Session: Employee Activism – The Importance of Encouraging and Protecting
2020 shined a light on social injustices and civil unrest – affecting us personally and professionally. But how can organizations encourage employee activism while protecting employees?
Employee activism is a term taking a renewed hold in workplace conversations across the country. But what does it mean? Employee activism is the action taken by employees to speak out about societal issues, like race, gender, politics, and workers’ rights, to name a few. Employee activists make their actions visible – whether criticizing their employer or defending them and acting as advocates. While employee activism isn’t new, its visibility is increasingly amplified by consumers and customers demanding that businesses take a stand on social issues. Together, these events place pressure on organizations to act – but how can organizations encourage participation and conversation while maintaining minimal risk to the business? And what are the expectations of leadership in joining and amplifying their employees’ views or their own?
Amy Roy, Chief People Officer at Namely, and attendees will explore employee expectations and discuss how to get started or change the course of action. Leveraging examples of how Namely and its leadership encourage employee activism while protecting employees, Roy will offer insights into how to navigate personal philosophies in the workplace and support this effort.
- Learn why organizations should address employee activism – from encouragement to protection.
- Gain insight into what employees expect from employers as it relates to activism.
- Take away a framework for implementing an approach to address employee activism in your organization.
- Understand how to navigate and support personal philosophies in the workplace.
Amy Roy has over 20 years of experience in the HR technology space. Her passion for improving the employee experience led her to her current role, Chief People Officer at Namely. In addition to Human Resources, Amy has also held leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Process Improvement. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University.