The Leading HR Event on Igniting Engagement for Performance and Retention
March 8-9, 2018 | Savannah, Georgia
HR Daily Advisor 2018 is the year’s premier HR conference, arming today’s professionals with proven strategies for fostering talent, nurturing employee wellness, strengthening the employment brand, and other data-backed tips to boost employee retention and business performance. In addition to dynamic keynotes by engagement and culture influencers, this two-day event features tracked sessions, live broadcasts of BLR’s award-winning HR Works podcast, and superior networking opportunities in the heart of Savannah.
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Earn Recertification Credits Towards Your Professional Advancement
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Get the Latest Developments on:
- New data underscoring the business case on why C-suite executives need to invest in employee engagement (like the $350 billion national cost of lost productivity)
- Why your benefit communication strategy could be failing and how to make your total rewards statements stand out from the pack
- The most effective ways to provide feedback to successfully manage performance management
- How to communicate your wellness program’s “invaluable” benefits—and measure them against objective data, such as productivity, retention, absenteeism, and more, to get to a truer sense of the VOI
- Revelations from high performance organizations on how to increase market share, customer satisfaction, and profitability
Wallet-friendly tricks for enhancing company culture
- And much more!
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“I was very impressed with the caliber of this conference! Great presenters with a lot of takeaways that I will be able to utilize immediately! Looking forward to attending next year!”
Kris Ellis | Senior HR Generalist | Inpro
“Learned so much and am ready to implement some of these strategies upon my return to work. Thanks BLR!”
Tania Torres, PHR | Human Resources Director | Kimco Staffing Services & Advantex Professional Services
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2018 Program Agenda
TRACK 1: Wellness & Benefits
TRACK 2: Engagement & Culture
|7:00 am – 8:00 am||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:00 am – 8:15 am||Welcome Remarks from BLR’s HR Daily Advisor|
|Get a high-level view of the state of employee engagement, workplace culture, and wellness programs—and the all-important correlation among the three—as BLR’s HR Daily Advisor editors share some of the latest developments impacting what truly makes a best place to work.|
|8:15 am – 9:15 am||Kickoff Keynote: Building a Magnetic Culture—How to Attract & Retain Top Talent to Create an Engaged, Productive Workforce|
|Presented by: Kevin Sheridan, Employee Engagement and Management Expert and Best-Selling Author
To become the best in the business, it is essential to employ the best people. But how do employers build a staff that is ready and able to take an organization to its next level? Inspired by the best-selling book, this dynamic keynote focuses on how to attract talented employees to the workplace, empower them, and sustain an environment in which they are more likely to stay. Drawing on years of research and real-world examples from his consulting experience, Kevin Sheridan gives you the strategies and tactics to transform your organization by creating and maintaining a magnetic culture.
-How to redefine employee engagement
|9:30 am – 10:30 am||10 Ways to Make Your Company a Best Place to Work|
|Companies strive to make those coveted top 10, 50, 100 best places to work lists that job sites, media outlets, and publishers unveil annually, such as Glassdoor, Fortune, Forbes—the list goes on. What are the common themes among small-to-mid size employers that consistently make the cut?
This session will reveal:
-Why some workplaces are marked for greatness—and tell-tale signs that others won’t make the cut
|10:30 am – 6:00 pm||Exhibits Open|
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Employee Engagement to Drive Business Success: ROI You Can Take to the Bank (and to the CEO)|
|Presented by: Jill Christensen, Jill Christensen International
Disengaged employees can be a death knell for business. HR consultancy McLean & Company found that a company can kiss goodbye $3,400 of every $10,000 spent on a disengaged employee’s salary. In the United States alone, this adds up to $350 billion in lost productivity its research concludes. On the flip side, an engaged workforce drives growth and profitability.
This session will deliver:
-Cold-hard facts the C-suite won’t be able to ignore on why your organization needs to invest in employee engagement
|12:15 pm – 1:15 pm||A Proven Formula for Aligning Corporate Culture with Business Strategy|
|Presented by: Lisa Rueth, Cultivate Leadership
Does your company’s culture match where the business leaders want the organization to go? How can you tell? It’s time to roll up your sleeves as we dive into examining whether the cultural DNA of your company matches where the company is heading—and what you can do to get it back on track if things are currently misaligned.
-Why and how to intentionally design your culture so that it sustains your vision, goals and strategic plan
|1:15 pm – 2:15 pm||Networking Lunch|
|2:15 pm – 3:15 pm||Afternoon Breakouts|
Wellness & Benefits
You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your wellness program. The problem is that employees don’t seem engaged and aren’t participating the way you had hoped. This session, led by a benefits communication expert, will deliver a road map for educating the workforce on your company’s benefits through total rewards statements and other strategic communications that foster engagement and gets them to actually take advantage of—and appreciate—the valuable resources available to them.
-The top 5 reasons benefit communication strategies fail
Engagement & Culture
There was a push to replace traditional annual performance reviews, and many larger employers like Adobe, Microsoft, IBM, Deloitte, Dell, and General Electric hopped on the bandwagon. But, recent research suggests that doing away with formal ratings might backfire. CEB reported that at organizations where performance-rating systems had been abandoned, employee performance dropped by 10 percent. Engagement went down, too, by 6 percent.
This session will provide:
-Research into the most effective ways to provide feedback to today’s workforce
|3:15 pm – 3:45 pm||Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments|
|3:45 pm – 4:45 pm||Afternoon Breakouts Continue|
Wellness & Benefits
Right now, the ultimate fate of the Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, and the $69 billion proposed merger between CVS and Aetna is being billed as a potential game-changer in terms of how medical treatment is rendered. What’s the practical impact of the latest healthcare plan trends—both inside and out of the political arena? Employers need to balance the goal of providing the workforce and their dependents with affordable, quality health care options against what works best for the financial bottom line. This session will delve into what businesses can do to improve plan offerings to make them more cost friendly—so employees truly recognize their value—while ensuring their alignment to underlying business objectives.
Engagement & Culture
Technology, social media, and complexity are uniting generations through passion-oriented cohorts rather than socio-historical cohorts, and companies that match employees to their passions will result in better retention, teamwork, and organizational results. Yvette Montero Salvatico previously led efforts at The Walt Disney Company to establish Future Workforce Insights to identify future workforce trends and leverage foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities. She’ll share her research on the shifting workforce of the future and the concept of the Generation Cohort.
-An overview of trends that point to a shift in the concept of “generations.”
|4:45 pm – 6:00 pm||Networking Happy Hour|
|6:00 pm||Exhibits Close for the Day|
|6:00 am – 6:45 am||Early Bird Meet-Up (Mindful Meditation or Power Walk)|
|7:00 am – 8:00 am||Breakfast
|7:00 am – 3:15 pm||Exhibits Open|
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||Opening Keynote: Applying Design Thinking to Strengths|
|Presented by John K. Coyle, The Art of Really LivingThrough the metaphor of sport, Olympic silver speed-skating medalist, NBC sports analyst, TEDx presenter, and the founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, John K. Coyle will teach you how individuals and teams within your organization can use innovation to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses) to achieve exceptional performance.
His energetic and empowering talk will:
-Introduce you to the concept of “design thinking,” and the possibilities it opens
|9:15 am – 10:15 am||Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: How to Create and Manage Effective, Collaborative, and Inspired Teams|
|Presented by: Margaret (Magi) Graziano, Keen Alignment
Exceptional teamwork can take your company from good to great. This session will reveal the secrets workplaces that rock share for establishing and maintaining cultures that are collaborative and positively impact their business goals.You’ll learn:
-How to create a seamless flow of communication—a key challenge many employers face amid today’s distributed workforce
|10:15 am – 10:45 am||Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments|
|10:45 am – 11:45 am||20 Budget-Friendly Tricks for Enhancing Company Culture|
|Nap pods; unlimited, free food; laundry service. These are just some examples of employee perks that companies like Google provide to the workforce. But, Google, and companies like it, have deep pockets that many small-to-mid-size employers just don’t have. And, when thinking about organizational culture, perks are just one slice of the pie. To truly embrace and enhance business culture, workplaces need to pay close attention to other factors, too, such as employee engagement, collaboration, values, and personal and professional goals.
This session will provide:
-Low-to-no cost ways that work for boosting your company’s culture
|11:55 am – 12:55 pm||Proactive Employees = Productive Employees!|
|Presented by Vanessa M.Terzian of Terzian Law Partners, APC and Author of Executors, Trustees and Beneficiaries
We are a reactive society that is governed by a reactive government… Why should I be proactive? For that matter, why should my company be proactive? Is this new thinking? Could this be useful to those employees that are faced with responsibility? Having your employees “think” proactively could save them and your company time and money down the road. This session will demonstrate how being proactive will make a more productive, happy, and engaged employee.
-What employers can and should be doing to support their employees
Plus, you’ll get a free copy of Vanessa Terzian’s book, Emerging Trends!
|12:55 pm – 1:55 pm||Networking Lunch|
|1:55 pm – 2:55 pm||Afternoon Breakouts|
Wellness & Benefits
Can workplace wellness programs translate into bottom line financial and strategic results? You bet they can! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that individual and family health issues saps productivity at U.S.-based companies to the tune of $1,685 per employee (or collectively) $225.8 billion per year. The link between wellness and health, and engagement and overall business success shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Healthier people are often happier and experience lower rates of absenteeism. Wellness programs may also be a big benefit for companies looking to boost retention rates and their recruitment efforts. But, how are today’s wellness plans different from those of the past, and what can businesses expect in terms of the return on investment when rolling out new initiatives to employees’ financial health, trends in parental and caregiver leave, bettering mental and emotional health, managing stress and anxiety and more?
This session will cover:
-Research demonstrating incentives today’s employees want and those they likely could care less about
Engagement & Culture
Engaged workers care, disengaged workers don’t—and your business will pay for it. Annual employment engagement surveys can still be a useful tool for taking a barometer on employee commitment. The problem is the results rarely lead to proactive changes. Businesses that approach engagement more holistically, by marrying engagement surveys with people analytics have a better chance of success. People analytics can deliver valuable insights into whether employees believe their ideas are valued, how involved they are in making decisions, and whether there’s room for their growth at the company.
This session will cover:
-The most meaningful ways people analytics can be used to get a pulse on engagement/disengagement at your company
|2:55 pm – 3:15 pm||Networking & Refreshments|
|3:15 pm||Exhibits Close|
|3:15 pm – 4:15 pm||Afternoon Breakouts Continue|
Wellness & Benefits
Wellness programs can help lower health care costs and boost productivity in the workplace, since absenteeism rates may diminish when workers aren’t sick as often. Many employers have rolled out or are considering launching wearables-based initiatives to help employees stay on track with fitness and overall health goals. Others are taking it a step further by inserting wearables into company identification badges so they can track and measure employee well being. For instance, Humanyze, a Boston-based start-up, has launched an opt-in “Sociometric Badge,” a microwearable that collects data on the workforce and analyzes it to identify trends. Badge sensors track posture, location, tone, and conversation speed.
This is certainly an emerging area, and during this forward-facing session, HR leaders will learn:
-The latest statistics on why companies are rolling out wearables-based initiatives right now—and examples of companies that are experiencing desired results
Engagement & Culture
The accusations of sexual impropriety by Hollywood A-listers, politicians, and broadcast journalists continue to fly. And, every week it seems like the accused and their employers are drowning in a sea of #MeToo claims, which can prove devastating to businesses accused of perpetuating a “boy’s club” mentality that fosters a culture of harassment and even turns a blind eye to it. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll—nearly half (48 percent) of currently employed U.S. women surveyed reported that they had experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. Thus, this is a widespread problem nationwide, and one that requires HR’s thoughtful attention. Whether you have a serial harasser in your workplace or not, it’s important that your overall culture doesn’t encourage or quietly condone this type of unlawful, demoralizing, and disengaging conduct. This timely session will examine recent cases illustrating the ways in which aggressive business practices may foster a culture that breeds harassment claims, including the latest allegations against many business executives currently in the news due to allegations of their reprehensible conduct.
-How the tone of a workplace may foster or thwart harassment culture—and signs that a company may be particularly vulnerable to costly legal claims against it
|4:15 pm||Conference Adjourns|
Venue and Accommodations
14 Barnard Street
Savannah, Georgia, USA, 31401
Room Rate: $189
Call 1-888-421-1442 for Reseverations.
Reference Workplace Violence Conference room block when making reservation.
Reservation cut-off date: February 7, 2018
Self-Parking: Andaz Savannah is attached to the Whitaker Street Garage, with convenient underground parking or valet parking is $28 per night.
Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided both days.
Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks provided on Day One.
Morning refreshment break only provided on Day Two.
Welcome reception immediately following the final session of Day One.
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Recertification Credit Information
This program has been pre-approved for 12.0 hours of general recertification credit toward PHR and SPHR recertification. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
Business & Legal Resources (BLR) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 12.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the SHRM Certification website at www.shrm.org/certification.