• The Secret Behind Beating Burnout - Workshop

    Because of the success of our burnout meetup last month we have decided to host a burnout workshop led by the behavioral science expert and Beaconforce Co-Founder, Christian Zoli. Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Dfzm28 Early Bird $15 Regular Price $30 “A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes.” - Gallup Burnout has become a buzzword in today’s world, many people call it the disease of the modern workplace. Gallup found that two-thirds of full-time workers have experience burnout on the job. Not surprisingly, the consequences of burnout are felt beyond the individual level. Because of it, organizations are experiencing an increase in sick days, an increase in turnover and a decrease in productivity. However, there is a common misconception about what burnout is and its main causes. As a highly stressed modern society, burnout is often referred to as stress and the causes of it are usually assumed to be an excessive amount of workload and a lack of work/life balance. This is an incorrect assumption and the main reason why companies are failing to understand how to prevent burnout. Burnout can be influenced not only by the environment created by organizations but most importantly by the way people are managed. In this 2 hour workshop you will learn: How to identify burnout symptoms and take action before it’s too late Practical ways to use intrinsic motivation as a tool to prevent burnout How to keep your people in the zone without getting burnout How to foster a positive emotional context in your team to prevent burnout Who is this event for? Founders, leaders, and managers who want to create an environment in which productivity increases alongside people’s development and well being. About the facilitator: Christian Zoli is a behavioral science expert who specializes in its application in change management, organizational behavior, culture, and generational gap. His research focuses on human behavior and decision processes ranging from positive psychology to cognitive sciences, communication, and behavioral economics. During the last ten years, he has developed an interdisciplinary approach mixing up game design thinking with scientific discoveries and business-driven empirical evidence upon which he built a framework for understanding and managing people engagement, fulfillment, and motivation. He is the VP of Product and Co-Founder of Beaconforce, a technological solution that is bringing his management framework to thousands of users around the world.

  • Beating the Burden of Burnout

    General Assembly

    Get your tickets on Eventbrite today: https://bit.ly/2yjrU0X Burnout is frequently confused with feeling extremely tired at the end of the workday. This is not the case, however. Rather, burnout is a type of chronic stress that has vast implications to both physical, and mental health of people. This danger is much more prevalent in our organization’s high performers. High performers provide organizations tremendous value, in fact, research shows that high performers are 400% more productive than the average performer. This level of performance, however, cannot be maintained long-term. In fact, 1 in 5 highly engaged employees is at risk of burning out. This puts organizations in a very difficult position. How do we create an environment in which we keep these employees drive and performance while maintaining their long-term health and well-being? Even though statistics like these are out there, organizations today keep pushing their best to the brink of burnout. What steps can we take on an organizational, managerial, and internal level to mitigate this risk, and create a better work environment for us all? Key Takeaways: - Understanding how every individual can contribute to reducing the risk of burnout - How to identify employees who are at risk of burning out - Establishing a culture that balances performance and employee well-being Speakers: Lindsey Caplan, Director of Talent Development at Credit Karma Max Shkud, Head of People Development and OD for Microsoft Silicon Valley Justin Schiefner, Director of People and Culture at Moovweb Christopher Vanzetta, Senior People and Culture Manager at Reddit Christina Sanders, Executive Coach at Torch More speakers to be announced!

  • The Future of L&D: Human-centric Learning

    General Assembly

    Register here: https://bit.ly/2LFaG37 What does it mean to have human-centric learning and development focus? Why is this important to prepare organizations for future talent development needs? Based on LinkedIn Workplace Learning report the #1 priority in talent development for executives in 2018 is training for soft skills. While it’s true that technology advances and automation are playing a huge part on the type of skills companies are looking for, we can’t forget the impact of soft skills development in performance. In an era of innovation, productivity has been stagnating. The gap between these is due to a lack of attention to the things that make us human and therefore motivates us to change and perform better. As human beings, we have specific and unique needs that have evolved with the new generation of employees. To be able to fulfill them will help companies create a competitive advantage by helping their people to reach their full potential. What does this mean for the future of learning and development? Join Beaconforce and Udemy to hear from innovative pioneers who are changing the future of L&D. Key Takeaways: What it means to make your learning efforts more human-focused How to fulfill the new generation of employees’ development needs What skills you can focus on to have a human approach to learning Agenda: 5:30pm - 6:00pm: Registration and Networking 6:00pm - 6:30 pm: Panel 6:30pm - 7:00 pm: Groups Discussions 7:00pm - 7:20 pm: Group Sharing 7:20pm - 7:40pm: Q&A Speakers: Shelley Osborne - Head of L&D at Udemy Luca Rosetti - CEO of Beaconforce Sunita Arora - Head of Manager Development at Levi's More Speakers to be announced!

  • Diversity ✔ Inclusion ✔ What about Belonging?

    General Assembly

    Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2K8tJlw LinkedIn’s Inside the Mind of Today’s Candidate survey of over 6,000 global professionals reveals some insights on what employees say they need to feel like they belong. All employees want to be recognized not just for showing up, but for offering something unique to the organization Greg Walton’s (a psychologist at Stanford University) research shows that mitigating threats to a sense of belonging help minorities significantly reduce stress levels, consequently improving physical health, emotional well-being, and performance. Even with all this research, the sense of belonging is still a developing concept, which often confused with diversity and inclusion (D&I). Fortunately, more and more HR professionals realize that D&I is the best tool they can use to create a sense of belonging. Now, creating a wide sense of belonging can become the competitive advantage for any company. In our event, our panel of experts will share their valuable insights concerning how we can create cultures and initiatives our companies can employ to create the best environment for belonging to develop. Key Takeaways: • What are the differences between traditional D&I initiatives and the new approach which include a sense of belonging. • How storytelling can help increase a sense of belonging. • How to create a trustful and secure environment in a company. • “Culture add” - shaping the culture rather than fitting into it. Speakers: Ellen Petry Leanse, Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker Daniel Sonsino, Founder of Guia Human Resources Consulting Tyler Muse, Founder and CEO of Lingo Live Tina Greenbaum, CEO of Mastery Under Pressure

  • Managing with Emotional Intelligence: Amp Up Your Team's performance

    Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ei-management-amp-up-your-teams-performance-tickets-47741482058?aff=Meetup What does a high-performance culture mean in your company? In today’s workforce, this can’t be limited to a reflection of your employees’ annual performance review. It is a unique formula which explains why and how people do their job better than they did it before they joined your company. McKinsey’s research identifies that organizations with higher performing cultures create a 3x return to shareholders, and it’s one of the most essential drivers of business performance. Creating a high-performance culture is one of the ways to differentiate yourself from your competitors, and it is an opportunity to have a competitive advantage which will be impossible to copy. How do we create a high performing culture? The first barrier for creating an effective and efficient workforce environment is the lack of emotional intelligence (EI), which is one of the most relevant and important leadership skills. As a manager, it’s a daily challenge to understand employees’ needs, support them with lifelong education and inspire them towards new achievements. In our event, we will share with you how EI should be a crucial element of a high performing culture and can help you design a unique environment. Additionally, it will help your team members to reach their full potential and create those different experiences which will drive the company to achieve extraordinary business results. Key Takeaways: Which behavior changes can unlock your business performance How to develop emotional intelligence (EI) skills in your leaders What aspects of the organization should we change to get the behaviors we seek Panelists: - Christopher Westcott, VP of Culture and Employee Experience at the Federal Reserve Bank - Allan Hall, VP at Heffernan Insurance Brokers - Lynnea Brinkerhoff, Senior Consultant at Brinkerhoff Consulting - Lamya Alaoui, Managing Director at CoachMya - Sarah (SMK) Mills-Krutilek, Recruiter and Thought Partner at Dropbox SMK - Lisa Paredes, Brand and Community Manager at Beaconforce

  • Human Interaction in the Future of Work


    Register at: https://bit.ly/2xUy2zY Speakers: Aaron Lifshin, CEO and Founder of MeetingPulse Mala Grewal, CEO and Founder of The Talent Catalyst Caroline Quick, Principal of T3 Advisors Lisa Paredes, Brand and Community at Beaconforce Alex Furman, Culture and People Analytics and Founder of Invitae Sergey Patsko, Engagement Leader of General Electric Digital Description: According to the Gartner report, one of five workers will have AI as their co-worker by 2022. By 2020, 85% of all customer interactions will be managed by machines without any human input. The same may very well be true for employee interaction. For this reason, coordinating with others is one of the top five skills deemed essential by the World Economic Forum. When talking about shaping the future of work, we must now always keep the collaboration between humans and AI in mind. For example, new technologies such as chatbots, contribute to the reduction of communications between people. This then puts into perspective the question: “should we invest in creating more human connections?”. Additionally, communication is more of a challenge than ever before, as many companies manage business globally with several offices around the world and teams have sometimes a 12-hour time difference between them. Should leadership adapt to remote teams? Should the HR department be more involved in the development of a collaborative culture? How will technology play a role in this future reality? Key Takeaways: • How to create a more human experience at work in the future • How to create a collaborative environment for the transformed workplace • The difference between communication strategy for startups and corporations • How to develop communication and cognitive flexibility skills for the new type of leaders Agenda • 5:30–6:00 p.m. – Registration and mingling • 6:00–6:30 p.m. – Panel • 6:30–7:00 p.m. – Group activity using case studies • 7:00–7:20 p.m. – Group sharing • 7:20–7:30 p.m. – Q&A and wrap up • 7:30–8:30 p.m. – Networking with food and drinks.

  • Social Mixer & Happy Hour

    Dada sf

    Hello everyone, For this month’s Bay Area HR Professionals Meetup, we would like to invite you to our happy hour social mixer. This will take place instead of our topic discussions so you can unwind from your stressful week with a couple of drinks and great conversation. This will be a fun and relaxing way to network with other individuals that are interested in the future of people management. Venue: Dada SF (65 Post Street) Date: Thursday 24th of May Time: 16:30 We are looking forward to seeing you again! Best, The Beaconforce Team

  • Digital Learning is here, What now?

    General Assembly

    Please remember to get your ticket on our Eventbrite to be able to access the event http://bit.ly/2psmIEq Why do employees demand learning and development resources, but don’t make the time to learn? What is the missing link to successful learning programs? Companies are depending more on digital learning solutions to meet the needs of a hungry for learning and multigenerational workforce. 90% of companies offer digital learning today. However, the number 1 challenge for talent development is getting employees to make time for learning. What is preventing employees from having the time to learn? How is this affecting teams’ productivity and companies’ talent retention? Key Takeaways: - What is the difference between creating learning programs and supporting employees on their learning journey - What should managers focus on to drive and support learning in their teams - What are the challenges and obstacles to continuous learning and how to overcome them Stay tuned for speakers announcements!!

  • Adopting Change: Practical Insights from Industry Leaders

    Please register on Eventbrite to be able to access the event: http://bit.ly/2EXmeQo To thrive in today’s dynamic business environment, a continuous transformation is imperative. Adaptability is the only way to meet customers’ ever-changing needs, create a competitive advantage, and capitalize on strategic opportunities. Change management enables organizations to ensure successful adoption of change and to achieve a desired future state. You may have heard about Change management concepts during your career. However, it’s more than a theory, it’s a way for companies to drive continuous success. Change management has become a much bigger, more integrated part of every single component of a company. It has become a needed tool and a leadership mindset that plays into a business’ success. The reality is that two out of three initiatives fail (https://propellerconsulting.com/blog/look-to-change-leadership-not-change-management-for-business-transformation). How can you assure a change management initiative will be successful? Join us for networking, food, drinks, thought-provoking conversation, and pie for Pi Day (3.14)! Hear industry leaders within the change management space speak about the unique best practices for their organizations for driving the adoption of change. Agenda: 5:30 – 6:00 Registration and mingling 6:00 – 6:30 Panel 6:30 – 7:00 Group activity using case studies 7:00 – 7:20 Group sharing 7:20 – 7:45 Q&A and wrap up 7:45 – 8:30 Networking with food and drinks. Speakers: Rachel Crocker (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-crocker-mba-4a922317/), Change Management Director at Propeller Hands-on and fearlessly curious, Rachel Crocker values engagement above all else. Her love of storytelling (perhaps inspired by her affinity for TED Talks) is evident in her business communications, and she’s able to bring even the most formidable concepts down to earth. From anticipating operational snafus to experimenting at home in the kitchen, Rachel is living a life that constantly keeps her challenged and stimulated. Rachel has built her career around a drive to improve, learn and engage. She spent more than seven years pursuing her passion for health and social services by managing data reviews, supervising operational staff, and collaborating with hospital leadership in roles at Cardon Outreach and Huron Consulting Group. She holds an MBA from Marylhurst University and a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. Luca Rosetti (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosettiluca/), CEO and Founder of Beaconforce CEO and Chairman of Beaconforce (www.beaconforce.io (http://www.beaconforce.io/)), a fast growing start-up from San Francisco that transforms managers into leaders who can create inspiring work environments and a workforce that excels. He is also a management consultant for Millenniaminds (www.millenniaminds.com (http://www.millenniaminds.com/)) and specializes in Change Management, Management Psychology and Behavioral Economics. He recognized many years ago that there is a gap between what science knows about human behaviors and what business does. He aims to reduce this gap through his efforts at Beaconforce, Millenniaminds and by educating the younger generation of business leaders. He teaches Operations Management, Management Consulting and Change Management at Hult International Business School in San Francisco and Tor Vergata University in Rome. He has also been invited to speak at TedxBologna. Cindy Peterson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindyparkerpeterson/), VP of Organizational Effectiveness at Macy's Cindy leads a team of senior internal change agents within the Macys Technology organization. The organizational effectiveness team supports large scale cross-functional change management initiatives across the Macys Tech, customer Experience, technology finance and capital investment teams. By providing tools and practices for teams to continually adapt and adopt innovative ways of thinking and working, the OE team’s objective is to maximize the productivity and employee engagement of the Macys technology organization. Prior to joining Macys, Cindy held a variety of roles in the manufacturing world at companies including Intel, Hitachi, and Miasole Solar implementing culture change and process optimization strategies. She has been in a full-time change leadership position at Macys since 2012. Mark Rout (https://www.linkedin.com/in/markrout/), Director of Change Management at VMware Mark is a dynamic Change Management Leader with a track record of crafting and delivering impactful Change Management strategies that drive adoption and meet business objectives. He has 15 years of experience working within technical start-ups and global Enterprise environments. For the last 4 years, Mark has led a team of Senior Level Change Management professionals that deliver transformational Change Readiness strategies to over 22,000 employees in 62 countries. Mark's passion for Change Management and technological disruption have led him to explore the new frontier of Change Management. He seeks to better understand and shape the future of the profession through continuous innovation. More speakers will be announced soon! Co-sponsor: Propeller (https://propellerconsulting.com/) is a management consulting firm, with offices in Portland & San Francisco, focused on helping companies stay nimble & adaptable.

  • Innovations in Performance Management: Transforming the way we work

    Performance Management is ranked number 3 in the Deloitte Human Capital trends for 2018 and companies are investing time and resources to reinvent their approaches on his field. During this Meetup we will not only discuss how Performance Management has changed alongside employees needs in the workplace but we will also ask our experts how to assure their success in the workplace. Join us for an interactive discussion on this topic. Expert speakers will be announced soon! Remember to register on the event's Eventbrite page. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovations-in-performance-management-transforming-the-way-we-work-tickets-41385878276 Speakers: Jack Altman, Founder and CEO, Lattice Jack Altman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lattice, a modern performance management platform for growing companies. Since graduating the Y Combinator Winter 2016 class, Lattice serves 250+ customers such as Birchbox, Coinbase and Glossier. Lattice closed its Series A with investments from Thrive Capital, Slack Fund, Khosla Ventures, Marc Benioff (Salesforce), and Alexis Ohanian (Reddit). Prior to starting Lattice, Jack was the VP of Business and Corporate Development at Teespring, and an angel investor in companies such as Opendoor, Instacart, Pinterest, Gusto, LendUp, Soylent, and Patreon.