The Nation's Leading HR Event
Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent and Boost Productivity in 2018
March 8-9, 2018 | Savannah, Georgia
Does your employee engagement program have what it to takes to beat out the competition to attract and retain top top talent? HRDA 2018 will arm you with the tools and tactics you need to motivate your workforce, comply with the latest benefit and tax updates, prevent harassment and other culture-crushing issues, and implement wellness and feedback programs that really shine.
As an attendee, you will:
|Discover today’s top 10 employee engagement drivers and learn best practices for attracting, retaining and developing highly productive team|
|Identify the red flags making your company vulnerable to sexual harassment claims and develop processes to fix these gaps from the top down|
|Find out the most innovative ways high performance companies are motivating employees to increase market share, customer satisfaction, and profitability|
|Learn how to reengineer your company’s total rewards statements to gain a competitive advantage and attract high-performers|
|Learn what unique benefits top companies are rolling out to attract (and keep) great talent|
|Get strategies to redesign your wellness incentives so you are in compliance with the latest EEOC rules|
|Find out how the new tax bill will impact your organization|
|Meet Olympic medalist John Coyle and world-famous author Kevin Sheridan (and get an autographed copy of the best-selling book Building a Magnetic Culture!)|
Access the Latest Employee Engagement Strategies from Top Brands
Network and Ideashare with Peers and Experts
Earn Recertification Credits Towards Your Professional Advancement
Create a Powerful Action Plan to Protect Your Brand and Bottom Line
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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|
|Presented by Sangram Vajre, Termimus
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, featuring Terminus, which has been recognized as the #1 Best Place to Work by The Atlanta Business Journal, #1 in Employee Appreciation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and one of the Top 50 Best Workplaces in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine, 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 and lifestyle benefits. 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, and an industry leader in lifestyle benefits, 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 why the promises of fixing the performance management system never seem to pan out
|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? Come 2019, employers are likely going to need to redesign their wellness plan incentives, as federal regulations sit in legal limbo. Consider, too, that 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 how to improve plan offerings to make them more cost friendly—so employees truly recognize their value—while ensuring their alignment to underlying business objectives and legal requirements.
-How to identify the best program components that employees will love while meeting applicable legal requirements
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|
|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 Living
Through 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
1) deciding what to fix and what not to fix; and
-Help you identify when and what to delegate or outsource
|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
Presented by Briana Scearcy, Stoneridge Software
|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
The most comprehensive business impact study of employee surveys unearths surprising workplace elements that are key to driving actual business outcomes. Rather than repeat the same tired talking point of “only 30% of employees are engaged”, Strategic Management Decisions (SMD) has updated its latest three-year study of employee surveys and its direct, cause-effect impact on the true bottom line. During this session, SMD Co-Founder Scott Mondore will share revealing insights into the impact engagement has on business outcomes and address whether engagement is worthy of all the hype in the context of your employee surveys.
During this session, you’ll learn:
-The key drivers of business outcomes from employee surveys across industries
|2:55 pm – 3:15 pm||Networking & Refreshments|
|3:15 pm||Exhibits Close|
|3:15 pm – 4:15 pm||Afternoon Breakouts Continue|
Wellness & Benefits
Presented by Carla McCormick, Fallon Benefits Group
The adoption of wearable healthcare and fitness-related devices has proven to be critical in increasing engagement and improving population health. Wearable health technology integrates three distinctly beneficial trends—connected information, community, and gamification. By harnessing this technology, we have the ability to build excitement and create accurate perspectives of both personal and population health through data analytics. In this 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|
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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.