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Podcast title Human Resources for Small Business
Website URL http://xeniumhr.libsyn.com
Description The Human Resources for Small Business podcast is the ultimate resource for HR professionals and small business owners. Join Xenium’s Brandon Laws as he chats with guests from all sides of the industry—digging up tips, tools and insights you can apply to your own small business. We’ll dig into a different HR-focused topic each episode—ranging from business strategy and leadership to HR policy, legal updates and more.
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1. Creating Culture Through Communication
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How do you turn your company culture into something that can build your business from the inside out? It’s all about communication. Victoria Dew, CEO of business consultancy Dewpoint Communications, joins us share her approach to helping small businesses grow through strong culture and employee communication. We get tactical with the communication methods that create strong cultures, how to communicate for maximum impact and the ways employees can get involved and make a difference.

 

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 SPECIAL OFFERS: 

e-learning courses at Xenium -www.xeniumhr.com/courses - promo code "POD" for 10% off all courses. 

About Victoria 

Victoria Dew is the CEO of Dewpoint Communications, consultancy dedicated to helping smaller businesses grow faster and smarter through strong culture and employee communication. Victoria has 12 years of global communications experience in businesses of all sizes, and in diverse industries, both in the US and overseas. 

Victoria holds a BA from Skidmore College, an MA from Kings College London, and professional diplomas in both business and communications management from Victoria University, Wellington and Massey University. Victoria is a certified Communication Management Professional (CMP)

Connect with Victoria:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dewvictoria 

Dewpoint Communications

https://twitter.com/DewpointComms 

 



2. Developing Careers from the Ground Up
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Finding the right people can be a challenge at every level, in any industry. One way to handle it? Create more entry level jobs that allow people to grow and develop into the leaders you need. Joaquin Lippincott, CEO of Metal Toad, joins us to discuss how he approaches job creation and career development at his company. He talks Metal Toad’s approach to entry level positions, career development programs, how people within the organization have grown their careers, and many other topics.

 

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 SPECIAL OFFERS: 

e-learning courses at Xenium -www.xeniumhr.com/courses - promo code "POD" for 10% off all courses.  

About Joaquin

 

Joaquin is a modern technology veteran. Throughout his career he has built successful digital strategies with a wide assortment of transformative technologies and platforms, helping clients identify a clear path for success. Over the years he has worked with industry leaders such as DC Comics, the Emmys, Intel, Technicolor, Verizon Wireless, Habitat for Humanity, Limewire, the Linux Foundation, Sony Pictures Television, Mercy Corps, and Cisco as well as numerous small businesses, advertising agencies and internet start ups. With over 14 years of experience in his field he is still as passionate about technology as ever. Joaquin is a graduate from UCLA with a degree in design and has also served on the AIGA Portland chapter board as President.

Connect with Joaquin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joaquinlippincott/

https://twitter.com/joaquinlippinco



3. Planting the Seeds of Great Leadership
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What do landscaping and leadership development have in common? A lot more than you think. Jeff McManus, former landscaper and author of “Growing Weeders into Leaders”, joins us to discuss growing plants, growing leaders, and the things that they have in common. We’ll touch on Jeff’s philosophy toward leadership, the ways healthy environments can be cultivated, and the Landscaping Creed that every organization can and should be embracing to maximize everyone’s professional growth.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 SPECIAL OFFERS: 

e-learning courses at Xenium -www.xeniumhr.com/courses - promo code "POD" for 10% off all courses. Access the Growing Leaders in Your Organization PDF from Jeff: jeffmcmanusspeaking.com/brandon 

 

About Jeff

Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants…he grows people…he grows ideas. Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate. Faced with a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification project, a demand for excellence, high productivity, and with a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants. Understanding that all humans either have or strive for the innate elements of Greatness,  Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom, Jeff developed his GROW-theory into an impactful management and professional development leadership program for his staff.


Taking his grounds employees, affectionately known as “weeders”,
and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus. Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University. His message rings true for any industry leader or manager looking to grow a high-performance and dedicated workforce.

 

Connect with Jeff:

http://twitter.com/JeffMcManus

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-mcmanus-073b108 

 



4. How to Find People Who Fit Your Culture
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Attitude, aptitude, accomplishments, adaptability, appreciation, amiability. Those are the six key attributes of “Attributional Interviewing” and they’re key to finding the right people for your company. Brad Owens, Culture Coach and recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, joins us to talk corporate culture, interview strategies and his sought-after best practices for hiring. We’ll cover the six attributes, why they’re important and how the interview can change everything.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

SPECIAL OFFER: e-learning courses at Xenium - www.xeniumhr.com/courses - promo code "POD" for 10% off all courses.

 

About Brad

Brad Owens has over a decade of experience as an external recruiter. He's worked with Fortune 500 companies all over the country to help them hire talent from straight out of school all the way to the top levels of an organization. Through that experience he's learned how the best companies attract, hire and retain their teams. Brad now calls himself the "Robin Hood" of hiring as he shares best practices from the largest companies in the world that you can apply in your very own small business. He's also the host of the "Small Business Hiring Podcast" that you can find at www.smallbusinesshiring.com. On the show he speaks with small businesses just like yours that have been voted "best place to work" and has them share exactly what they do to develop such a great corporate culture. You can also catch him answering your questions live every Thursday at 1pm ET at www.hiringlivestream.com

 

Connect with Brad:

To download his Attributional Interviewing guide: www.yourinterviewguide.com

To listen to his podcast: www.smallbusinesshiring.com

To interact with Brad: www.bradowens.com

For more tips on attracting, hiring and retaining your teams, visit: www.hrcoaching.com

 

 



5. Workplace Relationships Matter. Here’s How to Improve Them.
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Most of the time, we don’t get to choose who we work with every day. But our coworkers and our relationships with them are crucial to our day-to-day work. Not only can poor workplace relationships be real personal downers, they can also hinder productivity and bring down office morale.

To understand the necessity of positive relationships in the modern workplace, we spoke with Todd Davis, chief people officer and executive vice president at FranklinCovey. Davis’s new book, Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work, is a crash course in building relationships of value across organizations. On this week’s episode, Davis explains why we need to mitigate our emotional responses, how listening instead of talking can be a better way to contribute, and how establishing your own credibility with your coworkers can lead to relationships built on trust.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

SPECIAL OFFER: e-learning courses at Xenium - www.xeniumhr.com/courses - promo code "POD" for 10% off all courses.

 

About Todd Davis:

Todd Davis is the author of FranklinCovey’s upcoming book, Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work, available for pre-order May 9, 2017, and to be released on November 7, 2017. He is also a co-author of Talent Unleashed: 3 Leadership Conversations to Ignite the Unlimited Potential in People.

Davis has over 30 years of experience in human resources, talent development, executive recruiting, sales, and marketing. He has been with FranklinCovey for over 20 years, and currently serves as chief people officer and executive vice president. He is responsible for FranklinCovey’s global talent development in over 40 offices in 160 countries.

As the former director of FranklinCovey’s Innovations Group, Todd led the development of many of FranklinCovey’s core offerings containing the company’s world-renowned content, and he continues to contribute to the development of new offerings. Davis has also served as FranklinCovey’s director of recruitment and led a team responsible for attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent for the company, which included over 3,500 employees.

For over 25 years, Davis has delivered numerous keynote addresses and speeches at top industry conferences, associations, corporate events, and for FranklinCovey clients, many of which are Fortune® 100 and 500 companies. His topics include leadership, personal and interpersonal effectiveness, employee engagement, talent management, change management, and building winning cultures.

Davis has served on the Board of Directors for HR.com and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  



6. How Compassion Can Change Your Culture
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We know empathy is important in relationships, but what about at work? Karen Millsap, CEO of Egency and TEDx speaker, joins us to share her story and how she’s using empathy to improve workplace culture. After losing her husband in a terrible tragedy, Karen realized how little support our society offers for grieving people. We’ll cover pivotal moments of her experience, how to best help our colleagues after trauma and how empathy and compassion can change the workplace for the better.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

SPECIAL OFFER: e-learning courses at Xenium - www.xeniumhr.com/courses - promo code "POD" for 10% off all courses.

About Karen Millsap: 

Karen Millsap, also known as, The Grief Consultant, began her career in human resources and talent acquisition where she lead countless training, new process, and change initiatives. At a young age, she suddenly became a widow when her husband was tragically murdered which completely changed the trajectory of her life. After experiencing a domino effect of other losses, she became acutely aware of the overall lack of support in our society for grieving people. We are all connected through our struggles, from the death of loved ones, to life-altering illnesses, divorce, even job loss. This realization ignited Karen's desire to turn her pain into purpose and pay it forward to help others.  

Karen’s work has been featured in SHRM Magazine, on Good Morning Washington, MSNBC, and many others! She is a TEDx keynote speaker who inspires audiences to embrace compassion and empathy to help alleviate other’s suffering by becoming advocates for their own adversaries.  This experience opens minds and hearts to revive connectivity.  

Karen is the CEO (Chief Empathy Officer) of Egency, a firm that helps organizations create a human-centric culture with compassion and empathy. She's also the author of the upcoming book, Now What? and founder of Well Now Global Retreats. 

​Karen received her undergraduate degree in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, California. 

Connect with Karen Millsap on LinkedIn

Resources Mentioned:

Karen's Tedx Talk Option B

7. How to Modernize Your Outdated Employee Handbook
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When they’re created thoughtfully, employee handbooks can be useful tools for your employees not just when they’re new to your company, but over the course of their careers, too. But employee handbooks aren’t known to be riveting reading. This week, we spoke with Lacey Partipilo, Xenium’s Senior Human Relations Business Partner, on building the most accurate, helpful handbooks for your organization. Listen in to hear us discuss federal policies you can’t leave out, engaging your team with creative handbooks, and creating supplementary materials, like Xenium’s Benefits at a Glance sheet, to break down the onslaught of information. 

 

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

About the Guest: 

Connect with Lacey Halpern


8. Are You Stressed, or Are You Burned Out? Here’s How to Tell.
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Many of us have been there: a stressful day at work turns into a hectic month, a hectic month turns into a punishing year, and a punishing year turns into pure physical and mental exhaustion and maybe even complete career burnout.

Beth Genly, a former nurse and lead of the coaching and consulting company Burnout Solutions, knows a thing or two about burnout—and how to keep it at bay. Her new book, Save Yourself from Burnout: A System to Get Your Life Back, co-authored with Dr. Marnie Loomis, explores the burden of burnout and how to deal with it.

On this week’s episode, we talk with Beth about high-risk professions for burnout, how burnout develops, and how to prevent it with proactive, persistent self-care.

 

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Follow Angela Perkins on LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

About the Guest:

Connect with Beth on LinkedIn Get the book: Save Yourself from Burnout Learn about Burnout Solutions

9. Mastering the Art of Conversation
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We all know communication is key to successful collaboration at work. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Craig Weber, author of “Conversational Capacity” and founder of the Weber Consulting Group, joins us today to discuss his celebrated approach to work communication. We’ll cover the different communication styles people use and tools that leaders and employees alike can apply to foster effective collaboration, share ideas, respond to tough challenges and ultimately create better work.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Follow Angela Perkins on LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About Craig Weber

Craig Weber is the author of the groundbreaking book, Conversational Capacity: The Key To Building Successful Teams That Perform When The Pressure Is On (McGraw-Hill, 2013), and the founder of The Weber Consulting Group – an alliance of experts committed to helping people build more resilient, healthy, and agile organizations. Craig helps an eclectic range of clients improve their performance by treating dialogue as a discipline.

His unique work is the result of his formal education – in Organizational Development at Brigham Young University in Hawaii and Organizational Psychology at Columbia University – combined with nearly two decades of in-depth consulting experience with a wide range of teams and organizations.

Famous for his sharp, inspiring, and engaging style, Craig is a sought after consultant and presenter. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Vistage International Speaker Of The Year award, and in 2015 he was named the TEC-Canada Speaker Of The Year.



10. The Isolation of Modern Professionals
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Are modern professionals more alone or does it just feel that way? From remote employees to communication technology, many factors are changing workplace dynamics. Megan Leatherman, career coach and HR consultant, joins us to share her own experiences and how it translates to the experience of professionals today. We’ll cover changing relationships in the workplace, the factors most likely to lead to isolation, and measures you can take to ensure solid connections in the workplace.  

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

Learn More About or Connect With Megan Leatherman

 



11. Business as a Force for Good
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For a long time, running a corporation and doing good have been at odds with each other. But times have changed. Listen in as we chat with Cameron Madill, CEO of Pixelspoke, leader in the B Corp movement and chair of the B Corp Board in Portland, Oregon. We’ll be talking about how businesses can be used as a force for good, the benefits of B Corp certification on recruiting, retention and revenue, and what you can expect when making the transition from standard organization to certified B Corp.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

About the Guest:

Cameron is the owner and founder of PixelSpoke, a digital marketing agency that specializes in credit unions and progressive businesses. His passion for credit unions and their mission also led him to start The Remarkable Credit Union podcast, the only podcast to focus specifically on trends and challenges in the credit union space.

PixelSpoke is a B Corp, which means they are committed to creating positive and sustainable work environments, giving back to the community, and caring for the environment. It’s a rigorous certification process, and they're proud to be part of the B Corp community. He organized the local B Corp Board for the city of Portland, OR and currently serves as the board’s chair.

He is deeply passionate about helping entrepreneurs to grow and thrive through volunteer activities promoting education. He has worked on multiple academic papers studying success factors in entrepreneurship and believes deeply in the importance of bringing scientific thinking to small and midsize companies. He launched the Portland Accelerator program, a local incubator for growth-oriented businesses, ran the business education curriculum for a US State Department international leadership program, and served as one of twenty delegates to the 2011 G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Nice, France.

Social justice plays a large part in his life. He frequently travels to Dilley, TX to volunteer with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which works with Central American mothers and their children who are fleeing horrific gang violence and other persecution. 

 



12. Making the Most of Your Talent
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We all know it’s important to recruit and hire great talent. But are you doing enough to grow and develop the people you already have? James Sudakow, author and principal of CH Consulting, is back on the podcast with some fresh insights on human capital. We’ll be discussing the ins and outs of talent management, including cost-effective ways to develop your people, the risks of holding on to poor performers and the employee trait you should always look for when making a new hire.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 

About the Guest:

James Sudakow is the principal and founder of CH Consulting – a boutique consulting firm specializing in organizational transformation and talent management strategies – where he has led engagements with clients ranging from small, entrepreneurial start-ups to Blue Chip Fortune 100 organizations across various industries including healthcare, medical device, technology, finance, and entertainment.

Prior to starting CH Consulting, James began his career at Deloitte Consulting, where he worked for seven years in the Organizational Performance practice. Upon leaving Deloitte, he has held progressively larger roles in multi-billion dollar global technology organizations, most recently serving as the Vice President of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness at CareFusion – a medical device and systems organization. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona.



13. The Positive Effects of Magnetic Leaders
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Attracting and retaining the right talent is one of the biggest challenges of running a successful business. So, what’s the secret? The key, according to Roberta Chinsky Matuson, is magnetic leadership. Listen in as the author of The Magnetic Leader: How Irresistible Leaders Attract Employees, Customers and Profits, reveals what she’s learned about humanizing the workplace, the mistakes many leaders make and how magnetic leadership can attract and motivate employees—and new customers.

 

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About the Guest:

For more than 25 years, Roberta Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies, including Best Buy, New Balance, The Boston Beer Company and small to medium-size businesses, achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. The world’s largest employment source Monster and retail giant Staples turn to Roberta for advice on matters related to talent. She is known world-wide as “The Talent Maximizer®.”

Roberta, a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty, is the author of the newly released Talent Magnetism (Nicholas Brealey, 2013) and bestseller, Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, 2011), a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book For Leaders.



14. Why They Follow - How to Lead with Positive Influence with Author Scott Love
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How do you establish yourself as a leader who people want to be around, support, and follow? How do you nourish a thriving, growing, constantly developing culture? Scott Love, author of Why They Follow: How to Lead with Positive Influence joins the podcast for a discussion of his book and how to become the kind of leader no employee ever wants to stop working for. Find out what truly drives people to stay at an organization, an easy development program you can establish for little to know cost at your company, and more!

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About the Guest:

Scott Love is a published author (Why They Follow: How to Lead with Positive Influence), a business writer, a professional keynote speaker, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post,  Selling Power Magazine, and dozens of business trade journals and newspapers around the globe.  He is a popular media personality and is a frequent guest on dozens of business and management podcasts.

Scott shows managers how to get employees to work hard, stay longer, and care more.  As a high-stakes headhunter and former Navy leadership trainer, he gives managers tactical ways to build employee loyalty and tap into employee intrinsic motivation so that companies will accomplish their missions, increase retention, and attract high achievers.



15. Next Level Leadership
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Next Level Leadership course courses.xeniumhr.com
Enter promo code "PODCAST" for 25% in August and September 2017

 

Transcript:

Brandon: Hey, Brandon here, and welcome to a special edition of the HR for Small Business podcast. We have a special announcement today. We’re rolling out, for the first time ever, a web-based course on Teachable.com’s platform called “Next Level Leadership.” And I have Suzi Alligood with me, who is the creator of the content to discuss the course.

Suzi, why did we build the course?

Suzi: We have a workshop that we facilitated for years at Xenium called “Leadership Essentials” and it happens to be one of our highest attended sessions. We wanted to convert that content into an e-learning format—not only because we want to reach more people—but also we have current clients who have employees out of our local area and we wanted them to achieve the same benefits as our live workshop while remaining at their own location.

So we decided to leverage Teachable.com’s platform, and modify our live workshop to be a great user experience on an e-learning platform.

Brandon: What can people expect in this course?  

Suzi: It is a self-guided course, and it is very comprehensive. It might take the average student two hours to complete the course—but they can complete it at their own pace. It incorporates a couple different mediums, including video and video discussion between leader—where we leveraged some of our subject matter experts and actual senior leaders at Xenium to participate in discussion. Also, we have quizzes and self-guided activities for each section. The self-guided activities are the most beneficial, in my opinion, because it provides the student the opportunity to take the information that they are learning from the course and apply it in their workplace, and test it out and make improvements and ultimately gain confidence in how they might become a better leader.

Brandon: Who is this course built for?

Suzi: This course is for anyone who is aspiring to be a leader of others or is current a leader of others—particularly new leaders who made the recent shift from individual contributor to leader. Also it’s great for people who have been in a leadership position for some time and want to brush up and hone some of those skills.

Brandon: This is an exciting time for us as we launch this course in August 2017 for $49. Go to courses.xeniumhr.com to find “Next Level Leadership.”

For August and September only, we’re offering podcast listeners 25% off by entering the promo code PODCAST when you check out.



16. Transformational Talent with Matt Schwartz
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Ever wonder what the best and brightest recruiters are doing to find top talent? Matt Schwartz, Founder and President of MJS Executive Search offers up his thoughts on recruiting, retention, employer branding, company culture, the job market, and shares his methodology on transformational talent. 

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About the Guest:

After nearly two decades in retained executive search, Matt has an instinctive and thorough understanding of what his clients actually want. And time and again, he has been able to meet their challenges.

Matt honed his technical knowledge during the 90s dot com boom. He began at Gundersen Partners, LLC, then moved to Heidrick and Struggles, where he became a principal in the Global Consumer Practice. He grew adept at finding key executives in fast-moving consumer goods, retail, fashion and luxury, sports /media and entertainment, and corporate communications.



17. How to Navigate a Drastic Career Change
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You've gone to school, done the internships, gotten the certifications, landed the dream job, and spent 10 years establishing yourself in the field...but eventually you burn out and miserable, for myriad reasons. Is it too late to change? What else could you do? How do you continue to support yourself while starting over, especially if that involves going back to school? How do you determine your next career? Wendy Gilbert, HR Account Representative at Xenium, went through this exact experience when shifting out of the mental health counseling field into human resources. Listen in as she shares her story, all its turns and bumps and lifts, and offers up lessons learned and advice to others in the same situation.

How to Support this Show:

Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.) Review us on iTunes Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About the Guest:

Wendy Gilbert joined the Xenium team as an HR Account Representative in April 2015. Her prior experience includes recruiting and general HR for companies including Daimler Trucks North America and Banfield Pet Hospital (Mars, Inc.). Before entering into a career in HR, Wendy was a mental health therapist for over 10 years specializing in crisis intervention, EAP, group facilitation and conflict mediation and is a past-president of the Oregon Counseling Association. Wendy earned her Masters degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and has since earned her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.



18. How to Retain Your Best People with Jeff Kortes
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It’s straightforward stuff: retaining your talented employees is necessary for your organization to grow and thrive. What’s less straightforward is where to start with accomplishing that task. What kind of turnover is healthy turnover, and what can you do about the preventable turnover? What kind of data tracking should you be doing, and how do you use those numbers to make improvements? What’s an easy way to go about stay and exit interviews to ensure you’re getting honest, raw feedback?

Jeff Kortes, employee retention speaker and author, joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of all things employee retention. Listen in to hear about practical tips and tools to introduce into your workplace practices as well as the meaning of Jeff’s “C.R.A.P.” leadership system and what it could do for your company and people.

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About the Guest:

Jeff Kortes didn’t become an employee retention speaker, author and expert by accident. His early career spanned 25 years as a human resources professional, trainer, and consultant. He has held leadership roles in companies such as ConAgra, Midas International, SPX, and Regal Ware, Inc. 

Jeff's no-nonsense approach is reflected in his C.R.A.P. Leadership System, which instills positive supervisory and managerial behavior while driving results in the organization. Jeff also works as a “headhunter,” finding candidates to fill organizations’ talent needs and constantly learning about what drives candidates to choose one employer over another.

Jeff speaks and conducts workshops nationwide as an employee retention trainer. He draws on his experiences as a human resources professional, father, coach, martial artist and U.S. Army veteran to provide thought-provoking programs that yield results.



19. Why Great Leaders Work on Themselves First
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To be a great leader, you must first establish and follow your own life plan. That’s the premise of the book Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, co-written by Daniel Harkavy, founder and CEO of Building Champions. On this week’s episode, Angela Perkins of Xenium HR guest hosts the podcast and talks with Daniel on why big-picture life planning is as important as planning for your next vacation.

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About the Guest: 

Daniel Harkavy

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20. How to Guarantee a Great Hire
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The recruiting and onboarding process allow an employer to set the tone and expectations for a new employee's experience with a company. So how do you ensure that it's a successful process that attracts not only someone with the skills for the job, but someone with the right personality for your company? Jenny Berkedal, Director of Employee Experience at Metal Toad Media, joins the podcast to share how she approaches hiring and to offer tips to hire for cultural alignment within a competitive industry.

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About the Guest:

Jenny Berkedal is the Director of Employee Experience (HR + Recruiting) at Metal Toad Media. Jenny's career is anchored in the desire to hire great people and then construct the most effective conditions for each person to thrive. She believes that we thrive when immersed in an atmosphere of trust and in a culture that supports us to play to our strengths.

Her passion to grow people is guided by two strengths of her own: strategic thinking that informs decision-making and a drive to learn that helps her constantly improve. She is impassioned to create lean processes and innovate solutions to combat inefficiencies, close skill gaps, promote engagement, and increase performance in the workplace.



21. Why Growing Beyond 10 Employees is so Painful
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Getting your company off the ground to a sustainable place should be the hardest part of starting a company, right? That’s what many think, and how the growing pains and problems that occur within larger organizations go unanticipated or considered until it’s too late. Rick Thomas, business advisor at Pilot Wealth Management, joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of the common issues companies experience when they go from 10 employees to 20 employees and beyond, and how you can lay the groundwork for a successful organization – no matter its ultimate size.

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About the Guest:

Over his thirty year career Rick has leveraged his diverse background and interests in business leadership, culture and communication to create a unique offering of advisory services. Through his work as a trusted advisor, Rick has facilitated success in organizations from small partnerships to multi-billion dollar corporations.



22. How a Fear-Based Work Environment Could be Holding your Organization Back
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Fear can often be a helpful emotion – it keeps us from ending up in risky, potentially harmful situations. But when does fear hold us back from reaching our full potential either as individuals or organizations? Darrin Murriner, author of Corporate Bravery: Eliminate Fear-Based Decision Making, joins the podcast to discuss how mistrust and being overly cautious can set us back personally as well as how it can impact a company’s growth and success. Drawing on personal stories, the current political climate, and more, listen in on the discussion and find out how encouraging people to be comfortable with the potential for failure leads to ultimate success.

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About the Guest:

Darrin Murriner has over a decade experience with some of the largest corporations in America. Darrin has worked as an outside consultant, led operations and finance teams and worked in risk management. These experiences has provided the thesis for Corporate Bravery.

In addition to his corporate experiences, Darrin has also started businesses as well. He founded BabysitEase with his wife Peggy in 2005 and the local news site Fort Thomas Matters in 2008. In late 2014 he started his latest venture - Stockpilz.com, a marketplace for commercial paper, with the idea that business to business sourcing can be accomplished more efficiently. He is currently the President and Co-Founder of Cloverleaf, a development tool for teams.

In addition to his business experiences he lives with his wife Peggy and three children in Fort Thomas, Kentucky - a small suburb located a couple miles from Cincinnati, Ohio.



23. Time Management Hacks
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Time is precious. So why is it so challenging for us to prioritize and effectively manage where our time goes? Are there proven methods that could help us take back control of our time, easing our stress and improve many aspects of our work and personal lives? Bethanne Kronick, owner and CEO of Simplify Northwest, joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of all sorts of time management hacks and tricks, from how to prioritize tasks, get through email more efficiently, ensure meetings are useful and productive for all involved, and the one quick task you should do every morning to better organize your day and set yourself up to get more done.

 

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24. Graceful Transitions- How to Part Ways with an Employee the Right Way
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In this unusual podcast episode, Senior HR Business Partner Molly Kelley opens up about her decision to transition out of her role at Xenium. She and Brandon discuss the ideal process and communication for smooth transitions for key employees, from the angles of both employee and employer. Listen in for recommendations on timelines, employee communication, client communication, as well as how to handle less amicable employee transitions.

 

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25. 100th Episode Celebration - Mailbag Q&A with Lacey Halpern
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Episode number one started with Lacey Halpern, a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Xenium HR, so we brought her back to celebrate episode number 100. In this "mailbag" episode, Lacey answers rapid fire questions on everything from defining illegal interview questions to how much time managers should spend with low performers versus high performers to what she believes the future workplace will look like. 

 

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Connect with Lacey Halpern

 



26. How to Prevent Workplace Bullying
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What's the difference between bullying and harassment, and when do they become the same thing? What are the stages of bullying and how can you catch the signs early before it escalates into a real issue that emotionally impacts people, both those involved and those observing? Catherine Mattice, author of Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, founder of Civility Partners, international speaker, HR consultant and expert in workplace bullying joins Brandon Laws to discuss the often overlooked issue of workplace bullying and the root cause of the problem of bullying.

 

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Buy Back off Learn about Civility Partners Connect with Catherine Mattice

 



27. How Authentic Mission, Vision, and Values Can Transform your Culture
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There's a lot of buzz around establishing a compelling mission, vision, and values for your company. But what are the real world impacts of having these in place, and how do you use them to create value for your employees and customers? Shawn Busse, CEO of Kinesis Inc., joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of how their work as marketing leaders overlaps and coexists with the work of human resources when it comes to integrating the mission, vision and values inside of people practices, recruiting, and marketing processes.

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28. How to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace with Chris Sheesley
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Conflict and disagreement are inherent parts of human existence. The simple fact is that no matter how congenial and friendly and inclusive your organization is, problems should and will arise. The real question is how we respond to those problems. Maybe an employee chooses to say nothing, hoping the problem will go away, until their anger bottles up and bursts out one day. Then what happens? As an HR manager or the employees' supervisor, what strategies should you use to resolve the disagreement? How do you foster genuine empathy between employees and encourage either/one of them to offer true, full apologies - and what actually makes an apology true and full? Chris Sheesley, founder of In-Accord NW and a conflict management professional with over 25 years of experience, joins the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of conflict resolution and recommendations for responding to these all-common issues in the way that benefits everyone involved.

 

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Learn about In-Accord NW Connect with Chris Sheesley

 



29. HR Trends, the Future of HR, and Employer Branding with Brandon Laws
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In honor of our upcoming 100th episode, we’re turning the mic on our regular host, Brandon Laws. Listen in as Angela Perkins, VP of Sales & Marketing, gets Brandon’s take on HR trends, what it’s like to be a marketer for Xenium, inside of a human resources consulting company, and all things podcast—from favorite episodes to lessons learned to a little sneak peek of what’s to come. 

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Connect with Angela Perkins on LinkedIn



30. What a Results-Only Work Environment Could Do for Your Organization
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So often, we measure and talk about our work day in terms of time - the 40 hour week, the 9-to-5 job, the flex-time perk, and more. Jody Thompson, co-author of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: The Results-Only Revolution and Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It: A Results-Only Guide to Taking Control of Work, Not People, offers a new way of viewing our own work and others': with a results-only focus where your success or failure is based upon measurable results. Listen in as Brandon and Jody discuss the merits of a results-only work environment, what it could look like in different industries or types of organizations, and how it helps both people and the bottom line.

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Why Work Sucks - Book

Why Managing Sucks - Book

Learn more about Jody & CultureRx



31. Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior - Book Discussion & Review
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How much of our decision making is truly born out of our own deeply held beliefs and values rather than a product of messaging from brands and media or the social influence of our family, friends, and peers? Tyler Meuwissen, Xenium's Compensation & HR Analyst, joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior by Jonah Berger, in which they delve into several subjects including how we buy products to how we participate in meetings at work.

 

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32. 'Picking the Low Hanging Fruit' and Other Stupid Stuff We Say in the Corporate World - with Author James Sudakow
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We've all been the new person at a company, trying to get our footing in a new role and within a new industry. It can be a lot to take in, particularly when each company has its own set of acronyms and internal jargon they frequently rely on. "Think out of the box," "I'll ping you," "let's be sure to bake that into the process," "we should avoid any tissue rejection on this specifically," - the list goes on! We're all guilty of it, and we're all likely aware of how confusing it can be for a newcomer. So why do we keep using workplace jargon?

James Sudakow, consultant, speaker, and author of Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit...And Other Stupid Stuff We Say in the Corporate World joins Brandon Laws in a conversation about conversation and what we can all do to clarify our communication.

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33. The 3 Pillars of Trust and How to Utilize Them to Strengthen Workplace Culture
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As human beings, we are attuned to detect trustworthiness. It's often a gut feeling we get about a person, an organization, a brand, a place - almost anything. So how do we make sure that the people around us find us trustworthy? How do we broach tough conversations about our own areas for improvement, or someone else's, without it going south or just getting awkward? And what can trust really do to transform our workplace and our work relationships? Thomas Cox, business consultant and author of over 300 articles on leadership, joins the podcast to discuss the three pillars of trust and delve into how seemingly minor interactions and decisions can have huge impacts on others' perception of the kind of person you are.

 

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34. When “I Saw Your Post” becomes a Problem
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When it comes to social media, the lines between public and private are blurred—especially in the workplace. There’s certainly nothing wrong with coworkers connecting via social. But what happens when an employee starts posting about their political views? Or their workplace? Or other employees? Listen in as Suzi Alligood and Brandon Laws discuss what’s protected and expected under Oregon law, communication tactics for defusing tense situations and leadership approaches to help keep social media in its place.

 

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35. The Problems with the Open-Office Trend
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The open office is definitely having a moment. One of many workplace trends that’s made its way from Silicon Valley to offices everywhere, it’s meant to fuel collaboration and productivity, increase visibility and knock down hierarchy. But Lindsey Kaufman, a creative director in NYC and Washington Post author of “Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace,” would beg to differ. Join us as we discuss the downfalls of the open-office layout and the tweaks that could make things better for everyone.

 

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36. Layoffs & New Hires, Layoffs & New Hires - How Work Share Can Break this Cycle
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Your company has fallen on hard times, and you have no choice but to let go of highly skilled, talented employees - who you may have a hard time tracking down or finding qualified replacements for once you're financially able to rehire for those positions. Or is there another way? The Work Share program in Oregon (name varies in other states) offers an alternative that involves an hour reduction for multiple employees, while subsidizing partial unemployment insurance benefits to those employees. Salena De La Cruz, Project Manager at Work Share for the Oregon Employment Department, joins the podcast for a deep dive into the mission of the program, how to go about applying as an employer, what benefits employers and employees alike will receive, and highlights of recent improvements that have streamlined the program.

 

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37. Leveraging Informational Interviews for Your Employees' Development
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Informational interviewing can give you or your employees the opportunity to gain perspective and hear tips and advice when at a career crossroads. So why isn't it talked about more, and why aren't employers actively encouraging their employees to interview or be interviewed themselves more often? Lacey Halpern, Sr. HR Business Partner at Xenium, joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of the do's and don't's of informational interviewing and a walkthrough of how to get started getting the most out of this key professional development strategy.

 

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38. How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor Program
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Gaining direct access to the knowledge and skills of others can be a challenge for those who have the desire to grow professionally. But what if employers could build an effective mentor program that that granted access to internal and cross-company mentors? What would effect would that have on the growth, development, and engagement of employees? Heidi Holmes, Co-Founder of Mentorloop joins the podcast to discuss how many organizations are uncovering the secret to building the most effective mentor programs to drive employee engagement and retention of top talent.

 

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39. Millennials and Management with Author Lee Caraher
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Millennials are continuing to pour into the workplace, and by 2020 they are expected to represent nearly half of the workforce. As managers and leaders, how do we best communicate with this generation? What are their common behaviors that we need to adapt to, and what do millennials want and hope to get out of their work? Lee Caraher, author of Millennials and Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work and founder of Double Forte, joins the podcast to discuss these questions and much more as it relates to managing and working alongside millennials.

 

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40. How to Refocus HR to Work for You
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At Xenium, it’s our job to stay on top of the various workplace and HR trends that come our way. And in this podcast, we’ll talk about the belief that HR should be replaced or absorbed into other business departments. Is it a good idea? Listen in to find out. We’ll be discussing the viability of this approach, the role of HR and the real duties of the department. Whether it skews administrative or strategic, we’ll be talking through the ways your HR department can be refocused to do more for your organization.

 

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41. Everything You Need to Know about Hiring Millennials
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When it comes to hiring fresh talent, there’s a new demographic in town. With boomers retiring and Gen Xers aging, millennials are taking over the workforce and changing the way companies attract and retain new talent. In this episode, we’ll be discussing all the ins and outs of recruiting and hiring millennials—why it’s worth it and what to expect. Listen in as we decode the values and behaviors of today’s job seekers to arm you with the knowledge you need to connect with the next generation of top talent.

 

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42. How to Unlock the Hidden Job Market and Change Careers Successfully
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So much of the job seeking process has moved online into social media, job boards, and applicant tracking systems. But is this the most effective way to job search these days? What about the so-called "hidden job market," and how do we find those less publicized or Google-able opportunities? Peter Paskill, Owner and CEO of CareerMakers, joins Brandon Laws in a discussion of how to navigate the job market in a focused, determined way, and come out of it with your dream job. In this podcast, Peter not only shares best practices for job seekers, but he provides insight to the behaviors of job seekers that recruiters will learn from.

 

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43. Xenium's President on Top Trends in HR During 2017
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As we look forward to the rest of 2017, what can we expect to see in the world of business and human resources? What will employees expect from their workplaces, and how can you anticipate their needs as an employer? And the question on everyone's mind: how will the changing political landscape impact business practice and employment law? Anne Donovan, President of Xenium HR, returns to the podcast to share her 2017 HR predictions along with actionable advice for how to stay ahead of the curve this year.

 

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44. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World - Book Discussion
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Innovation and business success almost always involve taking risk. But risk is, quite frankly, risky, and everyone handles it so differently. How do we know when to act on our new idea or to procrastinate and wait it out? On top of that, how do we create new ideas or new ventures and how do we unlock our creativity and sustain our originality? Tyler Meuwissen, of Xenium HR, returns to join Brandon Laws in a discussion of the book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant and what it means to be an Original.

 

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45. How Transparent Should Compensation Be in the Workplace?
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When it comes to the salaries of our coworkers and people working similar jobs to ours at other companies, should we know what they make? And what about transparency around the entire compensation package, including benefits and culture offerings--should employers be open about it? Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Comparably, joins us to discuss how pay transparency can help both employers and employees, and why it's a rising trend among growing organizations. 

In this episode, Jason shares what transparent compensation can do to culture, engagement, how it affects the recruiting & process, and much more!

 

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46. Professional Development Matters
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Everyone learns differently. So, how do you advance professional development while catering to the many ways people learn? Listen in as five Xenium professionals discuss their favorite learning methods, as well as the pros and cons. Whether you prefer the experiential nature of on-the-job learning or workshops, teaching yourself via books and videos, or the structure of industry certifications, this episode offers professional development inspiration that you and your employees can put into practice.

Brandon Laws on Self-Learning [00:50] Angela Perkins on Peer Groups [9:35] Lacey Halpern on Certifications [21:50] Suzi Alligood on Workshops & Seminars [29:58] Alishia Young on Experiential Learning [47:17]

 

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47. How to Engage Your Employees Through Community Service
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Giving back to the community fills us with joy—but there is perhaps something even bigger at play—it often brings people together and engages us deeply. Organizations have a huge opportunity to mobilize their workforce, particularly around the holiday season, to volunteer time as a group for many great causes that exist in our local communities today. But how do employers choose an organization that aligns with their values and beliefs? How do we treat volunteer time for employees—is it paid time or is it not? And what kind of impact can community involvement have on individual employees within a company, as well as that company as a whole? Will it impact the culture in a positive way?

Rhonda Meadows, Senior HR Business Partner at Xenium HR and Founder of non-profit organizations Project Lemonade and Bridge Meadows, joins the podcast to answer many of these questions and to share her own story of recognizing a need and responding with a solution. Don’t miss this timely discussion on the importance of giving back and the difference it can make in your organization and peoples’ lives.

 

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48. #Millennials Debunked
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When people hear the term "millennial," they often associate the generation ranging from ages 18-34 as "entitled," "trophy generation," "me generation," and many more subjective and typically negative terms. But is this an accurate reflection of the generation that is likely to make up 33% of the workforce in just a few short years? Lacey Halpern, Katherine Thomas, and Brandon Laws (all Millennials) of Xenium HR discuss why people often get Millennials wrong and how they can be a truly great asset in business. Listen in for a fun discussion on one of the most fascinating generations of our time.

 

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Generations at Work Six Reasons Millennials are Actually the Best Workers

49. How to Coach for Leadership
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How do you help someone who has a track record of high performance as an individual contributor become the next great leader? Tana Thomson, Xenium HR's VP of Human Resources, joins the podcast to discuss how she believes aspiring leaders and high potential employees can develop their leadership skills, and how you as an employer can identify and encourage those individuals. In the podcast, Tana shares how managers and leaders can work with these high potentials in a coaching relationship to develop leadership skills.

 

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50. How to Use Mindfulness to Be More Productive at Work
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Mindfulness has been a buzz word these past several years. But what is it in practice and how can it impact the workplace? Will it truly make a difference in productivity? And how might we get started? Pearl Waldorf, licensed professional counselor, joins the podcast to share her own perspectives on the impact of practicing mindfulness and walks us through how we can be mindful. 

 

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Links and Resources:

http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/open-mind-focused-mind

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-true-refuge/201502/the-backward-step

Guided Mindful Self-Connection Check: http://pearlwaldorf.com/self-connection-check

Workshops: http://pearlwaldorf.com/2016-career-development-group



51. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Book Discussion
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Resilience, stamina, a determination to continue on against all odds - we've all heard how important this is to achieving our goals, whether personal or professional. But how do we do it? Is the ability to persevere, is grit, innate? Can we grow and develop it in ourselves? How do we establish and structure our goals? Tyler Meuwissen, Xenium’s Compensation & HR Analyst, returns to join Brandon Laws in a discussion of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth and share their personal experiences of grit.

 

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52. Living Your ‘Happy-est’ Life – Author Mark Jaffe on Happiness and Fulfillment
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How do we live our happiest lives, even throughout pain, suffering, and loss? How do we capitalize on the good of life, and achieve and enjoy our happiest lives? Mark Jaffe, a former senior executive at The Walt Disney Company, joins the podcast to discuss his book, Suitcase of Happyness. He shares techniques and pathways to a deeply and broadly happy life, and how to bring those methods and attitudes into your broader community and work life.

 

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53. How to Build a Completely Remote Workforce
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As technology has shifted a lot of our work to screens, more companies are creating opportunities for employees to work from home. Craig Bryant is a founder of several companies which have nearly transitioned to a fully remote workforce throughout the past five years, with employees spread all across the country. Craig Bryant, Founder of Kin HR and Co-Founder of We Are Mammoth joins the podcast to discuss the realities of remote work: the benefits, the drawbacks, how to implement a remote workforce, and how to navigate all the day to day realities of everything in between.

 

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54. Going No-Email in the Workplace Does it Work?
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Email has become one of our chief methods of communication in the workplace, yet one of the biggest thorns in our side in terms of productivity. Several companies are experimenting with limiting email usage, or attempting to do away with email altogether. Is this a progressive choice that represents what’s next in the world of work, or would it do more harm than good? Should we view email as either an all or nothing tool, or are there ways to walk the middle line and make changes to our habits to improve our relationship with it? And how could changing our email habits impact our relationships – both personal and professional? Molly Kelley, Senior Human Resource Business Partner at Xenium, talks all things email and productivity and share resources for any employee or business leader to implement in their own work life and organization.

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55. From Psychology to HR: A Career Story of a Rising Star in HR
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Lacey Halpern, Sr. HR Business Partner at Xenium and frequent podcast guest, joins us for a special episode to discuss how she landed in the HR industry after graduating college with a psychology degree, the challenges and rewards of being a working mom, memorable and challenging moments from working in HR with a variety of organizations, her experience working with millennials, and where she finds fulfillment in her career.

 

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56. How to Say Anything to Anyone Book Discussion
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How do you approach a coworker or friend with a concern about their body odor? Or negative feedback about their work or attitude? The prospect of an uncomfortable conversation has a tendency to set our heart beating a mile a minute - but it doesn't have to if we take a few simple steps to establish openness and honesty within our relationships, whether professional or personal. Tyler Meuwissen, Xenium's Compensation & HR Analyst and a frequent guest of the podcast, joins Brandon Laws to discuss Shari Harley's book, How to Say Anything to Anyone and share practical advice and examples on getting comfortable with tough communication.

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57. How to Fix Your Workplace’s Communication Problem
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Communication is key in many areas of life, most chiefly the workplace. An office of clashing employees not only makes for unpleasant feelings amongst the employees, but can impact the overall effectiveness and productivity of our employees. But what are some tricks of the conflict resolution trade that can smooth the path to a calm and productive workforce? Laura MacLeod, licensed social worker and creator of the From the Inside Out Project joins us to discuss the most challenging and nuanced aspect of any job – people. Learn simple ways to improve interactions between employees, reduce conflict in your workplace, and know when it’s necessary for a manager to jump in and fix an issue versus when it’s best to let an issue resolve itself. 

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58. Family Values – Including Families in your Worksite Wellness Goals
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Worksite wellness programs are often launched with very employee-centric goals in mind. But what about employees’ families, and the benefits that could result from intentionally involving an employee’s family in your wellness & health initiatives? How do you appropriately design your wellness program to be legally compliant and not unlawfully require too much of family members? What are some practical ways you can keep employees engaged while involving families in wellness activities? Benjamin Prinzing, President of local worksite wellness company Kadalyst, returns to the podcast to discuss how to effectively include families in corporate wellness programs.

 

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59. Inviting HR to the Executive Team – What it Could Do for You and Your Company
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As an HR professional, how do you jump into conversations about the business side of your organization, particularly when it’s about finance, marketing and operations? How do you learn what’s truly keeping your CEO up at night, and how you can become an even greater asset to the organization in your HR role? Lori Kleiman, author of Taking Your Seat at the Table – Being a Strategic Executive Creating Actionable Plans and Embracing Technology joins us to discuss the keys to developing a career in HR and gaining a strategic role within an organization on the executive team.

Learn more about the book Taking Your Seat at the Table

 

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60. Holacracy and the Art of Self Management
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Picture a workplace free of micromanagement—where responsibility in the hands of many and everyone is empowered to do their best. That’s the goal of holacracy. But how do you go from a traditional structure to this self-management model? Megan Leatherman, HR consultant and author of The Integrated Workplace, joins us to discuss the benefits and challenges of holacracy. We’ll talk through the thinking behind the movement, how it works, and how it can change your organization for the better.

 

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61. But You Promised! Why Brand Promise Matters
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Today we’re talking brand promise, that elusive but essential vision that affects every element of a business—from customer experience to employee attitudes to HR practices. Rick Thomas, business advisor at Pilot Wealth Management, joins us to discuss the ins and outs of brand promise. We’ll cover everything from what exactly a brand promise is and how to develop one, to how you can use it to make solid business decisions and ensure the long-term success of your organization.

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62. Lyons and Unicorns and Startups, Oh My!
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What does a baby boomer do when he finds himself the fish-out-of-water at a tech startup? Well, if you’re Dan Lyons, you write about it and expose a side of startup culture that we don’t usually see in the news. Xenium’s Brandon Laws leads a discussion with Tyler Meuwissen of Lyon’s latest book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble. We’ll touch on all the hot topics, from “unicorns” and Silicon Valley culture to the free candy and flip flops, and offer our HR perspective on Lyons’ most interesting insights.  



63. Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
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When it comes to business, great leaders aren’t born, they’re made. So how do we ensure we’re doing what we can to empower our employees? Deb Calvert, bestselling author and president of People First Productivity Solutions, joins us to discuss the importance of leadership development in your business. We’ll cover all the latest trends in training and development—from engagement to productivity to the best tactics for developing the millennial workforce into the leaders of tomorrow.

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Articles & Resources

Get the free Emerging Leaders training course: http://bit.ly/20O8iJC  Link to the BrightTALK on how to build the business case for leadership development: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13989/195203 Article on Youth Leadership Development: http://bit.ly/1Wq4OO

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64. Questioning Your Way to Great Leadership
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How can asking questions lead to being an effective leader? Let’s find out. Michael Bungay Stanier, author and founder of Box of Crayons, joins us to discuss his latest book, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. Known for his coaching programs that help time-crunched managers develop their coaching skills in 10 minutes or less, Michael breaks down his coaching methodology, the best ways to jumpstart deep conversation and the smart habits that effective leaders embrace.

Buy The Coaching Habit for $0.99 May 23rd through June 1st. Buy the audiobook for $10 May 23rd - 25th.

 

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65. Overtime Overhaul: What the FLSA Means for You
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The Department of Labor has officially updated the overtime regulations of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or the FLSA. These updates are going to affect over 4 million workers in the United States—and by extension, their employers. Molly Kelley, Sr. HR Business Partner of Xenium, is our resident expert on the subject. She joins us to explain the current guidelines, break down the new language and its effects and offers next steps for employers and HR professionals to ensure compliance with the new regulations.

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Supporting Resources:

Final Overtime Rule - DOL

66. The Workplace Problem Nobody Will Talk About
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Whether it’s the office note-leaver or the backhanded compliment master, everyone has witnessed passive aggressive behavior in the workplace. But why does it happen? And what can we do about it? Berry Kruijning of Crowning Communications joins us for a candid talk about passive aggressive behavior. We’ll discuss how to spot it, why it happens and how it can impact the workplace. Finally, we’ll go over some ways you can manage your passive aggressive employees to create a more positive workplace.

 

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How to Deal with a passive Aggressive Co-Worker 7 Reasons Why People Use Passive Aggressive Behavior Confronting Passive Aggressive Behavior How to Manage Passive-Aggressive People

67. Wearables and Wellness in the Workplace
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It’s clear that the wearable trend is here to stay. From counting steps to interrupting our sedentary habits—wearable technology helps us make healthier choices—and give us a nudge when we’re not. So, what about bringing it to the workplace?  Benjamin Prinzing, CEO of Kadalyst, joins us to discuss the trends and challenges around wearable programs in the workplace—who’s doing it well, things to look out for, and how you can incorporate this technology to step up your own wellness program.  

 

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68. Building Habits Using the Better Than Before Model
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Have you ever determined whether you are better at completing tasks in the morning or evening? Do you prefer starting a new project or opening something new, or do you prefer finishing projects and seeing things through to the end? These are questions Gretchen Rubin helps readers answer in the book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Tyler Meuwissen joins Brandon Laws for this episode to discuss the ideas in Better Than Before about building, sustaining, and mastering habits of our personal and professional lives. 

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69. Is HR Strategic?
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Why is the human resources department often seen as overhead by the leaders of organizations? Lacey Halpern joins the podcast to discuss why the perception of the HR department has actually shifted from overhead and the department of "no" to a function that can significantly impact the growth of an organization. Lacey and Brandon discuss the many ways that HR professionals have become more strategic over the years and how business leaders have begun making investments in their human resources to growth their people.



70. Talent Acquisition, Hiring for Culture Fit, and Offering Unique Benefits
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During a panel discussion at the Leadership and Economic Summit on November 4, 2015 in Portland, Oregon, three business leaders discuss some of the unique ways they are attracting and retaining talent for their business, given the tight labor market for talent. The panelists discuss the topics of recruiting and finding talent, hiring for culture fit, and offering unique benefits tailored to each individual. The panelists also discuss employer-sponsored group health benefits and whether or not they see this way of delivering health insurance to employees changing in the future.

The panel was moderated by Rick Thomas of Pilot Wealth Management. The panelists included Angela Dowling, President of Regence Blue Cross BlueShield of Oregon, Mark Hellweg, Founder of Clive Coffee and Bill Huseby, Founder of SigmaDesign. 



71. Scott Beebe on Operating Business With Clear Vision, Mission and Values
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Scott Beebe of the Business on Purpose podcast joins Brandon Laws to discuss why business leaders and HR professionals should be operating business with very clear vision, mission and values statements and how to best integrate those into their business and people practices. Scott and Brandon also discuss why lack of employee training is one of the biggest gaps in business. Lastly, Scott shares his experience in mastermind groups and also discusses a few recent books that have been insightful.



72. The Go-Giver Book Discussion and Review
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Tyler Meuwissen of Xenium HR joins Brandon Laws for a discussion of the book The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann. During the discussion, they discuss the five laws taught in the book and summarize what they thought of the message. 

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73. How to Leverage Employee Assistance Programs to Retain Talent
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Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR joins Brandon Laws on the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss employee assistance programs (EAPs). Lacey shares how employers can leverage an EAP program to retain talent and do right by employees by offering this unique benefit. Lacey also shares common ways employees use the EAP in certain life circumstances.



74. Why Employers Should Care About Emotional Intelligence
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Katherine Thomas of Xenium HR joins Brandon Laws for a discussion on emotional intelligence (EQ) in relation to IQ and why people, including employers, should start putting more emphasis on EQ in the workplace. During the episode, Katherine and Brandon discuss what makes up emotional intelligence, how to determine if someone has a high EQ, how people can develop their EQ, and how businesses can benefit from having employees with high EQ.



75. Ban-the-Box Law and Re-Entry for Those With Criminal Records
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Wendy Gilbert and Brandon Laws of Xenium HR discuss people with criminal records re-entering into the job market and what it means for employers and society, in general. They also discuss the new Ban-the-Box law in Oregon effective 1/1/16 and what employers should do in response. 

New development specific to Portland, Oregon as of 11/25/15: Stricter rules effective 7/1/16 won't allow employers to ask about criminal background until after job has been offered. Read more here.



76. Growing a Business With Purpose in Mind
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Jon Spencer, CFO, COO & Principal at Solutions YES and Brandon Laws discuss the growth of Solutions YES, meeting the demands of the market, their hiring and recruiting strategy, and why they continue to grow the business with purpose in mind.

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77. How to Navigate the Back-to-School Work Schedule Challenges
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Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR discusses the back-to-school challenges that working parents face. Inevitably, kids get sick, they have after-school programs they need to get to, and parent-teacher conferences come up. Lacey touches on each of these scenarios and shares what she believes employees and employers can do about it. 



78. Joy, Inc - How We Built a Workplace People Love - Book Discussion
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Brandon Laws and Tyler Meuwissen discuss the book Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love by Richard Sheridan.

In the episode, Brandon and Tyler discuss some of the most unique human resource practices Menlo Innovations is putting into practice in their business, such as hiring, recruiting, office set up, how people work together, purpose, and much more.



79. What You Need to Know About the New Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law
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Fallon Niedrist, an Associate Attorney with JJH Law in Portland, Oregon, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the new Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law, effective in 2016. 

During the conversation, Fallon shares all the details around the new Oregon Sick Leave Law, what employers may consider changing in their policies, how to track time, common traps employers will likely fall into as this law takes effect, and much more.

Learn more about Fallon Niedrist and JJH Law at www.jjh-law.com/ or contact Fallon at fallon@jjh-law.com



80. What It is Like as In-House HR and as an HR Consultant
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Are you an HR professional who is curious about what it is like to be an in-house HR professional or an HR consultant? 

In the 45th episode of the Human Resources for Small Business podcast, Brandon Laws interviews Jenny Scull and Annie Oxenfeld of Xenium HR about their past experience as in-house HR professionals and how different their current roles are as HR consultants.

Annie and Jenny share their experiences in each type of role by sharing what a typical day is like, the pros and cons to each type of role, what professional development is like, how they manage their work load, their teams and who they work with regularly, and much more. 

 



81. Attorney Dan Grinfas on New Proposed Changes to FLSA Exemption Laws
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Dan Grinfas, a labor and employment attorney at Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the new proposed changes by the Department of Labor (DOL) to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would raise the minimum salary for exempt workers. 

In the episode, Dan reviews when the proposed changes take effect, what is actually changing, duties testing and what the practical action items for employers are right now.

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82. What Do Millennials Want From Work?
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Lacey Halpern joins Brandon Laws as co-host in this episode as they discuss an article on LinkedIn Pulse titled "Millennials Don't Want Work Life Balance." During the conversation, Lacey and Brandon draw upon their own workplace needs as millennials and discuss the points in the article about flexibility, outcomes and collaboration.



83. How to Hire the Right Sales Person for Your Organization
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Returning guest, Jan Foster, of Performance Resources, Inc, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss recruiting and hiring the perfect sales person for an organization.

During the episode, Jan and Brandon discuss common challenges with hiring sales reps, behaviors to look for in the perfect hire, interview questions to ask, whether you should hire for culture or skill, and much more. 

You can contact Jan Foster at jan@prol.ws

 

Notes

Common variances between sales roles (as referenced in discussion):

Company size Startup, emerging, established organization Collaborative vs. confrontational culture Self-directed vs. micro-management Supportive (resources) or self-reliant environment Formal training vs. on-the-job Hunter/farmer/both Type of buyer – CEO/VP (decision maker), purchasing, maintenance, etc. Target client industry - industrial vs. professional organization Software vs. hardware Services vs. products Value sale vs. commodity Concrete vs. conceptual sales Size of sale – millions, hundreds or dozens of dollars Sales cycle – enterprise long-term, transactional

 



84. Strategic Interviewing with Lacey Halpern
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Lacey Halpern joins the HR for Small Business podcast to talk about strategic interviewing. In this episode, Lacey gives tips, techniques and best practices for how to become a great interviewer. You will hear such things as what questions to ask, how many interviewers should be in the room, how to conduct remote interviews, how many rounds of interviews should take place, and whether or not anything should be done differently with key hires.

Resources:

Intelligent Hiring workshop Strategic Interviewing workshop Interview Etiquette for employers

 

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85. How to Manage Conflict in the Workplace
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Megan Leatherman, a human resources consultant in Portland, Oregon, joins the HR for Small Business podcast to discuss conflict management in the workplace. In the episode, Megan gives examples for how conflicts start and how to identify it, and she also shares tips on how best to manage conflict. 

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Resources mentioned during the podcast:

Megan Leatherman's email: megan.leatherman@gmail.com http://mediate.com/ http://www.omediate.org/ Concious Communication by Miles Sherts Staying with Conflict by Bernard Mayer

86. Workforce Planning and Conducting a Gap Analysis
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Lacey Halpern joins Brandon Laws on the HR for Small Business podcast to discuss workforce planning. During the episode, Lacey discusses the process of workforce planning such as doing a gap analysis and implementing a talent acquisition strategy in an organization. 

 

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87. Creating an Employer Brand, Attracting Talent and Working with Millenials
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Wendy Maynard, Strategic Director & Founding Partner of Kinesis, joins the HR for Small Business podcast to discuss how the collaboration of marketing and HR can produce a successful employer brand that impacts talent attraction. She also shares about attracting, retaining, and understanding the Millennial generation.

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88. Anne Donovan on the Past, Present, and Future of Human Resources
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Anne Donovan, President of Xenium HR, joins the HR for Small Business podcast to discuss her career in human resources and the role it played in business leading up to present day. The discussion later turns to the role HR currently has in business and people practices and where the focus of HR is going in the future.

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89. Implications for Employers and Employees as a Result of Legalized Marijuana
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Need answers to your employee’s questions around Oregon’s legalization of marijuana effective July 1, 2015? This informative podcast featuring Suzi Alligood will provide you with information on the law and its implications for employers and their employees. 

During the episode, you will take away the following: understand what Measure 91 really means for employers, review guidelines for developing and enforcing drug & alcohol policies, including testing and learn tips for communicating workplace expectations and policies with employees.

This podcast episode is perfect for managers, human resource professionals and business owners.

Resources: 

www.oregon.gov/olcc http://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx http://www.barran.com/display-alert.asp?AlertID=293

 

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90. How to Build an Onboarding Process that Drives Culture and Performance
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The onboarding process can have a significant impact on whether or not new employees “make it” in their new role. So what is onboarding, and why are employers talking about it more and more in their HR practices?

Brandon Laws sits down with Molly Kelley of Xenium HR to discuss the traditional onboarding process and how employers are shifting to new, innovative onboarding practices to make sure employees properly onboard into their role and into the company culture.

In this episode, Molly shares great takeaways for listeners and actionable items that can jump-start the onboarding process in any organization.  

 

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91. Why Employer Branding is More Important Now Than Ever
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Have you heard the term "employer brand" before? Do you know what it means and why there is a lot of buzz around this concept? In this episode, Lacey Halpern and Brandon Laws of Xenium HR discuss what it employer branding means and why plays an important role in attracting specific types of people to organizations.

During the discussion, you will find out what employer branding is all about, what departments usually play a role in its development and how employers can use employer branding to find people that are a perfect fit for their organization.

 

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92. How an HR Manager Developed a Successful Wellness Program
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Sheri Kuretich, a Human Resources Manager at Sunstone Circuits, shares how she and the leadership team at Sunstone built a successful wellness program for the organization that drove positive change in the culture and an improvement in overall health.

During the episode, Sheri shares the reasons they started a wellness program, how they implemented it, the successes and failures they had along the way, and where the program will go in the future.

 

 

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93. How to Create Guiding Principles for an Organization
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Ever wonder what it is like to create a set of guiding principles for an organization—the type that all employees believe in and live every single day they are at work? Brandon Laws sits down Joy McCormick and Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR to discuss the process of creating a set of principlesfrom first-hand experience.

Brandon, Joy, and Lacey discuss Xenium’s set of guiding principles called “The Xenium Promise”, how it came about, what it means to them and how they integrate it into their daily business practices.  

Discussion points:

- What is The Xenium Promise?

- Why create guiding principles in the first place?

- What was the process like? Who was involved?

- Finalized, what does it look like?

- In what ways does Xenium use it?

 - Do other companies have something similar? How do they use it?

 

 

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94. How to Engage Employees at Work
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Alfred Dual and Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR join Brandon Laws for a discussion on ways to engage employees at work. The discussion is centered around a handout that shared ideas on engaging employees at work from a keynote presentation at the Portland Human Resources Management Association Strategic Management Conference titled "What's Brewing in HR." During the discussion, Brandon, Alfred and Lacey discuss engagement methods such as friday fun, huddles, ongoing learning opportunities, mentor programs and more!

 

 

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95. Growing Business through People, Culture
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In this episode, Brandon Laws and Tim Winner, Vice President of People at Metal Toad Media discuss the title “VP of People” and its role in an organization as it relates to HR and leadership.

 

Brandon and Tim discuss how focusing on "people" has fueled growth in Metal Toad Media’s business. Tim talks about how culture development, recruiting great people, and having philosophies instead of workplace policies were some of the main components of focusing on people. 

 

 

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96. Being Authentic, Giving Negative Feedback and Managing Performance
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Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss giving feedback to employees, being authentic and managing performance. During this episode, Lacey and Brandon discuss how giving negative feedback is better than no feedback at all, methods to give positive and negative feedback, types of feedback worth sharing, what is more appropriate—public or private feedback, why being authentic is important, how giving feedback can affect a relationship.



97. The One Thing Book Discussion
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Tyler Meuwissen, HR Representative at Xenium HR, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the book The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. During the episode, Tyler and Brandon discuss the main takeaways within the book, including: what it means to focus on "One Thing," why we should do fewer things instead of more, why multitasking is a lie, how to set and accomplish goals using "The One Thing" method, how to balance work and life.



98. Attracting and Retaining Talent in Organizations
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Listen in as this podcast episode features a recording of the HR leader panel from the Attracting and Retaining Talent workshop Xenium hosted on April 16, 2014.

The moderator for the panel discussion is Suzi Alligood, Director of Training & Development at Xenium HR. The three panelists are Susy Dunn, VP of People at Jama Software, Paige Jackson, VP of HR at Stimson Lumber Company and Tana Thomson, VP of HR at Xenium HR.

This episodes features segments such as How HR can work with marketing to attract new talent to the organization, unique benefits that can attract talent and differentiate against competitors, practices that have been effective in identifying high potential employees, what small businesses are doing to bring innovation and change in order to attract and retain talent, professional and career development as a retention strategy



99. Developing for Skills, XenTalks and Employee Enagagement
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Molly Kelley, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss developing for skills, training and a new program created at Xenium called XenTalks—which is an internal program intended to develop speaking skills. During this episode, Molly and Brandon discuss why employee development is critical to culture, the impact development has on an employee engagement, what Xenium is doing to develop for specific skills and the format of XenTalks and why it was developed.



100. The Leader Who Had No Title Book Discussion
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Alfred Dual, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, and Brandon Laws discuss the leadership book The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life by Robin Sharma. During this episode, Alfred and Brandon discuss the background of the book, what it means to be a Leader With No Title, how turbulent times build great leaders, the habits of leaders and how any employee can be a leader and spark change.