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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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Episodes

1. 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.



2. 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.



3. 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.



4. 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.



5. 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.

Read the full transcript here.

Click here to sign up today for Xenium's 2017 What People Want From Work Survey.

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:

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.



6. 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.

Read the full transcript

 

Click here to sign up today for Xenium's 2017 What People Want From Work Survey. 

 

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: 

Daniel Harkavy

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7. 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.

Click here to sign up today for Xenium's 2017 What People Want From Work Survey.

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:

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.



8. 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.

Click here to sign up today for Xenium's 2017 What People Want From Work Survey.

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:

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.



9. 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.

Click here to sign up today for Xenium's 2017 What People Want From Work Survey.

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:

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.



10. 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.

 

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: 



11. 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.

 

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 Molly Kelley


12. 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. 

 

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

 



13. 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.

 

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: 

Buy Back off Learn about Civility Partners Connect with Catherine Mattice

 



14. 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.

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: 

Learn about Kinesis Connect with Shawn Busse

15. 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.

 

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: 

Learn about In-Accord NW Connect with Chris Sheesley

 



16. 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. 

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

 

Connect with Angela Perkins on LinkedIn



17. 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.

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: 

Why Work Sucks - Book

Why Managing Sucks - Book

Learn more about Jody & CultureRx



18. 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.

 

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 Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 



19. '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.

Give us a review on iTunes and be entered to win a free book and/or take our survey and be entered to win a free book!

Follow Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn

Learn about Xenium HR

Learn about James Sudakow | Buy the book



20. 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.

 

Give us a review on iTunes and be entered to win a free book!

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Follow Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn

Learn about Xenium HR

Connect with Thomas Cox

 



21. 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.

 

Give us a review on iTunes and be entered to win a free book!

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Follow Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn

Learn about Xenium HR

 

Connect with Suzi Alligood



22. 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.

 

Give us a review on iTunes and be entered to win a free book!

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Follow Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn

Learn about Xenium HR

Connect with Lindsey Kaufmaun



23. 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.

 

Give us a review on iTunes and be entered to win a free book!

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Follow Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn

Learn about Xenium HR

Learn about Work Share

Connect with Salena De La Cruz



24. 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.

 

Give us a review on iTunes and be entered to win a free book!

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Follow Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn

Learn about Xenium HR

Follow Lacey on LinkedIn



25. 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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Learn More:

Connect with Brandon on Twitter | LinkedIn | Email

Learn about Xenium HR

Learn about Heidi Holmes and Mentorloop 



26. 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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27. 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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28. 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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29. 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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30. 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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31. 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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32. 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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33. 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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34. 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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35. #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

36. 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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37. 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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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

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38. 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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39. 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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40. 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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41. 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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42. 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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43. 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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44. 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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45. 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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46. 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.

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47. 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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48. 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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49. 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.  



50. 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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51. 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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52. 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

53. 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

54. 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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55. 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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56. 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.



57. 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. 



58. 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.



59. 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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60. 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.



61. 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.



62. 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.



63. 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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64. How to Navigate the Back-to-School Work Schedule Challenges
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Description:

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. 



65. Joy, Inc - How We Built a Workplace People Love - Book Discussion
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Description:

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.



66. What You Need to Know About the New Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law
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Description:

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



67. What It is Like as In-House HR and as an HR Consultant
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Description:

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. 

 



68. Attorney Dan Grinfas on New Proposed Changes to FLSA Exemption Laws
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Description:

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.

Dan Grinfas Bio
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69. What Do Millennials Want From Work?
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Description:

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.



70. How to Hire the Right Sales Person for Your Organization
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Description:

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

 



71. 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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72. 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

73. 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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74. 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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75. 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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Learn about Anne Donovan at http://www.xeniumhr.com/about-xenium/meet-the-team/anne-donovan/

 



76. 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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77. 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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78. 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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79. How an HR Manager Developed a Successful Wellness Program
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Description:

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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80. How to Create Guiding Principles for an Organization
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Description:

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?

 

 

Download “The Xenium Promise”

 

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81. 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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82. 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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83. 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.



84. The One Thing Book Discussion
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Description:

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.



85. Attracting and Retaining Talent in Organizations
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Description:

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



86. Developing for Skills, XenTalks and Employee Enagagement
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Description:

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.



87. The Leader Who Had No Title Book Discussion
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Description:

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.



88. Corrective Action and Performance Improvement Plans
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Lacey Halpern, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss how to create and implement corrective action and performance improvement plans. During this episode, Lacey and Brandon discuss the ways to manage performance, including the difference between corrective action and performance improvement plans, how to implement each plan and the important ways to document and measure results.



89. Applicant Tracking Systems, Resume Filtering, Job Postings & Employment Branding
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Description:

Jan Foster, an Account Executive at Performance Resources, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss applicant tracking systems. During the episode, Jan and Brandon discuss how to implement applicant tracking systems, what questions to ask during the implementation process, creating automated "thank you" messages for candidates, search engine optimization (SEO) for job postings and much more.



90. How to Create Effective Workplace Wellness Programs that Stick
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Description:

Benjamin Prinzing, Principal at Kadalyst, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to talk about creating successful and effective wellness programs. During this episode, Benjamin and Brandon discuss: The overall importance and purpose behind wellness programs, activity-based and outcomes-based wellness programs, building a wellness program brand, encouraging participation and tracking results and planning for future programs.



91. How to Conduct Exit and Stay Interviews
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Description:

Molly Kelley, HR Business Partner at Xenium HR, returns to the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss exit and stay interview processes. During this episode, Molly and Brandon discuss: the definition and purpose of an exit and stay interview, questions that should be asked in an exit interview, who conducts each type of interview, communication of results to the organization and how to develop a process around the exit and stay interview.

Music Introduction By:
“Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”



92. Obamacare Updates, Cover Oregon and DOMA
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Description:

Iris Tilly, an Associate at Barran Liebman who specializes in employment law advice & litigation, ERISA compliance and HIPPA, returns to the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to follow up on the changes that have occurred in Health Care Reform, including: the delay of the employer mandate, Exchange Notice requirements, individual mandate regulations, employer requirements to establish measurement and stability periods, and the new same-sex marriage guidance from the IRS (DOMA).

Music Introduction By: “Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”



93. Building and Analyzing Employee Engagement Surveys
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Kim Smith, a Human Resource Business Partner at Xenium HR in Portland, Oregon, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss employee satisfaction surveys. In this episode Kim discusses: Effective tools for conducting satisfaction surveys, what kinds of questions should and should not be asked. how to encourage participation from all employees, analyzing and presenting results to stakeholders, and the difference between satisfaction and engagement surveys.



94. Servant Leadership, Coaching & Employee Development
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Rebecca Naatz, Senior Human Resource Business Partner, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss coaching and developing employee performance.

During the episode, Rebecca explains the importance of coaching rather than simply managing, how this method can be used to further develop employees, and how managers can measure their effectiveness.

In this episode:

Characteristics of a servant leader How and when to use various leadership styles The role of emotional intelligence in the development of employees The important difference between transactional management and transformational leadership How managers and leaders can measure their effectiveness as a coach

Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR

Guest: Rebecca Naatz, Xenium HR


Music Introduction By:
“Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”




95. Company Culture and the Soul & Spirit of Business with Ellen West
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Ellen West, Associate Professor of Management at Portland State University, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the importance of company culture in the workplace.

During the episode, Ellen explains the importance of establishing a culture which appreciates creativity and allows employees to "bring their whole selves to work." In this episode:

- Practicing and nurturing creativity in a professional work environment
- How creativity enhances culture and leads to innovative ideas
- How to encourage the personal growth and development of employees
- The importance of building community in the workplace
- Methods for active learning in the workplace

Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR
Guest: Ellen West, Portland State University

 Running Time:   Music Introduction By: “Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”



96. 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' Discussion and Review
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Molly Kelley and Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR, join the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a novel by Patrick Lencioni.

During the episode, Molly and Lacey discuss the five dysfunctions that cause even the best teams to struggle, and a model that can be used to overcome these obstacles to achieve a cohesive team.

In this episode:

-Building a foundation of trust amongst employees
-How to maintain a healthy level of conflict
-Workplace politics
-How to reach consensus among team members without settling
-The impact egos have on teams  

Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR
Guest:Molly Kelley & Lacey Halpern, Xenium HR

Running Time: 18:22

Music Introduction By: “Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”



97. Managing Employee Performance and Conducting Reviews
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Suzi Alligood, the Director of Training and Development at Xenium HR, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss performance management and conducting reviews.

During the episode, Suzi shares her thoughts on the importance of developing a process for managing performance in an organization.

In this episode, Suzi discusses:

The purposes on managing performance Challenges managers have in managing the performance of their employees Types of feedback recommended for a manager to give to an employee How often performance reviews should take place The main components of a great employee review system Compensation reviews

Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR
Guest: Suzi Alligood, Xenium HR

Running Time: 25:30  

 Music Introduction By: “Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”



98. Health Care Reform - What it Means for Employers
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Iris Tilley, an attorney at Barran Liebman who specializes in employment law advice and litigation, ERISA compliance and affirmative action compliance, joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss what employers need to know about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or commonly known as Health Care Reform or ObamaCare.

During the episode, Iris provides listeners with insight about the Health Care Reform regulation and what it means for small business owners with employees.

In this episode, Iris discusses:

- What employers should already know about Health Care Reform
- Summary of the 2013 Health Care Reform requirements for employers
- Insurance exchanges in 2014 and what choices employers will face
- Penalties
- Discrimination testing
- Wellness program regulations

Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR Guest: Iris Tilley, Barran Liebman

iTunes: Stream Episode
Running Time: 30:08  

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/ http://www.healthreform.gov/ http://www.barran.com/alerts.asp "Federal Agencies Roll Out Health Care Reform Guidance" - http://www.barran.com/display-alert.asp?AlertID=163

Music Introduction By: "Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"



99. Paid Time Off (PTO) vs. Vacation and Sick Time Policies
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Lacey Halpern of Xenium HR joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the difference between paid time off (PTO) and vacation & sick time policies.

During the episode, Lacey shares her thoughts on why employers would choose one "time off" policy over the other and explains how each works.

In this episode:

- The advantages and disadvantages of paid time off (PTO) and vacation/sick time
- Making the switch from vacation/sick time to a PTO bank
- Carry-over of unused PTO
- "Going into the negative"
- Which time off policy is easier to track?


Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR
Guest: Lacey Halpern, Xenium HR


Running Time: 14:08  

 

Music Introduction By: "Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"



100. 'Fierce Conversations' Book Discussion and Review
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Mathew Simonton joins the Human Resources for Small Business podcast to discuss the book Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott.

In this episode, Brandon and Mathew discuss the concepts in Fierce Conversations and give their overall review on the content.

In this episode:

- The seven principles in Fierce Conversations
- How can we relate this book to our daily conversations with coworkers, family and friends?
- What does "master the courage to interrogate reality" actually mean?
- Words that make people become defensive by nature
- How do we "be here, prepared to be nowhere else?"

Host: Brandon Laws, Xenium HR
Guest: Mathew Simonton

Music Introduction By: "Cut and Dry Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"