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 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!”
7
Season 2

Back To The Office Of The Future

Guest(s)

Francesca Peters

The future of the office is of particular interest to this week’s Oven-Ready HR guest. Seemingly a day doesn’t go by without an announcement from an organisation about their plans or apparent lack of concerning a return to the office. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury has weighed into the debate criticising the ‘inhumane’ approach to work taken by Goldman Sachs
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

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