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People Geekly #83

Issue No. 83, brought to you by Culture Amp
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"Q: Do you need humour & charisma to influence? A: Not necessarily. The most important ingredient is authenticity." @yamininaidu #cxdmel16

Dr Gemma Munro  (@gemmamunro1)
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Workplace learning and development programs empower people to gain new skills and grow professionally. In addition, employees are more likely to be engaged at work when offered these opportunities. Since every company has its own values and culture, there are many ways to make learning and development programs successful. We’ve featured ten companies with unique learning and development programs. 

Camille Fournier, former CTO, Rent the Runway, says, “The entrepreneurial gap comes in when you give people bigger accountability than they have the direct ability to execute against.” It’s a classic tool used in startups to encourage growth and innovation. However, Fournier argues that this concept only succeeds when teams have goals that are aligned and are judged on the same outcomes. 

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Organizations can better engage their people by having a strong sense of values that people can align with. People accept jobs based on these values, and by the same coin, become disengaged when they feel they no longer align with or are unable to influence them. If you want to drive engagement, understand the reasons people join your company. Then, continue to keep a finger on the pulse.

Activists Push for Diversity in Tech (6 min)

Kortney Ryan Ziegler of TRANS*H4CK and Ana Roca-Castro of LATISM are featured activists that have created advocacy and networking groups for people who are underrepresented in tech. Ziegler started TRANS*H4CK in 2013 as a way to connect trans people through hackathons, and these events are now hosted by big names in tech like Github and educational institutions like Harvard. For the past ten years, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) has been providing networking and resources for Latino entrepreneurs. Both groups form a community while helping their members’ work be recognized. 

Five trends discussed that are influencing the fashion workplace of the future can be seen in other industries as well. The trends are: giving employees more autonomy, flexible workspaces and virtual work, automation replacing workers, and prioritizing social responsibility. Numerous company examples of these trends are discussed, like Adidas opening a “Speedfactory” to manufacture shoes that will employ only 160 people (automation) and retailer Zalando introducing the management philosophy of radical agility (autonomy). 


July 27, 2016 - New York, NY @ Poppin

Other Events
July 27, 2016 - Greenhouse + Culture Amp Webinar: The Theory and Practice of Measuring Employee Engagement 

August 11, 2016 - Udemy Presents The Evolution of HR in Business @ Quadras Conference Center 

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