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Working Where People Can Succeed with Melissa Swift



Work is part of our lives, and it can be difficult. Melissa Swift thinks we can do better for the world and make a living and it doesn’t have to suck. She joins Kevin to discuss how work can be transformed to be less challenging and more successful. According to Melissa, work has intensified, and we are facing the psychological equivalent of the early days of factory work, which is indirectly killing us. Organizations need to re-engineer how their team operates. If work doesn’t suck, you will have better productivity.

Key Points

  • Melissa Swift shares why she thinks work is broken and how it has changed. 
  • She discusses the negative impact of the “work anxiety monster” and the “boss baby customer”.

Meet Melissa

Melissa Swift
  • Name: Melissa Swift 
  • Her Story: Melissa Swift is the author of Work Here Now: Think Like a Human and Build a Powerhouse Workplace. She leads Transformation Solutions for Mercer US and Canada and is responsible for the firm’s efforts in the areas of workforce transformation, HR transformation, diversity equity and inclusion, and workforce analytics. Swift has helped build businesses in the ESG transformation space, including launching the Sustainability Services and Cleantech practices at Deloitte and conducting two landmark carbon credit derivatives trades at Deutsche Bank.
  • Worth Mentioning: Melissa is a recognized thought leader about the future of work in the pandemic era. She has been quoted on the subject in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Economist, The Washington Post, Axios, and more. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

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