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Maine HR Convention: May 9 – 12, 2022


KEYNOTE: When and How Did That Become Normal?

Thursday, May 12th, 2022 @ 8:15 am - 9:30 am

The Brain Science of Changing Work Environments and Cultural Norms  

Eric M. Bailey

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. When we walk into an elevator, we walk in through the door, facing the back and immediately turn around to face the door again. Why do we do that? If we want to talk to someone in the elevator, we don’t square up and face them, we both turn to the door and turn our heads to talk. These kinds of social norms are everywhere throughout society and in our workplaces. In this keynote with Eric M. Bailey, we’ll explore what this means for the new blended world of work and how it connects to our roles in the people business. If you’ve met someone in person for the first time, after talking with them for months via Zoom, and thought or said, “Wow, I had no idea you were that tall/short!” then you’re going to get a lot out of this session. 

What’s it all about?     

  • Study the surprising brain science behind cultural norms and how they may be unintentionally affecting employees in remote, in-person, hybrid, and blended working environments.  
  • Discover what the brain science of cultural norms portends for your analyses of workplace issues and decision making.  
  • Leave this session with a better understand of how this affects both efficiency and creativity in your role as an HR professional.  

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit 

Program Faculty: Eric M. Bailey