Getting Ready for #WorkHuman 2017

by Jennifer Miller on May 27, 2017

in Workplace Issues

In less than 48 hours, I’ll board a plane headed to Phoenix for the WorkHuman 2017 event. This three-day business conference, which is produced by recognition software experts Globoforce, is unlike any I’ve ever attended. Globoforce is leading the charge to make our workplaces more “human.” To that end, the speakers at this conference talk about admittedly non-businesslike topics such as workplace civility, mindfulness, compassion, and making feedback more human. There are more HR-sounding titles too, such as, “The Correlation Between Social Recognition Experience and Retention of Key Employees,” and “Next Generation Performance Management: The Triumph of Science Over Benchmarking.”

I’ll be covering two of the five tracks offered: “Your Whole Self” and “The Organization of the Future.”

During the conference, I’ll write daily updates and post them here. If you want to read my other posts about the conference (including my coverage of the 2016 WorkHuman event), check out the WorkHuman tag.

Here’s a preview of the sessions I’ll be attending:


Christine Porath, “Mastering Civility: How it Benefits You and Your Organization”

Rasmus Hougaard, “Mindfulness and Compassion: Core Business Strategies for 21st Century Leaders”

Cy Wakeman, “Reality-Based Leadership: Ditching the Drama and Turning Excuses into Results”


Jay Dorio & Jenna Shapiro, “Employee Experience in the Cognitive Era”

Tamra Chandler, “How to Reboot Your Culture with Human-Centered Performance Management”

Jeanne Meister, “The Employee Experience Is The Future Of Work: How HR Leaders Can Prepare For The New World Of Work”

Dean Becker, “Leading Across the Optimism & Resilience Gap”

Josh Bersin, “Rewriting the Rules: Engaging People in the Digital Age”


Grant Beckett, “R.I.P. Annual Performance Review: Inspire Continuous Conversations”

I’ll also be in attendance for Main Stage events, which include keynotes from:

  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Actor and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Activist Chaz Bono
  • Author Susan Cain
  • Best-Selling Author & Wharton Professor Adam Grant

It’s an honor to help bring new and interesting messages to the readers of this blog. If you have a specific interest in one of these speakers or their topics, drop me a note in the “comments” section and I’ll let you know what the speakers had to say about their topic.

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