Listen our new shape of work interview series

Factoring DEI data into business decisions at GE

Episode 10; length 18:48 min


Organizations’ are increasingly focused on ensuring that different populations of their employees are truly thriving. Join us as we speak with Travis Barton, Talent manager and analytics leader at GE to hear the proactive steps that GE has taken on the path to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.


Guest speaker:
Travis Barton, Talent manager and analytics leader at GE

Leading the way on diversity

Episode 9; length 18:06 min


The pandemic has magnified the impacts of social inequality. There is more awareness of racial discrimination, gender inequalities, and mental health challenges. It is more critical than ever for companies who want to remain relevant and best positioned for the future to have leaders committed to DEI.


Guest speakers:
Angela Berg, Mercer Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and engagement practice partner
David Jackson, Mercer talent strategy partner

Accelerating diversity equity and inclusion

Episode 8; length 17:42 min


Despite good intentions, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts do not always achieve the desired results. Learn more about the challenges of the prevalent “Say/Do” gap and tangible steps that can help employers make meaningful progress and lasting change.


Guest speaker:
Rayna Edwards, Workforce strategy and analytics principal

Longer working lives demand a flexible approach to retirement

Episode 7; length 22:58 min


Flexible working supports longer and more fulfilling careers, giving employees newfound freedom and employers access to experienced talent. Interestingly, it’s also an inclusive way to support ALL generations in the workforce, an important component of today’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agendas.


Guest
: Yvonne Sonsino, Partner and Global Co-Leader of Mercer’s Next Stage platform, Mercer

Keeping benefit plan costs under control

Episode 6; length 15:35 min


Providing cost-effective benefit plans that protect and improve health requires optimizing costs while maintaining a focus on employee wellbeing. Employee benefits programs play an important role in supporting the employee retention, engagement, and employee wellbeing. But COVID-19 has brought uncertainty to medical trend rates and risks to cost containment and employee health. Listen to learn more.


Guest
: Amy Laverock, Mercer Marsh Benefits Global Strategic Initiatives and Solutions Leader

Mapping HR’s bold new future 

Episode 5; length 12:05 min


Mercer’s Global Talent Trends research shares four key trends that will enable companies to navigate in the future. COVID-19 has accelerated many trends identified in Mercer’s Global Talent Trends report. Listen to hear how the top four trends are reshaping HR strategies and prompting organizations to reimagine the employee experience. Listen to learn more.


Guest
: Kate Bravery, Mercer global advisory solutions & insights leader

Supporting mental health when returning to the workplace

Episode 4; length 25:02 min


Pairing empathy and design thinking can support plans for a safe return to work factoring in the diverse physical, mental, and social needs of the workforce to provide a balance of flexibility and stability. Empathetic leaders are well placed to support employee health and wellbeing, and identify early warning signs that employees are struggling. Listen to learn more.


Guest
: Wolfgang Seidl, Mercer Partner and Workplace Health Consulting leader

The benefit of talent sharing

Episode 3; length 20:19 min


Temporary talent sharing can help you optimize costs and workforce — and avoid layoffs — by flexing roles and talent, allowing employees to learn new skills in new environments. Listen to learn more.


Guest
: Brian Fischer, Mercer’s global leader for job evaluation and career frameworks

Using prediction to navigate the return to work

Episode 2; length 19:37 min


The uncertainty brought by the pandemic has made navigating critical business decisions more difficult. Oliver Wyman’s Pandemic Navigator™ provides robust and accurate forecasts for the evolution of the pandemic for the upcoming 3 to 6 to weeks as well as macro-economic forecasts, industry-specific revenues and costs under a number of plausible epidemic scenarios until medical breakthroughs or vaccination emerges in mass scale. Listen to learn more.


Guest
: Ethan Murray, Partner and Global capabilities leader for the digital practice at Oliver Wyman

New ways of working and living 

Episode 1; length 15:18 min


Looking at the coronavirus in three phases – respond, return, and reinvent – can help employers plan for the unique challenges that businesses must address in each phase. The crisis has shifted how we work and is providing the opportunity to incorporate the successful changes we’ve made in our daily work in response to COVID-19. Listen to learn more.

 
Guest: Norman Dreger, Partner and CEO Mercer Germany

Meet the hosts of our series

  • Kate Bravery

    Kate Bravery

    Global Advisory Solutions & Insight Leader

    Kate Bravery is a Partner and the Global Advisory Solutions & Insight Leader for Mercer’s business.  She has more than 20 years of experience in human capital consulting and helping organizations achieve a talent advantage through people.

     

    She has expertise in people strategy, talent management, assessment / leadership development and HR process design.  She has held office and market leadership positions in multiple countries.  Prior to her current role, she was the growth market regional practice leader for the talent strategy business.

     

    Kate is a chartered organizational psychologist.  She has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Psychology from City University of London in the United Kingdom, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia. Kate has two young children and lives with her family in UK.

  • Norman Dreger

    Norman Dreger

    Mercer CEO Germany

    Kate Bravery is a Partner and the Global Advisory Solutions & Insight Leader for Mercer’s business.  She has more than 20 years of experience in human capital consulting and helping organizations achieve a talent advantage through people.

     

    She has expertise in people strategy, talent management, assessment / leadership development and HR process design.  She has held office and market leadership positions in multiple countries.  Prior to her current role, she was the growth market regional practice leader for the talent strategy business.

     

    Kate is a chartered organizational psychologist.  She has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Psychology from City University of London in the United Kingdom, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia. Kate has two young children and lives with her family in UK.