Return to Work – Going Beyond Unlocking Your Doors

About This Episode

Return to Work – Going Beyond Unlocking Your Doors

While remote work has become commonplace for employees around the world over the past year and half, this has not been the story for all – what about those organizations who didn’t have the luxury of closing their doors if they wished to keep their businesses up and running? For SUEZ North America, a leader in water and wastewater management, this was exactly the case. Martin Falkenberg, CHRO of SUEZ North America, shares how their organization stepped into action to develop a plan and protocols that ensured they could continue to provide essential services while protecting the health and safety of their employees. And as other organizations begin to think about return to work in a post-COVID world, there are many lessons to be learned from those like SUEZ North America, who have already done so.

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About Our Guest

Martin Falkenberg

Martin Falkenberg has over 25 years of broad HR and Operations experience with leading international corporations. He is currently Chief Human Resources Officer at SUEZ North America, a leading water, waste, and environmental services company. Before joining SUEZ in 2018, Martin spent 6 years as Vice President of Human Resources for North America at Groupe SEB, a French multinational specializing in the manufacture and distribution of small domestic appliances. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years in a variety of human resources, operations and business development positions for Nestle Waters, the world’s leading bottled water company. Martin started his career as an HR generalist for Mobil Oil.

Martin earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University and a Certificate of senior human resources leadership from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Martin’s professional areas of interest include leading organizational transformation, improving employee engagement, creating more collaborative work environments, developing talent, and improving profitability and operational efficiency. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, NJ.

Martin lives in New Jersey with his wife and 3 children, and enjoys international travel, hiking, and gourmet chocolate.

About Our Guest

Allison von Gruenigen

As an Environmental, Health and Safety Product Manager, Allison von Gruenigen currently manages Skillsoft’s global library of more than 800 Workplace Safety and Health courses. She provides subject matter support for workplace safety, health, environmental, and transportation regulations, instructional design and compliance training program management. In her previous position at Skillsoft, Allison worked with US and international companies to design, launch, and expand EHS and legal online compliance training programs to support clients’ corporate goals and objectives. Allison began her career as an Environmental Regulator, transitioning to a Training Program Manager and Compliance Consultant for private industry, the federal government, universities, emergency management/spill response organizations and nuclear facilities.

About Our Host

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle is responsible for the leading global marketing strategy for the Skillsoft group of companies, focused on driving growth, generating brand awareness and increasing demand for Skillsoft’s solutions among learners, customers and partners. Since joining the company in 2019, she has overseen customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development.

Michelle brings more than 25 years of marketing, branding and strategy experience to her role. Prior to Skillsoft, she held several executive positions of increasing responsibility in the high-tech sector, including as Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Watson, where she was responsible for marketing the company's artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. Michelle also served as the Global Head of Marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for and ultimately make better decisions – with greater confidence - in the face of weather.

Michelle holds a Master's of Science from Simmons University.