The Cutting Edge of Human Resources
Empowerly’s college counseling team is working to expand access to education through partnerships with employers. To serve this goal, Empowerly is committed to keeping up with the latest trends and up-to-the-minute conversations with industry leaders. That’s why the Empowerly team attended the From Day One Conference in Miami, Florida this year to learn more about how we can serve families through the workplace developments of 2023 and beyond.
For those curious about what the future of work looks like, read on for the five key takeaways our team discussed at this insightful collaboration of HR professionals!
About the Conference: A Key Question
The last few years brought radical change to our understanding of employee engagement. This conference was created to ask the critical question:
“In an environment of constant workplace change, how can employers create a consistent community that builds enduring bonds of trust with workers?”
The live conference brought together a collective of leading thinkers and top executives in HR, hybrid work, diversity, benefits, social impact, and beyond to collaborate on this noble cause.
It’s no surprise that burnout and wellness made the talking list. Topics of these discussions ranged widely, including creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, offering better career paths, developing diversity in leadership, and supporting working parents. Let’s dig in.
Five Key Takeaways You Should Know
Dynamic discussions highlighted several messages throughout the day’s conversations. For many, it’s agreed the ideal community trust is possible when employees feel seen and supported. Comprehensive support reaches the most important priorities of all—heart, home, and happiness. So what does this look like in corporate practice? We know meaningful work matters. Connect your business with the things that employees care about, and you will be able to benefit from their full potential. Here’s how to crack the code.
1. Embracing Generational Leadership
In presentations, leading practitioners and researchers shared insights on how different generations expect different qualities in leaders. Embracing these generational differences looks like focusing on motivational versus inspirational leadership. In other words, be an inspirational leader, not just a motivational one. The bright minds in Gen Z especially—the younger generations—want someone to look up to in the workplace.
2. DEI as a Collective Responsibility
A panel discussion emphasized the role of all managers in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the necessity of inclusive practices in every aspect of work. In particular, Maribel Diz of Visa shared her insights on fostering diversity and inclusion in leadership. Her approach, rooted in her extensive experience, highlights the importance of diverse voices in decision-making. Jonathan Yeo, founder of The Potential Space, explained that fear shouldn’t prevent strong teams from addressing topical issues. Instead, focus on creating the expectation that everyone is mutually responsible for contributing to a positive and healthy work environment.
3. Redefining Employee Recruitment
David Bator, managing director of Achievers Workforce Institute, led a workshop on innovative strategies for retaining and re-engaging existing employees through connection, celebration, compensation, and choice. What do you as an employer or mentor need to know? Keep pushing for conversations about growth, learning, and development opportunities. Increasingly, workers say they want to grow in their jobs. Further, Ashaki Rucker of NBCUniversal offered compelling strategies for developing clear career paths for employees. Her session provided practical tips for both employers and employees to navigate career progression effectively.
4. A New Generation of Well-being Benefits
The From Day One conference also addressed the unique challenges faced by working parents, emphasizing the need for innovative benefit offerings and comprehensively supportive policies that stand out.
Jonathan Murray, Head of Empowerly for Employers, presented new research on the impact of College and Career Planning on employee well-being and productivity. Empowerly’s solution is a new benefit that blends technology and personalized one-on-one guidance to help families navigate their journey. These days, burnout and mental health are not just buzzwords. Alexandra Powell, Director of Client Cultural Insights at Reward Gateway, led a comprehensive session on building sustainable well-being strategies that focused on the roles of managers in modeling a culture that values employee health and happiness. Building on this, Ana Maria Sencovici from Royal Caribbean Group emphasized the critical balance between productivity and employee well-being in hybrid workplaces. Her strategies for maintaining this balance are invaluable for modern organizations. Choosing to emphasize the importance of well-being contributes to overall workplace wellness and resilience.
5. Cultivating a Feedback Culture
Willie Jackson, Partner and Head of Growth at ReadySet, delivered a keynote on the importance and challenges of feedback in teamwork that offered practical tools and skills for effective communication and feedback within teams. Continuing to learn and grow will also help leaders prepare for the impacts of AI on HR. New technology will change and revamp outdated processes from TA to upskilling, and adaptation is necessary. Staying in touch with your team’s responses will help you stay in front of changes.
Final Thoughts From Day One
At the heart of the From Day One conference is a mission to rediscover the essence of community in today’s evolving corporate landscape. Amidst constant changes in workplace dynamics, the conference serves as a beacon, guiding leaders and professionals in redefining values, strengthening trust, and forging enduring bonds within the workforce. This gathering of thinkers and executives in HR, diversity, and employee engagement is not just a meeting of minds but a vibrant collaboration to shape a more connected and equitable future in the business world.
Each takeaway represents a core theme addressed at the “From Day One” conference, providing a glimpse into the evolving landscape of workplace dynamics and management strategies. For a more comprehensive understanding of these topics, visit the full conference details at the From Day One Miami Conference website.
To learn more about Empowerly and the solutions we offer working families, visit http://www.empowerly.com/employers or reach out to one of our team members to talk directly.