People Forward: How Havas Is Unifying Its Workforce

03/21/2022
Patti Clarke
Patti Clarke is Global Chief Talent Officer for the Havas Group, one of the world’s largest communications companies founded in 1835 in Paris. Clarke is responsible for leading global human resources as well as talent and cultural strategy for the group’s 20,000+ employees in more than 100 countries. Clarke leads innovative programs that enable employees to live the collaborative culture of “to better together.” Most recently, she has spearheaded pilot initiatives in women’s leadership development and diversity and inclusion programs.
People Forward: How Havas Is Unifying Its Workforce

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.

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Patti Clarke
Patti Clarke is Global Chief Talent Officer for the Havas Group, one of the world’s largest communications companies founded in 1835 in Paris. Clarke is responsible for leading global human resources as well as talent and cultural strategy for the group’s 20,000+ employees in more than 100 countries. Clarke leads innovative programs that enable employees to live the collaborative culture of “to better together.” Most recently, she has spearheaded pilot initiatives in women’s leadership development and diversity and inclusion programs.