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A global pandemic, fluctuating economic market, sudden changes to social policies. Historical moments like these used to happen once every few years, if not once a decade. In the past two years alone, we’ve been through a lot. Coupled with regular change that may happen to a business, like staffing challenges, layoffs, acquisitions, pivots in strategy, the workforce today is left grappling with how to manage lots of change in both their personal lives and at work. What’s more, many employees are now working remotely, they’re feeling more isolated and overwhelmed at work than ever before.

Change is inevitable – and it's important in pushing companies and people forward. Managers have a responsibility to lead their teams through all kinds of change, but it’s now more important than ever that they do so with a human approach. The best managers will be able to prepare teams for moments of uncertainty–from world events to internal organizational changes–and help them transition from panic and resistance to understanding and commitment.

In this session, Rukmini Reddy, SVP of Engineering at Slack, will share her perspective on why change is a must and the positive impacts that can come with it when you can gain buy-in and trust from the people on your team behind the change. She will walk through change objectives and best practices for communicating change, and how managers can be positive change agents for their organizations by approaching change management through a human lens.