The episodes

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 5
Episode 1
Season 5

What is Employee Wellbeing All About?

Guest(s)

Gethin Nadin

You almost need to hold wellbeing in one hand and have that in one hand whilst you make any other decisions in the organization. So you’re really empathizing with are we doing this in a way that’s conducive to somebody’s good wellbeing. And I think for most of the leading organizations at the moment, they’re in this mindset of we’re moving away from do no harm to, we’ve got to do better.
Episode 2
Season 5

HR – Too Squishy, Flabby & Foggy For The C-Suite?

Guest(s)

Andrew Bartlow, Founder & Managing Partner Series B Consulting

I think a highly effective human resources leader, human resources executive is thinking how to optimize the effectiveness of their organization. So that means how does your organization operate? How do you get things done efficiently and effectively?
Episode 3
Season 5

Why Can’t Managers Manage?

Guest(s)

Chris Roebuck CCMI FCIPD

This week I turn my attention to the quality of management in organisations or perhaps the lack of it. Are good bosses as rare as hen’s teeth? Without fail, poor management is one of the top, if not the top reason we leave organisations. Why can’t managers manage?
Episode 4
Season 5

Does Working A Four Day Week Work?

Guest(s)

Charlotte Lockhart, Founder & CEO of 4 Day Week Global

Seemingly not a day goes by without some reference to the future of work. PWC employees were recently branded lazy gits by Lord Sugar for being allowed to take Friday afternoon’s off during the summer provided they had their work done. PWC hit back accusing the media personality of being Childish but it got me thinking – can working less hours actually deliver more productivity?
Episode 5
Season 5

What’s The Future of Work Under Labour?

Guest(s)

Justin Madders MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Rights & Protection

So he [Keir Starmer] knows actually how important it is to set set the tone from the top to ensure that everyone is buying into the vision of the organisation to ensure everyone is respected and that opportunities are available for all to express themselves and to reach their full potential.
Episode 6
Season 5

It’s Going To Take More Than A Fruit Bowl!

Guest(s)

Stephen Bevan,Head of HR Research Development at the Institute for Employment Studies.

If we’re quoting age old adages I would also quote, Hertzberg, Frederick Hertzberg, who said, if you want people to do a good job, give them a good job to do. This is about job quality. You know, it’s about giving people autonomy and discretion, social support, and so on, and they will do a good job for you
Episode 7
Season 5

Still A White Hot Recruitment Market? Maybe…

Guest(s)

William Tincup, President & Editor at Large of Recruiting Daily

There is no such thing as work life balance. There’s never been work life balance. It’s been work life integration.
Episode 8
Season 5

Give wellbeing a board seat

Guest(s)

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE

Professor Cooper remarks that a significant driver of the so called ‘great resignation’ was in part employee’s dissatisfaction with their boss. He think this has led some in HR about whether they have right managers or managers with the right skills in place. Sadly he feels too many organisations recruit solely on technical skills and not soft skills or EQ.
Episode 9
Season 5

Doctor, Doctor, I need some learning that sticks!

Guest(s)

Dr Alex Young, founder of Virti

Dr Alex explains why technology such as augmented reality is so effective in delivering soft skills training when compared to more traditional methods of learning.
Episode 10
Season 5

Feeling safe at work – what does it mean?

Guest(s)

Sandi Wassmer, enei CEO

Leaders at the top of the business set the culture. It’s not about having policies and procedures. If DE&I is important to the leadership then it will be part of that organisations’ culture.
Episode 11
Season 5

The young ones – graduates, interns & entry level jobs

Guest(s)

Steven Rothberg – Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, College Recruiter

Steven Rothberg explains what goes into a great internship programme. He says employers must see interns as potential hires and failing to hire means the internship has, in his opinion, failed its purpose.
Episode 12
Season 5

What does HR need to know about ESG?

Guest(s)

Emma Burrows, Partner & Head of Employment, Trowers & Hamlins

Employee voice really drives ESG because most employees want to work for organisations who look after their workers, act responsibly and pay taxes whilst minimising their impact on the environment. Therefore, Emma argues that HR has a key role to play from the very start of the ESG journey.
Season 4
Episode 15
Season 4

Oven Ready HR Reheated 2 – Season 4’s Final Serving

Guest(s)

Julia Hobsbawm, Alex Kruger, Dave Millner, Kim Scott, Tracir Sponenberg, Andrew Bazeley & David Hieatt.

Oven-Ready Reheated 2 is the last compilation episode of Season 4. I highlight some of the best bits from the final seven intrerviews of the season and you can of course access the full episodes on the site.
Episode 1
Season 4

What Will Make The World of Work Better in 2022? Paul Nowak of The TUC Explains

Guest(s)

Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary of the Trade’s Union Council.

What would make me really happy is for the government to bring forward that employment bill and to talk to unions and employers in advance of them publishing a White Paper about what should go in it and I would like the Prime Minister to take his promise that we had around the Brexit debate about not just protecting employment rights, but extending and enhancing employment rights in this country.
Episode 2
Season 4

The Future of HR Recruitment With Nick Croucher Of Frazer Jones

Guest(s)

Nick Croucher

“if you’d ask me where I think our highest demand has been this year, it’s talent acquisition and internal recruitment.”
Episode 3
Season 4

Confused About UK Employment Status? Lord Hendy QC Has The Answer

Guest(s)

Lord Hendy QC

“All employment rights carry with them costs. But these are the costs that need to be born in a civilized society. It can’t be right that we’ve got millions of people, living a precarious working life.”
Episode 4
Season 4

What’s Happening In UK Employment Law in 2022?

Guest(s)

Nick Hurley

“You know one of the trends that I’ve seen the last twelve months is there’s been definitely an uptick in in concerns about people working mischievously often. So they’re working from home. They’re not in sight. They’re not so visible and some employers have have certainly felt that 1 or 2 of their employees have exploited them by sort of pursuing other interests.”
Episode 5
Season 4

Menopause In The Workplace – Why Employers Need a Menopause Policy

Guest(s)

Dr Lynne Green

Ann-Marie Yates

“As we’ve already talked about having a policy as a starting point regardless of the legal requirement to do so is absolutely essential and really providing that education and it isn’t just for the managers actually and the HR teams; It’s for everybody so people just better understand this.”
Episode 6
Season 4

Why A Digital Detox Is Vital For Mental Health

Guest(s)

Hector Hughes – Co-founder Unplugged

So September 2019, I flew to the Himalayas and went to a ten day silent retreat and it was incredibly spectacular kind of Buddhist temple on top of the mountain. So yeah, really and you know turned out to be exactly what I needed.
Episode 7
Season 4

Sheryl Sandberg Told Me I Sounded Stupid

Guest(s)

Kim Scott

“She looked at me right in the eye and she said I can tell when you do that thing with your hand that I’m going to have to be a lot more direct with you. So now I’m braced and she said when you say um, every third word it makes you sound stupid now she’s got my full attention and yeah and some people might say it was mean of her.”
Episode 8
Season 4

Hiut Denim Co – Stitching A Town Back Together

Guest(s)

David Hieatt

“Hire for hunger! Look for obesession and geekiness!”
Episode 9
Season 4

Time’s Up For Palaces of Presenteeism – Julia Hobsbawm Calls For A Reset On The Office

Guest(s)

Julia Hobsbawm OBE

“I mean, Kathy, Hochul the Governor of New York announced just this week that she thought the pandemic had killed the five day week, and one should always pay attention to Americans; Americans are usually ahead. Americans see it first. And I just don’t think there’s any denying the trend. The question is what do we all do about it?”
Episode 10
Season 4

Want to Improve Gender Equality At Work? Then Stop Asking The Worthless Salary History Question!

Guest(s)

Andrew Bazeley – The Fawcett Society

“So we really want employers to just stop asking these questions. It’s a simple change. It doesn’t take that much work on their side and the research proves they will enhance gender equality.”
Episode 11
Season 4

Why I Killed The Uber Of the Funeral Market!

Guest(s)

Alex Kruger

I still I think there are a lot of people that start companies and then they hide that fail then they hide their failures because there’s a lot of shame around failure which I think is a huge problem”
Episode 12
Season 4

I’m Not In HR! I’m A Business Leader Specialising In People

Guest(s)

Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer, The Granite Group

“As I grew in the evolution of my career I really did become a people specializing business leader. So my job is firmly and my feeling is firmly people first. However, I do work for a business right? And I am an executive. And so my job is to continually advocate for the people hence the business leader specializing in people. “
Episode 13
Season 4

Is it time to kill off the HR business partner role?

Guest(s)

Dave Millner

I don’t want you to be a finance person but you need to be far more savvy in that area I think you need you need secondly to have an external perspective with the role is so busy I know that. But you have got to know what your competitors’ current recruitment programs are. You’ve got to know what your current competitors are doing in the world of development career pathways. You know you’ve got to find out. There’s no point wanting to have a seat at the table if you’ve got damn all to say. “
Episode 14
Season 4

Oven Ready HR Reheated – Bite-Sized Chunks of Season 4

Guest(s)

Lord Hendy QC, Paul Nowak, Nick Hurley, Nick Croucher, Anne-Marie Yates, Dr Lynne Green & Hector Hughes

So if you’re a regular listener to Oven-Ready you’ll know that at the end of each season we put together a couple compilation episodes called Oven-Ready Reheated looking again at some of Season 4’s themes and best bits.
Season 3
Episode 1
Season 3

LinkedIn – Love It or Loathe it?

Guest(s)

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.”
Episode 2
Season 3

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

Guest(s)

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”
Episode 3
Season 3

Do We Still Have Pride in Pride?

Guest(s)

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
Episode 4
Season 3

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

Guest(s)

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 5
Season 3

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

Guest(s)

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 6
Season 3

Blow Up Your Recruitment Processes – They Probably Suck!

Guest(s)

Chad Sowash

“Time to blow up your recruitment processes!”
Episode 7
Season 3

Do Generation Z Workers Need a Finishing School?

Guest(s)

Elan Divon

Do Generation Z Workers Need a Finishing School
Episode 8
Season 3

Talking About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Guest(s)

Jacqueline Hopkins & Dr Fiona Jamison

In this Oven-Ready HR episode, I wanted to explore a successful DE&I ‘Climate Survey’ programme in a completely different sort of organisation; publicly owned, an overwhelmingly blue-collar and unionised workforce classed as ‘essential workers’; two thirds of whom already come from an ethnic-minority background and who often work all day in complete isolation. Adding to the complexity, this DE&I programme was run during the George Floyd protests and a global pandemic.
Episode 9
Season 3

What Are The Barriers to Gender Equality At Work?

Guest(s)

Romanie Thomas

what are the main barriers to gender equality at work?
Episode 10
Season 3

Why is Employee Wellbeing Important?

Guest(s)

Robert Tansey

The power lies with employee now versus 24 months ago is much greater than it was.
Episode 11
Season 3

Flying High – How HR Took The Initiative With Employee Engagement

Guest(s)

Lawrence Hughes & Dr Fiona Jamison

I read somewhere once that to make a small fortune, start with a large fortune and buy an airline.
Episode 12
Season 3

Transforming Your HR Practices

Guest(s)

Lars Schmidt

There has never been a better time to be the field of HR!
Episode 13
Season 3

What Makes A Great HR Podcast?

Guest(s)

Jon Thurmond & Wendy Dailey

Listen to find out what makes a great HR podcast!
Episode 14
Season 3

The HR Year In Review – Rob Moss Editor of Personnel Today

Guest(s)

Rob Moss, Editor Personnel Today

HR is in a prime position to drive things forward!
Episode 15
Season 3

Oven-Ready Reheated – Another Bite From Season 3 of the HR Podcast!

Guest(s)

Oliver Shah, Chad Sowash, Olly Olsen, Dr Sam Friedman, Benjamin Cohen, Elan Divon and Jon Simmonds

As we’ve reached the end of Season 3 of the show, I’ve taken the opportunity to offer up some of the best bits for you to enjoy again.
Episode 16
Season 3

Oven Ready Reheated – A Final Serving of Season 3’s Interviews

Guest(s)

Romanie Thomas, Lars Schmidt, Jon Thurmond, Wendy Dailey, Robert Tansey, Dr Fiona Jamison, Lawrence Hughes, Jacqueline Hopkins & Rob Moss

As we’ve reached the end of Season 3 of the show, I’ve taken the opportunity to offer up some of the best bits for you to enjoy again.
Season 2
Episode 1
Season 2

WeWork – The Unicorn That Really Was A Fairy Story

Guest(s)

Reeves Wiedeman

“He was good at presenting this kind of grand vision for WeWork. That they weren’t just renting out office space. They were changing the way that people worked and giving people a better day at work, and this was a pretty inspiring message.”
Episode 2
Season 2

Stop Exploitation of Gig Economy Workers? Change The Tax System!

Guest(s)

Matthew Taylor

“you see, we are relying on the courts to do work that ought to be done by legislations. The problem with the courts is the courts are only making a judgement on the case that is put in front of them. They’re not changing the law. They’re changing the case law, but they’re not changing the law.”
Episode 3
Season 2

Defence Against Workplace Bullying

Guest(s)

Dr Sam Farley

“So, if you’ve got two colleagues on the same level who don’t like each other and they’re sending each other nasty emails. We wouldn’t really call that bullying because there’s no apparent power disparity there it’s just a kind of conflict. But when you get a differential such as maybe a boss is doing it to their subordinate, then you have a bit of a powered disparity at play. That’s when something can become workplace bullying. “
Episode 4
Season 2

Are Some of HR’s Favourite Gurus and Management Thinkers Just A Load Of Old Hype?

Guest(s)

Michael F Schein

Michael Schein questions our slavish devotion to individuals such as Simon Sinek. As Michael says: “… he’s not a social scientist. He’s not a scientist of any sort. He worked in ad agencies before he became a professional guru. So, his best talent is selling stuff. “
Episode 5
Season 2

Shooting The Breeze With Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP

Guest(s)

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”
Episode 6
Season 2

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

Guest(s)

Michael Whitfield

“Organisational Culture Isn’t Just For Christmas, It’s For Life!”
Episode 7
Season 2

Back To The Office Of The Future

Guest(s)

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 8
Season 2

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

Guest(s)

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 9
Season 2

Speedy Onboarding! How A Nuclear Power Expert Is Heating Up The Hiring Process!

Guest(s)

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 10
Season 1

Prison Break – Breaking The Cycle of Unemployment for Ex-Offenders

Guest(s)

Janet Leighton

Darren Burns

Sarah Barker

“Some of our better brighter, stronger willed colleagues are people who’ve got lived experience from prison like Sarah, and we don’t care where you’ve come from, what you did last week, what you did yesterday. We’re interested in what you’re doing today and what you want to do tomorrow.”
Episode 11
Season 2

How Deliveroo Inspired Delivery Of Legal Services

Guest(s)

Merlie Calvert

“I think we’ve got far too many, highly talented business owners, business managers, senior employees doing admin and tying themselves in knots versus doing what they’re best capable of doing, which is going out there, creating, innovating, conversing with people, winning hearts and minds”
Episode 12
Season 2

Changing Attitudes To Mental Health At Work

Guest(s)

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. “
Episode 13
Season 2

Oven-Ready HR Reheated! Highlights from Season 2

Guest(s)

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
14
Season 2

Oven-Ready HR Reheated! Further Highlights From Season 2

Guest(s)

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.
Season 1
Episode 1
Season 1

Unconscious Bias in Hiring Decisions

Guest(s)

Riham Satti, Co-founder MiVitae

In this episode, Chris interviews Riham Setti to discuss how organisations can use AI to increase diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and help, eliminate bias in hiring decisions.
Episode 2
Season 1

Employee Engagement For New And Existing Hires!

Guest(s)

Simon Morden, Founder Prosell

In this episode, Chris interviews Employee Engagement expert Simon Morden Of Prosell Learning Ltd to discuss how organisations can use technology to increase Employee Engagement levels for new and existing hires.
Episode 3
Season 1

HR is not about HR, Professor Dave Ulrich, the Father of modern-day HR explains the role of 21st Century HR

Guest(s)

Professor Dave Ulrich

 

My line to HR people is take a finance person to lunch. They’re probably lonely, pay for the lunch, and take an annual report, the income statement, the balance sheet, and say, “Teach me these numbers.
Episode 4
Season 1

Tempting Workers to Return to the Office Will Take More Than Prosecco on Tap!

Guest(s)

Mark Kass

“We lose that human interaction and that the opportunity to be bitchy or supportive or funny, hence it becomes very, very technical. I think people need that humanistic approach to work. “
Episode 5
Season 1

Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD – “We can be the change that we want to see”

Guest(s)

Peter Cheese

“Well, this is what our purpose is, is to create better work for all and give people more opportunity.” That’s good for business. It’s certainly good for society, and it’s good for our economies at large.
Episode 6
Season 1

Within Crisis Are The Seeds Of Opportunity, Charlie Gilkes, London’s Most Creative Hospitality Entrepreneur Speaks Out

Guest(s)

Charlie Gilkes

“I think recruitment’s going to be the biggest challenge that the sector faces, and certainly, I hope that if we can’t sadly employ our European friends that we can start to encourage more Brits to join the sector. So, I hope that does happen.”
Episode 7
Season 1

Stop Apologising For Working in HR, Instead Start Evangelising!

Guest(s)

Steve Browne

“So, after I had been there a full day, I chose not to wear a tie. I just wore a dress shirt and slacks. The CEO came by and was furious and typical of most organisations instead of confronting me in the behaviour, which he thought was atrocious, he went to his office and passively in passive-aggressiveness called my boss, who sat across from me. It’s an open office. “
Episode 8
Season 1

These Are The Voyages of Enterprise Nation, Boldly Going Where No Organisation Has Gone Before

Guest(s)

Emma Jones CBE

“What is not so obvious and apparent is when a startup starts, there isn’t much HR education and training at the outset. When you’re a founder, thinking of hiring and motivating people is not foremost on your mind because what you’re thinking of is, is the money coming in? Is this company getting traction? “
Episode 9
Season 1

HR & Marketing – A Special Relationship?

Guest(s)

Jamila Yu, CMO YUnique Marketing

Richard Merrin, MD Spreckley Partners

“If you look at an organisation like Primark, for example, is a really good example. They don’t have an HR Department. They have a people and culture department, which really tells you about their focus. I think that’s fantastic because a lot of the functionality of HR is in that, but it’s a recognition that their people are their culture, and the culture is based on the people. I think it’s marvellous”
Episode 10
Season 1

Why Are So Many Of Us Choosing To Be Our Own Boss?

Guest(s)

Carl Reader

“One of my sayings I always use is that “Too many businesses hire quickly and fire slowly, and it should really be the other way around.” Not that I advocate firing if at all possible, but ultimately, if you know that a decision needs to be taken whether it’s redundancy, whether it’s performance management, whether it’s a tough conversation about conduct, in fact, if that decision has been made in your mind, you really have to get on with it and address it because otherwise it just gets harder and harder.”
Episode 11
Season 1

Behind An Ordinary Life Is The Extraordinary Bravery, Generosity And Wisdom of Aoife Martin

Guest(s)

Aoife Martin

“A lot of trans people would be unemployed. It can be difficult. Like I said, “I’m a very privileged white, trans woman.” I have a good job. I have a roof over my head. I can put food on the table, but there are lots of trans people out there who don’t have that”
Episode 12
Season 1

One Does Not Simply Acquire Talent!

Guest(s)

Marc Effron

On the question of name change from Recruitment to Talent, Mark makes this interesting analogy: “I thought if I was eating at a horrible restaurant where the food was awful, and the servers were rude, and they changed their name, am I going back because, gee, they must’ve changed everything else because they swapped the sign? Probably not.”
Episode 13
Season 1

Oven-Ready HR – Reheated. Key Moments From The First Six Interviews

Guest(s)

Riham Satti, Simon Morden, Professor Dave Ulrich, Mark Kass, Peter Cheese & Charlie Gilkes

Oven-Ready HR – Reheated brings a selection of the key moments from the first six episodes of Season 1
Episode 14
Season 1

Oven-Ready HR-Reheated. Key Moments From The Final Six Interviews Of Season 1

Guest(s)

Steve Browne, Emma Jones, Richard Merrin, Jarmila Yu, Carl Reader, Aoife Martin & Marc Effron

Oven-Ready HR – Reheated brings a selection of the key moments from the final six episodes of Season 1