10 episodes

HR Mavericks is a weekly podcast dedicated to helping small businesses know how to streamline their HR processes and improve their employee experience for frontline workers.

As a small business HR leader, you know the difficulties of hiring, managing, paying and engaging frontline employees. You also know the business importance of creating an exceptional employee experience where people can excel.

But how do you actually make it happen––especially if you’re just an HR team of one?

Each HR Mavericks episode features an interview with a small business HR pro or thought leader who shares tangible tips and firsthand experiences on topics such as managing deskless workers, running payroll, onboarding new hires, building culture, employee journey mapping, employee recognition, employee engagement, internal company communication and more.

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HR Mavericks is a weekly podcast dedicated to helping small businesses know how to streamline their HR processes and improve their employee experience for frontline workers.

As a small business HR leader, you know the difficulties of hiring, managing, paying and engaging frontline employees. You also know the business importance of creating an exceptional employee experience where people can excel.

But how do you actually make it happen––especially if you’re just an HR team of one?

Each HR Mavericks episode features an interview with a small business HR pro or thought leader who shares tangible tips and firsthand experiences on topics such as managing deskless workers, running payroll, onboarding new hires, building culture, employee journey mapping, employee recognition, employee engagement, internal company communication and more.

    9. Playing the Long Game to Attract Skilled Trade Talent w/ Shawn Kaufman

    9. Playing the Long Game to Attract Skilled Trade Talent w/ Shawn Kaufman

    From truck bodies to roller coasters, building tangible structures is a large part of the appeal of working in the skilled trade industry. And you get to work in places like football stadiums and amusement parks. Cool, right? So, why has the industry been hit particularly hard when it comes to attracting new talent? 
    We sat down with Shawn Kaufman, Director of Human Resources at Riggs Industries, Inc, to talk about what’s unique about manufacturing and construction companies and the challenges they face when it comes to attracting prospective workers. In particular, we discussed the shift that occurred away from getting an education in the form of apprenticeships or at a trade school and towards getting a four-year degree only—and how that shift has hurt the industry.
    We also talked about: 
    • What he’s done to help improve the perception of careers in skilled trades with students
    • How education doesn’t just occur at a four-year university; for some, an apprenticeship or trade school is a better fit 
    • Playing the long game when it comes to attracting talent 
    • His recommendations to other HR professionals and companies in skilled trade industries who are also struggling to attract prospective workers

    • 27 min
    8. Developing Your People with ‘Bluer Than Indigo’ Leadership Principles w/ Dr. Jonathan Westover

    8. Developing Your People with ‘Bluer Than Indigo’ Leadership Principles w/ Dr. Jonathan Westover

    Can a remarkable leader teach others to be even more remarkable leaders? Can students surpass the teacher? That’s the idea behind Dr. Jonathan Westover's new book, ‘Bluer than Indigo’ Leadership: The Journey of Becoming a Truly Remarkable Leader.
    We sat down with Dr. Westover, Chair/Professor of Organizational Leadership at Utah Valley University and Managing Partner and Principal at Human Capital Innovations, to hear how the color indigo—and a servant leadership mentality—inspired the leadership lessons he wrote about in his new book.
    We also talked about:
    • What makes the best leaders effective and successful
    • How variety makes (or breaks) working in the HR industry
    • How to disrupt the cycle of bad leadership principles
    • Tips for how HR can coach and mentor leaders to be ‘Bluer than Indigo’ leaders
    • How to build a psychologically safe environment at work (hint: it starts by being people-centric)

    • 36 min
    7. Leveraging the Power of a Growth Mindset w/ Amber Parr

    7. Leveraging the Power of a Growth Mindset w/ Amber Parr

    Small business HR wears a lot of hats. For Amber Parr, the hat she loves wearing most is being part of the employee experience—and helping managers get the best out of their people.

    We sat down with Amber, HR Manager at Sundance Holdings Group, LLC (more commonly known as Sundance Catalog), to talk about how HR can adopt a growth mindset to meet the needs of managers, and the organization as a whole, in our ever-changing world of work.

    We also talked about:
    • The value of a growth mindset—and why she’s so passionate about it
    • Why HR should be focused on learning, plus the challenges of making it a priority
    • Tips for developing a learning and growth mindset (Hint: It starts with curiosity)
    • The power of being adaptable when failure happens

    • 29 min
    6. Thriving as an HR Department of One w/ Ryan Archibald

    6. Thriving as an HR Department of One w/ Ryan Archibald

    Can HR be an advocate for both the company and the employee experience? Ryan Archibald, Director of Human Resources at Paul Davis Restoration of Utah, thinks so. Over the course of his HR career, he’s seen colleagues fall prey to the dictator trap—when HR alone is the rule maker and enforcer. And how this approach fails every. single. time.

    We sat down with Ryan to hear about how HR professionals can be better partners to their leadership team—and operate as a trusted resource, even when you’re an HR department of one.

    We also talked about:
    • How a friend’s negative experience at work inspired him to get into HR and help people
    • How to avoid the “dictator trap”—and instead, be a caretaker of the employee experience
    • How to align the HR function with the expectations of your leadership team
    • Asking for help, especially when you’re an HR department of one
    • Knowing your values (and communicating them) when others want you to cut corners

    • 18 min
    5. Building a Culture Around the Hero's Journey w/ Jared Olsen

    5. Building a Culture Around the Hero's Journey w/ Jared Olsen

    Have you heard of the hero’s journey? From Star Wars to Paw Patrol, every hero takes a journey—and one company has nailed the playbook on building their culture around this unique approach.
    We sat down with Jared Olsen, VP of People Experience at JobNimbus, to hear his in-depth take on the hero’s journey and how it’s helped the company attract, retain, and even part ways with employees (when the time is right).
    We also talked about:
    • How he fell into the field of HR—and what inspired him to stay (hint: his dad’s advice on how to make a difference played a major role)
    • How he’s helping people in their own hero's journey
    • What makes JobNimbus a Maverick in the HR space
    • How to build trust with your people so they’ll tell you when they want to move on
    • How JobNimbus turned their candidate experience into a win-win for the company and the candidate

    • 31 min
    4. Recruiting and Retaining Restaurant Employees During a Staffing Drought w/ Kyle Wadsworth

    4. Recruiting and Retaining Restaurant Employees During a Staffing Drought w/ Kyle Wadsworth

    The COVID-19 pandemic impacted a lot of businesses, but maybe none more than those in the restaurant industry. With some of the pandemic-related challenges subsiding, the industry is now facing new obstacles, including an ongoing staffing shortage.
    We sat down with Kyle Wadsworth, Director of Human Resources at Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, to hear how the restaurant industry is dealing with the pervasive staffing drought—and what impact HR can have on supporting businesses with recruitment and retention.
    We also talked about:

    The biggest obstacles the restaurant industry faced during the height of COVID-19—and the ones it’s facing now.
    What’s working—and what isn’t—when it comes to overcoming the challenges with hiring and retention.
    His advice to other restaurants that are facing similar hiring and retention obstacles.
    What he wants guests and diners to keep in mind during the current staffing crisis.

    • 24 min

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Awesome guests with practical insights for small biz HR

Very insightful guests with practical suggestions to help small business HR professionals improve their craft.

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