Last week we held our third annual WorkHuman conference – an event that has grown five times in size since its inception in 2015. This year, 1,600 HR leaders gathered at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge to learn how social recognition, connection, and appreciation create a more human and inclusive work culture where people can bring their whole, authentic selves to their work.
It’s difficult to encapsulate everything we learned in one post. Thankfully, over the course of the three days, we had a team of 12 people contributing to an onsite live blog on workhuman.com that captured key highlights from the event in more than 40 posts.
So if you weren’t able to join us in Phoenix, not to worry. Below are the top six takeaways from our lineup of keynote speakers, including Eric Mosley, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, Michelle Obama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Chaz Bono.
- Culture is destiny. “Your office is not a cult. You can’t force them to believe what you believe,” Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley told us on Thursday. What you can do is treat your employees like human beings. Encourage social and emotional connection at work. Inspire creativity and innovation through positive reinforcement. Create an environment that fosters continuous conversations about performance and allows your people to bring their whole selves to work.
- Inclusion starts at home. In an intimate chat with Steve Pemberton, global chief diversity officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, former First Lady Michelle Obama stressed that inclusion is not just about big change. Inclusion starts small – in our own homes, places of worship, and neighborhoods. “The biggest impacts happen right around you,” she said. And to ensure our workplaces support healthy families, Mrs. Obama urged HR leaders to have conversations with their employees – both men and women – about what’s working when it comes to family leave and flexible work schedules.
Read the rest of this post on the Globoforce blog.