Jason Lauritsen

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Jason Lauritsen is a keynote speaker, author, and consultant who will challenge you to think differently. He is an employee engagement and performance management expert who passionately believes that work can and should be a fulfilling experience for every employee. Jason uses a blend of research, practical experience, and storytelling to empower managers to have a more positive impact on their people.


As a former corporate executive and entrepreneur, Jason has always been dedicated to creating good organizations for both people and profits. Jason also led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program for three years. There, he studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest to engage their employees. 


Jason is the author of the books Unlocking High Performance: How to Use Performance Management to Engage and Empower Employees to Reach Their Full Potential and Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.


Speaking Topics: 

Check-In Before They Check Out: How To Retain And Engage World-Class Employees
The #1 challenge for your business today is retaining your people. Nothing is more vital. Without great people, your business is destined to fail. And it’s time to face the facts. The Great Resignation isn’t just a blip on the radar. People now expect more from work, and they will move on if you don’t come through for them. To attract and retain the best people, you have to elevate your game or face the consequences.

When you learn The Check-In process, you will become the leader your people want. You’ll build better relationships, stay on top of what’s really going on, and know how to provide the support your people need to be happy and more productive. It’s the most effective way to prove you care and are invested in their career. Mastering The Check-In is the key to solving your biggest challenge–keeping the people who fuel your success.

What you’ll learn:

  • How avoiding the conversations that matter is causing your employees to quit
  • Why The Check-In is the most powerful way to retain your people and elevate their performance
  • How to use The Check-In process to make immediate progress on retention and performance


The Relationship Comes First: Discovering the True Path to Employee Engagement

Work has been defined in many ways over the years: a contract, a transaction, a value exchange between a worker and their employer. Many organizations even refer to employees as “Human Capital” and treat them like assets to be managed and optimized. Is it any wonder that employee engagement continues to drop as employees dream of finding a better place to work? It turns out that we don’t like to be treated like an investment to be maximized.

If we hope to get the best of our people, it starts with understanding what work is for employees–a relationship. Research has shown that employees crave the same things from work that they do from any important relationships in their lives: appreciation, acceptance, communication, commitment, and support. In this session, we will explore how managers and leaders can invite employees to be their best at work by making work feel more like a healthy relationship.

What you will learn:

  • Discover why many common management practices are failing to engage employees
  • Learn that for employees, work is one of the most important relationships in their lives (and it needs to be treated that way)
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the elements that create a healthy relationship and how to use this insight to create a more engaging and fulfilling experience for your people at work


Leading through Compassion in the Future of Work

The future of work arrived ahead of schedule in 2020. Amidst the disruption of a global pandemic, it was revealed that the old way of working is no longer relevant. Our imperative was to quickly reinvent when, where, and how work happens. We are never going back to the old way. This new landscape of work requires managers and leaders to be more engaged with their people than ever before. Today and in the future, the managers who can best support employee well-being will be those who thrive.

At the heart of well-being is ensuring your people feel cared about as a person–not just for their work output. This can feel uncomfortable and isn’t a natural skill for most of us. Plus, it’s not something found in most management training programs. But it can be learned, and it starts with developing compassion. When managers bring compassion to their jobs, they develop a deeper understanding of what their people truly need to offer their full potential at work.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why leading for well-being requires compassion
  • An understanding of the four components of compassion
  • How managers can use compassion to foster employee well-being and performance

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