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Leading HR Directors from across the UK and Europe discussing their experiences and what's going on in their organisations.
Lesley Cotton, HR Director at P&O Ferries talks honestly about the heavy impact of Covid-19
Lesley has wonderfully diverse industry experience across fashion, food and ferries!
As usual, Kevin and Lesley talk about what is important in HR - "Talk the language of the business" - and how HR needs to change and add more value. However, Lesley also talks honestly about the challenging impact of Covid-19 on P&O, and sadly the consultation process that she has been part of to ensure the survival of the business and save as many jobs as possible. Her direct experience is well worth a listen for any HR people going through tough job reduction processes in this difficult business environment.
Alison Hodgson, VP of People at Virgin Media talk about what needs to be done differently in response to Covid-19
This week Kevin Green sits down with Alison Hodgson, VP of People at Virgin Media Ireland. In a career that includes senior-level stops at McDonalds and Bank of America before Virgin Media, Alison has picked up a broad view of what 'good HR looks like' - "you need to understand the drivers of your organisation".
Kevin and Alison talk about what needs to be done differently in response to Covid-19 and have an interesting debate around the challenges of getting back to the office while keeping the positives of homeworking. They unearth some surprising pro's and con's, like the removal of bias when working from home but the lack of unstructured conversations between teams outside the office environment.
Daniel Kasmir, CPO at TalkTalk on his career and how TalkTalk are dealing with the Covid Crisis
This week Kevin talks to Daniel Kasmir, Chief People and Procurement Officer at TalkTalk. Daniel has the unusual dual role of looking after the People and Procurement departments but actually results so far in this new role show that there is good alignment between the two.
Kevin and Daniel get into what makes a successful HR function, "You need to determine the HR agenda based on the business objectives", and customer priorities and costs are good places to start.
Daniel gives some insight into how TalkTalk have dealt with the Covid Crisis, which he started thinking about in January. "We spent lots of time in the early days repurposing people", Daniel says, "it was quite exciting!". Now the challenge is deciding on how to act differently going forwards. Listen in to find out his and Kevin's thoughts.
Lisa Robbins, HRD EMEA, Starbucks discusses the value of cross functional experience
This week Lisa Robbins, HRD EMEA at Starbucks lifts the lid on Starbucks' HR challenges and her career to date.
Lisa and Kevin talk about the value of Lisa's cross-functional experience and how it has helped in her various roles. They also look at the thought process to decide on the priorities for a business - "clarity on where the business wants to go and clarity on how the people function can help" is the first step.
Recorded during the recovery from Coronavirus, Lisa also covers how Starbucks has navigated crisis and started to look forwards.
The HR Futures Podcast - Season 3 Episode 8: John Amaechi
In this Episode, Gethin Nadin talks to John Amaechi about how the learnings from Covid19 and the current anti-racism sentiment converge in how we think about the workplace of the future.
From Wellbeing initiatives and how we deal with stress at work, to what John thinks about 'the New Normal', Leaders of the future and what being an everyday Jedi really means, there are insights abound.
Mira Magecha, CPO at Just Eat on Planning During Disruption
Mira Magecha, CPO at Just Eat is this week's guest on the HR Futures podcast with Kevin Green. As a previous consultant, Mira is used to coming up with solutions fast and has demonstrated such in the context of the Coronavirus disruption that we are going through. "With a small group we set up a BCP team and within 2 days we had a plan". Listen in for her innovative but very practical tips (around 15 mins in) that have helped Just Eat and their stakeholders navigate this current crisis.