Embracing Remote Work: Meet the Oracles
Global open source software firm GitLab has been “office-less” for nearly a decade. In that time, they’ve grown to 1,300 employees in 66 countries. The model has been so successful that GitLab literally wrote the book on remote-work best practices (it’s 38 pages and has tens of thousands of downloads since March). But GitLab’s model doesn’t compute for some industries or job functions that can’t operate in a permanent, asynchronous, radically transparent environment. And even for those that can, culture is an obvious concern. With companies facing the inevitability of flexible arrangements in their post-pandemic policies, we talk to the pioneers at GitLab and the leading academic expert studying “Work from Anywhere” companies, including GitLab.
Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Darren Murph, Head of Remote, GitLab
Sid Sijbrandij, Co-founder and CEO, GitLab
Moderator: Dom Chu, Senior Markets Correspondent, CNBC
Hindsight 2020 in their own words:
Lynne Oldham, Chief People Officer, Zoom (WEC Member)
Superhuman Resources in the Age of COVID: From a Seat at the Table to Owning the Table
Before COVID, CHROs were gradually reinventing a role that – at most companies – was limited to personnel matters. In COVID’s wake, many CEOs and Boards embraced and expedited this evolution, giving CHROs a broad — and even more critical — mandate virtually overnight. As the changes wrought by the pandemic become norms, it’s clear there are opportunities for CHROs to maintain their elevated stature as strategic and operational business leaders driving quantifiable bottom-line value. Executive leadership experts like Adam Bryant are beginning to identify who these “High Impact” CHROs are, what sets them apart, and how others can learn from them.
Rhonda Morris, CHRO, Chevron (WEC Member)
Interviewer: Adam Bryant, Managing Director, Merryck & Co.
Suffering in Silence: A Mindful Reminder of the Importance of Mental Health
Eight months into the pandemic, our nation deeply divided and enduring a long-overdue reckoning with systemic racial injustice, studies show isolation, anxiety and depression surging, even as access to traditional mental health services gets disrupted by distancing and funding challenges. Employers offering generous mental health benefits see enormous challenges identifying which employees most need help – and that’s only gotten tougher in an all-remote or hybrid work environment. But, as a community, companies must confront the crisis head-on. And HR leaders are the tip of the spear.
So, for some fresh solutions we look to Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and best-selling author, Jewel, who channeled her own emotional strife into a powerful science-based platform that’s powering mental wellness programs for the corporate giants including Kroger and Saks.
Jewel, Singer-Songwriter, Mental Health Advocate
Richard Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson’s Bay Company
Moderator: Becky Quick, “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor, CNBC