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Why Culture and Innovation will be Even More Critical in the Future: Highlights from #SHRM14

June 26, 2014 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

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Earlier this week, our Disney Institute team had the pleasure of participating in the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition here in Orlando, Florida. For those not familiar, it’s the world’s largest annual gatherings of human resources (HR) professionals, as well as those (like us!) who provide services to HR professionals to help them reimagine their organizational culture.

This year’s conference was chock-full of thought-provoking educational sessions and interesting speakers. We were honored that Disney Institute facilitator Mike Reardon had the opportunity to present a session focused on Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement. The room was packed with more than 1,000 conference participants, demonstrating the importance of creating, building and sustaining organizational culture

Here are some of the key points Mike shared in his session: 

  • Employee Selection: Hiring processes should include behavior-based questions, in addition to skill-based hiring. Individuals who exhibit behaviors that match the desired culture of an organization are more likely to be engaged, translating to a long-term and happy workforce. In a previous blog post, we offered some tips for how to evaluate cultural fit in a candidate. 
  • Training: Once an organization has hired the right-fit talent, it is crucial to reinforce values while imparting skills. Operationalized training is more critical to employees’ desired behaviors and outcomes than many companies imagine.
  • Communication: Organizations often underestimate the importance of communication in the workplace, yet it is effective communication that often determines the success of an organization. High-quality information enables and empowers; mediocre information causes disengagement.
  • Care: By providing genuine care for employees, beyond the obvious benefits and incentive programs, organizations will see a more engaged, positive work environment. 

One of our other favorite moments at #SHRM14 was a powerful keynote presentation on the future state of the workforce, and why “innovation-ready” individuals will be best equipped to succeed. According to this presentation, in the future, employers won’t care what you know. “They will only care what you can DO with what you know.” It’s why…tomorrow’s workers must be ‘innovation-ready.’ The next generation will have to invent and reinvent their jobs so many more times than we did.

The presenter went on to highlight the importance of skills such as creativity, communication, collaboration and innovation, and how they will be the keys to succeed in the types of “non-routine” jobs that will dominate the future. We could not agree more! Here is our take on why creativity and innovation will fuel the workforce of tomorrow, and how to enhance your creativity skills today.

#SHRM14 Attendees: What was the most insightful advice or trend you learned this conference?

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