The Greatest Hits from Workhuman Spotlight

June 30, 2022 Aaron Kinne

“Today, we’re talking about a topic that’s probably on a lot of your minds – the erosion of relationships, cultures, and what to do next,” said Steve Pemberton, Workhuman CHRO, as he welcomed the audience to Workhuman® Spotlight. Presented in a talk-show format and featuring some of today’s most plugged-in HR visionaries, the program explored how companies and leaders can build and grow culture – and keep employees connected, productive, and engaged. Here you’ll find some of the key learnings from the event as brought to life in quotes from the experts themselves.

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And now, let’s look at the greatest hits from Workhuman Spotlight:

On human connection:

“Our relationships at work are a network of shared experience and expertise, mentors, colleagues, and friends. These relationships are a source of trust and motivation. They bring to life the values of a company, its culture.- Eric Mosley, Workhuman® CEO and cofounder, thought-leader, and author

On work-life balance:

“You know what? I'm not going to put up with a workplace that doesn't recognize me. I'm not going to have a relationship with a manager who doesn't quite see the humanity in me, and frankly, I'm going to prioritize the things I love, the people I love, instead of work.” - Laurie Ruettimann, author, speaker, consultant, and HR industry badass

“I would call the pandemic a hostile takeover of work and home. And now that they’ve collided, there is no separation anymore for so many folks.” - Steve Cadigan, former LinkedIn CHRO, author, advisor, and thought leader

Steve Pemberton, Laurie Ruettimann, and Steve Cadigan

Featuring a talk-show format, Workhuman Spotlight showcased some of the most plugged-in visionaries of our time.

“Work-life balance, even though you're at home, has become a little better. People are happier if they're able to live where they want to live, but still also have the job that they want to have to make money.” - Person on the street

Workhuman Spotlight featured street interviews – providing insights from people in different walks of life.

On new ways of leading:

“We've proven our value. We've proven that we've stood on frontlines. We're the people who have taken care of you and your families by stocking your shelves and fighting fires and providing customer service. So why would you not trust us? Why would you not recognize us? It's going to require a very different way of leading, it seems to me.” - Steve Pemberton, Workhuman CHRO, author, and host

“Now diversity has almost shifted to how work's getting done, and it's overwhelming for the leaders that I work with. [They] know how people can get stuff done when together. [They] don't know if they can do it the same way when people are working remotely.” - Steve Cadigan

“Running a company is similar to good parenting. You've got to find the balance. And we have a generation of parents that are too left, too right, too tone-deaf, too involved, not involved enough. We are in an extreme society right now. We have to get into the middle.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerX chairman, VaynerMedia CEO, New York Times bestseller, and Jets fan

On company values:

“There's so much more that we gain from work. A sense of pride, a sense of respect. Being of service in this world is so important … and the opportunity to be of service correlates with an organization that has strong values.” - Laurie Ruettimann

“The alignment between one's personal values and where you work is going to be the denominator for a lot of employer-employee interactions.” - Steve Cadigan

On connection and community:

“Community can be messy. People can be messy. And I think the challenge of the Great Resignation – and the times that we're in – is to embrace the messiness and realize ‘We know things aren't going to look the same as they did in the past. We know we're going to have some awkward conversations.’” - Laurie Ruettimann

“An organization can build a strategy, applying greater sense of community and connectedness and sharing things in a deeper way than we did before. That's why I say, ‘Stop worrying about the way it was. Maybe the way forward could be better. It could be more meaningful.’" - Steve Cadigan

On employer brand:

“Starting with the employee first, putting the employee at the center of their experience, is going to differentiate the old employers and the new.” - Laurie Ruettimann

“Game on, because it's going to force all these other people … who are fighting for talent to think, ‘Oh, we have to be creative here if we're going to try to be the preferred place to work.’" - Steve Cadigan

On culture:

"I have to tell you … there's no way you can preserve your culture. It's already changed. The question is how do we keep our culture a competitive advantage?" - Steve Cadigan

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk treated us to a lively, no-holds-barred conversation with host Steve Pemberton.

"I think about culture as most humans think about oxygen. I don't even know how you can run an organization without making it your number one. You'll make plenty of money if you know culture." - Gary Vaynerchuk

“I've always thought about our culture as more important than the P&L. I've always been an HR-driven CEO, not a CFO-driven CEO. And I'm proud of that.” - Gary Vaynerchuk

On recognition:

“Companies need to make systems that allow them to create recognition and show gratitude based on the person, not based on a system. This herd mentality is destroying organizations. Get your technology up … get your emotional intelligence up … champion the people that actually bring culture and have a pulse.” - Gary Vaynerchuk


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Aaron Kinne

Aaron Kinne is a senior writer at Workhuman.

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