The Oven-Ready HR Podcast

Stories from the world of work

Oven-Ready HR is the podcast that tells compelling stories from the global world of work through a broad HR lens. We convene lively, captivating and thought-provoking conversations with expert analysis and insights. 

We’re here to educate, inform and hopefully entertain and try to make what can be a very dry and dusty subject, just that little bit more interesting and relevant for your workplace.

Season 2
Episode 9
Speedy Onboarding! How A Nuclear Power Expert Is Heating Up The Hiring Process!


Mike Seidle

“The candidate experiences is a very, very underrated way to improve your brand. If you, if you treat your candidates well, that does have an effect at the cash register, if you will. It really does. And nothing will make somebody less likely to buy from you faster than treating them poorly when they apply for a job.”
Episode 8
Season 2

Next Slide Please – It’s All About The Data!


Daniel Dore

“Data is the oil of the 21st century. It’s how companies fundamentally use that data and unleash that data to understand their clients, their business, and the direction they’re going to be taking going forward. , ultimately, companies that aren’t leveraging that data are going to get left behind.”
Episode 7
Season 2

Back To The Office Of The Future


Francesca Peters

“Having corporate space for employees to come into a couple of days a week, which is incredibly important for culture, for a sense of identity and pride. “
Episode 6
Season 2

Organisational Culture Isn’t Just For Christmas, It’s For Life!


Michael Whitfield

“Organisational Culture Isn’t Just For Christmas, It’s For Life!”
Episode 5
Season 2

Shooting The Breeze With Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP


Jeremy Hunt MP

“I opened five new medical schools and increased the number of doctors, nurses, and midwives. We trained by 25%, which is one of the biggest ever single increases, but I always felt we need to be much more strategic and you know, we, we need to recognise that it’s not just pandemics with an ageing population we’re going to need more capacity in our health provision, much more capacity and that means we’ve got to be very strategic and say, look, how many doctors are we going to need in 10 years time in 20 years time, because it takes 7 years to train one. So we need to get cracking”
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Why I started Oven-Ready HR:

Too much theory, too distant from actual reality and too little understanding of real business makes HR impenetrable for many start-up and SME organisations. HR is often seen as a barrier to success rather than an enabler. This needs to change. HR professionals who understand business bring immeasurable value to an organisation. Those that don’t, add nothing.

HR also needs to stand-up and be counted when it comes to tackling toxic workplace cultures. Everyone has a right to work without fear, harassment and bullying. If Oven-Ready HR can help shine a light on the positives and negatives of the workplace and encourage new thinking then we’ve done our job. Big ambitions for sure, but we have to start somewhere right?

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Chris’ day job

Chris hasn’t always been in HR and actually began his career in marketing where he built a successful communications and branding agency. He then spent a number of years in a Commercial and HR role running a Private Members’ club in London’s Mayfair. Latterly he founded a highly successful boutique talent agency that was purchased by a competitor in 2019.

Chris is co-founder of The Podcasterists a specialist full-service podcast agency that helps organisations explain their purpose through expert storytelling.

Chris also has an HR consultancy for the start-up and SME sectors where he provides organisations with pragmatic HR solutions to help them succeed in their marketplace.