S3 E5: Empowering Employees to Thrive, Not Just Survive, with Donald Knight

Hebba Youssef
Hebba Youssef
February 19, 2024

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

It’s a lesson as old as time—so why are we still fighting so hard to make it a priority in the workplace? 

Hebba and the CPO of Greenhouse, Donald Knight, discuss the importance of authenticity, transparency, and continual evolution in the workplace. How can HR practitioners prioritize employee well-being in a meaningful way that connects to crucial business outcomes? 

Discover the crucial role of HR in caring for employees, and why empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity are the key ingredients to empowering talent and creating a healthy work environment. We’re sick of inheriting damaged talent, so isn’t it time that workplaces start taking care of their own? 

And later, Hebba and Donald also discuss the positive impact of Gen Z, and their hopes for a massive shift in workplace dynamics in the future. 


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00:03:00 – Creating Thriving Environments for Employees

00:15:12 – The Importance of Responsibility in HR

00:25:44 – How HR Shapes Company Culture

00:36:09 – Embracing Imperfection

00:37:08 – The Role of HR in Empowering Talent for Future Success

00:42:58 – The Rise of Gen Z in the Workforce

00:45:28 – The Future of Work and Society


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Follow Donald: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/proximityknight/


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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ihateit-here/videos

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/hebba-youssef

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hebbamyoussef

Hebba Youssef
Hebba Youssef