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Retaining Top Talent

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @10am

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Guest Host:

Tawny Alvarez
Partner
Verrill Dana

Tawny is a partner in Verrill Dana’s labor and employment practice group.  She believes that a company’s culture defines its business and prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work.

Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

Guest:

Caitlin Miller
Director of Human Resources
Big Tree Hospitality

Retaining Top Talent –

On this episode of HR Power Hour we talk to Caitlin Miller, Director of Human Resources for Big Tree Hospitality.

We will talk with Caitlin about what the James Beard Award-Winning restaurants are doing to attract and maintain top talent in an industry that in the past has been considered to attract only individuals who are looking for a job and not a career.

Focusing on job benefits that are helping Big Tree to retain talented individuals within the industry while simultaneously creating a culture that believes strongly in giving back to the community, Caitlin will share the biggest issues that she is seeing in the hospitality industry related to talent acquisition and maintenance.

The Thriving Hive – Replay

Saturday, Februrary 16, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

Mari Ryan, MBA, NHP, CWP
CEO & Founder
Advancing Wellness
Author of
The Thriving Hive:
How People Centric Workplaces
Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results

The Thriving Hive –

The Thriving Hive is a simple, yet insightful story about a company CEO whose organization is no longer attracting and retaining the kinds of employees the organization needs to remain competitive and keep their customers happy.

Her mentor, the former CEO, introduces her to two very different beehives and his unconventional look at how organizations can support or diminish the well-being of their employees. The Dive Hive reveals the pitfalls of leadership that focuses on profits. While the Alive Hive shows how productive a workforce can be when the culture prioritizes employee well-being.

The story, replete with interesting characters, takes you on a journey as the bees experience hive-threatening situations and shows how each hive prepares for and deals with adversity. You’ll meet the management teams and worker bees who represent typical employees in any organization and learn from the CEO’s observations.

This business parable is a quick read for anyone who wants guidance for creating a culture of well-being, purpose, vitality, and satisfaction, for an all-encompassing employee experience.

The story shows why organizations should put their people first and why the well-being of the workforce is the most valuable asset of any business that wants to be successful for the long-term. In this book you will learn:

  • How to create an organizational culture that supports the well-being of the workforce
  • The link between employee well-being and engagement, productivity and commitment, and
  • Strategic viewpoints and tactical practices that support employee well-being.

Branding with Powerful Stories

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 10am

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Guest:

Greg Stone
President

Stone Communications

Branding with Powerful Stories –

Greg Stone carries “street credentials” from the years he spent as a journalist. He began his career as a writer at Time Inc. in New York and later worked as a TV reporter in Minneapolis, Boston, and on PBS.  Greg estimates he has conducted at least 15,000 interviews.

Turning down an offer to anchor at CNN in New York, he founded Stone Communications in 1989.  Since then he has consulted for a wide range of global leaders. Representative clients include Ancestry.com, Arbor Networks, Capital One, Citizens Bank, Dunkin’ Donuts, Fidelity Investments, Harvard Medical School, IBM, Lego, Massachusetts General Hospital, McKesson, MIT, 3M, Timberland, and many politicians. He is also a frequent guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School where he has an ongoing assignment to media-train the faculty.

Greg has written and directed hundreds of productions, ranging from 30-second commercials to corporate videos to feature films. His professional honors include three Emmy Nominations.

Greg is the author of the acclaimed book Artful Business: 50 Lessons from Creative Geniuses, designed to stimulate the imaginations of thinking managers. His new book Branding with Powerful Stories: The Villains, Victims and Heroes Model appears in December is an outgrowth of his seminal Harvard Business Review article about the irresistible lure of villains in communication. Greg is a sought-after speaker in the United States and abroad.

Ever curious about other cultures, he studied French, Italian and German as an undergraduate, earning an AB degree with honors from Harvard College, followed by two master’s degrees from Columbia University in journalism and business.

Greg resides just outside Boston with his wife. Their daughter is in medical school and their son in college. The family also includes a rescue dog.

HR Stranger Things – Year in Review

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 @10am

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Guest:

James P. Reidy
Shareholder
Sheehan Phinney

HR Stranger Things – Year in Review

Jim chairs the Sheehan Phinney’s labor and employment practice group. He practices in the areas of labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents management in organizations ranging from multi­national corporations, to closely ­held, family­-owned businesses, to not ­for­ profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the Firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well­ established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England.