Embracing humanity of employees key to long-term engagement heading into 2021

posted on January 6, 2021

December 21, 2020

By , Human Resources Director Magazine

As organizations across industries address the new realities of a post-pandemic working world, including how to engage remote employees, Meghan Stettler, Director of the O.C. Tanner Institute, hosted three powerhouse female panellists — virtually of course — during HRD’s HR Leaders Summit.

Stettler, who specializes in knitting together key sentiments and perspectives across the table to identify strategies for workplace culture success, looked polished and professional onscreen. Throughout her career, Stettler has interfaced with dozens of leading CEOs and diplomats across the world, as well as addressed over a million viewers as an award-winning journalist — but when one panel participant shared that her team often jokes the pandemic is “brought to you by sweatpants,” Stettler laughed and admitted that under her desk she was wearing her work-from-home uniform as well: sweatpants.

“This pandemic has allowed us to be human – to better understand, appreciate and value the complete individual, not just who they are eight hours a day,” Stettler says, noting she was inspired by her fellow courageous panellists to embrace the humanity of her “business on top but lounge on the bottom” outfit.

COVID has changed how we connect, how we communicate and where and how we do our work, Stettler says, and while many companies initially tried to fill the gaps with bandaid solutions, we’re now entering a whole new phase where remote work is sticking around for the long haul — there is no “when things go back to ‘normal’” anymore.

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