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 3
Do Generation Z Workers Need a Finishing School?


Elan Divon

Do Generation Z Workers Need a Finishing School
Episode 6
Season 3

Blow Up Your Recruitment Processes – They Probably Suck!


Chad Sowash

“Time to blow up your recruitment processes!”
Episode 5
Season 3

If You’re Posh, You’ll Earn More Dosh!


Dr Sam Friedman

“Put me in a context, my family, my community, my friends, everybody sees me as a confident person. It’s not about some sort of personality difference. It’s about how a work contexts inhibits some and emboldens others.”
Episode 4
Season 3

Talking Shop – Oliver Shah, Business Editor of The Sunday Times On TopShop, Executive Pay and Toxic Cultures


Oliver Shah

“Companies and boards become overly politicised and they’ve become overly sensitive to public opinion, particularly, social media opinion and I think the problem is when, when you start going down that road, it’s very difficult to stop”
Episode 3
Season 3

Do We Still Have Pride in Pride?


Benjamin Cohen

So we do not accept advertising for any travel to countries where it’s illegal to be LGBT. Now that’s cost us money. It sometimes means that we can’t do some of the activations that brands want to do because the airline mainly or does fly to that country
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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.