Better is a new podcast series from Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture. Each episode offers tips, strategy, and advice from executives at Certified companies that make their workplace culture a top priority, because they know it’s ultimately better for their people, better for business, and better for the world. In each episode, host Christopher Tkaczyk chats with business leaders from some of the world’s best workplaces to learn more about the tools companies need to become better by focusing on the business case—and the results—that come from putting people first. Learn more at greatplacetowork.com
Summit Series: Season 2: “When we trust each other, everything becomes possible.” An Interview with Aron Ain, CEO of UKG
Aron Ain, CEO of UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), in this episode shares that “trust is the magic glue” that makes personal and professional relationships work, thrive and do well. Building on 70 years of experience from two leaders in HR and workforce management solutions, UKG combines the strength and innovation of Ultimate Software and Kronos—two Fortune 100 Best companies who merged on April 1, 2020. Ain explains that when you trust each other you can solve problems with customers, you can solve problems with each other, and you can have opportunities to help your employees to grow and expand. Listen in to hear clear takeaways from Ain on how to create a culture of trust which is the foundation of a great place to work.
Summit Series: Season 2: Carolyn Slaski of EY in Conversations with Tina Tchen, President & CEO of TIME'S UP
In this episode, Carolyn Slaski, EY Americas Vice Chair – Talent speaks in conversation with Tina Tchen, President & CEO of TIME’S UP on how EY as an organization shares TIME'S UP mission to create workplace cultures where everyone in the workplace can feel safe, respected and able to reach their full potential. Slaski and Tchen speak on what it takes to make employees feel like they really belong. They discuss how gender equality will only exist when transformation leaders make it their mission, as well as all employees must be willing and vulnerable to do the work. Caring about, talking about and actively working on gender equality all the time is an enterprise imperative. Listen to their stirring conversation for inspiration and hope.
Summit Series: Season 2: Great Place to Work Interview with SVP, Chief Innovation & Diversity Officer, Tony Bond with Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor, Fortune
In this episode Tony Bond, SVP, Chief Diversity & Innovation Officer at Great Place to Work and Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor at Fortune magazine, share how important it is to stop fearing conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. They share ways they believe you can safely bring up DE&I without having it come back on you in a negative way as well as their advice to leaders on how they must make these issues a top business priority. This interview also includes their sentiments on how under-representation is an embarrassing problem to have and how imperative it is that corporate leaders stop believing it's a competitive advantage to keep quiet about it. Their conversation will most likely make you feel frustrated on what hasn't been done, but will also leave you incredibly inspired that change can and will be made. Be sure to subscribe to McGirt's column "RaceAhead" HERE.
Summit Series: Season 2: Great Place to Work Discussion with Marcus Erb, VP, Data Science & Innovation and Sarah Lewis-Kulin, VP, Best Workplaces List Research
Summit Series: Season 2: How to be a Profitable Company, that's also a Great Place To Work: A conversation with Jim Kavanaugh, CEO & CO-Founder of World Wide Technology
Jim Kavanaugh is the CEO and Co-Founder of World Wide Technology (WWT), a technology solutions provider with more than $11.3 billion in annual revenue and more than 6,000 employees globally. It serves the technology needs of large public and private organizations around the globe, including many of the world's best known brands. In this interview, Jim shares how WWT shares out its culture to it's employees in a way that creates flexibility and creativity, but also creates enough guidance and, rigor, to what the company's values are and what its leadership concepts include. Jim explains how he and his executive team have been very disciplined about integrated management leadership curriculum and how it's a huge part of WWT's success and early on focus of their mission. Listen in to hear Jim explain these concepts they look at it as a three legged stool. All three legs of the stool need to be working in synchronization. If one of them is not working, the model doesn't work.
Summit Series: Season 2: The Ways We Work An Interview With AbbVie CHRO Tim Richmond
Tim Richmond leads AbbVie’s global human resources function, focused on employee engagement and driving business performance through culture. He is a driving force behind AbbVie’s diverse talent pipeline. In this interview, Tim shares how important it is to set clear standards, clear expectations, and give people a north star. Tim delves into the five pillars of what AbbVie call the “Ways We Work.” These pillars engage AbbVie employees, allowing them to put themselves out there, feel trusted, and feel supported, which is all critical to AbbVie’s culture. Learn what differentiates a good company from a great company and how that's ultimately where everyone’s aspiration should lie.
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Can’t miss for anyone trying to build and scale a world class culture. It is approachable in nature and so informative.
Looking forward to more episodes!
Great management insights for today’s business leaders
I found the first two episodes full of inspiration and practical advice for leading an organization or team. The guests both had a ‘common sense’ approach to creating a culture where people are empowered to help you achieve your business goals. I appreciate the emphasis on people as the way to grow the business — after all, it’s typically our biggest investment/expense and the employee experience should be thought about just as much as the customer experience. Happy employers make for happy customers.