If you've never met Rita Barreto Craig, then you're missing out on knowing a truly amazing HR leader and her excellent workplace content.
I met Rita Barreto Craig a year ago through an e-mail introduction. The e-mail included a link to her TEDx talk, "Lessons About Tradition from a Little Brown Bag," and I was so impressed that I asked her to write a series about Traditions in the Workplace for the SHRM blog. You can find all the posts here.
The series was popular with our audience—as I knew it would be—after hearing from so many HR professionals that engagement, retention and workplace culture were high on their list of priorities.
I was excited to finally meet Rita in real life at the HR Technology Conference & Expo in Chicago this year. We talked more about traditions and why it's so important for leaders to understand and promote traditions in their workplaces.
Your workplace is like an employee’s home away from home. Much like in your own family, the workforce needs traditions to create a sense of belonging, an identity and an anchor.
I asked Rita if she would share more with our audience about the importance of traditions, their impact on the workplace and how employers can start their own.
Rita Barreto Craig talks about why traditions are important in the workplace: