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Creating a Global Culture of Connection and Innovation: AstraZeneca’s Story

Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM GMT
Webinar will be recorded


Unleash Your Workplace Culture An UNLEASH webinar with Workhuman for some amazing insights from AstraZeneca’s story to help you create a culture of connection and spur innovation.

In rapidly changing times, what are successful HR leaders doing to create positive workplace cultures that foster employee connection, increase engagement, and inspire innovation? ​

AstraZeneca, a biopharmaceutical organization at the very forefront of the fight against COVID-19, launched a global program to completely transform how it recognizes, rewards, motivates, and inspires its workforce; a workforce that comprises more than 80,000 employees spanning 100 countries. ​

What are some key takeaways from AstraZeneca’s story that can help you create a culture of connection and spur innovation at your organization? In this interactive webinar, Claire Whieldon, Global Rewards Program Director at AstraZeneca, will join Derek Irvine, Senior Vice President of Client Strategy and Consulting at Workhuman, to discuss how they’ve leveraged peer-to-peer recognition to strengthen their culture and encourage innovation.​

During the webinar, you’ll learn:​

  • How peer-to-peer recognition strengthens organizational culture across diverse markets and functions​
  • The impact of frequent recognition on employee productivity and retention ​
  • How AstraZeneca energizes its diverse workforce and drives breakthrough ideas through employee recognition 

Claire Whieldon
Claire is the Global Reward Programme Director at AstraZeneca plc, a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas: Oncology, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory. Based in Cambridge, UK, AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and employs over 78,000 people. In her role, Claire oversees the organization’s global reward policies and processes to deliver the Total Reward strategy.  She is passionate about employee experience and the role reward plays in creating a great place to work. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, she was Global Reward Director at Abcam plc and Reward Director at BGL Group (

Derek Irvine
As Senior Vice President, Client Strategy and Consulting at Workhuman, Derek helps clients – including some of the world’s most admired companies – leverage proven recognition strategies and best practices to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results. While he currently leads the company’s strategy & consulting services division, Derek oversaw the company’s global marketing and rewards functions from 2000 to 2010, growing Workhuman from a start-up to the Unicorn organization it is today. 

As a renowned speaker and co-author of three books – “Making Work Human,” “Winning with a Culture of Recognition” and “The Power of Thanks” – he teaches HR leaders how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. His viewpoints and writings are also regularly featured across major HR publications including HR Zone, Workspan, HR Magazine, HR Executive, and Workforce Management. 

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