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31 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
C-Suite Outlook 2022 Part 1: Top External Challenges for 2022
The results of our C-Suite Outlook 2022 have just been released. What's keeping CEO's up at night as we head into the New Year? Remote work, inflation, and labor shortages top the list. Listen to this Insights podcast as Executive Vice President of Human Capital, Rebecca Ray unpacks the findings with the author of our report, Chuck Mitchell. https://www.conference-board.org/publications/c-suite-outlook-2022
31 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Mental Health and the American Worker: What Workers Want
As many companies wonder why their workplaces remain ghost towns, a new survey reveals that COVID concerns are not what’s discouraging staff from coming into the office. In fact, they are working from home because of the greater work-life balance it purportedly offers. Indeed, workers place such a premium on this balance, that a quarter of workers who changed jobs did so for the ability to work from anywhere. What’s more, Baby Boomers who left their jobs for this flexibility did so at twice the rate of Millennials. The survey findings also reveal that workplace flexibility goes a long way in supporting workers’ mental health. 70 percent of workers say that flexible hours and work location are the top policies businesses can enact to support their mental health. Dr. Srini Pillay, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Reulay, Inc. and former head of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital joins Rebecca Ray, PhD, Executive Vice President of Human Capital at The Conference Board, to discuss the findings of this new survey examining career plans, factors driving workers to pursue new job opportunities, opinions about remote work, mental health, and more.
33 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
From Technology to Value Creation
Generating value from your investment in technology continues to be a major challenge for many corporations and organizations. In this podcast, our guest Thanos Yiagopoulos, Chief technology Officer at Momentive, uses the company’s technology transformation as an example to demonstrate the integrated elements of innovation management to create the foundation for a culture of innovation.
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Hurting for Talent? Look Inside Your Organization
In this podcast, Robin Erickson, PhD, Principal Researcher, and Deb Cohen, PhD, Distinguished Principal Research Fellow, discuss their recent report Transforming Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, and Internal Mobility: Conversations with CEOs, CHROs, TA and HR Leaders. In today’s historically tight labor market, finding and keeping talent is now top of mind for business leaders. This new report from The Conference Board offers six recommendations to acquire and retain the talent that organizations need to succeed, especially in the new landscape of increased remote and hybrid work arrangements. At the organizational level, the C-Suite should offer as much flexibility as possible, broaden talent pool diversity with alternative credentials, and create a culture that supports internal talent mobility. At the HR level, TA and HR leaders should focus on candidate experience and employee value proposition, transform onboarding, and train and evaluate hiring managers.
24 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Leading Constructive Disruption
Join us for a fascinating and inspiring conversation uncovering how to drive constructive disruption with our guest Christophe Perthuisot, former Chief Research & Innovation Officer, Danone. How do you tap into the plethora of new business opportunities driven by fast-changing consumer preferences and societal trends, as well as emerging possibilities behind new digital technologies.
31 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Mental Health and the American Worker
Managers, take note: As the pandemic drags on, the mental health of your workers may be deteriorating. 57 percent of workers recently surveyed say their mental health has degraded since the start of the pandemic. The driving factor behind this decline: their workload. In fact, work pressures are so great that half of respondents say work demands are taking a bigger toll on their mental health than COVID-19. What’s more, the survey reveals a stark gender divide. Women are disproportionately suffering from work-related pressures—at more than 1.5 times the rate of their male counterparts. This is likely due to the combined pressure of work and home life. Dr. Srini Pillay, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Reulay, Inc. and former head of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital joins Rebecca Ray, PhD, Executive Vice President of Human Capital at The Conference Board, to discuss the findings of a new survey examining the declining mental health of workers and what business efforts are most effective in addressing this growing crisis.
36 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Unpacking Ambidextrous Leadership
How do set up your organization to “Perform AND Transform” at the same time? How do you ensure you are leveraging what you have to maximize value extraction through relevant incremental innovation? And in parallel establish the agility for constructive disruption ahead, tapping into emerging consumer and societal challenges with new technologies and capabilities. Listen in to our first episode on the subject of ‘Learning to Lead Innovation’ with our guest Kathy Fish, former CTIO of Procter & Gamble.
19 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Reshaping Employee Experience and Organizational Culture
Since the onset of COVID-19, virtually every employee in America and across the globe have experienced a dramatic change in their work lives, while at the same time facing new challenges in their personal lives, from health concerns to economic uncertainty to isolation from family and friends. Many professional and office employees suddenly began performing their jobs remotely and many are likely to continue to do so post-pandemic. On top of this, several incidents brought a heightened awareness of racial injustice and a renewed employer focus on committing to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. As they look to return to the workplace, many organizations are now reconsidering their talent strategies. Through interviews with seven organizations that thrived during 2020, as well as new survey data, six lessons were discovered that will help organizations recreate work in ways that maintain productivity while enhancing their employees' experience and contributing to a healthy organizational culture. Join co-authors Robin Erickson, PhD and Barbara Lombardo, PhD, as they share insights from their new research report, Reshaping Employee Experience and Organizational Culture: Lessons from the Tumultuous Events of 2020 and 2021.
34 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre of Microsoft on Growth Mindset, Allyship, and Relentless Empathy
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre's presentation at our recent DEI conference was one of the standout sessions. She shared Microsoft's DEI and culture journey, touching on issues such as growth mindset, authenticity, allyship, leadership....the list goes on. So for this podcast we selected some of the most compelling questions from the audience that we weren't able to get to on the day and engaged in a wide ranging, informative conversation where we talk about how messy this work can sometimes be, the need to reframe failure, the essence of allyship, addressing resistance and so much more. Lindsay-Rae ends with a call for us all to practice "relentless empathy" as we together create organizations and a world of genuine equity and inclusion.
18 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
The Reimagined Workplace a Year Later
The Conference Board first measured the effects of COVID-19 on employees in April 2020 and then in September 2020. In April 2021, The Conference Board again surveyed HR leaders to see how their organizations have adapted in the past year and what their plans are going forward, publishing The Reimagined Workplace a Year Later: Human Capital Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in May 2021. In this podcast, co-authors Robin Erickson, PhD, and Frank Steemers share the survey results and explore trends in remote work, productivity, and well-being; recruiting and retention; and plans for returning to the workplace. They discuss historic labor shortages and suggest continuous listening as one solution for deteriorating employee well-being.
30 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Alan Morales on the Need for Leaders to Have Empathy
This latest episode of DEI-Logue: Conversations on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion features Alan Morales, VP & Head of Transformative Change for The Future of Work at Prudential Financial. Alan spoke at our May DEI conference about the benefits of applying a change management approach to DEI in organizations. Building on his session we begin by revisiting the idea of a “change mindset” and how essential this is to effective change and how the same principles apply when building inclusion. We then discuss in depth the need for leaders to be empathetic and what this means in practice in a diverse, rapidly changing workplace. If you enjoyed his session at the DEI conference in May, this is a great opportunity to learn more about Alan’s approach to change - and if you missed the event you’ll benefit from learning more about Alan’s authentic and human centred approach to change and DEI.
23 minutes | May 20, 2021
How Has COVID Impacted Job Satisfaction?
In November 2020, in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and economic crises, The Conference Board conducted its annual Job Satisfaction survey. Overall job satisfaction increased, despite the economic crisis, mass layoffs and the increase in the unemployment rate, for the 10th consecutive year. This increase with the backdrop of the pandemic presents conflicting views of worker job satisfaction. In this podcast, join VP of labor market Gad Levanon and VP of Human Capital research Amy Abel in a discussion of this year's counterintuitive results. Join the discussion on how labor market conditions and company actions have maintained this all time high. And learn how HR practitioners can utilize the lessons learned from last year to continue this trend. For more details and discussion on the findings please see the full report.
27 minutes | May 11, 2021
Steve Odland and Rebecca Ray Talk About the Evolving Workforce and Workplace, Well-Being, Leadership, and More
Hosted by The Conference Board President & CEO, Steve Odland, C-Suite Perspectives takes an objective, data-driven look at a range of business topics aimed at senior executives. Listeners will come away with what The Conference Board does best: Insights for What’s Ahead™. In episode two, Steve sits down with Rebecca Ray, Executive Vice President and leader of the Human Capital Center at The Conference Board, to discuss a range of timely topics on the business community’s radar, including: Returning to the workplace: What will be the lasting effects of the pandemic on the workplace and the way we work? Addressing worker well-being: The events of 2020 have taken a toll on workers. What can organizations do to support their people? Developing leaders: How must leaders change as we move forward from the pandemic? And why is empathy key to effective leadership? Responding to social change issues: Are we in a permanently different era of corporate activism? What should leaders keep in mind when responding to social change issues? The growing importance of human capital management: Human capital management is expanding beyond human resources into the purview of boards and the C-suite. How can companies effectively oversee human capital management?
26 minutes | May 11, 2021
Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of Girls With Impact, talks Gen Z In the Workforce
As people return to working some of the time in offices, the economy bounces back from the pandemic, and the competition for talent intensifies, now is the time to think long and hard about the new generation entering the workforce - Generation Z. Different from the Millennials, many of whom are who are now moving into leadership roles, they are the drivers of much of the protest of the Summer of 2020, they are innovators and have high expectations of work and their employers. Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of Girls with Impact joins us to discuss their recent national research on Gen Z - what motivates them, their expectations of the workplace, how they will shape the world and their likely impact on your business. Going way beyond the wide generalizations often made about generations, you’ll hear some surprising and essential insights into Generation Z’s ideas about having an impact, activism, mental health, building confidence, teams, leadership, entrepreneurship, the office, and diversity and inclusion. You can find out more about Girls With Impact and the research on their website at www.girlswithimpact.org
36 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Peter McBride on Hate Crimes
On this episode of DEI-logue, Peter McBride, Executive Director of The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, discusses the origins and widespread occurrence of hate and hate crimes. From growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles to his current role at the Cohen Center, Peter has long studied the psychological impact of community trauma and draws parallels from our current situation to other countries and other eras of American History. From the emigration of the Irish to today’s rise in Anti-Asian racism and popularization of “replacement theory”, Peter examines the particular character of hate crimes. We discuss the evolutionary origins of fear, how language fuels the othering of different groups, the role of trauma, the strategy of scapegoating and why we won’t be seeing a rise in anti-British hate crime as a result of the prevalence of the UK variant of Covid19.
27 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Accelerating Value by Using Human Capital Analytics to Understand Workforce Experience
What if your organization could deliver twice as much innovation, boost customer satisfaction ratings, grow the human capital return on investment (HCROI) by 270 percent, improve efficiency up to 15 percent, and increase profitability by 25%? It is possible according to a new report from The Conference Board, Accelerating Value by Using Human Capital Analytics to Understand the Workforce Experience. Organizations that address employee experience objectives with data analytics to fine-tune their HC program design and execution could potentially create more innovation, boost customer satisfaction ratings, grow human capital ROI, improve efficiency, and increase profitability. Join the report’s co-authors, Solange Charas, PhD, Stela Lupushor, and Robin Erickson, PhD, as they discuss the strong relationship between investment in people, worker productivity, and the resulting business performance.
25 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Bryan Lee of Salesforce on Anti-Asian Racism
The recent shootings in Atlanta have thrust Anti-Asian racism into the media spotlight. But Anti-Asian racism was not news to the Asian American community that has faced discrimination throughout its history. From outright bans on immigration from specific countries, to lynchings, organized attacks on specific communities, WW2 internment, to the current wave of assaults and verbal abuse linked to Covid, Asian Americans have always been targets of racism. In this episode of DEI-logue: Conversations on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Bryan Lee of Salesforce reflects on this current moment and some instances he encountered racism. We discuss the specific forms Anti-Asian racism takes, particularly the myth of the model minority and the way in which the rich diversity of Asian cultures and nations becomes reduced to a single “other” identity. Brian shares some of the initiatives Salesforce have implemented to address this issue inside and outside the organization as well as how individual managers can support their Asian American employees. We invite you to join us on the essential journey to create workplaces committed to inclusion, equity, and belonging as we build on the momentum of this great event and design an all-new agenda for May. DEI professionals' work is never-ending, and we join with the community to create an event that addresses their most current challenges and celebrate their achievements. Register now: https://conference-board.org/contenthub/conferenceContentHub.cfm?parent=diversity
27 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Sofia Bonnet on Privilege, Duty, and Inclusivity in Workplaces
In this second episode of DEI-Logue, John Brewer discusses the important topic of privilege with Sofia Bonnet, Director Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Github. From humble beginnings growing up in Mexico, Sofia identifies how privilege and the support of allies helped her build a successful career in D&I and a safe and prosperous life in the USA. Starting out benefiting from having paler complexion than her siblings and peers and a mother who believed in her and the value of education, Sofia’s story is on the one hand an inspiration but also a lesson in humility and awareness. Whereas many define privilege as those advantages you have through no effort of your own (skin color, accent, appearance, inherited wealth) even when Sofia’s own hard work enables her to achieve a goal such as learning English, she recognizes that that too confers a privilege. We invite you to join us on the essential journey to create workplaces committed to inclusion, equity, and belonging as we build on the momentum of this great event and design an all-new agenda for May. DEI professionals' work is never-ending, and we join with the community to create an event that addresses their most current challenges and celebrate their achievements. Register now: https://conference-board.org/contenthub/conferenceContentHub.cfm?parent=diversity
25 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
DEI-logue: Conversations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Episode 1: Deanna Ransom
In this first episode of DEI-logue: Conversations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, our guest is Deanna Ransom, Chief Marketing Officer at Televerde. John Brewer, Program Director of the Conference Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Deanna Ransom discuss Televerde’s work employing incarcerated women, and Deanna shares her experiences of the last year - the impact of Covid-19 and her thoughts on the increased discussion of race in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. She shares her work experiences as a Black woman and an overview of her recent Forbes article “Three Ways Business Can Empower Black Families”. Throughout the conversation Deanna demonstrates her commitment to equity in the workplace and the need to create cultures where everyone feels they belong. This aligns with Televerde’s mission to equip the women it employs to make a positive contribution at work and in society once they are released - the ability to contribute being a cornerstone of true belonging. Deanna will be participating in a panel on how we can learn to appreciate our differences and create common ground at work at our upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference on May 24-26, 2021. We invite you to join us on the essential journey to create workplaces committed to inclusion, equity, and belonging as we build on the momentum of this great event and design an all-new agenda for May. DEI professionals' work is never-ending, and we join with the community to create an event that addresses their most current challenges and celebrate their achievements. Register now: https://conference-board.org/contenthub/conferenceContentHub.cfm?parent=diversity
33 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Brave New World: Defining Materiality for Human Capital Disclosures
The SEC is now requiring that US public companies disclose information about human capital management “to the extent such disclosures would be material to an understanding of the registrant’s business”—such disclosure is no longer voluntary. Organizations will need to determine whether human capital is material, what they need to disclose, how to contextualize human capital performance, and how they should communicate this to the community and stakeholders. This podcast will explore the issue further and how we can think about this critical trend.
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