Boosting Morale and Community: Merck’s Story

Presenter: Michaela Leo, Merck; Jennifer Reimert and Erica Santos, Workhuman 

Original program date: April 16, 2020 (available for on-demand viewing through July 2020)

Program length: 60 minutes

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In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically transformed our work and personal lives. Many of us have abruptly transitioned to fully remote work and HR and people leaders are navigating the challenges of not only keeping everyone focused and inspired, but also instilling a sense of belonging in the midst of it all. 
 
Doubling down on gratitude and appreciation in times of uncertainty is a proven way to build and sustain the human connections vital to helping businesses thrive. This has certainly been the case with Merck, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Merck is using INSPIRE, its peer-to-peer recognition program to help boost morale and deepen employee connections across 85 countries. 
 
What are the key takeaways from Merck’s story that can help you build a culture of gratitude and appreciation at a time when positivity is so desperately needed? In this webcast, Merck's director of compensation Michaela Leo and Workhuman consultants Jennifer Reimert and Erica Santos, will discuss how to leverage peer-to-peer recognition to strengthen engagement and promote a sense of community.
 
Attendees will learn about:

  • How social recognition keeps employees connected and engaged in a virtual workplace 
  • Significant impacts resulting from frequent recognition, including increased engagement and new cross-functional communities 
  • Ways Merck is using INSPIRE by aligning the program to new ways of working
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About the Presenters: Michaela Leo is director of compensation programs and analytics with Merck & Co, Inc. Her responsibilities include governance for Merck’s global recognition program and managing analytics across multiple compensation programs. Prior to this role, she led compensation and benefits for Merck’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. She has more than 17 years of global compensation management experience in pharmaceutical and services industries. 

Erica Santos is a people analytics consultant with the Workhuman Analytics and Research Institute. She blends data analytics and psychology to provide customer insights and evidence-based alignment of people and business strategies. Her team works to move the industry forward with data and advanced analytics techniques that illustrate the impact of a human workplace.

Jennifer Reimert is vice president of solutions consulting for Workhuman. She consults with HR leaders on how to build high performing cultures with measurable results by leveraging the power of recognition. Her team helps more than 4 million people around the world have a more inclusive, positive employee experience at their workplace. Reimert has more than 20 years of HR industry experience. Prior to Workhuman, she served as the vice president of total rewards for Symantec Corporation, where she was responsible for setting and leading Symantec's global total rewards strategy.



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SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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This webcast is sponsored by Workhuman

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