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Practical Talk: Addressing Workplace Issues

Smart In Your World
Our monthly webinar series tackles the legal, cultural, and political changes in the workplace, providing insights to help you navigate the onslaught of information, misinformation, and change in our working world.

Led by ArentFox Schiff Labor & Employment Partner Darrell Gay and Co-Founder and Futurist at i4cp Jay Jamrog, each session includes a panel of guests to provide unique, industry-specific insights.

The Future of Work Series

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The Changing Nature of Work, the Workplace, and the Workforce

December 7, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 ET PM

Since March 2020, anxiety and stress have driven society and the workplace. We seemed to careen from one stressful crisis to another: a global pandemic, an economic collapse, social upheavals, and political turmoil. At times it seemed like society was going to have a collective nervous breakdown, and it is continuing. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the future, but most people would agree that the way we live, work, and play will never be the same. This presents countless questions about the future of work, the workplace, and the workforce, including what old rules need to be broken, re-written or discarded as employers and employees alike try to adjust to a new work environment. For example:

  • Should organizations consider revising their operations?
  • Have employees’ expectations about work and the workplace changed and how?
  • What does this mean for the relationship between the employer and employees?
  • Technology is rapidly changing the way work is done – what will be the impact on the workforce?
  • How should employers handle a hybrid work environment?

This session will provide an overview of the major trends that will impact the future of work, the workplace, and the workforce. In 2023, Practical Talk will be taking a deeper dive into the following specific issues:

The New World of Employing, Engaging, and Retaining Talent

January 11, 2023, 12:00  1:00 ET PM

The Pandemic ushered in a seismic shift in the labor market. For the first time in decades, workers appear to have more influence than employers. Employees, especially those with highly sought-after skills, are leveraging this new position by demanding more control and flexibility over where they work, when they work, and how they work. What steps can an employer take to retain, recruit, and manage staff? Does going back to work have to mean going to the work site? This session will discuss the “best” and “next” practices that employers need to consider implementing to attract and retain, as well as manage the staff they currently have.

Managing, Training, and Maximizing the workforce in the new Hybrid Work Era

February 1, 2023, 12:00 1:00 ET PM

Employers are struggling with training workers and creating and maintaining a productive culture with partial or fully remote talent. Several studies by i4cp show that talent mobility directly supports short-term business needs and longer-term workforce readiness by enabling employees to gain experience and develop careers. Unfortunately, talent mobility is nonexistent or underutilized in many organizations. Data collected by i4cp make it clear: too many organizations have managers and leaders who fail to take the necessary steps to help their organizations thrive with the employees they have and/or help those employees maximize their potential, which would benefit both the employees and the organization. This session will present a panel discussing the challenges and opportunities related to talent mobility and developing workforce skills.

The Importance of Leadership: Managers Developing Talent

March 1, 2023, 12:00 1:00 ET PM

Over the last few years, i4cp has heard numerous success stories where organizations let “managers manage.” As strategies and priorities seemed to change overnight, these “people leaders” became fixated on developing talent to address the changing business needs. They encouraged top talent to rise to the challenge and take on more visible roles. They also broke down silos and shared learning and best practices across the organization. This session will have a panel that will discuss the opportunities and challenges of encouraging managers to develop talent. In addition, the panel will discuss the roles of first-line, middle, and C-Suite management in this process.

Connecting Our Talent Developers with the Need for Future Skills

April 5, 2023, 12:00 1:00 ET

Over 70% of global executives told i4cp that skills shortages pose the greatest potential for disruption to business over the next three years – ahead of inflation, supply chain interruption, geopolitical instability, and other factors. Unfortunately, most of those organizations said they don’t know the skills of their current workforces, what they will need in the next one to three years, or how to effectively bridge any gaps. In addition to not knowing how to identify and develop internally, companies need our educators to better prepare the pipeline of workers for the jobs of not only tomorrow but for the positions of today. Building both an internal skill incubator process as well as partnering with our school systems could help bridge the gap that is growing wider and wider.  This session will present a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for building and maintaining an internal and external source of workers.

The Role of Technology in our New World of Work

May 3, 2023, 12:00 1:00 ET

Over the last few years, technology has developed systems that perform many of the services traditionally provided by “Administrative or Support Talent.”  Then during the Pandemic, work was accomplished by almost everyone remotely. The combination of these factors calls into question whether support talent is necessary and, if so, can their services be replaced by technology or outsourced to a less expensive locality. This session will present a panel discussion on the functionality and value of the “support or administrative talent."

Getting Culture Right Today and in the Future

June 7, 2023, 12:00 1:00 ET

An organization’s culture is its brand. Culture is “felt” by people because of what is done, condoned, rewarded, encouraged, and penalized. Toxic company culture is the number one reason workers are quitting jobs or feeling a need for third-party intervenors. Indeed, a toxic culture is 10.4 times more likely to contribute to attrition than compensation. On the other hand, a healthy culture can contribute over 30% of the variance in market performance. In addition, the issue of ESG is becoming an important concern for companies. This session will discuss how to plan, build, and maintain a healthy culture in this new world of work.

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COVID-19, Delta, Omicron - What Do We Do Now?

February 1, 2022, 12:00 1:00 ET

Two years into the COVID pandemic the only certainty is uncertainty. This monthly webinar series will tackle the legal, cultural, and political changes in the workplace, providing insights to help you navigate the onslaught of information, misinformation and change in our working world.

The Crisis in the Labor Market - What Do We Do Now?

March 8, 2022, 12:00 1:00 ET

Has the pandemic permanently changed the labor market? Many have suggested that for the first time in decades the employee has all the leverage; resulting in significant challenges when it comes to finding and keeping talent. In this new environment, companies need to know how to modify and/or change their approach to recruiting, developing, and retaining talent to be competitive.

The War for Talent is Over… and Talent Won - Where Do Organizations Go from Here?

April 5, 2022, 12:00 1:00 ET

As we move from pandemic to endemic, employees have gained a more significant say on what the future of the workplace will look like. Companies need to understand this new shift in power and the potential impact on their businesses to move forward successfully.

Braving the New Worlds of Work - Drilling Down on the "How"

May 16, 2022, 12:00 1:00 ET

The pandemic threw companies and employees into chaos and created enormous challenges for Human Resources departments. As the dust begins to settle, many challenges still remain from handling flexible and remote work arrangements, finding and retaining employees, to managing in this new work environment.

Practical Talk: Social Justice and the Role of Companies – Where Do We Go From Here?

June 27, 2022, 12:00 1:00 ET

Companies are facing enormous social, cultural, and political issues, from the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, LGBTQ laws, to the recent massacre in Buffalo catapulting racial and social justice issues once again to the forefront. Facing pressure from communities and employees to take a stand and from shareholders and politicians to remain neutral can be extremely hard for companies to navigate.

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