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Listen to the HRchat podcast from The HR Gazette (https://hr-gazette.com) to get insights, strategies, and anecdotes to help you get more from the world of work.

Show topics covered include HR Tech, Leadership, Talent, Recruitment, Employee Engagement, Recognition and Company Culture.

Hosted by Bill Banham and other HR enthusiasts, the HRchat show publishes interviews with influencers, leaders, analysts, and those in the HR trenches. New episodes are published 1-2 times each week and shows are typically 15 to 30 minutes.

Past guests are from organizations including ADP, SAP, Ceridian, IBM, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Simon Sinek Inc, NASA, SHRM, Government of Canada, Hacking HR, Ultimate Software, McLean & Company, InnovateWork, Shopify, Culture Summit, DisruptHR, Talent Board, Gallagher Benefit Services Group, Virgin Pulse, WorkTango, Small Improvements, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Coca-Cola Beverages Company.

Podcast Music Credit"Funky One"Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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In this HRchat episode, we hear from Kristina Holle, a business leader in strategic and operational HR activities, focusing on employee engagement, talent branding, and driving a culture of wellbeing.  At GAP, Kristina plays a strategic role in change management initiatives and creates a multi-level approach to attaining employee feedback. Kristina also brings extensive experience in succession planning, performance management, labor/employee relations, & transformational change.Listen to the episode and hear Kristina's take on these issues:* How can we all better engage with colleagues during these challenging times?* Engaging staff to safeguard mental health: where should HR leaders begin and how can they create a top-down approach?*  How can we measure the success of programs designed to combat the negative effects on mental health caused by Covid-19*  How will work be forever changed by Covid-19? This podcast episode is supported by the Academy to Innovate HR: HR Analytics and Digital HR Certifications for corporate HR professionals. Learn more about the self-paced online training courses, taught by the world's leading experts.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In this HRchat, we look at the why and how of improving the data literacy skills of the HR department. Our guest this time is Matthew Hamilton, Head of HR Strategy and People Analytics at Protective Life. As part of their mission to upskill their workforce, Protective Life has contracted AIHR to upskill their HR professionals with analytical and data skills and help foster a data-driven culture.Interview questions include:Why is it important for HR to have data-driven and analytical skills? Would you say data analysis skills are more important than HR knowledge?So you joined Protective Life to help them build data-driven capabilities in their HR dept. How did you implement the so-called 4 pillars of a data-driven culture?Can you give examples of how People Analytics can help or enhance HR?This podcast episode is supported by the Academy to Innovate HR: HR Analytics and Digital HR Certifications for corporate HR professionals. Learn more about the self-paced online training courses, taught by the world's leading experts.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
The landscape of the workforce and the needs of employees have changed drastically in 2020. Nearly 42 percent of the U.S. labor force, for example, are now working from home full time with an estimated 25-30 percent continuing to do so through 2021. Substance abuse, anxiety and depression are rising at alarming rates and the challenge to generate more meaningful engagement is building. In this HRchat episode, Live Services Expert, Marin Hoffman, shares a 360-degree perspective on how your employees’ needs have changed, along with statistics, stories and guidance for sustaining your workforce during this continuously evolving period. As Vice President of Live Services at Virgin Pulse, Marin Hoffman is committed to helping others improve their health and therefore, their lives.  Listen and get Marin’s take on: ·       The post-pandemic profile of your employee and their needs·       Maximizing your populations’ connectivity in a remote world with tele-coaching·       Creative ways of incorporating your coaches amongst a diverse populationThis HRchat episode is sponsored by Virgin Pulse. For more information on adding live services to your wellbeing platform, visit www.virginpulse.com
In this HRchat episode, we consider trends in recruitment tech and offer tips for those looking to land or place remote jobs in 2021. Our guest this time is Chris Russell,  digital recruiting expert and Managing Director at RecTech Media. Chris's job is to inform and empower the modern recruiter through articles, podcasts, and other media he produces on a weekly basis. Think of him, he says, as a digital recruiting coach. He is also the Founder of HR Lancers. Chris has been described as “the mad scientist of online recruiting". The mad scientist badge is one Chris wears with pride due to his continuous experimentation in the online recruiting space. Listen to this episode and get Chris's answers to questions including: * What happened to the recruitment profession in 2020? What have been the big challenges facing those with a hiring function?* What's changed? Can you share some trends you've seen when it comes to remote hiring?  * What recruitment and HR tech has stepped up to fill gaps during the crisis? * What have job seekers and hiring managers got to be optimistic about in 2021? * Tips for promoting a job posting that attracts top talent? * What are the best platforms for job seekers in 2021? * Why is texting an effective recruiting communications tool?
Many organizations are still battling with inherited legacy technologies & processes. The 2020 pandemic left many companies in mess. Moments of crisis bring several gaps to light that result in organizations devising plans to mitigate risks caused by gaps; treating crises as an opportunity to re-invent & re-align organizational goals for 2021. In this HRchat episode, we'll be considering how globalization and the virtualization of global payroll can help you to stay resilient in volatile times.Our guest this time is Felicia Cheek, Director, HCM Product Strategy at Oracle.For over two decades, Felicia has worked as a payroll advisor, consultant, both internal and external, and account manager with companies like ADP, Turner Broadcasting System, Xerox ACS, The Hackett Group and now Oracle. Felicia helps position and set Oracle’s payroll strategy in markets across the globe. As new technology trends continue to have a huge impact on user productivity and the employee experience, focus in this area is an integral part of the HCM strategy. Felicia regularly facilitates and participates in global payroll panel discussions and contributes to articles on payroll topics. As a member of the Global Payroll Association, the American Payroll Association, the APA Hall of Fame and a recipient of the APA’s prestigious Meritorious Award, she is committed to creating and participating in forward-moving initiatives in the space. Felicia was also a speaker at the recent Rise Above 2020 Conference produced by Neeyamo. 
In this episode, we welcome Jeremy Ames back to the show to talk about the HCM Technology market in 2021.Jeremy is VP of HCM Services at Workforce Insight (WFI), a world leader in workforce management (WFM) and human capital management (HCM) technology services. His business unit is responsible for implementing and enhancing various HCM platforms, with a particular focus on UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) products. Jeremy is former CEO of Hive Tech HR, a consultancy he started 10 years ago which was just recently acquired by WFI. Questions include:What has 2020 taught you and why?What will be the biggest challenges for organizations in 2021 when it comes to connecting with and managing their people?Where do you see the overall HCM Technology market heading, and what would you like your role to be as it evolves?What excites you about your transition into WFI and what do you hope to achieve?More About Jeremy AmesHe has sat on boards of industry associations like the International Human Resource Information Management association and on the technology expertise panel of SHRM. Jeremy is a member of the Forbes HR Council and is the Membership Committee Chair of the Advisor Collective, a group of advisory firms in the HR/Benefits/Payroll space. He’s a frequent writer and speaker in the overall HR Technology ecosystem has hosted shows called 7 Points of Satisfaction in Buying HR Technology webinar on the HRchat feed, and focuses on the practical/achievable elements of transformation.This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse, the employee well-being solution that helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In this episode, we chat with Monica Gibbs, a highly regarded recruiter, speaker, author and wellness consultant who is passionate about helping organizations attract and retain top talent. She is one of the only recruiters in Canada who also partners with her clients on workplace wellness initiatives. She is a CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader), and one of the top 20% of LinkedIn Recruiters Globally. Monica has been engaging audiences of various sizes since 2000, is a story-teller who captures attention by sharing her journey from chaos to balance. Her style has been described as being fun, uplifting and inspiring! With a true gift of speaking from the heart Monica leaves her listeners with practical tools on how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life. Her clients include CIBC, Smuckers, Dan Lawrie Insurance, League, CSRSA, Setter, Alair, RBC, IESE and BlueCat. She is an active HRPA member and Mentor who was previously on the HRPYR Board of Directors and recently co-authored a book on Mentoring.Questions include:What do you find are the biggest gaps, opportunities and competitive advantages for corporations when looking through the lens of professional sports? How can one define a high performing leadership and culture? What are the key components to building a high performing culture?This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse, the employee well-being solution that helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In this episode of HRchat, we invite Lars Schmidt back to the show to reflect on 2020 from a recruiting and branding perspective and talk about a more optimistic outlook for jobs and company culture in 2021.  Lars is an author of HR bestseller Redefining HR, a podcast host, Founder at Amplify and Founder & Host at Redefining HR Media Group. He has spent nearly 20 years developing talent strategies for companies such as Hootsuite, SpaceX, NPR, and Ticketmaster. Questions include:* How do HR pros and leaders make their company stand out from their competitors under the current restrictions to our lives? What's been lost and what's accelerated as a result of 2020?* How valuable is employee-generated content (EGC) to an employer brand? * What role should HR leaders play in finding real stories from employees that share the true employee experience?* Managing candidates and preferred communication channels - how effective are old school tactics like calling versus LinkedIn?* What are open source practices and what does Lars mean by "democratizing access to progressive and innovative content and practices". * What will the jobs market be like in 2021? Enjoyed the interview? Check out Lar's other appearance in episode 30 of the HRchat podcast.This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse, the employee well-being solution that helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In this HRchat episode, we talk about how the role of Human Resources is changing and the reasons to upskill your HR team. The guest is Erik van Vulpen, Founder of the Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR). Erik is a writer and speaker on all things HR but with a particular interest in people analytics and digital HR. AIHR's mission is to make HR future-proofed by offering world-class, online education programs available anywhere, anytime. AIHR offers a range of globally accredited certificate programs from people analytics and learning and development to talent acquisition.This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse, the employee well-being solution that helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
The pandemic has forced millions out of work. Many of whom have turned to temporary or independent employment alternatives. In HRchat episode 237, we look at the sharp rise in the size of the gig workforce as a result of the pandemic and the challenges and opportunities it brings for HR. Bill's guest is Dr. Rochelle Haynes, Senior Lecturer at the University of West England and Founder at Crowd Potential. As a consultant lecturer at UWE, and keynote speaker, Rochelle has delivered specialist online and offline interactive workshops across different regions including Europe, Latin America, and Asia, on topics including career enhancement, performance management, digital transformation, leadership development, and changing work practices. She also volunteers with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) as an employability mentor.Rochelle specializes in the emerging field of ‘gig HR’, a term she coined to describe using HRM to help companies enhance their working relationships with contract or ‘gig workers’, ‘digital nomads’ and other offsite stakeholders, whose physical contact with organizations is limited or non-existent. She has published work on managing the blended workforce and performance management in the gig economy was recently invited to speak at the annual CIPD Festival of Work conference on the impact of COVID-19 in the gig economy.Listen to the episode to get Rochelle's answers to such questions as:What benefits and responsibilities do gig workers want? How can HR manage gig workers?How has the gig economy been shaped by the pandemic?What is 'GigHR' and why did you create this framework?What are the challenges and priorities for business when managing in the current context? This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse. Learn more about how the employee well-being solution helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In this HRchat interview, Phil Wainewright shares what he's seen change in the HR SaaS space and talks about the massive shifts caused by adapting to today's new normal. Phil is a recognized authority on cloud computing as a writer, analyst, consultant and speaker since 1998, when he launched his first online venture to chronicle the early years of the SaaS industry. In 2013 he co-founded the tech media website diginomica to cover the evolution of business applications in the digital era and how they are changing the enterprise. His research and writing focuses on advances in digital teamwork, people management and business innovation.This podcast episode is supported by the Academy to Innovate HR: HR Analytics and Digital HR Certifications for corporate HR professionals. Learn more about the self-paced online training courses, taught by the world's leading experts.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In this HRchat, we consider ways to empower HR and D&I pros with the data and technology to build inclusive workplaces.Our guest this time is Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, Co-Founder and Head of Behavioural Sciences at MESH/Diversity. Leeno has over 28 years of experience and is globally recognized for his expertise in the fields of Emotional Intelligence and Diversity. Leeno’s research underpins the MESH/Diversity platform.Listen and get Leeno's expert opinion on these crucial issues: Why D&I conversations are not effective Why metrics are the key to driving sustainable changeCommon ways HR gets it wrong when trying to create more inclusive practicesHow to take a systematic approach to address the need for ongoing anti-oppressionFour ways to effectively communicate your D&I messageThis episode is supported by MESH/Diversity, a firm on a mission to empower HR and D&I professionals with the strategic support, tools, and data needed to drive success across their organizations.
In HRchat episode #234, we hear from Mary Faulkner, Senior Advisor and Principal at IA about how the HR function will continue to be augmented by AI over the coming months and years. Learn too, how the march towards machines has accelerated as a result of covid? Mary is a talent strategist and business leader with almost 15 years' experience in helping organizations achieve their goals. After working on the Operations side of start-ups and small companies, She is a senior advisor with IA-HR, a consulting firm that helps guide organizations through business transformation.Mary is a regular contributor to HRExaminer.com and ERE.net, and has also written for SHRM, Recruiting Daily, and other publications. She was also a speaker at the first InnovateWork Rockies event where she presented a session called Office Space Evolution: The changing nature of the manager/employee dynamic. This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse. Learn more about how the employee well-being solution helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
Human Resource leaders are in a fight to ensure that hourly workers (60 percent of the workforce) don't feel overwhelmed by the effects of the pandemic. In this HRchat episode, we consider how HR can better use technology to help workers – especially hourly workers – manage the stresses of this year's pandemic and economic uncertainties.  The guest this time is Martin Hartshorne, an expert on what HR professionals must know about the future of hourly or shift workers. Martin is also CEO of Minneapolis-based HR technology company When I Work, which provides flexible scheduling systems used by one million employees at 150,000 workplaces across the US. Listen to this HRchat to get Martin's take on the following: What should HR professionals know about how they can use digital technology to support pandemic precautions?How can digital technology minimize risks of employees getting ill? How can artificial intelligence (AI) and other HR tech make life better for hourly workers – and make them actually want to come to work?
In this HRchat we'll hear from highly respected Silicon Valley turnaround expert Thomas L. Steding Ph.D. about some of the ideas in his new book, Real Teams Win: What Smart Leaders Need To Know About Achieving Performance coming from Humanix Books on December 1, 2020. Tom Steding has been CEO of more than 12 tech companies and active chairman of several others.  Steding has seen first hand that the leadership skills that can take an organization from poor to peak performance and outdistancing its competition were not taught in business schools or management seminars or even as a part of the leadership conversation. Real Teams Win is the culmination of his four decades of high impact methods that offer a real change from within the organization. Using proven principles, practices, structure, and processes, RealTeams Win provides new pathways to inventive ideas, newly designed products, and unique visions.  It blends theories drawn from strategy, economics, neuroscience, organizational development, literature, psychology and mythology to define an environment that is collaborative, creative, agile, supple, non-oppositional, and courageous. 
In this HRchat episode, we consider practical ways for employees to stay engaged, and how employers can support mental wellbeing throughout their organization. The guest this time is Dr. David Batman, member of the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board and a Consultant Occupational Health Physician who has served 50 years in the field of medicine. Listen and learn about the health and safety challenges facing businesses trying to build out successful return to workplace practices. Hear too, about Virgin Pulse’s new Return-to-Workplace solution, VP Passport, created to help organizations effectively respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and whatever comes next. Talking points include: What have been some of the biggest pressures placed on leaders and HR in terms of ensuring offices and other workplaces are compliant with Covid-related health and safety requirements?How can organizations assess the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in their workplace?How can HR and leaders plan for preventive measures?Should employees be contract tracing when they go to the office?How has mental health been impacted by the crisis and how the way we approach employee health and mental wellbeing has changed in 2020Besides wearing masks and washing our hands, what other measures should be taken in the workplace to ensure employees are safe?
In this HRchat interview, Bill Banham talks with Jason Crowe, VP of Partnerships and Business Development at Precision Nutrition about maintaining the mental and physical wellbeing of employees. Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest online nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching and certification company, announced the launch of Precision Nutrition Enterprise Coaching, a personal remote coaching solution for organizations worldwide to offer their employees a scientifically-proven transformation program that helps people lose weight, improve their cognitive performance, and function at their highest potential. About our show sponsor, Precision NutritionPrecision Nutrition offers a sustainable, practice-based approach to losing fat, building strength, and getting healthy. As a global leader in providing health and fitness professionals the education, tools, and coaching they need, nearly 100,000 coaches in over 140 countries use the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification—along with ProCoach, the company’s proprietary coaching software—to improve client results, increase operational efficiency, and drive business growth. Recognized as the number one recommended nutrition coaching certification by health, nutrition, and fitness professionals and the leader in customer satisfaction, Precision Nutrition offers the only nutrition certification endorsed by CrossFit®, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) also approve Precision Nutrition for its professionals’ continuing education credits.Designed as a wellness benefit for employees, Enterprise Coaching from Precision Nutrition teaches individuals how to adopt highly effective healthy eating and lifestyle habits that can lead to improved physical and cognitive health. The program includes one-on-one nutrition and behavior-change coaching delivered remotely by a Precision Nutrition-certified coach. Topics covered include nutrition, stress management, sleep, and emotional and mental health. Through personalized coaching, accountability, and daily lessons, employees can enhance their well-being, time management, focus, and productivity. 
In this HRchat episode, we hear a whole bunch of recruitment and talent management-related tips from Serge Boudreau, Director of Talent Acquisition at Robots and PencilsSerge has spent over 15 years in the recruitment space including working as Director for Western Canada at Workopolis and Indeed. He co-hosts the popular recruitment-focused podcast, The Recruitment Flex alongside Hire Value Inc's Shelley Billinghurst.Serge and Shelley are also co-hosts of the InnovateWork Rockies events and was a speaker at the inaugural event in August 2020 where he presented a session that looked at the impact of Covid, skills-based hiring and the realities of remote working when it comes to productivity and engagement. Learn more about InnovateWork events. This podcast episode is supported by Virgin Pulse. Learn more about how the employee well-being solution helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home.We do our best to ensure editorial objectivity. The views and ideas shared in this episode are entirely independent of our show sponsors. There is no relationship between the guest and companies advertising within the podcasts published by The HR Gazette or our partners.   
In HRchat #228, we consider how to better engage with employees and ways to help them feel proud of the employer brand they work under.Our guest this time is Sona Khosla, Vice President of Marketing at Benevity, the platform firms are using to attract, retain & engage employees in powerful ways. Sona leads a passionate team responsible for bringing Benevity’s thought leadership as well as client stories, best practices, and unmatched data from over 600 enterprise companies to the world. Sona is driven by creating inclusive cultures where purpose is pervasive, diversity thrives, and where everyone can belong. Her team tells the story of Benevity’s award-winning products and services, enables market- and client-facing teams to be trusted advisors, and puts on what is now considered one of CSR’s “coolest conferences”, Goodness Matters. Listen and get Sona's answers to such questions as: Organizations are working hard to pay attention to culture. Is it HR’s responsibility to ‘own’ the definition and cultivation of culture?Should that culture support the employee’s quest for passion and purpose in their ‘whole life,’ not just their work-life? Beyond pay, what other benefits are important to employees? What approaches HR use to provide employees with a sense of purpose and belonging?What are some of the challenges associated with ensuring a strong sense of company culture in a time when so many employees are disparate and working remotely? What impact do corporate purpose programs have on the workplace, and the employee? 
In this HRchat, we will discuss the importance of organizational culture and ways to measure it. The guest this time is Mary Marzec, Senior Strategy Health Scientist at Virgin Pulse.Listen to this episode to get Mary’s take on how tech can help corporate wellbeing efforts and why measuring the effectiveness of your company culture is key to achieving investment-driven results like high job performance, resilience, and reduced healthcare costs.Listen to this episode and discover:How can organizations start building a supportive culture of wellbeing? How can organizations maintain a strong company culture and employee engagement during these difficult times? How can organizations establish a sense of culture with a dispersed workforce?In general terms, VOI measures the impact that the wellness program has on employees through increased productivity, higher employee morale, and a reduction in absenteeism. Why does VOI matter?In what ways have organizations’ ROI and VOI been impacted since COVID-19 forced many employees to begin working from home?
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