29 episodes

What if? The podcast that dares to think differently about people and business. What if?, from the CIPD’s Work. magazine, asks curious and unexpected questions about everything from inclusion to artificial intelligence. And it brings together world-leading experts, including academics, authors and business leaders, to try and find some answers. If you’ve ever wondered whether it would be better if your colleagues knew your salary, or if we should all just work from home forever, this is the place to explore ideas and think the previously unthinkable.cipd.co.ukpeoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/podcasts
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What If‪?‬ Work. magazine

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    • 4.4 • 27 Ratings

What if? The podcast that dares to think differently about people and business. What if?, from the CIPD’s Work. magazine, asks curious and unexpected questions about everything from inclusion to artificial intelligence. And it brings together world-leading experts, including academics, authors and business leaders, to try and find some answers. If you’ve ever wondered whether it would be better if your colleagues knew your salary, or if we should all just work from home forever, this is the place to explore ideas and think the previously unthinkable.cipd.co.ukpeoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/podcasts
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    What if… we paid nurses more?

    What if… we paid nurses more?

    During the Covid-19 lockdowns we all gained a renewed appreciation for frontline workers – healthcare professionals in particular, but also delivery drivers and supermarket staff. So why do we pay some of those doing jobs with arguably the most real-world impact the least? Should we pay them more, or would this lead to unintended economic consequences? Academics Zeynep Ton and Julian Jessop discuss.


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    • 24 min
    What if… everyone was racist?

    What if… everyone was racist?

    ‘Unconscious bias’ has not enjoyed the best of reputations over the last few years, with much training labelled ineffective, and concerns around the concept being used to justify what is actually fully conscious, overt prejudice. So is it just fact that everyone is biassed on a purely subconscious level? And if so, what should HR and EDI professionals do about it? Academics Keon West and Pragya Agarwal advise. 


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    • 27 min
    What if… HR was a regulated profession?

    What if… HR was a regulated profession?

    To become a farrier (fitting horseshoes) in the UK, there is a legal requirement to have certain qualifications or experience and to register with a regulatory body before practising. No such requirement exists for HR – but should it? The CIPD’s David D’Souza and ‘father of HR’ Dave Ulrich explore what the advantages – and disadvantages – of more direct, explicit professional oversight might be.


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    • 27 min
    What if… we banned relationships at work?

    What if… we banned relationships at work?

    Rules drawn up by ITV following the Phillip Schofield scandal mean staff must now declare all workplace relationships – including friendships – to the broadcaster or risk losing their jobs. But is such a system workable in practice? And might it have a chilling effect on positive working relations? Organisational psychologist Susan Hetrick and friendship app founder Claudia Gård explore how HR should approach this perennially knotty topic. 


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    • 26 min
    What if...there was another pandemic?

    What if...there was another pandemic?

    Many people’s lives now feel fully ‘back to normal’ several years after Covid-19 lockdowns, almost as if the pandemic never happened... But should the possibility of another deadly virus be more heavily factored into how workplaces organise themselves, and how businesses approach risk management? And what other ‘unexpected’ events should also be on our radars, ask academics Cassandra Berry and David Alexander.  


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    • 25 min
    What if… we all got high?

    What if… we all got high?

    Some of today’s most high-profile leaders make no secret of micro dosing – the practice of ingesting small amounts of psychedelic substances to enhance creativity and leadership. Could this one day become the norm in workplaces? And what are the dangers? Business leader and psychedelics-for-wellbeing advocate Sandra Statz and Imperial College London professor David Nutt discuss.


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Interesting and informative!

Fast paced and interesting content. It’s good to keep up with the forever changing environment of HR

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