How an ESPN HR leader is innovating to improve employee retention

Talent retention can be as competitive as sports, with employers battling to hold onto employees while keeping rivals away. In recent years, this has been exacerbated by the Great Resignation, followed by months of quiet quitting in some industries. Now, only half of employees feel extremely or very satisfied with their jobs, according to a report by Pew Research Center, leaving talent management professionals scrambling to retain workers.

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But Dayana Falcon, ESPN’s talent mobility manager and one of Human Resource Executive‘s 2024 Rising Stars, is determined to develop creative ways to boost retention.

Falcon recently sat down with Human Resource Executive at the Elevate People, Ignite Change (EPIC) conference to discuss her experiments with cutting-edge internal mobility tools (like smart glasses for job shadowing), her search for unique career intersections (like merging STEM and art skills into new roles), and what trends are capturing her attention. Hear what Falcon has to say in this video interview on talent management.

Dawn Kawamoto, Human Resource Executive
Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto is HR Editor of Human Resource Executive. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered technology business news for such publications as CNET and has covered the HR and careers industry for such organizations as Dice and Built In prior to joining HRE. She can be reached at [email protected] and below on social media.