53 - How to make work more 'human' with workplace strategist & author Erica Keswin

Nov 05, 07:00 AM

Erica Keswin is a workplace strategist who has spent the past 20 years with some of the most iconic brands working as a consultant, speaker and what she calls a "professional dot-connector."

She’s also author of the new book “Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World.”

In her years of experience, research and interviews, she's found that relationships are the most powerful driver of success for companies striving to attract and keep talented employees.

In today's culture of constant connectivity, it's also hard to know when to turn off from work. Email has certainly increased our work hours, and as Erica points out, employees working 24/7 is bad for a company's bottom line (Read: burn out).

"Bring Your Human To Work" offers insight into how companies can encourage employees to be healthy physically and mentally, why there are so many unproductive meetings (and how to make them more productive), the importance of face-to-face interaction and disconnecting, examples of companies "playing the long game" to keep employees when it comes to better parental leave, bereavement, flexibility -- and a lot more.

She joined my on Olympic & Bundy to talk about the Starbucks employee who helped inspire her to write this book, what it really means to bring your "human" to work, examples of various companies getting it right and more.

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Thank you to Erica Keswin!

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