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Ready to connect with your peers in people ops and HR? Grab your free ticket for Startup Boston Week 2024 on Sept 9th - 13th today! 

All sessions are available BOTH in-person at Suffolk University and virtually. 

REDEFINING THE WORKSPACE: BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE CULTURE IN A HYBRID WORKFORCE (Presented by CIC)

Perfect for: people ops and HR team leaders who are responsible for providing guidance to founding teams and startup leaders on managing a hybrid workforce—and workspace

It’s no secret that the way we work is changing. While the debate is often around bringing people back in the office versus working remotely, hybrid is the direction many companies are leaning towards and learning to adapt to. 

 

In this session, we’re diving into the best practices for nurturing a vibrant, collaborative culture within startups while embracing the hybrid workforce model that accommodates different work styles and needs. During this session, we’ll uncover:

 

  • Best practices for maintaining open and effective communication

  • How–and where—to collaborate productively

  • Strategies for building trust and feedback among team members

  • How flexible workspace can balance the need for physical space while enabling remote work

CPO’S AND CEO'S: HOW TO FIND AND NUTURE A SHARE VISION AND RELATIONSHIP 

Perfect for: CPO's, CEO, VP of People, and Head of People who are looking to build on their current relationship with their CEO or are looking to better understand what to look for in their next role. And for founders to understand what is needed to attract the best People Ops professionals

Ensuring alignment between a CEO and HR leader is crucial for driving a cohesive vision and successful organizational outcomes. This session will focus on the essential questions HR leaders should ask during the interview process to gauge fit and shared vision with the CEO.

 

We’ll specifically dive into: 

 

  • Some of the questions an HR leader should ask a CEO during the interview process to gauge if there is a fit 

  • How to effectively inquire about the CEO's vision for the company and evaluate alignment with HR goals and values

  • How to gain insights into how potential future disagreements with the CEO will be handled at the startup prior to accepting the offer 

 

By the end of this session, you will be equipped with the right questions and techniques to ensure a strong, aligned partnership between the CEO and HR leader. 

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: HOW MUCH FACETIME IS NEEDED?

Perfect for: Heads of People grappling with when and where people work and what is needed in order for the startup to truly thrive and to hire the best talent

This session will delve into the evolving landscape of workforce structures, examining why and how organizations transition between different formats and the impact of these changes on employees and operations. 

 

Specifically exploring: 

 

  • How startups decide where and how people work

  • The “why” behind transitions from one workforce format to another 

  • The “return to work” trends and how this has played out in startups going from virtual to a setup with increased face-time

  • The benefits of different in-person, virtual and hybrid models 

 

By the end of this session, you will understand the benefits and challenges of various workforce models, enabling you to make informed decisions for your startup. 

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY: EXPLORING EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION PHILOSOPHIES 

Perfect for: Heads of Talent Acquisition and Heads of People who will be hiring executives in the future and are looking for a comprehensive executive compensation strategy, and for founders who are better looking to understand what is needed to hire executive talent

This session will provide a comprehensive guide to understanding and managing executive compensation, covering the fundamental components and critical factors that influence pay structures. 

 

Including: 

 

  • The basic elements of executive pay (base salary, equity and benefits) and what is the appropriate compensation for each, depending on your startup’s stage 

  • How to select performance metric and targets that factor into compensation 

  • The basics of an appropriate severance package, should an organization part ways with an executive 

 

By the end of this session, you will be equipped with the knowledge to select effective performance metrics and targets, as well as to design appropriate severance packages for departing executives. 

BRAND BUILDING BOOTCAMP: ATTRACTING TALENT FOR EARLY-STAGE STARTUPS 

Perfect for: Heads of People Operations and founders of early-stage startups looking to build their teams who are excited about building a brand that will recruit the best talent

A strong employer brand is essential for attracting and retaining top talent. This session will explore the critical elements of creating and maintaining a compelling employer brand.

 

We’ll specifically dive into: 

 

  • How a startup should position its social values as part of an employer brand (if at all) 

  • What role the company’s mission plays in the overall employer branding 

  • The metrics that will determine if an employer brand is effective in attracting and retaining talent

 

By the end of this session, you will have insights into handling challenges such as failed branding initiatives and evolving your employer brand as your company scales. 

TO PIP OR NOT TO PIP: THAT IS THE QUESTION

Perfect for: Heads of People, Managers of Individual Contributors, and founders

Deciding whether to implement Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) at your startup is a crucial decision that can impact employee performance and company culture. This session will explore the benefits and drawbacks of using PIPs in a startup environment.

 

We will specifically debate these specific topics: 

 

 

  • PIPs are the most effective way to provide feedback and guiding employees towards improvement 

  • PIPs create a culture of fear and distrust among employees 

  • The time and resources spent on creating and implementing PIPs outweighs the potential benefits, especially in a resource-constrained startup environment 

  • PIPs will motivate employees to improve and ultimately contribute to higher retention rates 

 

And much more! This debate will show both sides of the coin. 

FINDING BALANCE: PREPARING FOR LAYOFFS OR HIRING FREEZES IN THE TECH WORLD

Perfect for: Heads of People Operations and executive management who would like to understand more about what goes into a layoff, so they can better prepare for a future (that will hopefully never arrive). And for founders to better understand the impacts of a hiring freeze or layoff, should the time come for one.

Layoffs and hiring freezes are challenging aspects of organizational management, impacting both the company's future and the lives of its employees. In this session, we will provide insights into the critical do’s and don'ts of planning and executing a layoff and hiring freeze, including: 

 

  • How to effectively plan and carry out a layoff or hiring freeze - from initial considerations to final implementation

  • Best practices for communicating layoff news or hiring freezes to employees and strategies for providing support during the transition

  • Understanding why organizations might rehire for similar positions shortly after layoffs and how to manage public reputation and internal morale in the aftermath

 

Join us to ensure your startup navigates potential turbulent times with care and professionalism.

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Startup Boston Week is where the whole startup community gathers - all industries, all startup departments and all bootstrapped and funding stages to gather.

Lauren Rich - Startup Boston

Meet Lauren Rich! Lauren is our People Ops Track Lead for Startup Boston Week 2024. This is her fourth year on the Startup Boston Organizing Team.

 

Some fun facts about her: the fictional place she'd most like to visit is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Look them up and connect with them on LinkedIn.

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