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, SVP of Community, 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
Thought Leadership Spotlight
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 modern employee expectations require a significant shift in our strategies to engage, inspire, and retain employees. This session will focus on the key strategies that successful HR leaders are using to improve employee engagement and the overall employee experience, with real company stories and actionable takeaways. 


What we’ll discuss;

- Understand 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

- 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 Wellbeing in the Workplace (Workshop)

Our recent research found that 2 in 5 people 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 wellbeing, shown to dramatically improve morale and retention over time. In this session, featuring success stories from Bayada and Golden 1 Credit Union, we'll uncover some key points from our research to explore the current state of employee wellbeing 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
Flex Your Style and Build Emotional Intelligence (Workshop)

At ThinkHuman, we serve our mission by providing leadership development programs that specifically focus on people leadership,  which is the leadership of oneself and others. Based on behavioral science, our leadership programs focus on creating mindset shifts and long-term leadership change in leaders at all levels. Join ThinkHuman for an interactive “Flex Your Style” Learning Jam (a condensed session from one of our core leadership development programs) that will cover how you can elevate your ability to flex your communication style and behavior to enhance your own effectiveness, enhance the effectiveness of others that you interact with, and understand emotional intelligence and psychological safety at work.


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?


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

Shannon Flynn, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Fortive Corporation  

Theresa Zeller, Global Head, Integrated Learning Experiences, Merck 

Dave Wilkin, Founder, Ten Thousand Coffees


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

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
Fireside Chat
04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Closing Remarks: Steve Koepp, Co-Founders, From Day One