Career Advisor Mary Schaefer Puts the Human Back into Human Resources at TEDxWilmington
On Wednesday, August 6th, one of our very own Career Advisors, Mary Schaefer spoke at TEDxWilmington and delivered her talk, Putting the Human Back into Human Resources. At the forum, creators, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, and thinkers alike gathered at World Cafe Live at The Queen to share their thought leadership and what they are passionate about.
One of the 24 inspiring ideas during the day-long program, Putting the Human Back into Human Resources takes a look at how employee appreciation and interaction leads to strong engagement and motivation. Mary insights that businesses need to treat their employees humanly, not humanely. She acknowledges that humans are social beings and as such need to feel not only accepted but valued. Mary illustrates this concept by citing an employee remembering every time her teammate brought her coffee simply because she “looked like she needed it.”
With employee engagement throughout the nation being at an all-time low, many are proclaiming being unappreciated as the cause for their disengagement. How will you demonstrate your appreciation for your employees and show how much you value their contribution to the business?
Mary Schaefer’s interest in human resources began while working on her family’s farm in southern Indiana and she now has over 20 years of HR experience under her belt. She is also the principal of her own business, Artemis Path, Inc., where she specializes in talent development, change management, and workplace interactions. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses. Mary applies her fierce idealism to create work cultures where organizations and human beings can both thrive. Read more about this topic and Mary’s passions at maryschaefer.com.