March Virtual: Employee Engagement: Tapping the Secrets of Energizing Workers

Wednesday, March 06, 2024


Employee Engagement: Tapping the Secrets of Energizing Workers

Companies want their employees to be enthused and involved, yet employers need to be thoughtful in fostering these qualities in authentic ways. What’s the latest thinking about how employers can understand the motivations of their workers–and how to respond? What are the best methods for recognizing achievement, both individually and among teams? What’s the connection between engagement and job satisfaction? In the hybrid work environment, what binds workers together and wards off anxiety and loneliness? 

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks: Nick Baily and Steve Koepp, Co-Founders, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
For Hourly Workers, Building a Culture That’s Motivating and Gratifying (Fireside Chat)

People stay on the job because of how they’re treated–it’s not just about the paycheck. The head of HR for one of America’s largest restaurant chains will show how the company has reduced employee turnover by focusing on team leaders, launching a new app to communicate better with workers, and improving worker recognition.


Monigo Saygbay-Hallie, Ph.D., Chief People Officer, Checkers & Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Five Secrets from the Top 5% (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Many HR leaders get into HR with aspirations of doing meaningful, purpose-driven work, only to be stuck in the doldrums of highly stressful, reactive, administrative tasks. On top of this, the executive team doesn’t view them as strategic, so their voice is stifled and unprecedented burnout weighs them down. It doesn’t have to be this way.  After conversations with more than 1,000 senior HR leaders over the past decade, Adam Weber has identified five traits that the top 5% of strategic HR leaders exhibit. In this dynamic presentation, Adam will share with the audience how to elevate their own HR function from administrative to strategic. 

Adam Weber, Chief Evangelist, 15Five

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
The Keys to Employee Engagement in Today’s Workplace (Panel)

In 2024, leaders need to adopt a nuanced perspective on engagement, recognizing the unique qualities of each employee. What are the trends leaders need to hone in on to keep their workers engaged? Now four years into remote and hybrid work, what are best practices for engagement in a virtual workplace? How can leaders effectively measure employee engagement within the organization?


Joe Garcia, Senior Director, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, The Home Depot

Isobel Lincoln, SVP, HR, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield  

Kimberly Ardo-Eisenbeis, VP, HR and Recruiting, Allied Universal Security Services

Shawn Overcast, Chief Insights Officer, Explorance


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Essential skills to drive change without derailing engagement (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Change-readiness is an essential skill for every team. When leaders understand the science behind change, they can equip their teams to be more adaptive, resilient, and agile. Join us as we explore change curves, examine what happens neurologically when we experience unexpected shifts, and track different coping styles among teams and organizations. In this session, we will outline a simple technique to reduce resistance and increase commitment and action in yourself and others.

Kevin Knox, 

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
A New Employee Experience Framework: Future-Proof Your Employee-Engagement Strategy in 2024 (Workshop)

Employee experience has taken center stage this year, with hybrid work and economic uncertainty making an impact on organizational culture, processes, and hiring practices. As a result, the changing workplace and employee expectations require a significant shift in our strategies to engage, inspire, and retain employees. This session will focus on the strategies that successful HR leaders are using to improve employee engagement and the overall employee experience, with real company stories and actionable takeaways. You’ll see why new HR strategies and an employee-first approach is required to create an extraordinary employee experience; learn how to develop a comprehensive strategy that touches all parts of the employee lifecycle; discover a new framework for HR to improve employee and company success; and learn to develop the right mindset, philosophy, and approach towards driving organizational change.

Rob Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
The Importance of Strengthening Employee Well-being in the Workplace (Workshop)

Recent research found that two of every five workers don’t remember being recognized by a manager or leader in the past year, and 60% of employees want to be recognized more. Recognition is a wellspring for well-being, shown to dramatically improve morale and retention over time. In this session, featuring success stories from Bayada Home Health Care and Golden 1 Credit Union, we’ll uncover some key points from Reward Gateway’s research to explore the current state of employee well-being in the U.S. workplace, and how something as simple as recognition can be so powerful.

Alexandra Powell, Director of Client Cultural Insights, Reward Gateway

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Leading with Influence: Inspiring & Motivating Teams to Achieve Results (Workshop)

Join ThinkHuman for an interactive Learning Jam to help you build skills to be a more effective and motivating leader. Takeaways include, shifting the orientation from what you want, to what matters to others, learning how to position what you’re asking for so that the decision maker is open to actively considering it and engaging in influence situations for the ‘long-game’, with high relationship quality.

Hector Hernandez, Leadership Development Facilitator, ThinkHuman

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Boosting Employee Motivation by Focusing on Internal Mobility (Panel)

Fostering internal mobility within an organization is a powerful strategy for boosting employee engagement. By providing opportunities for career growth and development within, employees feel valued and motivated, leading to increased satisfaction and commitment. How are organizations creating a transparent and inclusive internal mobility process that encourages employees to explore different roles and departments? What strategies can leaders employ to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and skill development?


Theresa Zeller, Global Head, Integrated Learning Experiences, Merck 

Sarah Waltman, VP, Global Talent Management & Organizational Development, Dentsply Sirona

Shannon Flynn, VP, Corporate HR, Fortive Corp.

Dave Wilkin, CEO and Co-Founder, Ten Thousand Coffees


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
Is Your Corporate Culture Stuck in a Rut? How to Create and Sustain a Growth Mindset to Nurture Talent and Intelligence (Fireside Chat)

In a new book based on a decade of research, social psychologist Mary Murphy shows that organizations and teams more geared toward growth inspire deeper learning, spark collaboration, spur innovation, and build trust necessary for risk-taking and inclusion. You’ll hear how this approach has been embraced by companies ranging from Microsoft to Patagonia–and how it transformed them.


Mary C. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, and author, Cultures of Growth: How the New Science of Mindset Can Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations


Steve Koepp, Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder, From Day One

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Closing Remarks: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One