Announcing the 80+ Sessions for 2017!
HR West 2017 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 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.
March 6, 2017
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 […] Click for more information on 'Keynote Jacob Morgan'
Workplace Application: Learn how to leverage people analytics to provide a great workforce experience for all generations. Stop and think – how well do you know your workforce? You have all of the data you need to make complex business decisions that positively impact your customers, but do you really have the data you need […] Click for more information on 'From 17 to 70: Metrics for Managing the Modern Workforce'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Get a Hiring Edge: Using Assessments to Hire Top Performers'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Close Critical Skills Gaps with Targeted E-Learning Modules'
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. […] Click for more information on 'Genderless Leadership: Creating Balanced Leaders in Your Organization'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Employing the Absent Employee'
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, […] Click for more information on 'All the Way to Wellness: Filling in the Gaps'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Navigating the Effects of the Overtime Rule Change'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Top 10 Legal Developments for 2017'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Brain of a Leader: What Is Your Emotional Intelligence?'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Pay Equity is “Comp”licated: Responding to Discrimination Claims'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Steps to a “Rightful” Termination'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Strategies for Implementing HR Technology'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Tying Recognition to Business Initiatives'
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 […] Click for more information on 'A Primer on Organization Design: More Than Moving the Boxes on the Organization Chart'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Art of Connecting: Recruit Like an FBI Agent'
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 […] Click for more information on 'HR M&A Due Diligence: Getting in Front of People Issues'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Building a Magnetic Culture'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Solving Workplace Bullying: 4 Case Studies'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Business Considerations for Scaling Talent Overseas'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Change Leadership to Succeed at Change Management'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Time for a 360 on HR'
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 […] Click for more information on 'How Performance Management Is Killing Performance'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Your Job is Bigger Than You Think: Improvisation for a Culture of Yes!'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Documentation on Trial'
Workplace Application: Learn how to give charts and tables a head-to-toe makeover and give data a better and brighter look. Most people learn best with visual cues. We remember what we see better than what we hear. In addition, the average adult attention span has plummeted from twelve minutes a decade ago to just five […] Click for more information on 'HR Metrics Makeover: Tips for Effective Data Visualization'
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? […] Click for more information on 'The ACA under Trump . . . What does the future hold?'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Avoiding Lawsuits and Bad Hires with Effective Background Screening'
March 7, 2017
Morning Mogility Mogility = morning agility to get your blood flowing and your mind sharp for the day. Join your fellow HR enthusiasts for an invigorating morning activity! Get your body and mind ready for the day with a low impact wellness session that anyone can do with ease. Learn how to stretch on the […] Click for more information on 'Mogility – Exercise at your Desk!'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Devising Your Digital Strategy for Competitive Advantage'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Simplifying Employee Benefits for Your Workforce'
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” […] Click for more information on 'Hot Topics in California Wage & Hour Law'
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. […] Click for more information on 'The Smartphone: From Distraction to Differentiator'
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 […] Click for more information on 'How to Use Agile Feedback to Scale Your Company Culture'
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 […] Click for more information on '12 Steps to the Aligned Workplace'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Grass Is Always Greener: Overhauling Your Recruiting Strategy'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Great Miscommunication: What Millennials Really Bring to the Workplace'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Coaching for Respect: A 10-Step Process for HR Professionals'
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 […] Click for more information on 'From Conflict to Collaboration'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Future of Work: Finding Your Sweet Spot'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Thanks for the Feedback, Now What?'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Innovative Reward Practices for the Millennial Generation'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Workplace Wellness: Legal Requirements and Risks'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Independent Contractors: Mitigating Risk and Maximizing Opportunity'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Building a Business Case for Employee Engagement'
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 […] Click for more information on 'How Video Interviewing Changed the Way I Hire'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Growing Leaders During Chaotic Times'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Investigative Snapshot: Getting It Right'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Confronting and Disarming Organizational Bias'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Busting the Myth of Self-Organizing Structures'
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. […] Click for more information on 'Mentoring Reinvented!'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Four Strategies to Bridge a Culture Chasm'
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 […] Click for more information on '“There’s Your Desk” Is Not Onboarding! Try This Instead.'
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 […] Click for more information on 'You Look Fabulous! The Hidden Risks of Wearable Technology in the Workplace'
A good manager can play an integral role in the success of a company, ensuring that employees have the right tools, training and support to drive a company’s bottom line. Despite how critical this role can be for a business, most executives and employees have a negative view of HR, likely from previous bad experiences. […] Click for more information on 'HR’s PR Problem and What You Can Do About It'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Optimize Your Hire Power: The Intersection of Selection and Science'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: We’ve Learned What Works!'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Marketing HR: The New Spin'
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! #HRWest17Click for more information on 'Sponsor Receptions & Dinner Meet-ups'
March 8, 2017
Morning Mogility Mogility = morning agility to get your blood flowing and your mind sharp for the day. Join your fellow HR enthusiasts for an invigorating morning activity! Get your body and mind ready for the day with a low impact wellness session that anyone can do with ease. Learn how to stretch on the […] Click for more information on 'Mogility – Exercise at your Desk!'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Avoiding Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Making Engagement Surveys More Engaging'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Uncovering Unconscious Bias'
Workplace Application: Learn to better understand how to flex your leadership style using our leadership agility model inspired by the worlds of classical, folkloric and jazz music. Using challenges outside of a person’s normal comfort zone – but on a parallel and related learning track – can yield huge insights into the challenges that both […] Click for more information on 'Leadership Agility Through Music: Orchestrate, Collaborate and Improvise!'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Executive Presence and Managing Up: Building Your Brand'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Using Technology to Supercharge the Employee Experience'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Doing Your Best Work: Helping Employees Find Career Fulfillment'
Workplace Application: Explore the role of global talent mobility in the future success of your organization. The companies that excel in today’s hyper competitive economic landscape will be those that capitalize on growth opportunities with the right talent in place, even across the globe, to pull them off. Learn how HR and global talent mobility teams […] Click for more information on 'Global Talent Mobility: Your Window to Building a Robust Talent Pipeline'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Creating and Building Effective Organizational Partnerships'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Leveraging Core Values to Accelerate Your Business Strategy'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Gender and Strategic Capability: Breaking the Mold'
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 […] Click for more information on 'The Power of Listening'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Creating a Conscious, Intentional Culture'
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 […] Click for more information on 'My Employee Just Switched Genders! Now What?'
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 […] Click for more information on 'HR Policy in the Pro-Employee Era'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Conscious Communication in Conflict'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Making the Case for HR'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Benefits 3.0'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Whew! Harassment Investigation Completed. Or, Is It?'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Should You Be Using Chat-Based Messaging to Engage with Top Talent?'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Connect, Then Lead'
Workplace Application: Learn how to take the first steps in defining your employer brand—and use that to engage this generation and keep them around for the long haul. Millennials want what employees of all generations are looking for today. But they’ve grown up with technology and ubiquitous social media, so they want work that aligns […] Click for more information on 'The Secret to Attracting Millennial Talent (Hint: It’s Not a Ping-Pong Table)'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Are You Ready for the Future of Work?'
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 […] Click for more information on '10 Secrets Your Employees Aren’t Telling You'
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 […] Click for more information on 'It Pays to Get Sick in California'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Developing Merit Planning Tools You Can Use'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Build Your Brand (No Jargon!)'
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 […] Click for more information on 'California Employment Law Update: A Q&A Session'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Accommodating and Managing Employees with Disabilities'
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 […] Click for more information on 'Beyond Awareness: 7 Overlooked Keys for Getting Unstuck'