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I want you to imagine an organization filled with just the right combination of top-quality talent. By all measures, these are the people who should be delivering quality results. Now imagine that both the work and the work environment are stress filled. Instead of delivering results, those stressed out employees are underperforming and maybe even looking elsewhere for a less stressful job. Luckily, we have a guest today that excels in solving workplace stress. We are pleased to have Laurie Warren, a change agent, with us today. Laurie is the founder and vibrant living advocate of Warren Wellness LLC. She has an M.S. in clinical and integrative nutrition and a lot of hands on experience helping individuals and organizations promote wellness. She takes a holistic approach towards promoting healthy workplaces. Laurie will be speaking at BLR’s 2019 event TalentCon, the premier event for learning how to recruit, retain, and engage employees. She will be presenting her session, Hot Topic Power Talk #2—Fostering Stress Resilience to Unlock Workforce Potential, on March 13th at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, TX. Learn more about Talent Con and other events at live.blr.com.
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We know that employers spend a lot of time and energy on the entire employee lifecycle: from sourcing to onboarding straight through retention, engagement, and, of course, exit interviews. Part of making sure that your workforce is not only successful but is also engaged surrounds mentoring. You could have the best product, the most modern workspace, and have hired the best talent: but if you aren’t mentoring your employees, your organization could still perform poorly or even fail. Fortunately, we are joined today by an expert in the field of mentoring, Randy Emelo. Randy is the Principal Consultant at CoreConnections LLC, a Denver-based company that designs leadership development and organizational improvement solutions. Randy has more than 25 years of experience in management, training, and leadership development, and is a prolific author, speaker, and thought leader on topics related to collaboration, mentoring, innovation, and leadership development.
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Employers invest considerable time and money in hiring and training new employees and therefore want to ensure a job candidate is going to be the right fit. Information gleaned from references – in contrast with a polished interview and resume – is pure gold for employers who are working hard to find the ideal matches for their positions. After all, the best indicator of future success is past performance. Employers have a number of options with regard to checking the references of a prospective employee. These can range from having HR or the hiring manager call former supervisors directly to hiring a third party to handle the process to online solutions. Our guest on Episode 72 of HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources, is Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey and an expert on the critical role of job references. He speaks with us about what's changing in the world of reference checking and HR's options, and covers topics such as nontraditional ways employers can use reference feedback, the value of co-worker references and how they differ from manager or supervisor references, and what interesting or revealing information SkillSurvey has found in its reference data by grounding it in organizational science.
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Our guest for Episode 70, international business coach Howard Partridge, says the solution to engagement and organizational success is rooted in community--something that's ultimately achieved by tapping into the human need to connect and feel valued by others. Howard provides us with 6 steps leaders can take to build community and transform their organizations, the 3 keys to a great community, how a powerful community ties to engagement, retention, and recruiting, and more. And for those who want to learn more, Howard's got a new book out to help listeners understand the concept--The Power of Community: How Phenomenal Leaders Inspire Their Teams, Wow Their Customers, and Make Bigger Profits.
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Neil Bedwell and Andrew Osterday often describe themselves as reformed marketers. Their company, Local Industries, is a change marketing consultancy. Put simply, they apply consumer-grade marketing expertise to drive real cultural change inside organizations by focusing on their most important asset—people. In this episode of HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources, Bedwell and Osterday explain their approach for improving engagement and company culture—a marriage of HR and marketing.
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We often talk about how HR professionals can help their workforce achieve success and how to drive success in this podcast—but today’s guest is going to talk with us about failure, and how important it can be to an organization’s success. Courtney Branson is Director of People and Culture at Square Root, an Austin-based technology startup that creates Store Relationship Management software for some of today’s leading automotive and retail enterprises. Courtney brings her creativity to everything she does and her compassion and patience keep the Square Root team grounded and thriving. Courtney explains why it's important for companies to embrace failure, how to get your leadership team comfortable with the practice, and how it works in execution.
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