We are happy to customize a topic for your group, but here are some idea starters.
Audiences love to hear from people who have been-there and done-that. We’re happy to moderate a panel of HR, Real Estate, or other experts, industry insiders, clients, and others or we can participate as a panelist in your session.
The State of Remote & Hybrid Work
In this session, Kate will share the latest data on who worked from home during the pandemic, who is still working from home, and who has returned to the office, pandemic-related job and residential moves and the motivations behind them, dependent care issues, the pros and cons of hybrid communications, employee desire for flexibility, intent to leave a current job, employee productivity, stress and its causes, pet adoption during the pandemic, how office spaces are changing, and much more.
The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Remote & Hybrid Work
Even before the pandemic, demographic and societal shifts were already pointing to the need for change in not just where people work, but the who, what, when, and how of work too. This session will reveal how these shifts are related and why its critical to address them holistically, rather than individually.
Hybrid Working is Hard. Here’s How to Ease the Pain.
Hybrid working is harder than being all-remote or all in the office. The biggest challenge lies in making the workplace experience equitable, regardless of where people are. This session will offer best practices for team norms, meeting norms, communications practices, managing by results, technology provisioning, and more.
Quantifying the Impact of Workplace Change: An ROI Approach
Changing your workplace strategy and business practices isn’t a one-and-done exercise. You must create measurable outcomes that can be monitored and continuously improved against changing organizational goals, such as reducing costs, enhancing collaboration, improving productivity and accelerating innovation. This session will offer an easy way to quantify the impact of workplace change.
The Business Case for a Sustainable Workforce: It’s about People
People cost far more than buildings. And they are far more valuable. They, not the machines they operate, the desks they occupy, or the technology they use are what ultimately creates shareholder value. Sadly, much of what has been called workplace strategy in recent years has been more about cutting costs than supporting people, frequently to the detriment of the latter. A dearth of research shows that happy, healthy, and engaged employees produce more and cost less.
Making the business case for new workplace strategies: The People, Planet & Profit Approach
Agile workplace strategies can save employers millions, but as one CEO put it, they are just “collateral savings.” The real benefits come from empowering people to do their best work. This session will show how leading organizations are redefining their workplaces and work processes to engage employees and what happens when they do.
The Impact of Work and Place on Wellness and Well-Being, Engagement, Productivity & the Bottom Line
Eighty percent of chronic diseases can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Chronic diseases not only account for 75% of all healthcare claims, they cost employers in many other ways such as absenteeism, presenteeism, insurance rates, engagement, morale, turnover, and more. Based on our white paper on the ROI of Well-Being, this session will look at how various workplace strategies can help both people and profits.
Rethinking the Workplace Experience
The “Workplace Experience” is an amalgamation of every interaction a person has with the work they do, the people they work for and with, the places they work, the company’s brand, and more. It begins even before someone is hired based on all they have experienced with the organization as a customer, shareholder or observer. It never ends in some cases.
Yikes, My flexible work program is being challenged by management. How do I defend it?
Popular media coverage of the reversal of flexible work policies at Yahoo and a handful of other organizations leads many to believe there is a trend away from agile and smart working schemes. In fact, the research shows this is categorically false. This session will separate the fact of the fiction and arm attendees with an approach for defending their programs.
Want to hire and retain the best and the brightest? Rethink the how, when and where of work.
Talent shortages are keeping CEOs up at night and they are only going to get worse in the decade ahead. This session will highlight the academic and “pracademic” research on how workplace strategy can improve attraction and retention across generations and cultures.
Why is workplace change so hard? Breaking the barriers to breaking down walls.
The C Suite may buy into the new workplace strategy, but unless the middle managers and other employees are on board, it’s going nowhere. This session will showcase best practices for engaging stakeholders in workplace change initiatives.
New ways of working: You’ll either lead, follow, or wonder where the heck your people have gone
The office occupancy statistics are in guess what, like Elvis, the employees have already left the building. The best and brightest can choose who they want to work for and 20th century workplace strategies aren’t high on their list. If you want to compete in the years ahead, you need to get on board the workplace train before it’s too late.
Workplace strategy: One size fits none
Everyone is looking for the holy grail of workplace strategy but it simply doesn’t exist. What works in one culture, company, geography, or even business group may not work somewhere else. This session will focus on techniques for better understanding what strategy will work best in your organization.
What’s in it for me? Answering the question on everyone’s mind when they’re asked to change old ways (or, The big not-so-easy of workplace change )
The majority of workplace change initiatives fail. Why? Because no one bothered to show their people why the change was needed and what it would mean to them. This session will focus on how to engage employees in workplace change to ensure success.
Setting goals and measuring the success of your workplace strategy initiative
Are you measuring the results of your workplace change program? If not, how will you know if the millions you spent was worth the effort? How will you convince your new boss, new management team, or new board members to support it? This session will focus on establishing baselines, setting goals, and measuring the success of your program.
The truth about workplace productivity
Results-based management: The key to workplace success
The biggest barrier to remote work is, and has been for over 3 decades, middle managers who mistake presence for performance. The truth is, unless they are managing by results, they aren’t managing at all, they’re babysitting—regardless of where and how people work. What’s more, they’re missing the opportunity to maximize employee performance. This interactive session will explore what it means to manage by results or performance and showcase examples of what happens when employers successfully make the transition.
Want to do more with less? Make your employees happy.
Happy employees perform better than unhappy ones. Recent studies actually prove it, though it seems pretty intuitively obvious. Oddly, few employers focus on employee happiness. This interactive brainstorming session will explore what employers can do influence employee happiness.
The impact of workplace on communication, collaboration, innovation
Many organizations are rearranging their office spaces to encourage collaboration, communication, and innovation, but do these strategies really work? Come find out what the research says in this informative session.
The Holy Grail: Measuring Performance in the Information Age
Some say you can’t measure productivity or performance in a knowledge economy but I don’t buy it. Just because there are no widgets to count doesn’t mean you can’t quantify productivity. This session will explore the what and how of measuring performance, particularly in the wake of a workplace change initiative.
How to make your presentations not suck: Avoiding death by PowerPoint
If you want to engage your customers, prospects, employees, or other audiences in what you have to say, you need to attend this session. This session will showcase best practices for presenting what you have to say in a way that keeps your audience’s fingers off their keyboards, cell phones, and other gadgets.
Workplace on the Edge: Why Managing Change is Job One
Rapid change means your plans are probably already out of date. This session will provide a surprising glimpse of the future and look at how bleeding-edge technology will reshape the workplace. Guidelines for anticipating, managing, and even leveraging change will be offered.
Kate Lister has spoken at industry events for organizations and sponsors including Citrix, Verizon, SXSW, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, HackingHR, SaaStr, Compucom, Saltmine, Government Grad School, Henry Stewart Talks, Commute.org, The Treasury Executive Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management, Dropbox, Corporate Real Estate for Executive Women, the Facilities Management Association, Association for Commuter Transportation, Greenbuild, CoreNet, WorldatWork, Verizon, Orange, and many others.
In addition, Kate has delivered private executive briefings and presentations for Okta, Bridgestone, DLA Piper, Sharp Healthcare, Sodexo, U.S. Congress, FDA, USDA, USAble, and many others.