Welcome to the 4th Edition CHRO Exchange
The August 2015 New York Times publication of “Inside Amazon” exposed multiple realities of the workforce environment from one of the largest US companies for the world to see. The general public saw perceptions and realities of the onboarding processes, work-life balance, the lean production environment, cultural pride in becoming an automaton, an emphasis on brutal critique, and more.
Bezos himself has characterized the culture as “friendly and intense, but if push comes to shove we’ll settle for intense.” In response to the NYT article he told workers: “Amazon won’t tolerate ‘callous’ management practices” and “I don’t recognize this Amazon and I very much hope you don’t, either” while elsewhere stated “my main job today: I work hard at helping to maintain the culture.
I’m not sure that any company culture has been publicized so frankly in recent history (“bruising workplace”), but then if one steps back a bit, movies about Steve Jobs persist, and these are general perceptions of the workplace for many companies.
This case study raises questions:
- What are the internal and external perceptions of your company workforce, and of your internal and external brands? Are they recognizable as the same company?
- How do you effectively create, manage and recreate your company culture? Are the values aligned in the leadership and culture?
All of this press and policy changes indicate the changing nature of business in the US and globally, the pressures to drive productivity and capitalize on labor in an increasingly competitive labor market for high skills, and the roles that leadership, performance management and values have in leveraging culture change
The opening keynote will set the stage for continuous discussion of these themes throughout the Exchange.
The CHRO Exchange provides one of the most credible forums for Chief Human Resource Officers to share ideas and the real world solutions to many of the challenges that they are facing. The Exchange continues its ongoing tradition of offering cutting-edge, interactive and tailor-made learning opportunities for senior practitioners to gain actionable insights and stay ahead in this ever-changing talent environment.
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Exchange Producer 2016 CHRO Exchange