The Great Place to Work Conference 2017 is Happening


We all know think that the office that we work for is indeed a great place to work, but did you know that there’s an actual conference and award ceremony for this? It’s called the Great Place to Work Conference

What is The Great Place to Work?

The Great Place to Work is a consulting firm founded in 1991 by Robert Levering in San Francisco , California and affiliated offices in several countries around the world. The primary role of the firm is to evaluate the management of companies of different types, services , multinationals, and SMEs in various industries in 53 countries. From there, they carry out research between employees and employers to understand the excellence in the work environment.

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What is The Great Place to Work Conference 2017?

The Great Place to Work Conference 2017 is an event aimed at inspiring corporate leaders to create and sustain a High-Trust, High-Performance CultureTM at their workplace. This year, the Great Place to Work® Conference 2017 will be held on 28th June from 8.30 am onwards at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.

Under the theme of “Culture Drives Performance” the Great Place to Work Conference 2017 will feature a stellar line-up of over 15 CXOs from well-known organizations. They will explore strategies on how to “Assess” employee perception and effectiveness of existing people practices, “Align” organizational goals and objectives and “Advance” towards better performance.

Who are the speakers?

Well, for starters, there’s Bob Lee. He will be gracing the conference as the International Guest Speaker. His session will include his views on “How the World’s Best Managers Create Great Workplaces” while drawing references from his best selling book “Trust Rules”.

Great Place To Work ConferenceDuring his session at the Great Place to Work® Conference 2017, Bob will demonstrate the business reasoning and feasibility of creating a high-Trust, High-Performance Culture at work. He will also show how those mentored by great managers tend to have great workplaces experience, while those who work with less than average managers experience the opposite. He will establish the importance of the role of a manger through supporting case studies and provide guidance for managers based on “Trust Rules” identified through his research work.

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A snapshot from Great Place To Work Photo Credits: Malshan Photography

CEO/Managing Director at MAS Kreeda, Sarinda Unamboowe will deliver the keynote speech on “Driving Culture: A Mission with a Passion”. Following that will be Dilani Alagaratnam, President of HR, Legal, Sustainability & ERM at John Keells Group addressing the audience on how “Better Culture means Better Business: A Blue-Chip Experience”. Towards afternoon, Mano Sekaram Co-Founder and CEO of 99X Technology, will reveal their blueprint via “Culture on steroids – The High Performing formula”.

Prasenjit Bhattacharya, Culture Guru and CEO of Great Place to Work India & Director at Great Place to Work® Sri Lanka, will be up next talking about how “It all comes down to Trust”. Following that, Ruwani Alwishewa – Consultant at Great Place to Work® Sri Lanka will talk about “Insights from the Five-year National Study”.

The morning session will consist of a panel of CXOs across industries who will talk about “Culture Shift: Aligning and Transforming Organisational Culture”. The panelists here are from companies such as Brandix Lanka, DFCC Bank, LAUGFS Holdings, Marriott Hotels and Softlogic Holdings. They will share insights on how the organisations of today makes the “Culture Shift” required to drive performance while remaining relevant and competitive.

The evening session will feature CXOs from AOD, Auxenta, HNB Bank, Huawei and who will focus on “A Culture of Innovation in the Age of Digital Differentiation”. They will also discuss strategies adopted by organisations to drive a culture of innovation to evolve and succeed in today’s constantly changing business environment.

But wait, there’s more

Great Place to Work Institute will also be launching its Certification Program in Sri Lanka at this year’s conference. Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM will be recognized and endorsed by the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) in their “Compliance +” Initiative.

If you’re interested in attending the Great Place to Work Conference 2017, you can do so by registering here. Need a look at the agenda? Click here. If you can’t make it to the Great Place to Work Conference 2017, don’t worry because we from ReadMe will be attending the conference and bringing you the latest as and when it happens. We hope to see you there.


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