The Talent Economy Podcast
The Need For Universal Flexibility
Season 2, Ep. 25
The soul of flexible workplace culture is trust, says Catherine Moy, Chief People Officer of BDO, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms.
Some Questions Asked:
- How did your education and experience with accounting prepare you to lead people? (5:37)
- How has your flexible strategy impacted your ability to attract talent? (20:45)
- What should people teach their children about the future of work, and how will it be different for them?
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How BDO moved from an individual mindset of “What do I need in my life?" to “How do we function best as a team?”
- Why returning to the old ways of work is dangerous.
- How companies must adapt to support working parents.
- How embracing the changes driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Resignation can create positive outcomes.
Creating Culture Behind a Webcam
Season 2, Ep. 30
Zoom meetings have become the norm for hybrid, remote, and in-office environments, defining a monumental shift in how and where work gets done. Jodi Rabinowitz, Head of Talent and Organizational Development at Zoom Video Communications, talks about how the company maintained its cohesive work culture during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how Zoom has helped companies stay connected even as the very nature of work has shifted.Rabinowitz has worked in leadership development for more than a decade. She has held senior roles in corporate and nonprofit organizations, including OppenheimerFunds, BNP Paribas, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Some Questions Asked:What does Zoom do to keep its culture alive while its workers are fully remote? 11:36Why are authentic connections important, especially for distributed teams? 13:48What are the most important factors that make Zoom’s onboarding program successful? 17:41In This Episode, You Will Learn:How Zoom uses “culture dips” to bolster employee motivation and satisfaction.Why remote makes for a more effective work environment.Advice for companies leaning into a hybrid or fully remote model.Links:Jodi Rabinowitz - LinkedInZoom - LinkedinMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
Gamifying the Workplace
Season 2, Ep. 29
It’s all fun and games and work at Amazon Games—thanks to their Chief of Staff, Liz Egol. The video game company maintains employee satisfaction by weaving gaming throughout its culture, and it makes an impact, as Egol’s onboarding efforts boast a 78% satisfaction rate. She began her career with Amazon in 2007, then joined Amazon Games in 2020. Egol wields empathy, authenticity, and flexibility to produce a collaborative and satisfying work environment.Some Questions Asked:Do you need to be a serious gamer to work in the games industry?6:52How does Amazon use video games to connect the team internally?14:24What are you and the talent acquisition team doing to stand out from some of the more seasoned competitors to attract and retain talent?18:37In This Episode, You Will Learn:How Amazon developed an effective, gamified onboarding program.About the five ways companies can show appreciation for—and retain—employees.About the work culture at a gaming studio within a larger corporation.Links:Liz Egol - LinkedInAmazon Games - LinkedinMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
Supporting Employees at Home, So They Can Grow at Work
Season 2, Ep. 28
Chief People Officer of theSkimm, Lisa Dallenbach, reverses the old-time narrative of the high-pressure newsroom. In this episode, Dallenbach shares how theSkimm supports its employees by addressing obstacles, both personal and professional. By offering programs such as the respected “Sacred Hour” and providing tutoring services for employees’ children, theSkimm works to cultivate and champion a healthy work environment.Prior to joining theSkimm, Dallenbach worked as Chief People Officer of Silverline, was CHRO of Mindshare, and led Human Resources at Digitas.Some Questions Asked:In a predominantly female organization, what is theSkimm doing to address burnout and support wellness? (14:44)Over the past few years, the role of CHRO has gained strategic importance. What changes have you experienced? (21:33)What’s the one thing every HR executive should focus on over the next year? (25:01)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The benefits of theSkimm closing its hybrid office on Mondays and Fridays, keeping those days as virtual-only.About the changing position of HR, evolving toward a holistic, employee-forward approach.How to retain your top talent by focusing on transparency.Links:Lisa Dallenbach - LinkedIntheSkimm - LinkedinMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedIn