Working Mother Media – 2012 National Conference Supporting Hourly Workers
Flexible Solutions for the Front Line: What Leaders Must Know
For the past two years, Working Mother Media has proudly hosted the Hourly Workers in America Forum, with Top Companies for Hourly Workers sharing best practices and creative strategies that support their workforce. This year we introduce our expanded program - the National Conference Supporting Hourly Workers – and convene an innovative think tank of experts, policy-makers, top companies and supportive managers to explore issues, challenges and opportunities for flex solutions on the front line.
The reality is that hourly workers are often individuals who need workplace flexibility the most. These options can have big implications for the health, well-being and economic security of employees and their families – while also helping to lower absenteeism and costly turnover for businesses and retain high potential talent.
How are top companies using flexible work options to respond to the changing work life needs of their hourly employees? What tools and tactics do managers need to successfully implement flex solutions on the front line? What innovative policies and practices help companies improve the match between the workplace and the hourly workforce on which it depends?
As always, we’ll have the chance to celebrate the Best Companies for Hourly Workers at our Gala Awards Luncheon, and to learn from top companies about supportive cultures and innovative programs. Join us as we take a look at flexible work options, creative scheduling and innovative solutions with leading companies who are dedicated to creating and using best practices to improve work life fit and develop their hourly workforce.
Our knowledge partners, Corporate Voices for Working Families and WFD Consulting are pleased to share the published study and Immplementation Guides related to their groundbreaking report Innovative Workplace Flexibility Options for Hourly Workers as pre-read and reference materials for conference attendees.
Innovative Workplace Flexibility Options for Hourly Workers is a product of Corporate Voices for Working Families’ Workplace Flexibility Project. This report was researched and written by WFD Consulting. This research was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Innovative Workplace Flexibility Options for Hourly Workers Study - Report
Innovative Workplace Flexibility Options for Hourly Workers Study- Executive Summary
Business Impacts of Flexibility: An Imperative for Expansion
Friday, May 18, 2012
8:30 – 9:30 am Networking Breakfast/Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Remarks
Joan Sheridan LaBarge / Vice President, Group Publisher / Working Mother Media
Satinder Palta / General Manager / Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
9:45 – 10:00 The State of Hourly Workers
Bo Young Lee / Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice Leader / Diversity Best Practices
10:00 – 11:15 Panel: Work Life Issues and Flex Options on the Front Line
Hourly workers and their families often face unique challenges and complicated scheduling issues that, if not acknowledged and supported by their employers, can severely impact attendance and job performance. The work life needs of the hourly workforce also vary at different stages of life. If an employee can’t make work and life fit – the chances of future development and staying power diminish. What are the work life challenges on the front line that tend to increase absenteeism and costly turnover? Top companies and experts share best practices, inventive scheduling and creative flex options that help meet changing needs and go a long way to create a supportive culture that allows high potential hourly employees to perform at their best for the long-term.
Carol Evans / President / Working Mother Media
Janice Bultema / Senior Vice President, Human Resources / University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Sandi Clark-Martin / Senior Director Projects - Employee & Corporate Relations / Sodexo
Leslie Rice / District Manager & Field Diversity and Inclusion Chair / PetSmart, Inc.
Kirsten Fatzinger / Director, HR Communications / Capital One
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Flex Solutions Breakout Groups:
Participants break into small groups to take a deep dive into specific challenges and creative flex solutions to meet work life, education and development, and manager training needs for the hourly workforce. Expert facilitators will guide the discussions and corporate Thought Leaders will share strategies and best practices – all with an emphasis on shaping effective take-back-to work action plans.
i. Flex Solutions for Different Life Stages
Karol Rose / Principal, Advisory Services and Business Development / FlexPaths
Lisa Bonner / Assistant Vice President, Contemporary Work Practices / The Hartford
ii. Flexible Solutions for Education, Training and Development
Peggy Walton / Senior Director, Workforce Readiness / Corporate Voices for Working Families
James J. Pendergast / Administrator Human Resources / UNM Hospitals
Marchelle Johnson / Human Resources Director / Valassis
iii. Flex as Good Management Practice: Tips and Tools to Prepare Managers
Guide for Implementing Flexibility with an Hourly and Nonexempt Workforce: Tips and Tools for Managers
Diane Burrus / Senior Consultant, Director of Workplace Flexibility / WFD Consulting
Weston Thiss / Administrative Director, Support Services / Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital
Linda Martin / Administrative Director of Human Resources / Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Betsy Kiss / Senior Director, Workplace Strategies / Marriott International
12:30 – 2:15 Awards Luncheon
Joan Sheridan / Vice President-Group Publisher / Working Mother Media
Carol Evans / President / Working Mother Media
Presentation of Awards
Charlie Montreuil / Vice President, Enterprise Rewards and Corporate Human Resources
Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Jim Godwin / Vice President of Human Resources
Jennifer Finn / Card Operations VP
Sherri Flaherty / Vice President, Human Resources Operations
Linda Hilton / Director, Culture and Values
Maruiel Perkins-Chavis / Vice President – Workforce Effectiveness & Global Diversity
Jan Wilkins / Regional Vice President
Sandi Clark-Martin / Senior Director, Office of Employee & Corporate Relations
Dwight Lavender / Group Manager Diversity and Inclusion
University of New Mexico Hospitals
James J. Pendergast / Vice President, Human Resources
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Janice Bultema / Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Marchelle Johnson / Human Resources Director
2:15 – 3:30 Flex Solutions Report- Out and Open Forum
*Agenda subject to change
Click HERE to register!
Group (per person, 5-9) $1,395
Group (per person, 10-14) $1,275
Group (per person, 15-19) $1,125
Group (per person, 20-25) $1,075
Group (per person, 26+) $1,050
*No refunds after Feburary 24, 2012