As a mostly “self-taught”, “learn through experience” HR professional, conferences are one of my most important teachers and classrooms. The provide great opportunities to learn, gain clarity, build confidence, network, think differently and re-energize. Over the years, I have had my “go to” conferences and those I have attended only once. They have all provided the chance to learn, network, gain clarity and build my confidence in supporting my current organization or clients.
As the world of work continues to evolve, I have found my experiences at conferences have less and less challenged my thinking, re-energized me or addressed the opportunities and challenges of the world we currently work in.
In that world, change is constant and rapid. Employees expectations are higher. They want more feedback, increased responsibility, recognition and for their employer to think more holistically about their work experience not just their work environment.
Many companies today are realizing the workplace needs to become more human centered and are using the same principles used in human centered product design. They are designing policies and practices around the four core human needs – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
How might these apply?
Physical – are we designing practices and policies that take the safety, comfort and well-being of our employee into consideration?
Emotional – do our employees feel valued? Are they recognized and rewarded for not just results but also effort?
Mental – are we providing development opportunities? The chance to stretch our minds and skills? Do we provide effective leadership, the best environment, and tools needed for employees to do their best work?
Spiritual – are our employees connected to the work they do? Are their values aligned with the companies’ values? Do they feel they are making a meaningful difference and contribution?
I was thrilled when I stumbled upon the Work Human conference a couple of years ago. The Work Human Conference is powered by Globoforce, and is focused on building human centric workplaces where employees can achieve their fullest potential. I have watched the last two conferences via blogs and twitter and I am thrilled to be attending Work Human 2018 in person in Austin, TX next week.
Learning tracks include The Human Workplace, The Business Case for Social Recognition, Thriving Through Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging and Humanizing Your Employer Brand. The line-up of speakers is outstanding and includes: Amal Clooney; Simon Sinek; Tony Schwarz, CEO and Founder of the Energy Project; Brene Brown; Dr. David Rock, Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute; Adam Grant and Tarana Burke, Founder of the #METOO Movement just to name a few.
I’m truly looking forward to attending a conference where there are great opportunities to learn, gain clarity, build confidence and network. Most especially I am looking forward to discussion about re-thinking the way we work and re-energizing.
If you are interested in joining me register here using the code WH18INF-JHO for a discount. Hope to see you there!