2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

FYI Managers: People Don’t Want to Work at Home

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It’s true – studies show people prefer working from an office, but the growing list of today’s unusual perks (onsite haircuts, slides and bowling alleys) do little to address the real plight of today’s office worker: an environment that optimizes efficiency. How do you allow employees to avoid impromptu desk visits from co-workers (cited as the number one office distraction) one moment, while simultaneously providing a shared collaboration space for the next? How can you move past the limitations of the dreaded “cube” office configuration, while preventing possible team alienation from a newsroom-like setting? In this interactive panel, learn from Ask.com, one of the biggest tech employers in the Bay Area, who polled its employees – and the nation at large - to find out what office workers really want in the workplace. And you might be surprised at the results.



Lisa Ross



Lisa brings more than 19 years of experience in Human Resources across multiple industries to Ask.com, where she currently manages the development and reengineering of departmental and company-wide HR standards, policies, procedures and systems. Prior to Ask, Lisa served as the Director of Human Resources for MarkLogic Corporation where she was responsible for all Human Resources functions globally. She has also held HR positions with companies including Mindspark, Chevron, Art Technology Group (ATG) and Netpulse Communications. Lisa is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Lisa holds a B.A. in Business Management from the Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Certification in Human Resource Management from UC Berkeley and Professional Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Association. Lisa is a trusted advisor to nonprofit Berkeley Youth Authority and active in charitable ventures with the American Brain Tumor Association.

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