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Oven-Ready HR is the podcast trying to fix the world of work to make it happier, healthier and more rewarding and purposeful for all. Whatever your job, work is more than just a pay packet. I'm Chris Taylor your host and join me as I talk to some of the world's top workplace experts explain how with a little effort, work could be so much better.

Oven-Ready HR Chris Taylor

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Oven-Ready HR is the podcast trying to fix the world of work to make it happier, healthier and more rewarding and purposeful for all. Whatever your job, work is more than just a pay packet. I'm Chris Taylor your host and join me as I talk to some of the world's top workplace experts explain how with a little effort, work could be so much better.

    The Future of HR Recruitment With Nick Croucher Of Frazer Jones

    The Future of HR Recruitment With Nick Croucher Of Frazer Jones

    The Great Resignation

    Report after report (many authored of course by recruitment firms) suggest there is a considerable % of workers looking to change employers in the next few months.  But what about the HR and Talent profession?  Are we also resigning in droves and joining the great exodus?  And if we are, what HR roles are in big demand right now?
    Nick Croucher is the Lead UK Partner for global HR search and recruitment firm Frazer Jones.  Nick is very much an expert in HR recruitment having been recruiting in the sector since 2007.  His focus today is largely on executive and senior HR positions.

    We cover a fair amount of ground in this interview and if you're looking for a new gig, you'll want to listen to the full episode.

    In this interview you'll discover:
    Nick Croucher's predictions for the jobs market for those in HR and Talent and in particular how the reliance on 'domestic' HR talent has been a real challenge for recruiters operating in a global environment;How and why HR talent may have benefited more from this global crisis as opposed to previous crises such as global financial crisis of 2008.  Has HR finally got its seat at the table?How social movements such as Black Lives Matter and others societal changes have encouraged CEO's to lean in closer to their HR teams;How hybrid working has moved from being a 'desire' to being 'essential' for candidates seeking a new role;What HR roles are really in demand right now and what makes a great candidate;What really makes a good recruiter and how recruitment has changed and is much more community focused;Nick's opinion on the trend to appoint non HR professionals to senior HR positions;Is there value anymore in having professional HR qualifications such as those from the CIPD considering the significant cost involved?Resources:

    https://www.frazerjones.com
    https://www.frazerjones.com/consultants/nick-croucher
    https://ovenreadyhr.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/
    Twitter: @OvenHr
    https://www.personneltoday.com

    Tell me me what YOU think

    Tell me what you think of this interview.  Email me at chris@ovenreadyhr.com

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    The show is a year old and I'd love some feedback.  Here is a link to a very short and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXYMC29

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    • 30 min
    What Will Make The World of Work Better in 2022? Paul Nowak of The TUC Explains

    What Will Make The World of Work Better in 2022? Paul Nowak of The TUC Explains

    In the opening episode of the Oven-Ready HR podcast, I talk exclusively to Paul Nowak, the Deputy General Secretary of the UK's Trades Union Council or TUC, the organisation that represents 48 of the UK's largest unions who combined, look after the interests of some 5.5million UK workers.

    Union membership in the UK for last few years has been on the rise (albeit modestly).  Trade Unions remain an important 'Actor' in how the UK employment market is regulated and their influence has been particularly prominent during the Covid 19 Pandemic in terms of their campaign to provide a decent level of statutory sick pay for all workers.  On a more macro level, the TUC has also been extremely vocal about structural issues within the UK employment market and in particular how certain employers within the 'Gig Economy' have been seen to avoid their responsibilities by offering what he describes as 'bogus self-employment'.

    In this episode you'll discover:


    Why the  image of Unions often portrayed by certain sections of the UK media when reporting on disputes between employers and unions is not a true representation of the work they do;How unions are working hard to explain their relevance to GenZ workers and the cohorts that follow who, we are told,  place great importance on the employers values, purpose and culture;What can be done to fix the UK's woeful statutory sick pay provision highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic;The benefits that can be achieved when employers representatives and unions work together such as the furlough scheme and the self-employed income support scheme launched during the pandemic and why the Government should do more to encourage this type of collaboration;The benefits of collective bargaining and how rumours of its death in the UK are greatly exaggerated and how international organisations such as the OECD and IMF see collective bargaining in a more positive light;The positive developments since the Supreme Court judgement in the Uber BV v Aslam landmark employment case;Paul Nowak's deep concern surrounding the delay of the long-awaited 'Employment Bill' following Matthew Taylor's report and how consultation with the TUC and other stakeholders in advance of publishing a White Paper would make his year.Resources:

    https://www.tuc.org.uk/campaigns
    https://ovenreadyhr.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/
    Twitter: @OvenHr
    https://www.personneltoday.com

    Tell me me what YOU think

    Tell me what you think of this interview.  Email me at chris@ovenreadyhr.com

    Oven-Ready Survey

    The show is almost a year old and I'd love some feedback.  Here is a link to a very short and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXYMC29

    Rate, Review & Share

    If you enjoyed this show, please share with your friends and please remember to rate and review!

    To listen to the full episode, download a transcript and view all the other Oven-Ready HR podcast episodes or find out more about Oven-Ready HR and Chris Taylor your show host visit https://ovenreadyhr.com

    • 28 min
    Oven Ready Reheated - A Final Serving of Season 3's Interviews

    Oven Ready Reheated - A Final Serving of Season 3's Interviews

    As we've reached the end of Season 3 of the show, I've taken the opportunity to offer up some of the best bits for you to enjoy again.  This Oven-Ready Reheated episode looks at the final eight interviews of Season 3 including:

    Romanie Thomas
    The founder of Juggle the community of senior female talent came onto the show to discuss the barriers that prevent gender equality in senior positions and I start by asking Romanie for her opinion on a newspaper profile piece on the female CEO of GlaxoSmithKline.
    Robert Tansey
    I ask Robert Tansey the co-founder of BuddyBoost the workplace wellbeing specialists and former Chairman of British professional cycling team, Team Sky if the great resignation is prompting organisations to take employee wellbeing more seriously.

    Dr Fiona Jamison
    I ask Dr Fiona Jamison, CEO of specialist research business Spring International to distill what we mean by employee engagement.

    Lawrence Hughes
    Lawrence Hughes, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines talks about the dividend that a supportive leadership team and an engaged workforce provides.
    Jacqueline Hopkins
    Jacqueline Hopkins from SEPTA the regional transportation authority for Philadelphia explains how the organisation launched a DE&I research project to an already diverse and hard to reach audience.

    Lars Schmidt
    Lars Schmidt Author of Redefining HR talks to me about how important successful onboarding of employees is particularly those joining remotely.

    Rob Moss
    Personnel Today’s Editor Rob Moss questions whether the trend to appoint non-hr professionals to senior HR posts is a good thing.
    Jon Thurmond & Wendy Dailey
    Lastly Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey, hosts of the The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast explain why HR podcasts are growing in popularity amongst the profession.
    Resources:

    https://ovenreadyhr.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/
    Twitter: @OvenHr
    https://www.personneltoday.com

    Tell me me what YOU think

    Tell me what you think of this interview.  Email me at chris@ovenreadyhr.com

    Oven-Ready Survey

    The show is almost a year old and I'd love some feedback.  Here is a link to a very short and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXYMC29

    Rate, Review & Share

    If you enjoyed this show, please share with your friends and please remember to rate and review!

    To listen to the full episode, download a transcript and view all the other Oven-Ready HR podcast episodes or find out more about Oven-Ready HR and Chris Taylor your show host visit https://ovenreadyhr.com

    • 19 min
    Oven-Ready Reheated - Another Bite From Season 3!

    Oven-Ready Reheated - Another Bite From Season 3!

    As we've reached the end of Season 3 of the show, I've taken the opportunity to offer up some of the best bits for you to enjoy again.  This Oven-Ready Reheated episode looks at the first seven interviews of Season 3 including:

    Chad Sowash
    Podcaster and Recruiter Chad Sowash and I give a withering assessment of some of the characters and practices within HR and Recruitment.

    Olly Olsen
    Co-founder and Co-CEO of flexible working giant The Office Group talks about the future of the office and how activity based working and agile environments are the future.

    Benjamin Cohen
    Pink News Founder and former Channel 4 Business & Technology Correspondent and I talk about our experiences of coming out at work.

    Oliver Shah
    Associate Editor of The Sunday Times gives a warning to those organisations who opine on political or societal matters.  As he says 'matters that aren't really your bailiwick!

    Dr Sam Friedman
    Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics busts the myth that the reason for the deficit of people from less privileged backgrounds is because they don't 'aspire' and goes on to warn HR that senior executives often circumvent HR policies when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

    Jon Simmonds
    Founder of Social Media marketing agency Rocket Science Digital explains how certain LinkedIn posts do well and others well sink without trace.

    Elan Divon
    Harvard-trained Author Elan Divon suggests that Gen Z and the cohorts that follow haven't enjoyed the 'rites of passage' that the generations of before have and they are the poorer for it when it comes to joining the workplace.

    Resources:

    https://ovenreadyhr.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/
    Twitter: @OvenHr
    https://www.personneltoday.com

    Tell me me what YOU think

    Tell me what you think of this interview.  Email me at chris@ovenreadyhr.com

    Oven-Ready Survey

    The show is almost a year old and I'd love some feedback.  Here is a link to a very short and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXYMC29

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    If you enjoyed this show, please share with your friends and please remember to rate and review!

    To listen to the full episode, download a transcript and view all the other Oven-Ready HR podcast episodes or find out more about Oven-Ready HR and Chris Taylor your show host visit https://ovenreadyhr.com

    • 19 min
    The HR Year In Review - Rob Moss Editor of Personnel Today

    The HR Year In Review - Rob Moss Editor of Personnel Today

    It has been another ‘interesting’ year for the HR profession.  The last two years have seen seismic changes in the world of work that would normally take years to evolve such as the move to hybrid working, the great resignation, labour shortages in key sectors and the enormous impact technology is having.  

    Also there have been opportunities!  HR has seemingly earned its place at the board table and organisations are perhaps at last seeing the impact the profession can have on organisational performance.
    So what can HR professionals expect from 2022 and what can we take away from 2021?  Rob Moss is the Editor of Personnel Today, the UK’s leading independent HR website.  Rob is passionate about the opportunities the past two years have created and believes that the HR profession is in a unique position to make the world of work fairer, more equitable and fundamentally more trusting.
     Personnel Today.com frequently attracts more than 500,000 people per month, mainly from the UK but with a significant international audience as well making Rob uniquely placed to give us his review of the year.

    In this episode you'll learn:
    Why Covid-19 has largely been positive for the HR professionRob's HR highlights of the year The employment law cases that continue to impact upon the UK's HR sceneRob's opinion of the 'Fire and Rehire' private members' billHis frustration with the trend to appoint non HR professionals into senior HR positions The UK's continued pay inequality in terms of frontline and key workersWhy flexible working is now right up there as a key benefit for employeesHis fears for how learning and development for new joiners is going to be affected by the adoption of hybrid workingResources:

    https://www.personneltoday.com
    https://ovenreadyhr.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/
    Twitter: @OvenHr
    https://blog.feedspot.com/hr_podcasts/

    Tell me me what YOU think

    Tell me what you think of this interview.  Email me at chris@ovenreadyhr.com

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    The show is almost a year old and I'd love some feedback.  Here is a link to a very short and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXYMC29

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    To listen to the full episode, download a transcript and view all the other Oven-Ready HR podcast episodes or find out more about Oven-Ready HR and Chris Taylor your show host visit https://ovenreadyhr.com

    • 32 min
    What Makes A Great HR Podcast?

    What Makes A Great HR Podcast?

    Podcasting is growing at a phenomenal pace with the market expected to reach almost $95 Billion by 2028.  Within this huge market from sports and entertainment shows to true crime and comedy is an increasing amount of 'professional' podcasts with shows featuring HR themes amongst them.

    One of the attractions of podcasts is that they can be consumed by the listener in all manner of settings; walking the dog; the commute to work; the school run and working out at the gym.  HR podcasts provide the listener a learning experience that can be consumed whenever the listener chooses to play the episode meaning they are not an interruption in an already busy day.  Think learning on demand.

    Internal organisation podcast shows are also increasing in popularity with a number of firms using them to communicate to their internal stakeholders.  Again, the benefit of being able to communicate purpose, values and training in a way that doesn't interrupt a worker's day is proving very effective.

    The HR podcasting sector is very broad with shows focused on training, recruitment, reward, leadership and organisational culture meaning listeners can subscribe to any number of shows featuring content that is relevant to the listener.

    As HR Podcasts continue to grow in popularity and as this particular podcast is is almost a year old, I thought I'd turn the tables on one of HR’s most popular podcasts and ask hosts Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey of the hugely popular HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast about why they started their show.
     This episode is a bit of a delve behind the scenes of how a podcast is created and some of the challenges involved in producing a show focused on HR and why HR professionals should be consuming podcasts as part of their regular learning.
    As full-time working HR professionals themselves, Jon and Wendy were keen to talk about some of the key HR issues they are facing at the moment in the US.  Interestingly.  As Jon says the labour laws might be different in the country where you live but the people issues are much the same wherever you are.

    In this episode you'll learn:


    How HR Social Hour Half Hour was conceivedThe popularity of podcasts as a medium to communicate to a wide range of stakeholdersThe importance of original content in HR podcastsHow successful HR podcasts interact with their listeners and build a community
    Resources:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendyrhdailey/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonthurmond/
    https://hrsocialhourpodcast.podbean.com
    https://www.researchandmarkets.com
    https://ovenreadyhr.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/
    Twitter: @OvenHr
    https://blog.feedspot.com/hr_podcasts/

    Tell me me what YOU think

    Tell me what you think of this interview.  Email me at chris@ovenreadyhr.com

    Oven-Ready Survey

    The show is almost a year old and I'd love some feedback.  Here is a link to a very short and anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXYMC29

    Rate, Review & Share

    If you enjoyed this show, please share with your friends and please remember to rate and review!

    To listen to the full episode, download a transcript and view all the other Oven-Ready HR podcast episodes or find out more about Oven-Ready HR and Chris Taylor your show host visit https://ovenreadyhr.com

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

Jimlefevre ,

Really enjoyable

I absolutely love finding a podcast that’s nothing to do with my world to listen to exceedingly interesting topics tackled by eloquent and thoughtful people in their field and this is exactly that.

Each episode opens up totally new areas to listen to (really loved the Timpson’s episode and the next one I listened to was about nuclear developments - perfect!) and shows you how interesting topics are from the point of view of HR.

Also love the presenter. He obviously loves what he does and it shows in his choices and his questions.

More!!

Feebsmil ,

Interesting and informative

I am enjoying these podcasts even though I am not an HR professional. These are a great listen for anyone in the workplace wanting to understand more about the purpose of HR and the importance of a positive business culture.

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