Peter Walmsley, the Chief People Officer at GSN Games, is an experienced and committed leader with extensive Executive Human Resources experience in multi-national organizations across the USA; Europe; Asia and North Africa. He has a track record of success in setting the strategic direction, driving organizational change, providing leadership for the function, developing and influencing critical business relationships and delivering results aligned to business goals in places such as American Express and Fidelity.
GSN Games is a leading provider of cross-platform entertainment, including social casino games and skill tournaments designed to fuel every player’s inner winner. They are based primarily in the US and India. Part of GSN, – Wheel of Fortune on TV. About 500 people, it is the design and development of these games. Founded in 1999 as skill games site WorldWinner.com, the company has evolved into a premier social, mobile and online games company.
Working at GSN involves an open workspace with game consoles all around. It is an open and transparent culture. Upper management is available to questions and conversation with employees. Unlimited vacation times with good benefits are also some of the perks of working at GSN. Additionally there is an emphasis on a healthy culture balance of work and private lives.
How do you budget for the ‘perks’ – such as free food or redesigning the office – often found in the office?
– By spending a lot of time with general managers it allows for understanding on the needs of employees. Once he understands the needs he is able to facilitate the programs by using this antidotal data.
How do you ensure shareholder value at the studio level?
– Make sure we have an effective operating model
– Make sure we have an effective workforce plan
– Make sure we have the right people
How do you deal with different offices and their cultures in different parts of the world?
– Put in place a framework, a set of principles that are basic
– Be aware of local customs
– The local HR director is accountable for ensuring with local legislation and then working with leaders to make sure that all are aligned
Walmsley’s advice for individuals is to embrace change and reinvent yourself periodically
His advice for executives is to listen and hear, move away from personal discomfort, and have the courage to take risks.
What you will learn in this episode:
● What it’s like to work at GSN
● How GSN handles the annual employee reviews
● How Walmsley believes the role of HR has changed
● How to deal with managers who don’t embrace changes in the world of work
● How to handle differences in corporate cultures when you have offices around the world
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