how to prepare clear and concise documentation. 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 […]

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The ACA under Trump . . . What does the future hold?

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application: Examine the effects, responsibilities, and challenges for HR professionals grappling with the Affordable Care Act under the new presidency. A new president. A new Congress. What is in store for the ACA under the new administration? What can employers expect and when? What will be the concerning and potentially impactful changes for employers? […]

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Avoiding Lawsuits and Bad Hires with Effective Background Screening

3:00pm  -  4:30pm

Workplace Application: Learn to avoid bad hires by keeping current on trends, best practices and legal developments affecting background checks and due diligence in your hiring programs. Employers know that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission critical task. Firms cannot afford to be sidetracked by employee problems such as workplace violence, theft, false […]

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March 7, 2017

Keynote Poornima Vijayashanker

9:00am  -  10:30am

As an HR professional, you understand the importance of communication. You invest time into mastering it. However, getting others on your team to prioritize it in their everyday interactions with colleagues is a challenge, and impedes the speed at which you can effectively help your organization progress. In this keynote, Poornima Vijayashanker will share strategies […]

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Devising Your Digital Strategy for Competitive Advantage

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Examine how digital enablement benefits your organization and devise a strategy for making it happen. “Digital” is more than a buzzword. In fact, digitally enabled organizations consistently outperform their peers in employee engagement, customer satisfaction and bottom line financial results. Find out what being digitally enabled means, and learn how to implement a […]

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Simplifying Employee Benefits for Your Workforce

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to communicate with employees about their benefits options in a direct, engaging manner. This session equips attendees with the communications tactics and tools needed to help employees better understand their benefits options, in turn boosting engagement and increasing enrollment for a successful benefits program. Explore three specific strategies that HR professionals can […]

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Hot Topics in California Wage & Hour Law

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Ensure your organization’s compliance with the latest wage and hour laws in California and learn how to avoid costly traps. Wage & hour mistakes cost California employers billions of dollars every year, and many employers do not understand their legal obligations in this complex area. Get the latest on a number of “hot” […]

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The Smartphone: From Distraction to Differentiator

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn how to embrace the evolving digital landscape and create mobile strategies for engaging with employees The mobile revolution shows no sign of losing momentum—after all, average American workers now pick up their phones 150 times per day.  Finding ways to adapt and embrace the technology in your workplace is a huge opportunity.  […]

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How to Use Agile Feedback to Scale Your Company Culture

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Gain actionable insights for how to implement an agile, continuous feedback program that scales company culture and increases performance.  As vast numbers of companies shift away from traditional performance management reviews, employee engagement tends to drop unless the entire corporate culture evolves in tandem. The evidence is clear that employees in progressive organizations crave […]

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12 Steps to the Aligned Workplace

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Explore ways to unlock your team’s potential, boost performance, and increase success throughout your organization. A lack of alignment in an organization impacts all aspects of business, but especially the areas of retention and engagement among employees. Discover 12 critical areas that affect a company’s alignment, and find out your role in avoiding […]

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The Grass Is Always Greener: Overhauling Your Recruiting Strategy

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn how to use the recruitment process to not only bring in great talent, but also to prepare prospective employees to hit the ground running. As the workplace becomes more fluid – with greater numbers of workers indicating their willingness to leave their current positions – recruiting and retaining top talent becomes a […]

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The Great Miscommunication: What Millennials Really Bring to the Workplace

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn how valuable millennials are to your organization, and take away strategies for improving collaboration. Complaints about millennial employees abound, but savvy HR practitioners know the benefits of welcoming younger employees into an organization and blending their strengths with those of existing staff.  Learn what millennials contribute and how to create a more […]

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Coaching for Respect: A 10-Step Process for HR Professionals

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to harness the incredible power of respect to produce off-the-charts success and create a sustainable, winning culture. One of the most common employee complaints is feeling disrespected by a boss or colleagues. But too often, simply admonishing the parties fails to curb disrespectful behavior. A more effective approach is needed. Gregg Ward […]

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From Conflict to Collaboration

10:50am  -  12:20pm

Workplace Application:  Explore strategies for transforming a contentious workplace into a collaborative one, focused on solutions, rather than conflict.  Conflict costs organizations in time, money, and poor decisions.  As an HR practitioner, when you’re called on to transform a conflict situation, you face an awkward issue. Despite your best efforts, any intervention you undertake may […]

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The Future of Work: Finding Your Sweet Spot

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Examine what the future of work will look like and navigate the landscape to do your best work. As work continues to evolve, the people who will thrive in the modern work environment are those who work effectively – without the pressures of “face” time or being the ideal worker. When one actually “has […]

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Thanks for the Feedback, Now What?

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Focus on skills for receiving feedback well, which in turn makes us more skillful feedback givers, and empowers each person to drive their own learning and growth. We swim in a sea of feedback. Sometimes it’s formal, as in performance reviews. Other times it’s informal, like when our edits aren’t incorporated into the […]

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Innovative Reward Practices for the Millennial Generation

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Learn practical strategies for increasing the tenure of your millennial employees. The average tenure of millennial employees is only 14 to 18 months, which puts pressure on HR departments who must seek out and retrain replacements.  Learn to focus on creating career track job structures and competitive base pay ranges that motivate and […]

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Workplace Wellness: Legal Requirements and Risks

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Develop strategies to ensure your organization’s wellness programs are in compliance with federal and state requirements. Laws like the ADA and GINA limit an employer’s ability to request certain health-related information about its employees.  New regulations will take effect under both laws on January 1, 2017.  These new rules offer insight into how to structure […]

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Independent Contractors: Mitigating Risk and Maximizing Opportunity

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Review the differences between independent contractors and employers, review the risk of misclassification, explore the opportunity of having a diverse workforce and create a program to manage it  Currently, the US has over 18 Million independent contractors and $3 Billion lost each year in unpaid taxes due to misclassified workers.  As California steps […]

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Building a Business Case for Employee Engagement

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to build a business case for employee engagement and retention programs, and effectively present it to your senior management team. In our Workplace America annual research study of employee engagement and retention, 77% of the 880 respondents did not know the direct cost of their employee turnover and 90% did not know […]

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How Video Interviewing Changed the Way I Hire

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Explore the ways in which video interviewing can make your interviewing process both more efficient and more effective. The use of technology fundamentally changes the hiring landscape. As HR and TA teams look for ways to expand their corporate brand and scale their teams while not compromising on candidate experience, they often struggle […]

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Growing Leaders During Chaotic Times

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Let industry innovators teach you how to grow effective leaders who can accelerate your start-up’s success amidst the volatility. Research demonstrates that employees’ disengagement increases dramatically during times of change, and the factor most directly influencing that engagement is the manager. Focus on specific strategies, real-life case studies, and managerial issues that commonly […]

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The Investigative Snapshot: Getting It Right

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Develop rigorous and defensible strategies for fact finding in your HR investigations. Claims of “hostile environment” or “abusive climates” call for a nuanced and rigorous approach. Investigative techniques and defensible strategies matter, as do more sociological techniques of climate assessment — sampling appropriately, using broad and specific probes, and recognizing manifestations of implicit […]

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Confronting and Disarming Organizational Bias

1:50pm  -  3:05pm

Workplace Application:  Explore data-based strategies for disarming biases that impede progress toward diversity and inclusion. As employers endeavor to create diverse workforces and create environments that encourage unique perspectives, there remains a struggle to achieve meaningful cohesion and inclusion. Much of the difficulty companies face results from a disconnect between stated goals of achieving an […]

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Busting the Myth of Self-Organizing Structures

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Explore the most compelling reasons for adopting a self-organized environment and envision a path forward for your organization. With 75% of employees feeling disengaged in their job, and 50% of the workforce trending younger, organizations can no longer rely on a top-down approach. Self-organizing structures afford everyone the freedom to work at their […]

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Mentoring Reinvented!

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Reinvent your mentoring framework and reinvigorate your organization. Learn to design and deploy strategic mentoring programs that engage people, develop talent, and solve business problems. In this session led by HR West Emcee, Ann Tardy, you will have the opportunity to architect your own innovative mentoring framework using the 7-Step Strategic Mentoring Model. […]

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Four Strategies to Bridge a Culture Chasm

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Learn four basic strategies to create alignment and agreement in any corporate culture. Employees view their culture much more negatively than management. A recent study of 1,200 employees, managers and executives found serious perception gaps between all three groups. Business leaders report they seek innovation, initiative, candor and teamwork, while employees report bosses […]

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“There’s Your Desk” Is Not Onboarding! Try This Instead.

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Train your managers to onboard new employees in a consistent way that ensures success. Discover a successful training model for managers to create a standard practice of welcoming new employees.  Learn how to minimize new employee turnover and maximize new employee productivity by ensuring new staff is greeted with a consistent message.  You […]

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You Look Fabulous! The Hidden Risks of Wearable Technology in the Workplace

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Examine legal issues surrounding wearable technology and explore strategies for implementing appropriate wearable tech policies. Fitness trackers, Apple Watches, biometric earbuds, smartphones…wearable devices pervade today’s tech-savvy workplace, used by employers and employees to boost productivity and profitability.  But a host of legal risks loom over the benefits of these technologies – employee medical […]

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Optimize Your Hire Power: The Intersection of Selection and Science

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Identify the types of data, scientific methods and analytic techniques that make the most sense for your current hiring practice. The intersection of selection and science improves quality of hire. Explore methods of bringing the power of this discipline into your candidate evaluation process, and examine how deploying rigorous analytic methods yields economic […]

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Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: We’ve Learned What Works!

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to use the Global D&I Benchmarks to promote diversity and inclusion in your organization. This interactive, intensive session presents a practical way to leverage global diversity and inclusion (D&I), by using the Global D&I Benchmarks as a toolkit. Examine trends related to unconscious bias, microagggression and microinvalidation in workplace contexts and their […]

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Marketing HR: The New Spin

3:25pm  -  4:40pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to help corporate culture and employee brand connect to the bottom line and become a more integral part of your organization’s leadership. Today, advancement of the HR profession means HR leaders must be able to add value to business performance.  In order to offer substantive significance, they must demonstrate and effectively communicate […]

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Sponsor Receptions & Dinner Meet-ups

6:00pm  -  10:00pm

Be sure to check with the booth sponsors regarding any Tuesday evening reception events. HR West will also have sign up sheets available so you can connect with friends and colleagues at several of our favorite nearby restaurants. TwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+EmailPrintShare HR West 2017 Info! > HR in the most innovative place on earth! #HRWest17

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March 8, 2017

Avoiding Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Ensure your HR investigations resolve, rather than exacerbate, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints. Retaliation and whistleblower complaints continue to proliferate, in part, due to the relatively straightforward elements of proof. In August 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an updated Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation after nearly half of all charges included allegations […]

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Making Engagement Surveys More Engaging

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Learn how to transform engagement surveys into powerful tools that drive positive change in your organization. All too often employee engagement efforts focus exclusively on the survey itself, rather than developing an approach to post-survey action planning that engages managers and employees.  Following up on survey results is critical to improving overall engagement […]

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Uncovering Unconscious Bias

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Acquire tools that will empower you to effectively manage, correct for and prevent unconscious bias in your work and personal life. Humans are biologically hard wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests, but the categories we use to sort people are not logical, modern, or […]

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Executive Presence and Managing Up: Building Your Brand

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Learn to cultivate your executive presence to capture the interest and attention of your colleagues. Most HR professionals recognize that they provide a critical resource in developing the leaders of tomorrow and in accelerating the development of the leaders of today. The session is designed to create clarity and specificity around the often […]

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Using Technology to Supercharge the Employee Experience

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Explore future HR Tech trends and learn how experiential design thinking will improve your practice and efforts. Rapid advances in HR technology empower HR teams to automate compliance and focus on strategic opportunities like employee engagement and retention. This session examines the “employee experience stack” – new technologies that support various stages of […]

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Doing Your Best Work: Helping Employees Find Career Fulfillment

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Acquire strategies and tools for helping employees seek out and connect to challenging work opportunities. Over the past 10 years, Blessing White’s State of the Career reports consistently show that meaningful and interesting work are the primary drivers in career transitions: nearly 50%, compared with 20-25% who transition for promotion or financial reward.  Human Resources […]

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Creating and Building Effective Organizational Partnerships

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Learn to embrace HR’s role as the agent of change in your organization and to build effective partnerships. Until the last decade, personnel management focused on administrative aspects. HR today involves more of a strategic approach and process, which requires partnering and intentionally developing and nurturing a closer relationship with other departments to […]

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Leveraging Core Values to Accelerate Your Business Strategy

9:00am  -  10:15am

Workplace Application:  Explore strategies for linking profitability to the articulation of your organization’s core values. Discover compelling statistics that link business success with what have historically been considered “soft” topics: vision, mission, core values. With these statistics in hand, participants can get engagement from the leadership team to develop these critical elements of the strategic planning […]

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Gender and Strategic Capability: Breaking the Mold

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Help refine concepts and expression of strategic capability to provide women with the business acumen required for merit-based advancement. We’re inundated by misguided ideas about the relationship between gender and strategic capability.  Being strategic requires stepping our of day-to-day madness and recognizing moments of choice that serve tomorrow’s interests.  Learn to rise above the […]

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The Power of Listening

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Learn to create a listening culture, leading to a more engaged and motivated workforce and offering numerous benefits to your organization as a whole. Disengaged workforces constitute a $450B/year problem in the US, which impacts productivity, talent attraction and retention.  Although energy and resources have gone into traditional employee engagement, the needle has […]

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Creating a Conscious, Intentional Culture

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Learn to define and support your organization’s intentional culture by rewarding and recognizing defined behaviors. The Conscious Culture Model offers a map to help organizational leaders effectively outperform competitors through a unique and deliberate culture.  This interactive session covers: creating a vision and mission statement, choosing unique and relevant organizational values, tips on […]

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My Employee Just Switched Genders! Now What?

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Learn how to comply with regulations for transgender employees and to create a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees. Transgender rights necessitate HR changes. Explore what it means to be transgender and how a person may change his or her gender under California law.  Learn state and federal laws that protect the […]

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HR Policy in the Pro-Employee Era

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Explore strategies to ensure your policies and employee handbook are up-to-date. The last year saw a historic pace of pro-employee regulation and a vast array of new compliance requirements for mid-sized companies. Now that the dust has settled, the time has come to reevaluate your company handbook. Discover the biggest changes impacting organizations […]

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Conscious Communication in Conflict

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Learn to better facilitate, model and address situations involving conflict. As long as there have been workplaces there has been employee conflict. Operating in our ‘always on’ 24/7 global environment presents new challenges – heightening our demand for an emotionally intelligent and agile workforce. Mindfulness is a proven antidote for the emotional triggers that […]

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Making the Case for HR

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Learn to craft a business case that demonstrates your value as an HR professional and garner support for your initiatives. How do we build a stronger case for investing in people and HR? Other departments have clear metrics to demonstrate ROI. The HR industry needs the same ability. Learn how to get investment […]

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Benefits 3.0

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Explore ways to identify, create, and implement non-traditional benefits and deepen culture at your company.  Small and mid-sized companies must compete for talent with larger companies like Facebook, Salesforce, and Google. Get your employees involved in cultivating culture and creating alternative benefits programs that add value to their work.  Culture and values are […]

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Whew! Harassment Investigation Completed. Or, Is It?

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Learn how quell rumors, prevent lawsuits, retaliation and allow your employees to focus on their jobs again.  HR professionals may think the worst has passed once a harassment investigation is complete.  But that’s often not the case.  Learn what can or cannot be said about a workplace investigation and how to communicate to […]

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Should You Be Using Chat-Based Messaging to Engage with Top Talent?

10:35am  -  11:50am

Workplace Application:  Explore lessons learned and best practices for adopting casual, chat-based interaction to engage talent pools. Chat-based messaging has exploded in popularity in recent years. The average college student spends 9 hours per day on their smartphone and nearly 2.4 hours per day texting or emailing. Adults are not far behind.  With millennial applicants […]

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Connect, Then Lead

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to refine your leadership skills by demonstrating both warmth and competence. Before people decide what they think of your message, they decide what they think of you.  A growing body of research suggests that the way to influence and to lead is to demonstrate traits of both warmth and strength. Decades of […]

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Are You Ready for the Future of Work?

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Meet the expectations of today’s digital workforce and ensure compliance with a modern HR service delivery strategy. Millennials expect their tools at work to be as intuitive, innovative, and fast as the consumer tools they use every day.  It’s critical for HR teams to modernize HR service delivery. There are numerous benefits, including higher […]

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10 Secrets Your Employees Aren’t Telling You

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to uncover which issues are of greatest concern to your team, allowing you to address those concerns, leading to improved morale, motivation and retention rates. Psst … Managers, did you know your employees may have concerns they’re not sharing with you? Even at small, tight-knit firms, secrets could exist. Some workers may […]

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It Pays to Get Sick in California

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application: Learn to make informed decisions regarding how to integrate each of the various sick leave laws impacting your organization from both a compliance and cost perspective. Although Connecticut was the first state in the US to pass mandated paid sick days legislation, the trend grows. Not to be outdone, San Francisco and Oakland have […]

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Developing Merit Planning Tools You Can Use

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Explore the importance of communication and education for understanding the concept of pay for performance and how it relates to your organization’s philosophy. Many organizations claim to have a “Pay for Performance” philosophy, but is this really the case? Do we pay for performance, or do we pay for mediocrity? Take away a […]

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Build Your Brand (No Jargon!)

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Learn to create a culture of authenticity to produce engaging, transparent content, and ultimately a better, more engaged talent pool. The war for talent is intense – skilled job seekers are in high demand. They frequently change jobs, and remain open to new career opportunities. Proper brand-building for recruiting comes from a clear understanding of a […]

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California Employment Law Update: A Q&A Session

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Get a rundown of recent California legislative and case developments and have your questions answered by experienced employment attorneys. HR’s knowledge of CA employment underpins the development and implementation of policies, procedures and day-to-day practices in the workplace. Keep updated on cases relevant to HR professionals in California State and Federal courts, the […]

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Accommodating and Managing Employees with Disabilities

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application: Explore best practices for accommodating and managing employees with disabilities. Disability discrimination and harassment complaints have surged, while settlements and jury verdicts in these cases have outpaced lawsuits in other categories. HR professionals must understand how to engage in the interactive process and respond to requests for reasonable accommodations, but also how to […]

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Beyond Awareness: 7 Overlooked Keys for Getting Unstuck

12:05pm  -  1:20pm

Workplace Application:  Discover 7 overlooked principles used by HR leaders to successfully navigate change. Successful change acquisition and implementation enables organizations to optimize their potential. However, getting people to adopt needed changes can be elusive, draining, and disruptive. HR leaders are in the best position to manage coaching and change efforts in a way that will lead to […]

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Keynote Leila Janah

2:00pm  -  3:00pm

Deeper Business Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama & LXMI, believes that giving work is the most effective way to reduce global poverty. In this keynote she outlines the ways that traditional charities have failed, the need to re-frame the way we think about social good, and how we can harness the power of […]

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