Design Thinking the Employee Experience

Redesign Your Employee Experience for Maximum Engagement & Retention

Design Thinking is a popular human-centric approach to problem-solving that more industries than ever use to create products and experiences that truly help people and even change lives.  It emphasizes observation, collaboration, fast learning, visualization of ideas, rapid concept prototyping, and concurrent business analysis, which ultimately influences innovation and business strategy. This powerful approach guides you through a process to uncover insights, prototype an idea, and test it with users. And Design Thinking can help you reimagine elements of your employee experience.

In this workshop, we’ll provide you with the key foundations in design thinking to better solve problems and seize opportunities to create the optimal employee experience.


January 17-18, 2023


10am - 2pm CT​


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What to expect


In this foundational workshop, we'll rapidly lead you through all stages of the Design Thinking process, teaching how the various steps fit together and why and how they work. You’ll get to apply these stages to a real design challenge in your employee experience work.

There will be minimal lecture, so if you are expecting to turn on and multi-task, this workshop is not for you. Instead, we’ll be diving in and practicing Design Thinking to build muscle memory and confidence. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to connect and work with your peers, as we believe this is the best way to learn.

What You'll Learn

We'll lead you through all five stages of the Design Thinking process, teaching how the various steps fit together and why and how they work. You’ll learn tips and tricks for using Design Thinking to tackle a real employee experience challenge and opportunity.

How You'll Learn

This workshop is hands-on. We’ll introduce you to each of the various stages of the Design Thinking process, and then you'll have an opportunity to immediately apply them to your work. We’ll introduce exercises that will not only help you try out these different stages with a real employee experience challenge but also allow you to bring Design Thinking back to your team.


Deep Work Session 1

Empathize and Define Your Employee Experience

Deep Work Session 2

Ideate Potential Employee Experience Solutions

Deep Work Session 3

Prototype Elements of an Optimal Employee Experience

Deep Work Session 4

Plan for Testing and Implementation of an Optimal Employee Experience

Who Should Attend

Chiefs of Staff

who want to optimize work across teams.

L&D Leaders

who want to redesign the employee experience.


who seek more alignment, trust, and productivity.

HR Professionals

looking to recruit and retain the best employees.

Key Takeaways

Recognize key design thinking principles

Empathize and Define Your Employee Experience

Ideate & Prototype Potential Employee Experience Solutions

Plan for Testing and Implementation of an Optimal Employee Experience

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Erik Skogsberg

Erik believes that a deep empathy and caring, rooted in human-centered design, systems thinking, and futures thinking best supports partners in finding their solutions. Erik is passionate about supporting clients imagining innovative approaches to complex organizational challenges.

​Trained as an educator, designer, researcher, and change agent, he brings significant teaching, design, mentoring, professional learning and development, organizational change, and research experiences from across secondary, higher education, non-profit, and industry contexts. Whether working with individuals, teams, or organizations, he helps people design lasting growth and innovation. Prior to working with Voltage Control, he co-founded Michigan State University’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, an internal design consultancy focused on learning experience design, innovation, and organizational transformation.

He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
What People Are Saying

"I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work."

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A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

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