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 16
Go Big Or Go Home! Getting Workers Back To The Office


Olly Olsen

“Our people team that have kicked into a gear that I never realised we had, and the number of people that we’re trying to hire at the moment is, is extraordinary”
Season 2

LinkedIn – Love It or Loathe it?


Jon Simmonds

“it used to be a glorified Jobs board and we all knew that LinkedIn was where you put your CV up when you were fed up with what you were currently doing. But once you dig down under the surface now, you know, they’ve made a lot of changes to the platform and for my money, it’s actually, it it’s the most genuine social network out there.”
Season 2

Oven-Ready HR Reheated! Further Highlights From Season 2


Francesca Peters, Daniel Dore, Mike Seidle, Sarah Barker, Darren Burns, Merlie Calvert and Dr Paola Carr-Walker

Another slice of Oven-Ready HR interviews from Season 2.
Episode 13
Season 2

Oven-Ready HR Reheated! Highlights from Season 2


Jeremy Hunt MP, Michael F Schein, Matthew Taylor, Dr Sam Farley, Michael Whitfield and Reeves Wiedeman.

We’re giving listeners the opportunity for an extra slice of interviews from the first six episodes of Season 2 of the Oven-Ready HR Podcast
Episode 12
Season 2

Changing Attitudes To Mental Health At Work


Dr Paola Carr-Walker

“Everybody is encouraged to think about their physical health and in the same way I think we should all be encouraged to think about our mental health. And yeah, I would say it’s not just a self-indulgent way of going about things. I think it’s very important. “
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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.