This week we learn how to run purposeful meetings from Oprah, explore the virtues of phased retirement, share a playbook for tackling bias in the workplace (and in recruitment), and learn how PwC and ThoughtWorks are making work meaningful.

This week’s growth quote:

“Employees engage with employers and brands when they’re treated as humans worthy of respect.”

Meghan Biro

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How to Run Your Meetings Like Oprah


Want to run better meetings? Learn from Oprah. The media mogul kicks off each meeting by asking: “What is our intention for this meeting? What’s important? What matters?” Learn how these questions can help you focus, address awkwardness, and get through your list. 

Many Older Workers Would Prefer to Ease into Retirement


As more Baby Boomers retire, HR teams are bracing for a brain drain. If you’d like to avoid a dip in productivity as a generation leaves the workplace, this article lays out how to mitigate issues and transfer of knowledge by using phased retirement, retirement coaching, and flexible hours.

How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams


When the bias is hard to identify, it’s hard to uproot. This article lays out four ways to detect bias in action. It also guides you through how to hire without prejudice. Key tips include asking skills-based questions and limiting referrals. 

Every Job Counts: How HR Can Make Work More Meaningful

HR Dive

Meaningful work is the holy grail for employees who want to know their job matters. There’s a lot of talk about how to create meaning, but often it’s in plain view. HR leaders from PwC and ThoughtWorks share how they articulate the impact of employees’ work and increase job satisfaction at the same time.  

Stress Awareness Day: ‘Something all HR teams should take note of’ 

HR Review

November 11th is Stress Awareness Day, with individuals in HR believing this is a great reminder of the importance of staff wellbeing and how to identify in keeping employees happy and healthy. Diane Strohfus, chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Betterworks, believes this is a day that the HR team should be well aware of and take action to remediate stress. 

If you missed the last recap, read it here: HR Tech Essentials, Navigating Corporate Change, and The New Manager