FREE for members!

Day 3 of the Workforce Management Academy (on May 20) will focus on legal issues and changes to regulations that every manager should know about.  Led by attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw, these sessions will ensure that you will be up-to-date on issues involving wage-hour, equal employment opportunity law, independent contractors and union organizing/demands.

This program is designed for publishers, managers and human resources professionals.

And, it is FREE for members of America's Newspapers — another benefit of your membership!

If you took part in the first two days of the Workforce Management Academy, there is no need to register again.  You already are registered!

If you are signing up for the first time, we'll send you the PowerPoints, recordings and all workshop materials from the first sessions when you register.

Certificates of completion will be given to all participants at the end of the Academy.

Session 1

Wage and Hour Update:
What's New? Remote Work and Return to Work Issues

11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. EDT | 10-10:45 a.m. CDT | 9-9:45 a.m. MDT | 8-8:45 a.m. PDT
With Ed Bergmann and Josh Seidman of Seyfarth Shaw

Session 2

EEO Update:
What's New?

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT | 10:45-11:30 a.m. CDT | 9:45-10:30 a.m. MDT | 8:45-9:30 a.m. PDT
With Annette Tyman of Seyfarth Shaw

A 30-minute break follows this session.

Session 3

The Future of Independent Workers and How To Engage and Manage This Important Workforce
1-1:45 p.m. EDT | Noon-12:45 p.m. CDT | 11-11:45 a.m. MDT | 10-10:45 a.m. PDT
With Camille Olson of Seyfarth Shaw

Session 4

Union Organizing, Union Demands and What’s Next
1:45-2:30 p.m. EDT | 12:45-1:30 p.m. CDT | 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT | 10:45-11:30 a.m. PDT
With Michael Rybicki of Seyfarth Shaw

The conference adjourns after this session.


The Impact of a Changing Workforce: 
How to Boost Belonging, Motivate Teams and Increase Productivity

Today’s workers, especially those in Gen Z, are lonelier than ever before — resulting in a disengaged, disloyal and disenchanted workforce.

And it’s not just the impact of remote working.  Workers of all ages have a growing need for inclusion, and better well-being at work.

This fast-paced session will provide:

  • Techniques to decrease loneliness and increase belonging, engagement and performance at work.
  • Best-in-class examples of organizations that have decreased loneliness and increased belonging.
  • Ability to create deep connections and unify a multi-generational team.

Our presenter

Ryan Jenkins is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker and a generations expert. He’s the author of "The Millennial Manual: The Complete How-To Guide to Manage, Develop, and Engage Millennials at Work" and "The Generation Z Guide: The Complete Manual to Understand, Recruit and Lead the Next Generation."

For more than eight years, he has been helping organizations gain clarity around Millennials and Generation Z so professionals can effectively work and lead across generations. He has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal.

His blog, podcast and Inc Magazine column inspire and equip thousands of people every week. His fresh and forward-thinking approach to generations have made him one of the most highly sought after generational and future of work keynote speakers. He is also co-founder of SyncLX.com, a learning and development company redefining how to learn in a digital world.

From Influence to Impact:
7+ Steps to Make them Better Ones

Things are getting back to normal, but normal might not be the same as it was before. That is why your organization is counting on everyone, yes, everyone to help lead the team to growth — whether as a front-line leader or a leader “from the bench.”

Get ready for a session of real-world leadership skills that you can use and share with others in your organization who might really need it!  The session will include:

  • Change vs. growth
  • The value of fire drills
  • The value of 3-letter words (and 1- or 2- or 4-letter ones)
  • The value of “YOU Turns”
  • Owls moving fromage
  • How to make this applicable for the next “perfect storm”
  • 3 tips for better meetings
  • Leader? Manager? Shepherd?

Our presenter

Mark Levy is president of Revenue Development Resources with more than three decades of expertise in growing revenue, relationships and skillsets for business owners, managers and sales teams.

He is a frequent presenter at such media associations as RAB, NAB, NAB Leadership, Small Market Television Exchange, International IDEABANK, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and Broadcast Education Association conferences. He has also presented internationally in Barbados, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Guatemala, South Africa and Trinidad.

He also serves as the sales expert for the Maine Association of Broadcasters while continuing to serve as the resident sales expert for the NAB Education Foundation's Media Sales Institute at Florida A&M.

How are You Bringing Your Teams Back?
Building a Stronger Workforce Through Recruiting, Diversity and Inclusion

Gannett’s LaToya Johnson and Mizell Stewart III will discuss the history of media diversity efforts and strategies Gannett and other media companies are using to ensure their workforces reflect a changing America. You will leave the discussion with a greater understanding of diversity as a business imperative and concrete steps you can take within your organization.

Our presenters

Mizell Stewart III is vice president / news performance, talent and partnerships with Gannett and the USA TODAY Network and an adjunct faculty member with The Poynter Institute.

LaToya Johnson is Gannett's director of inclusion, diversity and equity.  She is a strategic human resources executive with more than 15 years of experience in diverse industries. She has a proven ability to collaborate with senior executives and other key stakeholders to integrate the human resources function within the overall business strategy. A team player and true advocate, she balances both the needs of the business and employees.

Managing Our Workforce:
Business as Usual Just Won't Work Any More

The Black Swan Theory reminds us that things can happen that were totally unanticipated. As we come out of the COVID pandemic, it's time to reconsider our strategies for managing the workforce, put on our "business person" hats and identify the work that must be done going forward. Where must it be done? How must it be done? Who is best suited to do it? 

Old sayings — "If you keep doing what you have done, you will get what you always got" — may no longer hold true in the turbulent environment we face today.

In the face of uncertain future revenues, publishers need to consider a wider range of strategies with regard to compensation. Instead of pay increases that inflate payroll expenses and may exacerbate profit shortfalls, publishers may want to consider using cash awards that are contingent on quarterly performance.  The affordability of a plan like this may help to retain talent and demonstrate that the organization is doing what it can. Converting employees to on-demand contractors also may lessen the need to furlough or terminate talent. Educating employees about business realities can help them understand the constraints faced by management.

HR's role is to help management understand the likely implications of alternative workforce management strategies. To do that, publishers need to consider the full range of actions that could be taken as they make important management decisions.

Our presenter

Robert J. Greene is the CEO at Reward $ystems, Inc., a consultancy whose mission is: “Helping Organizations Succeed Through People.”

He is the consulting principal at Pontifex and a faculty member for DePaul University in the MSHR and MBA programs.

Greene speaks and teaches globally on human resource management. He has more than 40 years of industry and consulting experience, has authored more than 100 articles and posts and has written four books about human resource management throughout his career: Rewarding Performance: Guiding Principles; Custom Strategies (2nd edition), Rewarding Performance Globally: Reconciling the Global-Local Dilemma by Fons Trompenaars and Robert J. Greene, The Most Important Asset: Valuing Human Capitol and Strategic Talent Management – Creating the Right Workforce.

Greene was awarded the first Keystone Award for achieving the highest level of excellence in the field by the American Compensation Organization (now WorldatWork), and he’s designed countless professional development programs. He was a principal developer of the PHR and SPHR certifications for the Society for Human Resource Management and the CCP and GRP certifications for the American Compensation Association (WorldatWork).

FREE for members of America's Newspapers. The non-member fee is $150.

Who Should Attend: Publishers, managers and human resources professionals

Questions?

Patty Slusher: pslusher@newspapers.org or 847-282-9850, ext. 102

The Workforce Management Academy is generously supported by our Gold and Silver Solutions Partners. Visit their sites for additional solutions for your team.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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