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11 Interactive Breakout Discussions: Day 2 Participants were offered additional breakout group options on the second day of the event. The summaries below reflect the synopses given by each groupâs facilitator. Local and Global Social Impacts Steve Nakana, Port of Portland, Oregon, facilitator Emily Conway, DallasâFort Worth International Airport, reported on the discussion for this group. She noted the social impacts of technology and that there are many ways that technology can be leveraged for employees (i.e., coworker.com, which finds space for people to work together). There are, however, both positive and negative impacts. The group suggested added consideration of how jobs are changing because of technology and what is being done to retrain people whose jobs are lost. There was a discussion about cybersecurity and its effects. Some airports are developing workforce pipelines. Intern programs are good, but the investment in interns is questionable if there is no job at the end of the internship. The group discussed how to justify social programs from a financial and risk perspective. Do these programs have a payback in a few years? What are the possibilities of lawsuits versus the cost of not meeting needs (i.e., having only binary bathrooms and no gender-neutral options). It was suggested that social aspects need to be considered in planning and design from the beginning of projects. The group identified research opportunities including synthesis research documenting examples of airport projects focused on equity, guidance on how to incorporate equity as a project management skill, and the compilation of leadership/C-Suite best practices related to social and economic sustainability. Surrounding Community Considerations Kurt Gering, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, facilitator Kurt Gering reported on this group. The group discussed how to get out into the community before a projectâs development and how to provide social benefits without revenue diversion. It was suggested that because of geography and the uniqueness of a community, outreach needs to be tailored to each location and not necessarily borrowed. The group discussed how airports are creating physical spaces to engage a community, such as bike trails and green development. Artâparticularly locally commissioned pieces that give a sense of placeâand culture were identified as other mechanisms for engagement. Teaming with nongovernmental organizations to tell the airport story through art is an innovative approach. It was suggested that airports should not be approaching a community for the first time with a requestâairports should be engaging regularly for varied reasons to build a relationship. It was suggested that airports should find partners to use space with a community and to source locally where possible. It is also
12 worthwhile to work with carriers to build connections in a community of airport awareness and to find space at an airport that the community can use. Employee Considerations Steve Mayers, HartsfieldâJackson Atlanta International Airport, facilitator Steve Mayers reported on the discussion of this group. The group discussed the importance of defining employees as part of the community. He noted that few surveys bridge the gap between partners and an airport operatorâs employees, but HartsfieldâJackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) did conduct a survey of this nature. Mayers stated that at some airports, employees felt that the surveys were a waste because employees questioned whether the surveys would be used or result in any change. In some instances, attendees noted airport employees having concerns about the use of data from a survey that is conducted by an airport and not a third party. Privacy is important. The group discussed the need for surveys of absenteeism and turnover rates and employee job satisfaction. There was a discussion about communication and how economic or social goals are communicated within an organization. Mayers noted that some airports hold briefings periodicallyâbut that there appears to be a disconnect between senior staff and other staff. It was suggested that some staff may be able to communicate better with staff members at their same level, and others may be better at communicating with staff at different levels. Innovative ideas for employees include break rooms and nursing stations. Mayers noted that there needs to be a legal and political will to ensure that subcontractors receive fair wages. A public partnership for college education was suggested; Mayers cited two programs offering classes and professional development through this type of partnership: ATL University and SeaâTac Airportâs Port Jobs Airport University. Some airports have on-site gyms and health facilities for the health and wellness of their workforce. Innovative ideas also included volunteer time off, job training for new placements, workplace flexibility, and bring-your-child-to-work days. Research is needed to ascertain what drives employee satisfaction.