Culture Building in a Telecommuting World and What’s the New Normal for a Post-Coronavirus Workplace?

By: Sharon J. Lorman
Jeffrey P. Marsico

Guests: Alan Kaplan, CEO Kaplan Partners, Austin Stonitsch, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dime Community Bank and Janet Whitehead, SVP, Human Resources, Univest Financial Corporation

Podcast Show Notes:

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Topic: Culture Building in a Telecommuting World and What’s the New Normal for a Post-Coronavirus Workplace?

Insights from:
Alan Kaplan, CEO Kaplan Partners
Austin Stonitsch, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dime Community Bank
Janet Whitehead, SVP, Human Resources, Univest Financial Corporation

How will we adapt to changes in the working world that will remain post-pandemic? With remote working, are employees as productive and focused when not in the office? What employment issues or concerns are there with a remote working model? Our guests share their insights on how banks are returning to work, the legal and operational risk of work from home, and how to promote your culture when a sizeable part of your workforce is remote. Listen and Enjoy!

Alan J. Kaplan Biography
Founder and CEO, Kaplan Partners
610-745-5067 cell
610-642-5644 office

Alan J. Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Kaplan Partners, a retained executive search and board advisory firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Kaplan Partners provides Boards and CEOs with advice on the dynamics of CEO and Board succession, and assistance with the identification, assessment and selection of new CEOs, Directors and senior executives. The firm’s Board Advisory Services assist clients with Director Succession, Performance, Diversity and Recruitment. Kaplan Partners also conducts Management Assessments of leadership teams to enhance succession planning and professional development efforts. Alan is a recognized leader in corporate governance, talent management and leadership succession across the financial services industry, and a frequent speaker and author for banking organizations nationwide.

Austin Stonitsch Biography
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Dime Community Bank
631-537-1000 ext.7298 office

Austin Stonitsch is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Dime Community Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Stonitsch served in the same capacity for BNB Bank, joining BNB in 2016. Before joining the Bank, Austin served as Head of Human Resources for Alma Bank and IDB Bank and held various senior positions at JP Morgan Chase. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services with 20+ being in various HR disciplines. Austin has a bachelor’s degree from RIT in Rochester, NY and an MBA for Hofstra University.

Janet Whitehead, CEBS, PHR Biography
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Univest Financial Corporation
215 721-2527 office

Janet Whitehead, Senior Vice President at Univest Financial Corporation, has more than 20 years of human resources experience for the financial services industry. She currently leads Talent Acquisition, Compensation, HRIS, and Performance Management for Univest and is a contributor to the Benefit and Pension/Retirement initiatives. Prior to Univest, Janet was Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Vista Bancorp in New Jersey. Janet earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Muhlenberg College and holds both PHR and CEBS certifications. She serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown and has served as President of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Watch for episode 65 of This Month in Banking to be released on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, and a new episode on the last Wednesday of every month.  

Thank you for listening!

Relevant Links:
Microsoft Worklab. (2021). The Next Distruption in Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?

KPMG. (2021). KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook KPMG Pulse Survey

Axios. (March 30, 2021). Office Reopening Patterns Across the Country