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HR in the Age of Disruption

Source |  |  BY: Geri Coleman Tucker

New hires at Blue Apron, a meal kit delivery service that’s taking on takeout, should prepare to spend some time outdoors. The company hosts an annual camping trip where new employees get a taste of its culture—and maybe even a chance to see where its locally sourced ingredients are grown. And at global home-sharing service Airbnb, it’s safe to say that employees love to travel. That’s why the company gives full-time workers $2,000 in Airbnb travel coupons each year.

Whether it involves bonfires or bon voyage bounty, innovative companies are changing the way business is done and the way talent is sourced, developed and rewarded. Not every business can follow their lead on everything—for example, some innovative enterprises staff areas of their business with contingent workers to control costs—but their practices offer much to learn from.

Here, HR leaders at five revolutionary companies—Airbnb, Blue Apron, Etsy, Uber and zulily—share some of the lessons they’ve learned about how HR can help organizations stay creative and competitive while implementing people-centric practices that keep their employees engaged, empowered and thriving.

Our HR disruptors, from left, are Mark Levy, global head of employee experience at Airbnb; Kate Muzzatti, vice president of human resources at Blue Apron; Brian Christman, senior vice president of people and workplace at Etsy; Renee Atwood, former global head of people and places at Uber; and Colleen McKeown, senior vice president of human resources at zulily.


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