2022 WorkLife Conference: The Whole-Person Workplace [10/20/2022]

Date: Thu, 10/20/2022

Time: 9AM-11:30AM

Location: Virtual – Zoom

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Event Description

Wellbeing at Work is Tied to Higher Retention, Morale and Productivity!

The world of work continues shift as we cumulatively adjust to an ever-changing landscape. Join us for a deep dive into industry backed research on how everyone, no matter their role, can support a whole-person perspective in the workplace. Learn how being adaptable, teachable and genuine affects the work experience for yourself and others!

Hear from expert presenters in keynote and breakout sessions, detailed below.


9:00-9:20 am: Welcoming Remarks
9:20-10:20 am: Keynote
10:25-11:30 am: Breakout Rooms*

Breakout room topics include:

  1. Flexible Work Arrangements Panel | Ronnie Haas (MIT), Jake Lathrop (MSU), Jaimie Hutchison (MSU)
    With nearly 87% of workers in the US recently indicating they would like to work remotely or have flexible work options (Gardner, 2021, p. 2), it is more important than ever for employers to try to understand and provide pathways for employees to embrace a flexible work arrangement. This panel will discuss how other universities are utilizing flexible work, how flexible work supports employees that are caregivers, and more. 
  2. Family-Friendly Workplace | Lourdes Rodriguez (University of Arizona), Caitlin Azhderian (Stanford), Rachel Perez (MSU)
    Families grow and change, and different employees have different family-related concerns, throughout employees’ tenure with their organizations. Whether it be parental, or caregiving related or not, each employee has a different experience with their families, and how organizations acknowledge these different aspects influences employees’ likelihood of staying with their organization (Behson, 2021, p. 69 & 80).
  3. Whole-Person Culture to Support DEI, Retention and Recruitment | Maranda Holtsclaw (HERC), Tina Alonzo (MSU), Ebony Lucas (MSU)
    Potential employees are whole people with full lives outside of their job search and recognizing them as such not only is the authentic way to recruit as a Whole-Person Workplace, but also shows candidates how they will be treated in the organization, attracting them to the culture and making them even more interested in the position (Behson, 2021, p. 19).
  4.  | Maranda Holtsclaw (HERC), Tina Alonzo (MSU), Ebony Lucas (MSU)

About the Speaker: Scott Behson

Our keynote speaker and author of the book “The Whole-Person Workplace,” Scott Behson, will discuss how to build a better workplace through work-life, wellness and employee support. 

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Scott Behson, PhD, is a professor of management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a national expert in work and family issues. 

Scott is also an accomplished professional speaker and consultant who provides talks, workshops, webinars and keynote addresses for corporate clients, not-for-profit organizations and major conferences. He provides insight and perspective on whole-person workplaces, employer support for working parents, work and fatherhood, and related topics for some of the world’s leading companies. Scott was a featured speaker at the United Nations’ International Day of the Family and the White House’s Summit for Working Families. 

Scott has written for Harvard Business Review, TIME, Fast Company, Success, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears in media, including MSNBC, NPR, Fox News and Bloomberg Radio. He and his work has been featured in such outlets as The Atlantic, Slate, Working Mother and Fatherly.

As a professor, Scott has published over 25 academic journal articles and book chapters, presented over 50 times at national and international conferences, and won eight teaching, service and research awards. He co-founded and is the lead professor for FDU’s undergraduate program in Human Resources Management. He also teaches at IESEG School of Management in Paris and has been a visiting professor at the International University of Monaco and the University of Zagreb. 

Scott has also been an advocate for paid family leave and other policies to support working families. He has worked with the Departments of Labor in New York and New Jersey, lobbied members of Congress, and partnered with several amazing not for profits- including Time to Care NY, New America Foundation, CLASP, A Better Balance, 1 Million for Work Flexibility, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. He believes we should all advocate for needed change with our time and money, and vote for those who support working families.

Scott lives with his family in Nyack, NY, and is a graduate of Cornell University and SUNY Albany.