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Dr. Tasmin Plater is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at FIFTH SEASON, a prominent studio in the entertainment industry. With over 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies like The Walt Disney Company and Quest Diagnostic, Dr. Plater provides a fusion of operational and HR expertise. He holds a Master’s in Human Resources from Strayer University and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Capella University. A proponent of inclusive workplace cultures, he is recognized for his work with the inclusion rider initiative and his approach to human-centered HR management.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [2:32] Dr. Tasmin Plater’s journey from operations to HR leadership
  • [6:09] Dr. Plater’s strategies for implementing a positive and inclusive studio culture
  • [10:06] How FIFTH SEASON approaches DEI initiatives and employee well-being
  • [13:18] Dr. Plater’s take on the challenges HR faces in a rapidly evolving workforce
  • [17:43] The impact of employer branding in attracting top talent
  • [20:43] The role of data and analytics in shaping HR strategies at FIFTH SEASON
  • [23:58] How executive buy-in contributes to successful people-led initiatives
  • [30:28] Advice for aspiring HR professionals looking to make an impact in their roles
  • [33:18] Predictions about the future of HR, AI’s influence, and continuous learning

In this episode…

Have you ever considered the human element in human resources? How does one foster a work environment that not only meets bottom lines, but genuinely cares for the well-being of every individual? Can HR truly become less about compliance and more about connection?

According to Dr. Tasmin Plater, a seasoned expert in human resources and business administration, shifting HR’s focus from rigid compliance to fostering genuine connections is essential for modern organizations. He emphasizes the power of data-driven insights to not only track progress, but to identify and address gaps in employee satisfaction and diversity. Dr. Plater also underscores the importance of creating inclusive workplace cultures by implementing initiatives like the inclusion rider, which sets diversity standards across all levels of production. These strategies collectively contribute to a dynamic and supportive work environment, positioning HR as a catalyst for meaningful change.

In this episode of WRK & WIN, host Corinne Milien sits down with Dr. Tasmin Plater, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at FIFTH SEASON, to discuss transforming workplace culture. They explore how data-driven insights enhance HR decision-making, the role of AI in the future of HR, and strategies for sustaining employee engagement amid industry changes.

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Quotable Moments:

  • “HR reimagined: It’s about more than just the bottom line; it’s about the people who make it happen.”
  • “We took the inclusion rider principles and applied them across productions as our core hiring principles.”
  • “My CEO gave me a blank check from a morale and culture perspective.”
  • “We’re not just implementing programs for headlines; we’re sustaining them.”
  • “Networking and knowing the business — that’s what elevates you from just processing to being an indispensable part of the decision-making table.”

Action Steps:

  1. Prioritize Networking and Relationship-Building
    • Effective because it fosters connections that can provide support, advice, and opportunities, as highlighted by Dr. Plater’s practice of maintaining a network through regular outreach.
  2. Understand the Business Beyond HR
    • Understanding the business helps HR professionals contribute more strategically to the company’s success, as emphasized by Dr. Plater’s integration of business and HR skills.
  3. Implement Inclusion-Focused Hiring Practices
    • Striving for diversity in hiring builds a more inclusive culture, taking cues from Dr. Plater’s application of the inclusion rider principles.
  4. Leverage Data for Strategic Decisions
    • Data-driven insights allow HR to anticipate needs and measure the effectiveness of initiatives, underscoring Dr. Plater’s use of analytics at FIFTH SEASON.
  5. Embrace Continuous Learning and Technology Adaptation
    • Staying informed about technological advances, such as AI, ensures HR remains relevant and innovative, as Dr. Plater plans for the future of HR in the entertainment sector.

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