How to create authentic employee connections, even while working apart

Wendesday, august 12th at 11:00a PST (2:00p est)

How to create authentic employee connections, even while working apart.

We've done a pretty decent job adjusting to remote work - maybe you've procured a second monitor, purchased a desk plant, or mixed up your morning routine to make working from home a bit more "normal". But there's still a big piece of our old work environment that's missing - live interactions with our teammates, managers and leaders.

Today's remote workforce is lacking a critical element of the employee experience that fuels motivation and productivity - connection. Meaningful connections, whether dishing about your weekend plans at the kitchen coffee pot, or having that extra five minutes to debrief after a difficult meeting, are missing from today's remote work environment. And those opportunities for connection ultimate shape our employer affinity, our intrinsic motivation to perform, and our overall morale. These connections foster community and belonging, which ultimately help to mitigate employee burnout.

Join Blueboard, Bravely, Donut, and a panel of HR leaders for a discussion around the power of forming meaningful employee connections while working remotely (or in socially distanced offices).

Here's what we'll be covering.

  • Why connection is a critical piece of your engagement strategy, and how connection has been impacted from our transition into remote working environments.
  • How connection is linked to creating positive engagement, motivation and morale, ultimately solving our shared challenge of rising employee burnout.
  • Fresh ideas for people programs and a framework for creating connection and belonging.
  • Tips for repurposing pre-COVID/in-office perks and budgets towards culture-building activities that work in our current state of remote or distanced work.

Can't join us live? No worries - register above to receive a video recording following the webinar event.

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Meet our speaker panel.

We're excited to host an exciting, interactive discussion with these thought leaders:

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Hakemia Jackson, Executive Coach at Bravely

Hakemia Jackson is a globally known cultural strategist, executive coach, and partner with Bravely. She uses her 18 years of corporate experience to aid leaders and organizations in transforming toxic culture into a heathier culture of inclusivity and innovation. Her concentration in cognitive behavioral coaching, creates the foundation to partner with executives and leaders to aid them in overcoming limiting belief systems and counterproductive thinking patterns that impede their ability to take healthy actions, implement new behaviors and maximize their skillset. Hakemia holds an MS in organizational behavior and executive coaching and is also credentialed by the international coaching federation.

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Dan Manian, CEO and Cofounder at Donut

Dan Manian is the Cofounder and CEO at Donut, a Slack bot that helps spread trust and collaboration across organizations by pairing up team members who don't know each other well. Donut is part of the Slack Fund, and counts IBM, Blue Apron, and Managed by Q among its customers. Dan is Adjunct Faculty at the National Science Foundation, and teaches a 2-week course for startup founders at Brown University.

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Shannon Ferguson, Head of People at Blueboard

As the Head of People at Blueboard, Shannon Ferguson delights in ensuring the Blueboard employee experience is outstanding. She is passionate about cultivating healthy, thriving cultures and believes in creating opportunities for development across the organization. Prior to Blueboard, Shannon spent several years in startups like Kickstarter establishing HR practices, growing incredible teams, and coaching leaders. Bringing her training in both social work and engineering to her role, Shannon loves creative problem-solving and is always looking for ways to help others.

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