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At a time when society holds businesses to a rising level of accountability, From Day One explores how companies can build well-grounded values into their business—diversity, responsibility, transparency—and stick with them in an economy driven by disruption. What’s unique about From Day One is its cross-disciplinary approach, bringing together executives from the fields of corporate social respon

At a time when society holds businesses to a rising level of accountability, From Day One explores how companies can build well-grounded values into their business—diversity, responsibility, transparency—and stick with them in an economy driven by disruption. What’s unique about From Day One is its cross-disciplinary approach, bringing together executives from the fields of corporate social respon

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“There’s a big difference between military-friendly and military-ready,” said Dave Harrison, executive director of natio...
07/22/2021
Helping Military Veterans Make the Leap to Civilian Careers - From Day One

“There’s a big difference between military-friendly and military-ready,” said Dave Harrison, executive director of national apprenticeships for Fastport, Inc. One of the biggest issues for military veterans transitioning to a business environment is adapting to a completely new organizational culture.

“Once they understand the landscape,” Harrison continued, “you will be amazed at what those folks will do for you and how they will create a culture of problem-solving that you may not have had in certain areas–and how other people will follow them to you if you give them that kind of platform.”

From Day One panelists discuss matching military veterans with the need for skilled talent.

Huge thanks to additional speakers Jacqueline Jarl of Stryker, Chris Cortez of Microsoft, Chuck Kluball of The Home Depot, Greg Rivera of Booz Allen Hamilton, and discussion moderator Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza.

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Employers across the U.S. have made tremendous strides in recent years when it comes to launching programs to attract veterans. They’re casting a wider net and honing their hiring and training practices. But the transition from military life to the civilian workforce often remains difficult. Much ...

“It's the simplest thing you can do to make everybody else understand who you are instead of making them decide who you ...
07/15/2021
Beyond Pride Month: Toward Greater LGBTQ Inclusion in Corporate America - From Day One

“It's the simplest thing you can do to make everybody else understand who you are instead of making them decide who you are.” Toni D'orsay of Borrego Health spoke on declaring preferred gender pronouns, emphasizing that pronouns are not only a personal statement of identity, but a respectful gesture.

D’orsay made her comments in a recent From Day One webinar titled, “Toward a More Inclusive LGBTQ Outlook in Corporate America,” which looked at how the visibility of LGBTQ employees in the workplace rises during Pride Month in June, yet these workers are still often marginalized when it comes to advancement and career development. "What you're doing in that month might be your focus. But you should ask yourself, what are you doing the [other] 11 months of the year?” said Yvette Miley of NBCUniversal News.

Huge thanks to additional speakers Natalie Edwards of National Grid, Chad Nico Hiu of the YMCA of San Francisco, Toby Hervey of #FD1Sponsor Bravely, and discussion moderator Lydia Dishman of Fast Company.

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In declaring her preferred gender pronouns at the beginning of a recent From Day One panel discussion, Toni D’orsay, PhD, dispensed with the usual earnest format. She said her pronouns are Empress, Your Majesty, and Thank you, May I have Another?, “but I do settle for ‘she’ and ‘her’ for...

Employee Benefits, normally one of the sleepier hallways of the HR department, is suddenly one of the buzziest. In these...
07/14/2021

Employee Benefits, normally one of the sleepier hallways of the HR department, is suddenly one of the buzziest. In these post-Covid times, when employees are restless and burned out, Corporate America has realized that benefits have become one of the biggest recruiting and retention challenges. Traditional benefits as we know them, such as two to three weeks of paid vacation and standard health insurance, do not cover the impact Covid had on the American workforce. But change is afoot across the board.

Read more, including news highlights, recent event takeaways, and #FD1Sponsor spotlights on One Medical, Care.com, and Maven in this month's #FD1Conference newsletter.

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Employee Benefits, normally one of the sleepier hallways of the HR department, is suddenly one of the buzziest. In these post-Covid times, when employees are restless and burned out, Corporate America has realized that benefits have become one of the biggest recruiting and retention challenges. Traditional benefits as we know them, such as two to three weeks of paid vacation and standard health insurance, do not cover the impact Covid had on the American workforce. But change is afoot across the board.

Read more, including news highlights, recent event takeaways, and #FD1Sponsor spotlights on One Medical, Care.com, and Maven in this month's #FD1Conference newsletter.

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Employers facing a competitive labor market are continuing to re-evaluate benefits, especially those related to health a...
07/14/2021
Designing the Care Benefits That Employees Need Now - From Day One

Employers facing a competitive labor market are continuing to re-evaluate benefits, especially those related to health and family. According to a recently published Future of Benefits report from Care.com, an online marketplace for caregivers, 63% of employers plan to expand child care benefits, and 41% plan to expand elder care benefits.

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza spoke with Natalie Mayslich, Care.com's general manager of consumer and enterprise, about this changing dynamic, in which employers are recognizing a larger interest in the care needs of their workers.

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The pandemic exposed a critical gap in Corporate America’s support for its employees: the lack of care benefits to help workers meet the needs of their children, their elders, and other family members. Many companies rushed to respond by adding new benefits, greater job flexibility, and other supp...

Health care leaders are urging Americans to get back into the habit of regularly seeing their doctors. Leah Rothman, D.O...
07/12/2021
Deferred Health Care: Why Americans Are Due for a Checkup - From Day One

Health care leaders are urging Americans to get back into the habit of regularly seeing their doctors. Leah Rothman, D.O., is a family physician and the Northern California regional medical director for One Medical, a national advanced primary care provider. From Day One spoke with her about the risks of deferred care and how we can all safely return to making timely visits to our clinicians.

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It’s very likely that in the last year, you postponed a medical appointment. It’s also very likely that it had something to do with Covid-19. Putting off medical checkups is not a new phenomenon, of course, but the scale of deferred care doctors have seen in the last year is unique. The CDC esti...

Expert panelists joining #FD1Conference for a webinar on social impact partnerships assessed how much Covid-19 and last ...
07/08/2021
Social Impact: Finding the Right Partner to Make a Difference - From Day One

Expert panelists joining #FD1Conference for a webinar on social impact partnerships assessed how much Covid-19 and last year’s social-justice movement has affected corporate giving and, in moving forward, how to determine the best practices for companies to find partners to support meaningfully giving back.

“We are seeing partnerships being forged for the greater purpose of solving a societal challenge,” said Brittany Hill of Accelerist. “Oftentimes nonprofit organizations can serve as experts on a social issue that perhaps a company is interested in, or looking to make progress on.” She called these new partnerships “a huge shift that I think has been a long time coming and is here to stay.”

Special thanks to additional speakers: Neil Giacobbi of AT&T, Shelley R. Sylva of TD, Victoria Hay of AIG, Kathleen Owsley of BOSCH COMMUNITY FUND, and discussion moderator Lydia Dishman of Fast Company.

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When the arrival of Covid-19 pushed AT&T to rethink its social-impact work, it was a “back-to-basics moment,” according to Neil Giacobbi, who develops and leads philanthropic and communications initiatives for the company. Giacobbi began with questions around the social-impact work already align...

For hotels, recovery is gradual and complicated, in part because the lucrative business-travel market is proving slower ...
07/07/2021
Travel Is Coming Back. Will the Workers Be There Too? - From Day One

For hotels, recovery is gradual and complicated, in part because the lucrative business-travel market is proving slower to recover than leisure travel. At the same time, some workers have been reluctant to return to the workforce.

What incentives will bring employees back–and attract new ones? Luke Marble, who leads compensation and benefits for IHG Hotels & Resorts, spoke with Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza about the journey of bringing staff up to full strength at From Day One’s June virtual conference, “The New Benefits that Employees Need and Want Today.”

Marble said his HR philosophy is based in compassion, and he hasn’t forgotten who he’s there to support. “I think it's about culture. IHG puts hospitality above everything else, and we hopefully treat our employees like guests,” he said.

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In the post-pandemic era, leisure travel has taken off like a skyrocket. As the July 4 weekend approached this week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), reported screening 2.15 million airline passengers on July 1, up 3% from the same day in the pre-pandemic summer of 2019. Hotels are....

In post-Covid times, benefits have become one of the biggest recruiting and retention challenges. Traditional benefits a...
06/30/2021
Workers Want Better Benefits. What Can Employers Deliver? - From Day One

In post-Covid times, benefits have become one of the biggest recruiting and retention challenges. Traditional benefits as we know them, such as two to three weeks of paid vacation and standard health insurance, do not cover the impact Covid had on the American workforce. But change is afoot across the board. “Workers have been remote for 15 months, and now they're navigating how to get back into a regular workforce situation, and that is clearly a moving target," said Lori Lucas, president & CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Lori spoke with Fast Company's Lydia Dishman at From Day One’s June virtual conference, “The New Benefits that Employees Need and Want Today.”

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“If people are stressed on the job, they’re unproductive and distracted,” said Lori Lucas succinctly. That cause and effect seem to be very much in play in the Summer of 2021 as workers emerge from the pandemic and venture into a new world of hybrid work. Lucas is the president and CEO of the ...

Even before the pandemic, Valmont Industries, Inc. was looking for a better way to communicate benefits to its global wo...
06/29/2021
For Workers Baffled by Benefits, an App Brings It All Together - From Day One

Even before the pandemic, Valmont Industries, Inc. was looking for a better way to communicate benefits to its global workforce of more than 10,000. As health plans and retirement plans changed, Valmont’s employee-benefits team, led by Jennifer Paisley, found employees were getting lost trying to find what they needed.

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza spoke with Jennifer Paisley on how the company started working on a way to consolidate benefits into a single source and designing a plan to communicate what’s available.

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Even before the pandemic, Valmont, a company that makes infrastructure products–think irrigation equipment, steel utility poles, and windmill support structures–was looking for a better way to communicate benefits to its global workforce of more than 10,000. As health plans and retirement plans ...

“When people hear holistic, they make light of it, but regarding holistic lifestyle practices, you can't address one wit...
06/28/2021
Employee Well-being: What We Learned in the Pandemic - From Day One

“When people hear holistic, they make light of it, but regarding holistic lifestyle practices, you can't address one without the other," said Dr. Hemalee Patel of One Medical. Taking the word holistic seriously offers "an opportunity for people to become a little bit in tune with the fact that there's a ripple effect in everything that you do."

From Day One panelists explore the concept of a new definition for employee well-being, part of From Day One’s June virtual conference, “The New Benefits that Employees Need and Want Today.”

Huge thanks to additional speakers Jeanne Walsh of Boston Scientific, Jim McMurtray of Piedmont Healthcare, Davida Rivens of E4E Relief, and discussion moderator Lydia Dishman of Fast Company.

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Dr. Hemalee Patel, an internal-medicine physician at One Medical, has noticed that some people take issue with the phrase “holistic approach to health,” dismissing it as slightly woo-woo. “When people hear holistic, they make light of it, but regarding holistic lifestyle practices, you can’t...

This spring, Ovia Health released a study analyzing stress levels of parents, comparing how they felt pre- and post-pand...
06/24/2021
Inside the Transformation of Health and Wellness Benefits - From Day One

This spring, Ovia Health released a study analyzing stress levels of parents, comparing how they felt pre- and post-pandemic. The findings: Lack of child care, financial stress, remote work and schooling, and domestic violence were taking a major toll.

The time is ripe, #FD1Conference panelists agree, to increase focus on issues like maternal and family health, mental health, and a holistic integration of work and well-being. They also offered solutions and best practices to do so.

Huge thanks to speakers Kimberly Young of PAE, Amy Page of Ovia Health, Hannah Wilkowski of BuzzFeed, David Kristoff of NetApp, Alyson (Friedensohn) Watson of Modern Health, and discussion moderator Caroline Hroncich of Business Insider.

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This spring, Ovia Health released a study analyzing stress levels of parents, comparing how they felt pre- and post-pandemic. The findings: Lack of child care, financial stress, remote work and schooling, and domestic violence were taking a major toll. The most significant increases in anxiety, depr...

“African Americans should not have to bear the burden of this history alone. Nor should Black achievement be something t...
06/21/2021
How Juneteenth Finally Became a National Holiday - From Day One

“African Americans should not have to bear the burden of this history alone. Nor should Black achievement be something that only African Americans celebrate,” wrote Kevin Young, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A year ago, From Day One published this story on Juneteenth's history and meaning.

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When President Biden signed legislation this week making Juneteenth a national holiday, it marked the swift rise in recognition of the day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. After decades of delay, the movement gained momentum last summer during the protests following the murder of George....

Systemically, the American education system is geared towards helping people prepare to work–in factories. “We have very...
06/17/2021
Breaking Down Barriers to Build a More Diverse Tech Workforce - From Day One

Systemically, the American education system is geared towards helping people prepare to work–in factories. “We have very rote memorization systems, we ask students to sit up straight, put on a uniform, and fall in line. But we know in the tech industry and in Corporate America in general, innovation is the next wave. We have to be creative,” said DocuSign's Maasha Kah, speaking on a From Day One webinar panel, “Breaking Down Barriers to Build a More Diverse Tech Workforce.”

Experts spoke on widening the talent pool, remedying inequities, and eliminating confirmation bias.

Thank you to additional speakers Jeffrey Spector of Karat, Rita Giacalone, of Autodesk, Ivori Johnson of Better, and discussion moderator Lydia Dishman of Fast Company.

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When working as a teacher in Pennsylvania, Maasha Kah realized that systemically, the American education system is geared towards helping people prepare to work–in factories. “We have very rote memorization systems, we ask students to sit up straight, put on a uniform, and fall in line. But we k...

“Whatever the critical skills are for your organization, take the time to identify them, measure them, and develop them,...
06/14/2021
The Employee Skills Gap: How You Can Identify It–and Close It - From Day One

“Whatever the critical skills are for your organization, take the time to identify them, measure them, and develop them,” said Kathy MacKay, an Aon associate partner. “People can do some really amazing things if given the tools and training and opportunity.”

To explore ways that employers can identify their skills gaps and efficiently close them, From Day One hosted a webinar, “Mind the Gap: Understanding and Closing the Future Skills Gap to Build the Workforce of the Future,” which featured three experts from the Human Capital Solutions practice at Aon, the professional-services firm.

Thank you to additional speakers Marinus van Driel and Stefan Gaertner.

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The skills gap is the difference between the skills your workforce has and the skills they need to do their jobs well now and in the future. It’s a risk for any employer. Unless that gap is closed, the business is likely to struggle to compete and grow. As an employer, you have two ways …

Years ago, the hiring of a “coach” in a workplace was often an occasion for employee anxiety. Coaches were typically res...
06/10/2021

Years ago, the hiring of a “coach” in a workplace was often an occasion for employee anxiety. Coaches were typically reserved for high-level executives and managers, not regular team members, and they were often brought in because someone needed behavioral instruction and correction.

Fast-forward to 2021, and the tables have turned dramatically. This month's #FD1Conference newsletter looks at how the coaching field has evolved–and how it’s influencing workplace culture. Plus event recaps, news, and #FD1Sponsor spotlights on Achievers and Aon.
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Years ago, the hiring of a “coach” in a workplace was often an occasion for employee anxiety. Coaches were typically reserved for high-level executives and managers, not regular team members, and they were often brought in because someone needed behavioral instruction and correction.

Fast-forward to 2021, and the tables have turned dramatically. This month's #FD1Conference newsletter looks at how the coaching field has evolved–and how it’s influencing workplace culture. Plus event recaps, news, and #FD1Sponsor spotlights on Achievers and Aon.
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