108 Enhancing Culture & Retention in a Rapidly Evolving Workplace

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Wednesday, July 27

Companies experiencing tremendous growth, whether organic or inorganic, are challenged with maintaining a positive culture. Through effective listening, training, and onboarding practices you can create a new, better-together culture that serves the needs of the organization and its people. Additionally, retention measures often fall to learning organizations via development programs, certification reimbursement programs, engagement and communication strategies, and more.

In this session we will discuss strategies for dealing with the culture and retention challenges facing rapidly growing organizations. You will gain insights from a multitude of lessons learned that can be applied to a wide variety of growth scenarios. Whether you're experiencing leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, or startup unicorn growing pains, we'll identify where culture can go off the rails and what learning leaders can do to prevent a mass disengagement, or worse, resignation. By attending this session, you will discover how learning leaders can expand the lens beyond the learning space and think holistically about how we can support culture and overall employee engagement.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to develop innovative strategies for engagement and retention
  • How to build learning from a cultural lens
  • What issues commonly appear in rapidly growing organizations and what you can do to mitigate their impact
  • How to identify and engage the right partners to ensure success

Session Takeaway: Attendees will receive a playbook of strategies, relationships, and resources we've determined have the largest impact on culture, engagement, and retention.

Janis Ericson

Sr. Director, Culture & Learning

PRO Unlimited

Janis Ericson, the senior director of culture and learning at PRO Unlimited, is on a mission to solve the hardest business problems with unique learning solutions. Raised in a small, growing family business, she understands how and when to take risks, manage the bottom line, and put people first. She has helped a startup technology company build their L&D function and train 1,000 employees in the first year. She also implemented technological solutions to provide compliance training to 10,000 globally dispersed learners. In her current role, she builds teams and systems to generate revenue, improve customer satisfaction and employer brand, and support career advancement.

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