Focus on Wellness at Work

A poll conducted earlier this year by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that nearly half of all Americans reported that the pandemic is harming their mental health. In a survey by Indeed, 52% of employees reported that they are experiencing burnout. This data has industry employers re-evaluating their employee wellness programs and investing in strategies to support employees’ physical, emotional, social and financial well-being. To assist your efforts, C2HR is dedicating the month of October to “A Focus on Workplace Wellness” that includes webinars, curated articles, and weekly wellness breaks delivered to your inbox.   


Aha Moment Leads to Award-Winning
Employee Engagement Program 

If you’re seeking inspiration, look no further! Masha Empringham, Head of HR for RED Digital Cinema, shares how learning the six human needs shaped her understanding of human relationships and helped her develop an HR team from the ground up. By launching stay interviews, opportunities for employees to recharge during the work week, and a recognition platform, Masha and her small but mighty team have improved retention, productivity and employee engagement.  

Social Impact Is a Business Imperative

The growing importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has led to the term “triple bottom line” which encompasses a company’s impact on profit, people and the planet.  CSR positively impacts a company in several ways including recruiting, retention, and productivity. In fact, a recent survey released by Deloitte found that “when brands demonstrate humanity, employees are 2.6 times more likely to feel motivated at work.” In addition, corporate citizenship programs build good will, elevate a brand’s image and increase customer loyalty. Recognizing the importance of CSR, C2HR and our awards media partner Cablefax annually honor outstanding efforts with our Social Impact Award. The 2021 award recipients are ESPN, Mediacom Communications and NBCUniversal. The companies kindly shared their CSR strategies: 

How Technology Is Supporting New Ways to Learn 

mental gearsAs our workforce has become more distributed, virtual learning has become a critical component of industry employers’ learning and development (L&D) strategies. In this article, Robin Fenton, Vice President of Membership & Learning Operations for SCTE, provides a look at how gamification, microlearning and technologies are shaping the next gen of workforce training.  

Free Member Perks for October 

mental gearsWe’d like to congratulate the 2021 Workplace Wellness winners: Charter Communications and Comcast and thank them for their willingness to share their insight in this month’s upcoming webinar series. Comcast’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeff Tzengh will take a deep dive into the dynamics of mental health in the workplace during a special webinar on October 19. On October 28, Beth Biggs, CEBS, Group Vice President of Benefits for Charter Communications, will share her company’s journey to a holistic workplace wellness program. Webinars are free for members, but advanced registration is required. REGISTER NOW  

Launched earlier this year, The Exchange is a collection of topic-focused networking communities exclusively for C2HR members. Our October 19 event will focus on “Personalizing the Learner Experience.” Registration is free for members, but advance registration is required.  REGISTER NOW 

Member Perks

Member Accolades

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On October 4, Kerry Smith joined NCTA as Vice President of Human Resources. Kerry has 18 years of experience in the association/non-profit sector as a hands-on leader and business partner who produces strategic results through innovative initiatives. She comes to NCTA from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards where she served as Director of HR.  Welcome to the industry, Kerry! 




Charter Communications announced the launch of Spectrum Community Assist, a $30 million, five-year philanthropic initiative to revitalize community centers in rural and urban areas and invest in job training programs in underserved communities across the company’s 41-state footprint. By 2025, Charter will improve 100 centers across the country, impacting an estimated 50,000 residents, through financial support for job skills training programs, new technology and 1 gigabit high-speed internet service, as well as building refurbishments and repairs.  



Comcast NBCUniversal was recognized for the fifth consecutive year by Fortune  Magazine  as one of the top workplaces for women, placing #11 out of 75 companies featured on their annual list.  The Best Workplaces for Women list is determined by a partnership with Fortune  and the people analytics firm, Great Place to Work, by analyzing anonymous survey feedback representing more than 5.6 million US employees.  Comcast NBCUniversal rose 10 spots from its 2020 ranking. Per a company statement on the recognition, “Comcast NBCUniversal believes in creating spaces where our employees can feel valued and supported. Through our Women’s Network employee resource group, employees are given the opportunity to connect, empower one another, and advance their careers through professional growth opportunities. Our Women’s Network at Comcast NBCUniversal is made up of nearly 21,000 members across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky, from all levels of the organization. This is just one of the many benefits provided to employees to help them thrive in the workplace.” 


The Cablefax Diversity List is out, and we’re thrilled to see so many HR leaders included! Rhonda Crichlow, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer for Charter Communications, and Dalila Wilson-Scott, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer for Comcast, were highlighted in the Top 10 list of executives who have made substantial headway in DEI.

C2HR congratulates all of the HR leaders and member companies honored in the publication:  

Tonya Cornelius, VP, Development, Inclusion & Wellness, ESPN 

Johnita Due, SVP, Chief DEI Officer, WarnerMedia 

Karen Gray, EVP, HR, A+E Networks 

Karen Horne, SVP, Equity & Inclusion, WarnerMedia 

Loren Hudson, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Cable 

Yvette Miley, SVP, DEI, NBCUniversal 

Kia Painter, SVP, HR Business Partnerships, Cox Communications 

Craig Robinson, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal 

MyKhanh Shelton, SVP, Equity & Inclusion, WarnerMedia 

Aisha Thomas-Petit, Chief Diversity Officer, AMC Networks 

Alaka Williams, SVP, People & Culture, Discovery Inc. 


Logo    Description automatically generated with medium confidenceCongratulations to the C2HR member companies featured in the Cablefax Top Ops issue: Cable One, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Mediacom. Check out the entire issue HERE to read about all of the honorees and their efforts to make a difference in the cable industry.