Today we are joined by Brandy Ferrer, President, and CEO, Pathfinder Strategies, a consulting company that helps clients create and sustain workplace cultures where people enjoy their work & perform at their best, and Chris Helin, Vice President Lovitt & Touche, who works with CEO’s CFO’s and Executive Human Resource Professionals to drive the development of long-term strategic direction for their Employee Benefit Plans.
On this episode, we will discuss with our guests how creating a workplace culture that emphasizes employee health, happiness, & productivity can help your business and your workers thrive now, and in the long-term.
Brandy Ferrer is the visionary President and CEO of Pathfinder Strategies, a consulting company that helps clients create and sustain workplace cultures where people enjoy their work and can perform at their best. Brandy is also the creator of High 5 Culture model, a revolutionary approach that identifies the core of a thriving culture and simplifies the process of making meaningful cultural shifts.
Brandy is skilled at harnessing the power of the people to achieve organizational success. As a result of her work and the work of the fantastic PS team, Pathfinder Strategies has been recognized with the Leadership 500 Excellence Award and is currently a contender for the Society of Human Resources Celebrating Innovation in the Workplace Award. Additionally, Pathfinder Strategies was a finalist for the Better Business in 2015.
Chris has been an Employee Benefits Consultant for almost 29 years with Lovitt & Touché, now a Marsh McClennan Agency. She works with CEO’s CFO’s and Executive Human Resource Professionals to drive the development of long-term strategic direction for their Employee Benefit Plans. As a partner with these entities, she also works to preserve and promote the culture of the organization.
Chris believes that any long-term cost goals for the Employee Benefits Program should incorporate the business strategies, be concerned with attracting and retaining quality employees, incorporate wellness, and include cutting edge cost control strategies. Doing so will optimize the potential for their employee benefits program to contribute to the organizational culture in a positive way. She sees often that the top-level message to employees about their Employee Benefits will either reinforce or work against the employee value proposition, and should be carefully crafted.
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