Virtual Workshop Series: From Surviving to Thriving: Renewing Your People-First Culture Post-COVID

Event Details:
When: October 21, 2021 1:00 pm – October 21, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Virtual Workshop Series

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $20
VBSR Members – Free

Registration is open

Event hosted by: VBSR

Join VBSR and NFP HR Solutions for a three-part virtual workshop series.

Since March, 2020, organizations have been navigating through the perpetual ups and downs of the pandemic. The focus was on survival: continuing business operations in the face of constant change and unknown. As Vermont returns to what could be termed as “normal”, now is the time to once again switch gears (we’ve all gotten good at that!) and strategically re-focus on your people and your culture.


You are welcome to register for just one or all three of the following virtual workshops in this series:


What’s Changed? Assessing Your Employees’ Post-COVID Values

The world is a different place than it was 16 months ago. The pandemic, political conflict and social unrest have had a profound impact on many, including your employees. Their values, perspectives, and approach to work have likely changed, along with workplace protocol. As we emerge from an atmosphere of survival and move back into an environment that allows us to be more proactive in our people culture, it’s important to meet our employees where they are.

In this workshop, join VBSR and NFP HR Solutions as we explore ways to deepen your understanding of your employees’ well-being, and help you to recognize new value system trends so that your organization’s workplace culture stays relevant.


Creating Employment Culture That’s Post-COVID Relevant

Recognizing how employee values, priorities and outlooks may have shifted during the pandemic, it’s time to respond accordingly and continue your best efforts at renewing an employee-first culture. Join VBSR and NFP HR Solutions as we take the opportunity to discuss strategies for aligning your organization with your employee needs. Policies, programs and benefits that served your organization well prior to COVID might need a tweak. The tone and policies of your employee handbook might need revisiting. Organizations are in a unique position right now to not only embrace the change, but to use it to their advantage in offering a workplace that values its greatest asset: its employees.


Beyond Anti-Harassment: Focusing on Culture Over Compliance

No discussion of a people-first culture would be complete without mentioning commitment to a harassment-free workplace. Laws are clear on their employer mandates to develop policies and conduct timely investigations. While compliance is key, so is a culture that promotes human understanding and respect, and values diversity.

Join VBSR and NFP HR Solutions as we explore ways employers can go beyond developing a legally-compliant anti-harassment policy to focus on a culture that will thwart bad behavior long before it becomes a potential legal issue.


These virtual workshops are free to VBSR members (including all employees of member companies) and $20 for non-members to attend. The workshops will occur virtually, and the details to join each workshop will be sent via email to all who register, a few days in advance of the event.


SHRM-certified individuals who participate in these workshops are eligible to receive 1.5 PD SHRM credits for each workshop, as VBSR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Closed captioning via live transcription will be available during all three of these workshops.


Meet Our Workshop Presenters:


Claire Raabe

Corporate Benefits Consultant, NFP HR Solutions

From management consulting to nonprofits and higher education institutions, Claire’s work across business sectors is diverse and grounded in the relationships she cultivates. “I believe successful organizations are people-focused; they take the time to develop a strong team, invest in employees, and foster a genuine culture unique to their environment. Identifying, implementing, and maintaining creative benefits solutions that actually work is critical to our clients’ success.”

As a benefits consultant, Claire brings industry expertise and creative solutions that meet the culture and budget of her clients. Claire’s approach is consultative, and her solutions are tailored to each organization while leveraging innovative resources and strategies within the benefits industry. “I look forward to working with your organization to develop a comprehensive benefits package that empowers your employees and drives your work forward.”



Susan Graham, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Sr. Human Resources Consultant, NFP HR Solutions

Susan Graham has been an HR professional for over 30 years. Her move to Vermont 20 years ago shifted her focus from corporate HR management to the unique HR needs of the state’s relatively small employers. She established her own consulting business, taking on interim HR management roles that often involved leading organizations through significant HR transitions. In 2016, she joined NFP in South Burlington, where she continues to assist brokerage clients and other businesses throughout the area to develop and maintain sound and effective HR practices.