Most HR professionals likely have their own preferred approaches for addressing the constant challenges of effectively selecting, motivating, engaging, and rewarding employees. But how often do HR professionals stop and think about the assumptions that underlie these favored approaches? This webinar starts with the premise that how to effectively select, motivate, engage, and reward employees depends on what work means to these employees. But these meanings likely differ across employees, so it is important to think carefully about the different meanings of work. Drawing from John Budd’s recent book, The Thought of Work, this webinar will uniquely reveal the wide-ranging nature of work by uncovering the diverse ways in which influential thinkers and practitioners conceptualize work. This broader way of thinking about work is then shown to be important because of the linkages between meanings of work and key HR strategies for managing employees. Specifically, this webinar will present a conceptual framework of ten different meanings of work, and use this as a framework for thinking about employee engagement, motivation, and rewards. An example of how these ideas align with ongoing HR initiatives at Hershey’s will then be explored. The emphasis in this presentation is on broadening thinking on work, not providing easy, one-size-fits-all answers. Ultimately, this presentation concludes that there isn’t one best way to motivate and engage employees. Rather, HR professionals need diverse strategies based on multiple meanings of work. Join John W. Budd and Jennifer Reilly to discover a conceptual framework of ten different meanings of work that can provide a foundation for customizing your strategy to the varied values of your employees. Session discovery topics:
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John W. Budd, Professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management; Jennifer Reilly, Director, HR, Growth, and R&D at The Hershey Company
John W. Budd
is a Professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where he holds the Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair and is the Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University. Professor Budd is the author of Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice (Cornell University Press), Labor Relations: Striking a Balance (McGraw-Hill/Irwin), Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy into Focus (with Stephen Befort, Stanford University Press), The Thought of Work (Cornell University Press), and numerous journal articles. Professor Budd has also been Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s graduate programs in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.
is the Director, HR Business Partner, Global Growth and R&D, for The Hershey Company. In this role, Jennifer leads the HR business partner group that supports Hershey’s Growth and R&D functions. She enables talent attraction and development, change management, process improvement and innovative solutions so that Hershey can continue to build a high-performance culture. Jennifer joined Hershey in 2010 as Director, HR, Global Marketing. Prior to joining Hershey, Jennifer held a variety of HR leadership roles at General Mills, most recently as HR Director, Organizational Effectiveness – Supply Chain. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and a Master’s degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.