Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instability, and sociopolitical unrest have contributed to rising anxiety levels among employees. How do companies ensure their workers’ well-being, care for their mental health, and cultivate a sense of community during periods of extreme uncertainty?
The Havas Group, founded in France in 1835, is one of the largest global advertising and communications companies in the world. Global Chief Talent Officer Patti Clarke spoke with Toptal Chief People Officer Michelle Labbe about how the firm cares for its international workforce during challenging times, and about the firm’s collaborative culture and emphasis on a healthy and happy workplace.
Patti Clarke leads global human resources and talent strategy for Havas Group’s 20,000+ employees across more than 100 countries. She has recently spearheaded key initiatives focused on women’s leadership development, mental health, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Havas, Clarke spent 20 years at Dun & Bradstreet, where she served most recently as Chief Human Resources Officer.
Some Questions Asked:
- At almost 200 years old, how does Havas continue to evolve? (2:25)
- What have you seen in terms of employee engagement trends? What do employees need right now? What will they need in the next six to 12 months? (10:42)
- How is Havas expanding opportunities for its women employees? (17:27)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How Havas worked to ensure the safety of its distributed workforce during a period of global unrest.
- About programs that support wellness, including Be Kind to Your Mind, expert-led seminars, and Wellness Wednesdays.
- How Havas opened opportunities for advancement in leadership positions, particularly for women employees.