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Give us 15 minutes and we’ll give you expert answers to some of the toughest HR issues facing businesses today. HR issues are among the top business concerns that small and medium businesses struggle with. In 15 minutes, our HR consultants and business experts take the toughest HR topics to task in this insightful and hard-hitting HR Podcast. Interviews with experts across industries and business segments, address timely and critical HR-related topics. From understanding the pros and cons of HR outsourcing, employee benefits, to maximizing employee retention, we discuss the topics that matter most, and we do it in 15 minutes.

HR in 15 PrestigePEO

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Give us 15 minutes and we’ll give you expert answers to some of the toughest HR issues facing businesses today. HR issues are among the top business concerns that small and medium businesses struggle with. In 15 minutes, our HR consultants and business experts take the toughest HR topics to task in this insightful and hard-hitting HR Podcast. Interviews with experts across industries and business segments, address timely and critical HR-related topics. From understanding the pros and cons of HR outsourcing, employee benefits, to maximizing employee retention, we discuss the topics that matter most, and we do it in 15 minutes.

    S3 E12: Top 5 Action Steps for Creating an Environment Where Employees Thrive

    S3 E12: Top 5 Action Steps for Creating an Environment Where Employees Thrive

    “We have to shift our mindset around emotions and vulnerability at work. When we’re saying psychological safety, what we’re saying is that people can feel free to be vulnerable.”
    The ideal workplace has minimal turnover, high morale, and team members who feel creatively fulfilled. Business owners who may wonder how they can achieve this workplace nirvana should evaluate the psychological safety of their office and tune in to our latest episode of HR in 15. We are joined once again by our host Jacqueline McGrath, an HRBP at PrestigePEO, and guest speaker Catherine Mattice, Founder & CEO of Civility Partners. In this episode, our speakers discuss how psychological safety benefits company culture, along with providing actionable changes employers can encourage to detoxify workplaces.  
    Highlights Include: 
    The benefits of a psychologically safe workplaceIt starts from the top: what actions you can demonstrate to create a safer workplaceListen to feedback and continue to incorporate itPrestigePEO is always available to help with HR, employee benefits and payroll, and more. Call Us Today at 888-PEO-PEO1 or visit prestigepeo.com.
    Catherine Mattice founded Civility Partners in 2008 as a result of working in a toxic environment. She has since served a huge array of clients with consulting, training, and coaching services. She has written three books, one of which Ken Blanchard called, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying. Catherine has also been cited in such media outlets as Forbes.com, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, and USA Today, and appeared as a guest on such venues as NPR and CNN. Catherine is active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH) and one of the four founding members of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on ending workplace bullying. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication and taught communication courses at the college level for ten years.

    • 14 min
    S3 E11: The Importance of Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    S3 E11: The Importance of Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    “I’m not being my best self if I’m experiencing microaggressions in the workplace. I can’t be as innovative as I possibly could be, and I can’t offer my best customer service to clients in this environment.”
    Employees cannot grow and thrive in a work environment that stifles them. If employees feel that it is not safe to ask questions and offer their ideas without ridicule, then you may have a culture that is not psychologically safe. In this episode of HR in 15, our host Jacqueline McGrath, an HRBP at PrestigePEO speaks with Catherine Mattice, Founder & CEO of Civility Partners, about psychological safety. Psychological safety, or the lack of it, can greatly impact the workplace, which is why this is an important concept to understand. If you have a culture that does not support questions and admitting mistakes, you may have inadvertently fostered a toxic environment. Check out this episode for useful information on psychological safety and what you can do to ensure your workplace is welcoming for everyone.
    Highlights Include: 
    How to figure out if your workplace culture has become toxicWays to show your team members that workplace bullying is not toleratedFostering a safe environment for the future Have questions?PrestigePEO is always available to help with HR, employee benefits and payroll, and more. Call Us Today at 888-PEO-PEO1 or visit prestigepeo.com.
    Catherine Mattice founded Civility Partners in 2008 as a result of working in a toxic environment. She has since served a huge array of clients with consulting, training, and coaching services. She has written three books, one of which Ken Blanchard called, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying. Catherine has also been cited in such media outlets as Forbes.com, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, and USA Today, and appeared as a guest on such venues as NPR and CNN. Catherine is active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH) and one of the four founding members of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on ending workplace bullying. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication and taught communication courses at the college level for ten years.

    • 15 min
    S3 E10: Toxic Behavior in Remote Work: Preventing Digital Harassment

    S3 E10: Toxic Behavior in Remote Work: Preventing Digital Harassment

    “Some people thought that working remotely would end harassment, but it didn’t. Harassment just changed.”
    The pandemic caused a multitude of sudden changes in our daily lives, and the business world wasn’t an exception. Remote work was previously an uncommon benefit; suddenly, every company had to offer remote work or stall completely. For offices that were more experienced with remote work, they may have had protocols for preventing issues. But for the vast majority of businesses, this was new territory, and mistakes were bound to happen. Toxic behavior is not limited to in-person interactions. Harassment can and does happen remotely via email, phone, text messages, chat services, and more. Employers need to prepare for digital harassment by having processes in place to handle these situations. In this episode of HR in 15, Ken McCarthy, President of Integrity by McCarthy, Inc., returns to speak with Kelly Tavares, an HRBP at PrestigePEO, about how to prevent digital harassment.
    Highlights Include: 
    Establish a healthy company culture where people feel comfortable reporting harassment Ask your managers to look out for poor behavior Remind your staff that harassment is not toleratedHave questions? PrestigePEO is always available to help with HR, employee benefits and payroll, and more. Call Us Today at 888-PEO-PEO1 or visit prestigepeo.com.
    Ken (he/him) retired from the Canadian Public Service in 2020 and created Integrity by McCarthy Inc. to raise the bar in how organizations prevent and resolve incidents of workplace harassment, violence, wrongdoing and fraud. 
    He has seen the devastating consequences on individuals and organizations and set out to make a difference. Ken has led a workplace investigation program for a workforce of over 15,000 employees. 
    He has also provided executive oversight in more than 500 workplace investigations and has designed and delivered investigation training sessions to 500 front-line managers. Ken is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • 18 min
    S3 E9: How to Spot a Toxic Workplace

    S3 E9: How to Spot a Toxic Workplace

    “In a toxic workplace, employees are not going to reach their full potential because they’re afraid.”
    As employers compete for the best talent in our current competitive job market, many business owners are wondering how they can improve their company culture to attract and retain good employees. We’ve all heard the term “toxic workplace,” but how do you know if your company has become toxic? In this episode of HR in 15, Kelly Tavares, an HRBP at PrestigePEO, speaks with guest Ken McCarthy, President of Integrity by McCarthy, Inc. They discussed what exactly a toxic culture is, why it’s important, and how to identify if your workplace has a toxic culture. 
    Highlights Include: 
    Risks of an unchecked toxic cultureWarning signs that you may have an unhealthy workplaceConsequences if you do not correct bad behavior in the workplace Have questions? PrestigePEO is always available to help with HR, employee benefits and payroll, and more. Call Us Today at 888-PEO-PEO1 or visit prestigepeo.com.
    Ken (he/him) retired from the Canadian Public Service in 2020 and created Integrity by McCarthy Inc. to raise the bar in how organizations prevent and resolve incidents of workplace harassment, violence, wrongdoing and fraud. 
    He has seen the devastating consequences on individuals and organizations and set out to make a difference. Ken has led a workplace investigation program for a workforce of over 15,000 employees. 
    He has also provided executive oversight in more than 500 workplace investigations and has designed and delivered investigation training sessions to 500 front-line managers. Ken is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • 12 min
    S3 E8: Implementing a 4-day Work Week

    S3 E8: Implementing a 4-day Work Week

    “We’re not talking about doing the same work in less time. We’re looking at your business processes to figure out how you can deliver the same output with fewer and more efficient inputs.”
    The 5-day work week has been a familiar concept since the early 1900s, and it’s hard to imagine life without it. But the 5-day week concept was originally designed with the idea that the working individual had a spouse at home to take care of the domestic duties, and this isn’t nearly as common today. This leads to a burnt-out workforce with an uneven work-life balance. In comes the concept of a 4-day work week – but how would you implement it? In today’s episode of HR in 15, we’re continuing our conversation with Joe O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of 4 Day Week Global. Host Rhonda Wheelous, Director of Client Services at PrestigePEO, joins him to discuss how a company should bring a 4-day work week into reality. 
    Highlights Include: 
    The 4 Day Work Week Global pilot programHow real companies have thrived after adopting this new scheduleTraining, networking, and mentoring to make sure this new schedule works for everyoneHave questions? PrestigePEO is always available to help with HR, employee benefits and payroll, and more. Call Us Today at 888-PEO-PEO1 or visit prestigepeo.com.
    Joe O’Connor is a driven and dynamic campaigner and communicator, with extensive leadership experience, and a passion for social justice and progressive change. Joe is currently based in New York City, where in addition to all his work for 4 Day Week Global, he is conducting a one-year research fellowship with Cornell University, leading a research project on working time reduction.  He was appointed as CEO in March 2022, taking over from Charlotte Lockhart. Previously he was 4 Day Week Global’s pilot program manager, where he is coordinating pilots of the four-day working week in Ireland, the United States and Canada, with almost 50 companies signed up to participate in six-month coordinated trials early in 2022. Pilots are being planned later in 2022 for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.  

    • 11 min
    S3 E7: A 4-Day Work Week – the Future of Business

    S3 E7: A 4-Day Work Week – the Future of Business

    “In a really tight labor market, the 4-day work week can give businesses a competitive advantage .”
    You’ve probably heard of the 4-day work week concept already – in recent years, this idea has become popular in the business world. But you may not actually know of any companies that utilize this 4-day week, and it’s even less likely that you currently work on a 4-day week yourself. Today we’re speaking with a company that wants to change that. In this episode of HR in 15, Rhonda Wheelous, Director of Client Services at PrestigePEO speaks with Joe O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of 4 Day Week Global. Tune in to hear about why a 4-day work week works.
    Highlights Include: 
    How a shorter work week increases productivity Improvements in work/life balanceLess need for sick days and better morale overallHave questions? PrestigePEO is always available to help with HR, employee benefits and payroll, and more. Call Us Today at 888-PEO-PEO1 or visit prestigepeo.com.
    Joe O’Connor is a driven and dynamic campaigner and communicator, with extensive leadership experience, and a passion for social justice and progressive change. Joe is currently based in New York City, where in addition to all his work for 4 Day Week Global, he is conducting a one-year research fellowship with Cornell University, leading a research project on working time reduction.  He was appointed as CEO in March 2022, taking over from Charlotte Lockhart. Previously he was 4 Day Week Global’s pilot program manager, where he is coordinating pilots of the four-day working week in Ireland, the United States and Canada, with almost 50 companies signed up to participate in six-month coordinated trials early in 2022. Pilots are being planned later in 2022 for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.  

    • 10 min

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