A relaxed, casual and honest review of weekly thinking from people who work with people. Giving thoughts and reflections from their weeks in HR, Learning & Development, People coaching and Recruitment. Guiding people through the full life of their career journey in a 20 minute (ish), in the style of a Friday morning coffee catch up. The PeopleTalk podcast team details are below, we are continually sharing content on our LinkedIn pages so please look us up and join the conversation. Chris Cheesman SisuPeople (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrischeesman/) Paul Marston Eidos Consulting (https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-m-b8ba1827/) Rachel Norrington Face2FaceHR (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rnorringtonhr/)
#32 Mental Health in the Work place…with Grief Recovery Specialist/Mental Health First Aider (Guest)
We were joined by another guest this week, which centred around the so very important theme of Mental health in the Work Place
We welcomed Chris West.
Chris has a huge passion for helping and developing people. Whether this has been supporting team members, peers, graduates, customers or appearing at events and being the one in a group of friends that is there to help. A career in FMCG Sales leadership over nearly 20 years, leading teams, P&L management and national retailer relationships.
We know that the last 18 months have been very tough for lots of people and Chris has been open and honest that physically he struggled with two knee operations, mentally he struggled with the death of two friends. So maybe this has acted as the catalyst for him to make a shift in career away from the corporate environment in to consulting where he will specialise in Advanced Grief recovery, mental health first aid and coaching.
This weeks chat was a starting point, a way for us to continue the conversation and give some sight on the value it brings to a business to offer support and create a culture that encourages the conversation.
Chris started with the facts...
Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change to a familiar pattern or behaviour. 72M days lost per year (Mental Health First Aid England is the source) £34.9BN cost to businessesTrue cost estimated to be £105BNWe all have mental health – it’s just where we sit on that scale that’s relevant. Exactly the same as physical health!
#31 People are important...
31st episode of the PeopleTalk podcast and we're talking about all the positives that we feel are here to stay after the last 18 months and how we are seeing them impacting our worlds in HR, L&D and recruitment.....the overriding theme we chatted through....people are key to business success!!
We were are all in agreement that our businesses have sensed and are seeing real positivity and pace in business in the UK in particular, early signs that we may being seeing global talent mobility slowly starting to open up again and that businesses are thinking more than 4 weeks ahead again!
A few of the themes we covered-
The importance of HR- if the function didnt have a seat at the table, it does now!
Remote working- think more about flexible working; it is more than just WFH...ability to get the job done when it suits you but how do businesses adapt to this.
Wellness- is firmly on the agenda with real meaning now not fluffy things!- burnout, mental health, work/life balance are rightly being openly talked about and supported.
Onboarding and Company Culture- the importance of truly understanding your culture and how you bring people in to the business rather than simply relying on the 'office vibe' and free coffee/drinks!
Training- a lot of businesses have realised the need to invest here to develop their people. More so in some cases where businesses have realised they can't rely on more casual/informal development in an office environment
Leadership skills- the remote/hybrid leader is evolving. The need for leaders, who have demonstrated adaptability, is #1 on the must have list in recruiting currently.
#30 A Diverse chat...with Jessica Hornsby (Equalital)
This week's PeopleTalk podcast welcomed a guest to mark our 30th recording to begin the conversation with Paul, Rachel and Chris around Diversity & Inclusion.
Good people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives are vital to an organisation’s success — both inherent diversity (e.g., race, gender) and acquired diversity (experience, cultural background) are associated with more sales revenue, more customers, greater innovation and higher profits (HBR, 2016).
We welcomed Jessica Hornsby from Equalital joined us this week (www.equalital.com) . At Equalital, they use proven psychology to actively advise clients how to find, develop and motivate the very best talent, nurturing and capitalising on the unique perspectives each person can bring
We really didn't scratch the surface and all came away with plenty questions and points for discussion and will definitely carry this on during future episodes
#diversity #diversityandinclusion #diversityequityandinclusion
#29 Does Seasonal change affect employee motivation?
This week in the UK the sunshine has made an appearance and as we are lucky enough as individuals to have our own businesses and be able to work around this so, we headed out for the day yesterday and thought it might be topical to reflect up on how the change in the seasons can effect employee motivation.
managing your team's attendance at work can sometimes be challenging ? Absence hasn't been managed effectively and sick pay is essentially seen as another way to take holiday. If you look at the trends in absence very often there will be patterns with the same offenders Recruitment
In these unprecedented times have traditional peaks changed? Are we seeing trends in the current market?L&D
With spring, is it time for new beginnings and people are generally more energised? Do you see any particular trends in demand for training I.e. teambuilding events?
#28 Is there such thing as reaching the limit in your career?
This week we reflect upon a topic that Paul came across recently in the Harvard Business Review, the topic of Limits to performance – but more specifically, how some peoples high levels of performance do not translate well when they are promoted. As always, we chat openly around the subject through the lenses of each of Worlds; L&D, Recruitment and HR
People Development- Putting in plans to develop and nature high performing talent is key, but what about raising the conversation with those who may not make the next career step in your business, should we have this conversation? Should we have it early or should we support the person if they want to make the move and see if things work?
Recruitment- this has huge implications when it comes to a business's hiring strategy. We discussed, hiring potential v's 'ready made', Internal v's external hiring considerations, is there such thing as over promotion?
HR– more often than not, the payoff for performing well is that you get the opportunity to climb the career ladder – so if we are saying this can be a poor decision for the individual and the business, how else can we manage performance and reward?
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