Chief Human Resources Officer at MetLife, Susan Podlogar, talks to HRO Today about supporting employees and helping future workforces thrive

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MetLifes Susan Podlogar talks maximising employee potential

MetLife's Susan Podlogar talks maximising employee potential

Susan Podlogar, Chief Human Resources Officer at MetLife, shared with HRO Today what building the workforce of the future really means, as well as why it is time to re-invest, re-imagine and reinvigorate HR practices to maximize impact.

Employees need support both in and out of the workplace

"Employee performance has been a main focus of organizations as the key ingredient for success. However, this is no longer enough. MetLife’s 17th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study (EBTS) found that employees across all generations are looking for support from employers both in and out of the workplace. As a result, if an organization wants to hit its potential, its employees must also be set up to hit their potential - at work and at home," Susan shared via HRO Today.

In order to create an environment in which employees can reach their full potential, employers need to understand the key drivers of productivity and happiness at work suggests Susan.

The MetLife study found the top five drivers include:

  • Employee trust in the company’s leadership
  • Employer commitment to employees and their success
  • A culture where employees are encouraged to share ideas and individual opinions
  • Co-workers who feel like family or friends
  • Benefits customized to help meet employee needs

"The most significant driver of maximizing potential at work is trust - primarily in an organization’s leadership and its commitment to employees’ success. By creating a trusting, caring culture that delivers on these drivers, employers can cultivate an environment in which their workforce thrives," added Susan.

Flexible careers are reshaping the workplace

Increasingly, new technologies are impacting how employees work and there's a large focus on 'work anywhere anytime' practices that can give workers a greater sense of autonomy. While advantages are numerous, an 'always on' culture can lead to morphed boundaries between work and life and this can sometimes lead to burnout. To help prevent flexibility from overwhelming employee, benefits programs such as wellness programs and mental health support programs can be key.

Read Susan's article in HRO Today in full here

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