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Dr. Shanna B. Tiayon    

Founder-CEO of Yes Wellbeing Works, LLC.

Dr. Shanna B. Tiayon is a Social Psychologist and the Founder-CEO of Yes Wellbeing Works, LLC. She began her dedication to human-centered work as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, followed by 10+ years senior leadership in International Development and Human Resources. In academia, Dr. Tiayon was a National Science Foundation and Ford fellow. Her research focused largely on mental and physical health in minority populations.

During her doctoral studies, Dr. Tiayon continued to work in the field of Human Resources and noticed a gap in the training, knowledge and capacities of HR professionals to develop structures that support the psychosocial needs of employees, a key driver of productivity. This inspired Yes Wellbeing Works, a consulting firm focused on conducting employee wellbeing research and showing organizations how to effectively support wellbeing. Dr. Tiayon is globally recognized as a Culture Amp 2024 Top 25 Emerging Culture Creator for this work.

Speech Topics

Employee Wellbeing: The New Bottom Line Metric

Terms like "Quiet Quitting", "The Great Resignation", "Burnout", and "Toxic Culture" are all too familiar in the post-pandemic corporate landscape. If you're steering a ship that doesn't recognize Employee Wellbeing across diverse demographics and departments, then you're headed straight for an iceberg. Employees no longer tolerate spaces where belonging, esteem, and psychological safety are not fundamentally addressed. This keynote defines Employee Wellbeing, addressing how it differs from other organizational measures like engagement, and why it is critically important in creating a successful and sustainable workforce with evidence-based business outcomes.

This session is ideal for organizations where:

  • Innovation and productivity are top demands.
  • "Fast-paced environment" is in every job description.
  • Talent retention is an ongoing challenge.
  • Workplace culture is only a theory on a whiteboard.

Participants will leave with:

  • A foundational understanding of the four constructs of Employee Wellbeing: Basic Needs, Psychological Safety, Esteem and Belonging.
  • Clarity surrounding the organizational outcomes of each construct.
  • A step-by-step process for putting Employee Wellbeing strategy into practice.

Psychological Safety: The Scaffolding for Success

Teams cannot innovate if they fear failure. Performance does not improve in isolation. Talent will not thrive consistently in all seasons.

Safer spaces are necessary for success in 2024.

Psychological safety is a term that has increased in the corporate vernacular, with limited explanation about what exactly it is and why organizations should care about it. This keynote defines the construct of psychological safety, contextualizes its relevance in the workplace, and elucidates how it’s measured, demonstrating evidence-based outcomes. In this transformative and practical session, participants will gain immediate tools to increase psychological safety and impact organizational results.

This session is ideal for audiences:

  • Working in industries reliant on innovation, precision, collaboration
  • Composed of senior human resources professionals and organizational leaders with authority to impact internal policies, procedures and practices.
  • Working in organizations who identify as or want to identify as having a strong employee-centric brand.

Participants will leave with:

  • A shared understanding of psychological safety and the research-based outcomes.
  • Knowledge of demographically diverse experiences of psychological safety across employee cohorts.
  • Key strategies to assess and build psychological safety based on areas of desired impact.

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