Work-Life Balance: Navigating Its Increasing Importance and Increasing Challenges
Meaningful work-life initiatives are no longer optional for employers who wish to compete effectively for talent. Employees – whether incumbents or potential hires, and whether millennials or more senior – are increasingly interested in your company’s approach to where, when, and how their work is accomplished. Employers who do not adapt to these desires are now at a clear disadvantage in attracting and retaining strong performers.
But at the same time work-life initiatives are becoming more important, they are also becoming more challenging to effectively design and implement. For example, if mismanaged, remote work can increase a company’s risk of a data-security breach or similar calamity. And the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed new rules that would cause millions of salaried workers to no longer be exempt from overtime, thus making it more challenging for employers to offer them flexible work, remote work, and other work-life amenities.
Join our expert panel for a lively discussion of how employers can maximize the benefits of their work-life initiatives while minimizing their risks:
Neil H. Dishman, Shareholder, Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Katie Dykstra, Human Resources Manager, Assurance Agency
Katie Dykstra is a leader of leaders for Assurance, equipping the company’s managers with the tools, resources and best practices to develop talent through all levels of the organization. Leveraging her 12 years of experience in human resources, she serves as a coach and mentor for Assurance’s managers, ensuring the organization continually meets its high standard for performance management, talent assessment and employee development. An active listener and mediator with an open-door policy, she’s a key driver of Assurance’s efforts to retain the top talent in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Assurance, Katie served as an employee relations manager for Walgreens, where she created and implemented an onboarding training program for her team and promoted positive employee relations. Katie earned her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University in 2012. She is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), a member of the Northwest Human Resource Council’s professional development committee and a board member of Chicago’s Best & Brightest Advisory.
Alan Tecktiel, Global Human Resources Director, Baker & McKenzie
Alan Tecktiel has over 20 years of HR leadership experience at large companies working in many areas of HR including compensation, recruiting, talent management, and as a generalist. Alan is currently leading HR for Baker & McKenzie LLC, the staff arm of one of the world's largest global law firms with 13,000 employees in 77 offices around the world. Prior to that he spent the prior 12 years at McDonald's Corporation running HR and Recruiting for the global corporate functions of the company. Alan has a Master's in HR and a Bachelor's in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana. Alan has been actively involved in HRMAC for a number of years including his current assignment on the Leadership Series committee and formerly served as the co-chair of the West Suburban Interest group.
Laurie Ledonne, HR Manager and Wellness Ambassador, Comcast, NBC Universal
Laurie Ledonne has over 20 years of HR experience from the medical, retail construction, and brand-marketing industries. In her current role at Comcast, her focus is employee engagement and leadership development. Laurie serves as the Greater Chicago Region Wellness Leader and on the national project team as Wellness Champion.
Kyra Cavanaugh, President, Life Meets Work
As president of Life Meets Work, Kyra has helped hundreds of companies think differently about how work gets done. She provides consulting and training services to organizations of all types to help them incorporate innovative workforce practices into their day-to-day operations.
Kyra authored the book Who Works Where [and Who Cares?] to show managers how to boost performance even when their teams don’t work together in the same time or space. She’s a key advisor to the Families and Work/SHRM partnership to drive support for workflex as a business imperative.
A nationally-recognized speaker, blogger and commentator on workforce issues, she’s the recipient of the 2011 Work-Life Rising Star Award by Alliance for Work-Life Progress.
Before founding Life Meets Work in 2007, Kyra spent almost 20 years in the consumer packaged goods industry. She worked for Quaker Oats, Keebler, Dominick’s Finer Foods, and Willard Bishop where she drove innovation and change.
This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.