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How Walmart is helping its associates achieve healthier habits (with guests: Arianna Huffington and Donna Morris)

By | David Green | People Analytics leader | Director, Insight222 & | Conference speaker | Host, Digital HR Leaders Podcast

The Chief People Officer has become the most important executive next to the CEO because the wellbeing of employees is paramount for the functioning of the business

The pandemic has thrust the human resources function centre stage. The pivotal role of the Chief People Officer in this crisis has been likened to that played by the Chief Financial Officer during the Global Financial Crisis. HR has thrived during this difficult time in organisations where the function is well led, has strong senior stakeholder equity, has prioritised employee wellbeing and has robust capability in people analytics.

If anything, this has intensified the lens on Chief People Officers even further. Can they and the functions they lead evolve at the pace necessary to deliver on these raised expectations from leaders and the workforce?

The people experience, which is what CHROs are in charge of, is going to be the key driver of business performance

I can’t think of two better people to debate this topic than my guests on this special bonus episode of the Digital HR Leaders Podcast:

  • Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, Arianna launched Thrive Global, a leading behaviour change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
  • Donna Morris is the executive vice president and chief people officer for Walmart Inc. A member of the executive committee, Donna is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent for one of the world’s largest private employers. Donna joined Walmart just before the start of the pandemic from Adobe, where she served as chief human resources officer and executive vice president of employee experience.

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