The human element of leave and why it’s critical now

October 13, 2021

Paid employee leave is ever more important as our workforce reels from an ongoing pandemic and an uneven economic recovery. While the U.S. continues to be the only developed country without national-level paid leave, employee expectations and demand for this benefit has only increased. In this webinar, industry thought leaders Jason Averbook, Polly Nicholas and Ellen McCann discuss the true value of paid leave and how to craft a truly human-centric approach.

Watch on demand for:

  • The fundamental societal changes we are living through and why we need to rethink HR
  • The benefit of paid leave on talent attraction and employee retention
  • Expert advice on how to do more than just meet compliance requirements and actually improve employee engagement
  • Insight on how to center leave and absence benefits around the human experience

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Jason Averbook

Jason Averbook, CEO and Co-founder Leapgen

Jason Averbook is a global keynote speaker, industry analyst, thought leader and consultant on human resources and workforce experience. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Leapgen, a digital transformation company shaping the Now of Work. Author of The Ultimate Guide to a Digital Workforce ExperienceLeap for a Purpose, Averbook seeks to broaden executive mindset to rethink how to better design and deliver employee services that exceed the expectations of the workforce and the needs of the business. Prior to founding Leapgen, Averbook served as the CEO of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC). He has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industries and has collaborated with industry-leading companies in transforming their HR organizations into strategic partners.

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Polly Nicholas

Senior Vice President and Head of Solutions — Unum Group

Polly Nicholas is the Senior Vice President and Head of Solutions at Unum Group. With more than 20 years of experience driving growth and operational improvement and a passion for connecting people, purpose and results, Polly leads Unum's rapidly expanding solutions businesses, attracting new clients and expanding the support provided through a suite of technology-first solutions including Unum Total Leave™, Unum Behavioral Health and Unum HR Connect®. Prior to Unum, Polly held leadership roles at global firms Alight Solutions and Aon Hewitt.

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Ellen McCann

Assistant Vice President, Leave Solutions — Unum Group

Ellen McCann serves as a leading expert in applying benefits and benefits technology to power modern solutions to more effective employee leave programs, stronger regulatory compliance and enhanced digital HR transformation. In this role, she combines more than 30 years of employment law experience with practical knowledge of the complexities of leave and accommodation management to help develop and create solutions that enable employers to address the challenges of leave and accommodations. She is an acclaimed national speaker on leave management issues including FMLA and ADA, and is a certified trainer for SHRM and CE credit.

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