"People, Promises, and Predictability"

Presented by: Brian Clapp – Keynote
8:15 – 9:15am

As organizations, leaders, and employees look ahead and prepare for that elusive “new normal”, the path forward is determined by the interrelated dynamics related to people, promises, and predictability. Organizations are grappling with the impact of their people strategy, the implication of promises kept and promises broken, and the limitations of predictability. Now more than ever, managing, monitoring, and responding to these important issues will determine the path to success.

"Three Human Capital Strategies: A New Look at Managing Remotely"

Presented by: Joseph DiStefano
9:15am – 10:15am

The impact of COVID-19 has mandated that working remotely become a reality for the vast majority of the workforce. This has put a significant strain on both the managers responsible for results and individuals responsible for delivering them.

The associated challenges of this shift are requiring greater attention to intentionally evolve and adjust to the socio-emotional aspects related to the individual, as well as virtual team performance and cohesion.

This presentation will highlight the following three key management strategies to lead and effectively manage a remote workforce:

  • Emotional Intelligence: What it is, why it matters and a strategy to utilize it in a virtual setting.
  • A Coach-Approach to Leadership: Adapting coaching fundamentals to a style of management intended to strengthen virtual teams and relationships, and improve individual empowerment, accountability and creativity.
  • High-Performance Environments (Creating/Sustaining): Deliberately integrating the desired culture to improve productivity and employee engagement in an off-site setting.

"HR’s Big Challenge: COVID-19, Politics, and Their Impact on Employee Mental Health"

Presented by: Eric Meyer, Erin Galbally and Katharine Hartman
10:50 – 11:50am

Adults in the United States experience mental health issues at an alarming rate.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, each year, 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental illness.  During that same period, approximately 1 in 25 adults experience a serious mental illness that interferes with a major life activity.  These statistics have real implications for employer bottom lines, resulting in lost productivity, increased absences, and in some instances, safety concerns. The events of the past 12 months (COVID-19 and politics) have only compounded these concerns. This presentation will address mental health and job performance, accommodating mental illness under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and safely returning employees to the workplace.

"Workplace Culture"

Presented by: Mary Cheddie
12:00 – 1:00pm

Workplace culture affects our teams every day. People join a company for the “company” but leave due to their manager or because of an ethical mismatch – meaning the organization’s culture does not meet the person’s ethical standards. Did you know that senior managers are more likely than lower-level managers to break the rules and that managers at all levels are responsible for 60% of workplace misconduct? In our time together, we’ll review the current state of workplace ethics, why good ethics are good for business, the elements of an ethical workplace culture, HR strategies to build an ethical culture, and the importance of ethical practices as an HR competency.

“Looking Back, Going Forward: Employment Law Changes That Need To Be On Every Employer’s Radar”

Presented by: Jeff Daitz & Jacqueline Voronov

  • COVID-19 vaccination: to mandate or not to mandate? Key legal and practical considerations
  • Managing employee leave requests
  • COVID-19 related litigation and what employers can learn from recent court decisions

"Preparing for the Next Chapter of COVID-19: Legal Guidance As Workplaces Reopen"

Presented by: Meghan O’Brien

  • Employers are tasked with ensuring a safe workplace for their employees, while also being careful not to intrude into employee’s privacy. This presentation will discuss whether employers can, and should, test for Covid-19 and implement a mandatory vaccination policy.
  • As a result of the pandemic, telework became the new norm. As workplaces begin to re-open, employers should anticipate requests from both applicants and employees asking to continue working from home. The presentation will address how to properly handle a request for remote work.
  • Many employers and employees are of the opinion that telework is no longer just an option to offer, but a necessary mode of work in the future. The presentation will discuss the importance of implementing a telework policy and tips to assist employers in doing so.