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Inspirus Hosts Thought Leader Workshop on Using Recognition to Drive Diversity

Posted by Kelly Spencer

May 22, 2019 at 10:51 AM

Theresa Harkins leads collaborative workshop on employee engagement, diversity and inclusion for Fortune 500 clients


Fort Worth, Texas – (May 22, 2019) Inspirus, a Sodexo Group company, and leader in elevating employee experiences and optimizing organizational culture through people-focused solutions recently hosted a workshop for its Fortune 500 clients and special guests focused on using recognition to drive diversity and inclusion. Theresa Harkins, vice president of client success and engagement solutions led the session sharing best practices learned through her 20 years of experience. The collaborative workshop focused on aligning recognition with D&I strategy, building a programmatic framework, and quantifying and measuring results.

As one of the first DiversityInc Hall of Fame inductees, Sodexo has a successful and comprehensive strategic approach to support D&I. Diversity and Inclusion is a key component to developing its engaged workforce around the world.  Attendees gathered at Inspirus headquarters to learn more about Inspirus and Sodexo’s path in developing award-winning D&I strategies, the role that recognition can play in building an inclusive culture within the workforce and established actionable steps that they can implement within their organizations. Workshop participants shared their current inclusion program strategies and provided one another with fresh ideas and approaches that can be added to their current initiatives. “Diversity and inclusion is one of the highest drivers in the workplace. The more employees feel they have a voice and purpose, the more the impact makes a big difference on how the employee can feel,” Harkins remarked during the workshop.

By enriching the employee experience through recognition and inclusion, organizations can develop an employee experience that results in tangible business advantages -including higher levels of innovative thinking and increased ability to adapt to the needs of customers. “Companies are increasing their diversity, but there’s also a need for inclusive teams in which everyone will have a feeling of being valued and accepted,” Harkins added. “It’s how the employee feels and there’s a lot of opportunity for two-way dialog in that mix.” Inspirus supports organizations’ inclusion journey through mobile-enabled recognition and rewards programs, promotion of D&I events, and access to micro-learning courses, all of which help reinforce inclusive behaviors.

Inspirus provides differentiating support on all aspects of diversity and inclusion and employee engagement. Offering a single interface accessible to everyone, our clients benefit from access to the breadth of platform and software assets and personal recognition and learning experiences that our companies and Sodexo deploy in 80 countries, at more than 32,000 sites, reaching 100 million consumers daily. Companies interested in participating in the next workshop, hosting an onsite seminar or learning more about how Inspirus can help effectively increase awareness, reinforce positive behaviors and enhance employee engagement can visit inspirus.com.

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About Theresa Harkins
A visionary in human resource leadership, Theresa Harkins is a chartered professional and influencer in the recognition industry. Theresa’s passion for leading people and developing solutions to drive employee engagement has positively affected Fortune 500 organizations through her innovation in the deployment of global employee recognition strategies. Theresa currently serves as vice president of client success and engagement solutions at Inspirus where she consults with clients to design and create employee engagement strategies that align with their organizations’ cultural goals and needs.

About Inspirus
Inspirus believes employees make up the foundation of culture shaped and evolved through every day experiences that are essential to the development of strong, high-performing organizations. Through our technology and integrated solutions, we elevate the employee experience and optimize organizational culture by providing a holistic approach throughout the entire employee journey. We seek to influence the employee experience through our six Quality of Life dimensions: recognition, health and well-being, personal growth, physical environment, social interaction, and ease and efficiency.         

Only Inspirus combines an integrated rewards engine, learning courses, communication tools, and analytics into a single platform spanning recognition, service anniversary, well-being, and diversity and inclusion. Inspirus aims to bring joy to work, one experience at a time.

Visit inspirus.com for more information.

Topics: Employee Engagement, Recognition, diversity and inclusion